America's Most Loved Workplaces 2021 - Top 100

America's Most Loved Workplaces 2021


Welcome to Newsweek's first Most Loved Workplaces rankings. The collection of 100 small, medium and large companies on the pages that follow come at a crucial time for employees and their bosses alike. COVID-19 has turned the work world upside down—and the relationship between employees and their employers has never been more fraught. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 11.5 million workers quit their jobs in the second quarter alone. (Are you keeping your employees happy? You'd better be.)

There are other lists out there that rank good companies, to be sure. But we believe our rankings, produced in partnership with the Best Practice Institute, are different and dig deeper. We're doing more than just counting how many benefits employers provide—a solid 401(k) plan, medical benefits, paid time off and so on. Those things are, of course, important. But what we're measuring, critically, is how employees feel about their organizations. There's a big difference, after all, between workers getting a kick out of free Doritos and whether they truly love and feel in sync with the company they work for.

"A Most Loved Workplace is focused squarely on the degree to which employees have a positive feeling about their employer," says Louis Carter, CEO of the Best Practice Institute, a leadership development center and think tank that developed the research underpinning the rankings in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. In other words: "high emotional connection or love for" their place of employment.

Why is this important? Because that "emotional connection" is directly relatable to the success of a company. Carter, and the BPI team, including head of research Scott Baxt, have over the years studied more than 3,500 managers, leaders and employees in a wide range of industries and company sizes. Their findings: Employees are as much as four times more likely to be extra productive if they love the company they work for. Also, not surprisingly, those same workers tend to stay put, cutting down on turnover.

The two crucial factors behind this kind of loyalty? Respect from their bosses, for one thing. It is also important, from the workforce's point of view, that their company lives "the values and ethics it espouses," says Baxt. Adds Carter, author of the book In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace: "The reality is that offering lots of perks doesn't necessarily make your company the place people want to dedicate themselves to."

To make the cut, companies on the list had to meet certain criteria. For instance: Is collaboration and teamwork important—or does the company follow The Hunger Games management model? Are there opportunities for advancement or do jobs just dead-end? Is the company a good citizen or does it just pretend to be a do-gooder? Some of our companies, of course, have slipped up in the past (and some, for sure, will slip up in the future). But how they overcame the pitfalls is what mattered to us at the end of the day—an indication of the strength of leadership and determination to do the right thing.

Our Most Loved Workplaces reflect our criteria in a number of ways. Some examples:
Footwear maker Crocs, No. 20 on our list, has always been big on public service, and its employees expect it to deliver on that. Case in point: Early in the pandemic, Crocs gave away some $40 million worth of its iconic foam clogs to nurses and other frontline COVID workers. No. 18, Sweetgreen, a casual restaurant chain, rewards employees for being good citizens by, among other things, giving them three hours to vote and five paid hours to volunteer.

Patagonia, of course, is the role model for the practice-what-you-preach crowd. Recently, our No. 30-ranked company pulled merchandise out of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort—Patagonia's biggest customer in the ultra-ritzy ski community. Why? One of the resort's owners hosted a politically radical right-wing event featuring GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. ("We join with the local community that is using its voice in protest," a Patagonia spokeswoman told the political publication, The Hill.)

Doing well by doing good is a great thing, but career-building, collaboration and transparency matter too at our top 100 companies.

Apparel-maker Deckers, ranked No. 6, constantly encourages employees to submit ideas, some of which may result in a direct investment by the company. Deckers employees, up and down the corporate food chain, can join teams that pitch those ideas directly to top execs including the CEO. Box, an internet cloud services firm (No. 21) is big on employee career-skill building. Three times a year, the company holds what it calls "LearnFest" professional development programs.

Are you in a career rut? Employees at LivePerson (No. 46), a computer software company, can switch to different teams if they think their jobs are going nowhere. A we're-all-in-this-together vibe? Spotify, our top company this year, gets its executives to answer emails from employees up and down the food chain. It also constantly shares its mission and values and asks workers for input.

Diversity is a big deal at many of these companies as well, which is important to customers as well as employees, says Carter. No. 73 Denny's, the restaurant chain, says around 55 percent of its restaurants are owned by minorities and 40 percent of its board are women, 56 percent of the directors are minorities.

We believe you'll find our 2021 Most Loved Workplaces list of great value—no matter what position you hold. If you just want to know where your company stands, this list is for you. If you're interested in finding a company where your career and values are aligned, this list is for you. Or if you're an executive who wants to do a better job and create a happier and more productive workforce, these rankings will work for you as well. Dig in.

