For the rankings, Forbes worked with statistics firm Statista to cull data from a survey of 30,000 U.S. employees. In the survey, respondents were asked to rate on a scale from zero to 10 how likely they were to recommend their organization to family or friends. The survey also asked employees to recommend companies other than their own.
The "Best Employers" list features 500 companies with more than 5,000 employees. The "Best Midsize Employers" list includes 300 companies with between 1,000 and 5,000 workers.
List of large employers
Twenty-five health care providers made the large employers list, 24 of which are Advisory Board members. Several ranked in the top 10, Forbes reports.
Advisory Board members who made the "Best Employers" list include:
4. Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston);
6. MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston);
7. Penn Medicine (Philadelphia);
8. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota);
14. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa);
18. Winthrop University Hospital (Mineola, New York);
24. The Christ Hospital Health Network (Cincinnati);
29. Lee Memorial Health System (Myers/Cape Coral, Florida);
31. University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston);
38. Covenant Health (Knoxville, Tennessee);
40. University of Colorado Health (Aurora, Colorado);
42. Promedica (Toledo);
45. Sharp HealthCare (San Diego);
47. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Memphis);
49. Partners HealthCare System (Boston);
51. Houston Methodist (Houston);
52. UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco);
57. Yale New Haven Health (New Haven, Connecticut);
65. Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore);
82. Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Illinois);
88. HonorHealth (Phoenix);
97. Sparrow Health System (Lansing, Michigan);
98. Texas Children's Hospital (Houston);
99. New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York).
According to Forbes, Costco Wholesale, based in Issaquah, Washington, ranked No. 1 on the "Best Employers" list.
Midsize employer rankings
The list of midsize employers includes 16 health care providers, 14 of which were Advisory Board members. Advisory Board members on the list include:
13. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis);
22. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston);
26. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle);
32. Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City);
60. Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (Dedham, Massachusetts);
130. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas);
136. Columbus Regional Health (Columbus, Georgia);
138. Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, New York);
163. Martin Health System (Stuart, Florida);
169. Rosewell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, New York);
174. Mercy Medical Center (Baltimore);
211. Boston Medical Center (Boston);
251. Tufts Medical Center (Boston);
258. ProMedica Toledo Hospital (Toledo, Ohio).
Lush, a retail cosmetics and personal care products company based in the United Kingdom, ranked No. 1 on the midsize employers list (Kauflin, Forbes, 5/9; Forbes, "America's Best Employers," accessed 5/10; Strauss, Forbes, 5/9; "America's Best Midsize Employers," accessed 5/10).
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