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RankCompanyIndustryLocationEmployeesLoved Because
1SpotifyMusicStockholm – New York City9,032Big on discussing company mission and values via its Passion Tour, which builds loyalty. Benefits like six months of paid parental leave doesn’t hurt, either!
2Dell TechnologiesInformation Technology and ServicesRound Rock, Texas158,000Great opportunities for growth within the company, which provides formal mentoring, networking and individualized development programs. Stretch assignments? Yup, got those, too.
3SAP AmericaComputer SoftwareNewtown Square, Pennsylvania102,430A self-described "culture of kindness." The CEO, for instance, responds to every employee that reaches out. Pandemic mental health day will remain in place—plus 10 extra in case of a crisis.
4Wyndham Hotels & ResortsHospitalityParsippany, New Jersey9,000Workers have open access to the CEO as well as the executive committee. There’s also personal development, feedback from customers and regular recognition programs.
5Navy Federal Credit UnionFinancial ServicesVienna, Virginia20,000Employees who want to learn new jobs are trained and given assignments to assist them in moving their careers in the right direction. Bonuses and paid volunteer leave are a plus.
6DeckersApparel and FashionGoleta, California3,500Bubbling up: Employees are encouraged to submit ideas that may result in direct investment from the top. Teams made up from workers at all levels make their pitches to the executive team, which includes the CEO.
7CadenceComputer SoftwareSan Jose, California9,300Diversity is a big focus here. For example, there is a formal mentorship program and leadership development program to support women and employees of color.
8HasbroConsumer GoodsPawtucket, Rhode Island5,800Looking to get ahead? There are lots of opportunities to work across disciplines to break down the typical silos. Bonuses, too, for things like making company values come to life.
9FanDuelGamingNew York City1,293Though a relatively young company, succession planning is a big deal. There is consistent feedback and promotion from within to fill open positions.
10CapgeminiConsultingNew York City140,000Training is big, including employee-created academies in technical skill areas. An open-door policy is really open: Anyone can book an appointment with the chief executive.
11Microchip TechnologiesElectonics ManufacturerChandler, Arizona18,000Company culture is centered on employee teamwork. Microchip Learning Center provides ongoing professional growth support and learning and development opportunities.
12Hilton Grand VacationsHospitalityOrlando, Florida12,500Employee recognition awards often come along with significant monetary compensation. Longevity is also rewarded: If you have been an employee for 10 years, you get the Friends and Family discount.
13HarscoEnvironmental ServicesCamp Hill, Pennsylvania10,500A majority of workers have been in the essential category amid the pandemic. But workers with possible exposure haven’t been forced to come to work. They still got paid, the company said.
14Boston ScientificMedical DevicesMarlborough, Massachusetts36,000Leadership development is a big deal, as is racial and cultural awareness. There is mandatory unconscious-bias training, as well as regular Real Talk listening sessions. CEO Spirit Awards, too.
15IBMInformation Technology and ServicesArmonk, New York345,900Believe it or not, there’s regular input encouraged from Big Blue’s employees—and outsiders. The company’s 72-hour Innovation Jam, for example, often results in new businesses being launched.
16BungeFood ProductionChesterfield, Missouri24,000Lots of employee autonomy is one of the company’s calling cards. And its open workspaces break down barriers and help with collaboration. Bunge likes to call it a “borderless atmosphere.”
17O2E BrandsConsumer ServicesVancouver, British Columbia232The benefits? How about five weeks of annual vacation? And you're required to take at least two of those weeks at the same time! Daily company huddles celebrate wins.
18SweetgreenFood and BeveragesCulver City, California1,255Virtual happy hours with the company founders, leaders and even outside guests, like academics, help develop collaboration and craft a solution-driven culture.
19First Command Financial ServicesFinancial ServicesFort Worth, Texas2,000Family is the thing here, as is the focus on the financial wellness of veterans. If you're an employee, your family, at company expense, goes to the annual advisor conference. Hawaii anyone?
20CrocsApparel and FashionBroomfield, Colorado3,803Public service is a big, big deal at Crocs. During the pandemic, the company gave away some $40 million worth of products to nurses and other frontline workers battling COVID-19.
21BoxInternetRedwood City, California2,046Employees are encouraged to develop career skills during the three-times-a-year Learn Fest program. Awards, too, for going above and beyond. Plus: company-wide days off for mental health.
22VerizonTelecommunicationsNew York City135,300Learning is big at Verizon: A portal includes things like leadership skills and anti-bias training. The company also offers tuition assistance. Stock grants? They got ’em.
23GitLabInformation Technology and ServicesSan Francisco1,300#IamRemarkable program salutes and respects individual identity. Career advancement plans, reimbursement for co-working spaces and pay equality programs all help, too.
24MattelConsumer GoodsEl Segundo, California24,000The toy legend has a history of promoting health and wellness—and supporting playgrounds, day care, community centers and hospitals (including its namesake UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital).
25Zebra TechnologiesInformation Technology and ServicesLincolnshire, Illinois8,200Opportunity equals loyalty here. The Zebra Network (ZEN) helps employees develop skills, on their own time, that will, Zebra hopes, lead to the advancement of their careers within the company.
26Brown-FormanWine and SpiritsLouisville, Kentucky4,800Real life is important at Brown-Forman. The company offers, for example, free counseling sessions for mental health issues like anxiety, as well as help related to elder care issues.
27HPInformation Technology and ServicesPalo Alto, California53,000Another company where work-life balance is a thing. There’s a Family, Friends, and Fun Friday program, as well as global dance parties and cooking classes run by employees.
28DigitalOceanInternetNew York City581Sammy Awards recognize employees who go above and beyond. Comprehensive performance management looks backward and forward to grow individuals, not just employees.
29ViacomCBSEntertainmentNew York City23,990At every town hall meeting, employees have 20 minutes to lob unfiltered questions at the CEO. Benefits like college tuition reimbursement also keep workers happy.
30PatagoniaApparel and FashionVentura, California2,287Where else is political protest actually encouraged—and even a paid benefit? Let’s say you are arrested at a peaceful demonstration: The company will cover the bail for you and your spouse.
31AvanadeConsultingSeattle50,000A techie’s dream, including global hackathons, innovation challenges and coding competitions. Plus, “geek allowances” are given to employees to ensure they’re up on the latest tech.
32CernerHealth Information ServicesKansas City, Missouri26,400Among other things, Cerner is big on the benefits. How about an onsite health clinic with counselors and nutritionists? There are also in-office personal trainers and even an expecting-mother concierge.
33FedExPackage and Freight DeliveryDallas183,000Taking care of employees—and business: The LIFE (Learning Inspired by FedEx) program at the University of Memphis covers all the costs for workers to start or finish a college degree.
34Allegiant TravelAirlineLas Vegas4,363An upward-mobility friendly airline. Workers can actually move from job to job to find the right fit. The company also makes it easy to build connections with other employees.
35AltairInformation Technology and ServicesTroy, Michigan3,030The CEO has some lofty diversity goals. For example: The company aspires to have a workforce of 50 percent female employees—and that includes the C-suite and the board of directors.
36ChenMedHealth CareMiami3,500Peer-to-peer recognition is important here. In the past year alone, there have been 20,000 employee tips of the hat via everything from town halls to just plain old emails. Annual ChenMed Awards, too.
37ClickFunnelsComputer SoftwareBoise, Idaho453Early on in the pandemic, this remote-work software company got rid of all co-pays for mental health counselors. Side hustles are encouraged, as well.
38Horizon TherapeuticsPharmaceuticalsChicago1,200Top-down in action: The CEO asks employees how they’re doing and gets 1,200 emails in return. And you know what? He responds to all of them. Stock to all employees when they arrive, and annually.
39EQRXBiotechnologyCambridge, Massachusetts141The biotech company is big on playful things like “superpower” skills. When you get started, for instance, you’re asked to take a quiz to determine your greatest strength. Superhero academies are a thing, too.
40A+E NetworksEntertainmentNew York City2,382Great place for LGBTQ+ employees. Just have a look at the fertility benefits offered: They are available to all genders and sexual orientations. Also, employees of all levels have a say in problem-solving.
41Automation AnywhereRoboticsSan Jose, California2,000Culture driven by curiosity, and forgiveness! The CEO, who has a glass-door office, believes it is OK to be bold, take risks, try new things and make mistakes, as long as you learn from them.
42Fresenius Medical CareHospital and Health CareWaltham, Massachusetts124,000Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an emphasis for everyone at this health care company, which focuses on kidney disease. The firm’s first DEI leader wasn’t hired but nominated by the employees.
43U.S. Steel CorpManufacturingPittsburgh24,488This old-school steel company recognizes employee trends that value the environment—and a green economy. Executives are committed, they said, to being net carbon neutral by 2050.
44Home DepotRetailAtlanta415,700Employees, thanks to former CEO Frank Blake, who revived the company, have bought into the vision of a retailer that has close ties to the community it serves. Workers “bleed orange.”
45TwitterInternetSan Francisco6,600Uses decision-making framework called DACI (driver, approver, contributor and informed). CEO Jack Dorsey provides his 360-degree feedback report to all employees in the company.
46LivePersonComputer SoftwareNew York City1,341Employees aren’t stuck in static jobs and careers. They’re allowed to move to different teams with different roles. Ideas flow. There’s no fear of others taking your job—or stealing your ideas.
47Great Wolf ResortsHospitalityChicago, IL10,000Employees are called Pack Members, of course. The no-office, open-cube culture builds that “one-pack mentality” spirit. There are Pack Members of the Month, and Year, too. Ahh-wooooooo!
48Southeastern GrocersSupermarketsJacksonville, Florida37,000There’s a “Shark Tank” space for associates to deliver business solutions and new product ideas. In addition, a My Culture email box in each store is a place for instant feedback to executives.
49EPAM SystemsSoftware EngineeringNewtown, Pennsylvania36,400Even spanking-new hires can speak directly to the CEO. The organizational structure allows for decisions to be made in minutes. Slide decks? Nah.
50BlackberryComputer SoftwareWaterloo, Ontario3,497Remember the old handheld phone and email device? We barely do. The new software mission has brought employees and executives together like never before. Big teamwork place.
51IMAXEntertainmentLos Angeles673Unique opportunities and the freedom to partner with creatives in the entertainment industry. Good benefits, too, including unlimited sick time and a monthly lifestyle allowance.
52ChipotleRestaurantsNewport Beach, California83,000Looking for upward mobility? This restaurant chain helps employees climb up the corporate ladder quickly by offering additional training to anyone who raises their hand.
53JacobsCivil EngineeringDallas48,000Culture and people issues are staples of every board of directors meeting. The company trained 1,900 “mental health champions,” who serve as an "ear that an employee can go to confidentially."
54EversanaPharmaceuticalsMilwaukee4,000Performance management is not just focused on results. Peers get to assess peers. A culture that leans toward support instead of competition. Paternity leave for new pets? Yes!
55Southern Glazer's Wine & SpiritsWine and SpiritsMiami22,000Employees get to grow and train here via things like Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits University (SGWSU). Another plus: Its EmpowHer program focuses on things like financial skills for women.
56BoxedConsumer GoodsNew York City350All managers come up through the ranks—95 percent of leaders are promoted from within the organization. In other words: You can learn the ropes from the ground up.
57AutonomousConsumer GoodsNew York City170Failure is not something to be feared here. It is seen as an opportunity to learn, improve and even grow. Company ideas to live by? Practice what you preach—and push yourself to new limits.
58FlexElectrical and Electronic ManufacturingSan Jose, California160,000The company motto says it all: “Do the right thing always—no matter what.” The workplace community is strong, and there are lots of opportunities for personal growth.
59GreifPackaging and ContainersDelaware, Ohio20,000The Greif Way? Respect, candor and trust. All meetings start with personal check-ins. Speaking of meetings: Zoom gatherings reduced from one hour to 45 minutes. Thank goodness.
60VivintConsumer ElectronicsProvo, Utah5,750The company gives employees time to work on personal projects and receive feedback from people in the field. It’s also a fun place. Employees get to go to concerts and amusement parks.
61Bitwise IndustriesInformation Technology and ServicesFresno, CA320Big on social responsibility. Backed by $27 million in funding, the company provides tech training for underserved community members via a full-time apprenticeship program, which ends in a job at Bitwise Industries.
62Moody'sFinancial ServicesNew York City5,076The 100-year-old bond-rating company features rock-solid benefits for its multigenerational workforce that range from parental leave to phased-retirement programs. Respect for all, in other words.
63WindstreamTelecommunicationsLittle Rock, Arkansas11,945Employees are showcased in real-life case studies to demonstrate how collaboration and innovation actually works at the telecom firm. Catch this: Big company problems are tossed out for any employee to solve.
64TriplemintReal EstateNew York City261All-hands meetings end with a brainstorm to solve a big challenge. Focus on developing employees so they can eventually take on larger roles. Founders gave up salaries in 2020 to avoid layoffs.
65Arvest BankFinancial ServicesBentonville, Arkansas4,127All employees take part in data gathering designed to implement customer-centric changes and improvements. Arvest is mostly owned by the Walton (Walmart) family.
66DucommunAviation and AerospaceSanta Ana, California2,450All together now: Employees designed a motor for the Mars Rover. Benefits? Bonus plans and scholarship programs for children—and even grandchildren.
67NielsenMedia ResearchNew York City46,000Promotes internally and encourages employees to search for professional growth opportunities within the company. Wellness is a big deal here via the Smart Work program.
68Madison ReedCosmeticsSan Francisco185Welcome to the club: The chief executive meets all new employees and top prospects. Early on, pandemic friendly, too: “Nobody…right now should worry about a paycheck” was the message.
69TVAElectric and UtiltiesKnoxville, Tennessee10,000Generous and flexible tuition reimbursement program at this historic utility company, which was established during the Great Depression. All employees can get degrees in any discipline they wish.
70Freedom MortgageFinancial ServicesMount Laurel, New Jersey5,699If town halls and video and email communication with the CEO is your thing, Freedom Mortgage delivers. Rookies find its First Flyer training program useful for industry introductions.
71PostmanComputer SoftwareSan Francisco464Employees know what’s going on at this software concern. Slack channels are full of comments from internal sources and customers. Problems? Employees are always reasoning things out.
72Nomad HealthHospital and Health CareNew York City190Another company that did the right thing during the early times of COVID-19. For example: Amid the quarantines and illnesses, frontline workers got full pay—no questions asked.
73Denny'sRestaurantsSpartanburg, South Carolina3,100The company says, “Career paths for the long-tenured are not based on college credentials, but how you performed in the restaurant.” In other words: When talent is identified, talent is promoted.
74EatonElectrical and Electronic ManufacturingBeachwood, Ohio91,987Community focused and socially aware. One big benefit: Employees get paid time to volunteer in their neighborhoods. Making money is the thing, of course, but it is not the only thing.
75Kellogg'sFood and Beverage ManufacturerBattle Creek, Michigan31,000The company is not just about being a trusted brand. The cereal legend has established a volunteer culture. Employees collectively put in some 17,000 hours of work to serve people around the world.
76Essence GlobalAdvertisingNew York City1900Employees get to tackle business challenges together in a six-month program. Worker groups are used as shadow boards to consider ideas and solve problems for the company and clients.
77IncytePharmaceuticalsWilmington, Delaware1,456This pharma company offers benefits like 100 percent health insurance coverage for employees (95 percent for dependents) and, since 2017, parental leave for all situations.
78AutodeskComputer SoftwareSan Rafael, California11,500Its three-month Culture Sprints provide intense coaching sessions that are designed to build leadership skills. It’s all part of the company’s Culture Code. Big-time mentorship program and equity awards, too.
79S&P GlobalBusiness and Finanicial InformationNew York City22,500Coaching is available to all employees for professional and personal development. This has led to a highly tenured workforce. Big stat: Seven percent of workers who have left have returned.
80Cozen O'ConnorLaw PracticePhiladelphia775All C-levels go on listening tours with employees at all levels; they discuss business development, financials and strategy. There’s even a formal no jerks rule. This is a law firm? Yes!
8180 Acres FarmsFarmingHamilton, Ohio775The company co-founders, Mike Zelkind and Tisha Livingston, created Mike Minutes and Tish Talk programs so employees could learn the ropes directly from the top.
82Custom InkRetailFairfax, Virginia1,500To keep things interesting, and personal growth going, the company gives employees a two-to-three month rotations in different parts of the business. Helps with collaboration, too.
83ASMLSemiconductorsWilton, Connecticut24,749A different kind of performance assessment is offered here: It’s not what you got done, but how you got it done. The Experience Center opens the door to a higher vision of the company.
84DailyPayFinancial ServicesNew York City350Silicon Valley with a Zoom twist: virtual morning coffees, virtual book clubs, virtual movie nights and virtual lunches. Nice benefit: stipends to take advantage of learning opportunities outside the company.
85EveriseOutsourcing and OffshoringAustin, Texas3,000Looking for quarterly bonuses? This Austin outsourcing company has got them. Hoping to move up in the corporate food chain? Some 80 percent of the positions are filled internally.
86HinesReal EstateHouston4,785The company is family owned, which often can be a problem for employees. But this real estate firm says employees have a big role in decision making.
87Palo Alto NetworksComputer and Network SecuritySanta Clara, California9,038What has this computer company got for its employees? Flex benefits? Yes. Diversity programs? Yes again. One-to-one coaching and mentoring? Yup. Listening circles? You get them as well.
88InstacartInternet/EcommerceSan Francisco2,500Employees get bonuses for their insights and for coming up with beta tests for new customer features. If you are looking for hierarchies, this is not a place for you. No silos allowed.
89CohnReznickAccountingNew York City2,800Executives spend a good bit of time developing coursework and on-the-job learning experiences for its employees. How else to cultivate industry expertise? No meetings on summer Focus Fridays.
90ModereConsumer ProductsNewport Beach, CA632Value driven: The MVP (Modere Values People) program has employees nominating peers for going the extra mile. Each quarter two employees get an MVP award—and cash.
91VuzixAugmented Reality and Consumer ElectronicsRochester, New York90Employees are excited about their growing augmented-reality company in north-central New York. It’s easy to see why: There’s a patent incentive program and stock options.
92BI WorldwideMarketing and AdvertisingEdina, Minnesota1,691Edina is a great place to live. It’s also a great place work. BI is a great place to work, too. A Summer of Love program includes relaxed dress codes, half-day Fridays and frequent concerts on the office lawn.
93AvalaraComputer SoftwareSeattle3,351There’s an employee reward program, and colleagues are the nominators. But enough of that. The best thing? Every location of this Seattle-based software company has, yes, a tiki bar.
94Ryan Specialty GroupInsuranceChicago3,400Employees at this Chicago insurance firm are encouraged to run amok with a good idea. The company says you will never hear “It’s not my job” spoken around the office. Mentorship is a constant thing.
95Canon USABusiness Supplies and EquipmentMelville, New York13,413The corporate philosophy, kyosei, is the thing here: It essentially means “living and working together for the common good.” And that signifies collaboration and communication are big deals.
96KaplanEducationFt. Lauderdale, Florida10,004Culture Labs let employees shape the company culture in small group discussion sessions. An Equality and Inclusion Personal Day allows employees to celebrate a day of importance to them.
97At Home GroupRetailPlano, Texas6,289The company has an employee foundation through which its workers can receive financial assistance; At Home employees contribute to the fund. Monthly group CEO lunches and stock grants, too.
98Level ExVideo GamesChicago128Any idea goes here. The company, for instance, hosts Game Jams, which are 48-hour competitions. Employees break into teams and come out with fully functional games from scratch.
99StravaSocial Platform for AthletesSan Francisco289Strava is big on family and personal health: Vacation by the end of the year is a must, plus two hours a day for hikes. No meetings on Fridays, too.
100PendoComputer SoftwareRaleigh, North Carolina675Free professional counseling for employees looking to move up or improve their current lot in corporate life. Other perks include: open paid time-off policy; help with a paid parking spot; and in-office beer on tap. In other words: Shangri-La!

How We Did It - The Methodology

Newsweek's ranking of the Most Loved Workplaces 2021 pays tribute to companies that put respect, caring and appreciation for their employees at the center of their business model and, in doing so, have earned the loyalty and respect of the people who work for them.

The list was created in partnership with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development center and think tank. BPI has conducted extensive research to identify the specific management practices that lead to employee motivation and satisfaction and to document the strong link between worker satisfaction and productivity and performance. Based on that research, BPI measured five basic areas, via surveys, to determine how employees feel about where they work to create the 2021 Most Loved Workplaces list: the level of collaboration at the firm; how positive workers are about their future at the company; how much employer values align with employee values; respect at all levels; and career achievement. Working in consultation with Newsweek editors, BPI also gave consideration to the company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its return-to-office rules; workplace diversity, equity and inclusion; as well as its compensation and benefits policies and practices.

All together, more than 800,000 employees were surveyed, at companies ranging in size from less than 50 employees to more than 10,000; additionally several hundred company officials were interviewed. To identify the top 100 companies for the Newsweek ranking, companies were evaluated and scored as follows: 35 percent of the initial score was based on employee survey responses; 25 percent was derived from analysis of external public ratings from sites such as Comparably, Careerbliss, Glassdoor, Indeed and Google; and 40 percent came from direct interviews with and written responses from company officials. Newsweek then conducted additional research into every company on the list, as well as the top runners up, to determine the final list of 100 companies and their ranking. (The list includes both U.S. firms and companies with a strong U.S. presence that are based overseas.)

The rankings combine quantitative and qualitative analysis that was developed by BPI in partnership with The School of International and Public Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and featured in the book In Great Company (McGraw-Hill, 2019) by BPI and Most Loved Workplace founder Louis Carter.

To find out more about becoming a certified Most Loved Workplace or to apply for next year's list, go to www.mostlovedworkplace.com.