Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best of the Best

The 2011 list of best places to work is here! Again this year, Fortune Magazine put together its ranking of the best companies for which to work. From robust paychecks to unexpected benefits, this year's winners span a number of industries, including retail businesses, manufacturers, and food and beverage consumer packaged goods companies.

Making the list were five grocers, all recognized for things like outstanding health benefits and wellness programs. Wegmans Food Markets, with stores in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, landed at number 3. Nugget Markets, serving the greater Sacramento, California, area, came in at number 8. At number 18, Connecticut-based Stew Leonard's made the list for the tenth year in a row. Whole Foods Market earned the number 24 spot, while Florida's Publix Super Markets entered the 2011 list at number 67.

Among food manufacturers, both General Mills and The J. M. Smucker Company found their way onto the annual list, securing the number 58 and 93 spots on the list, respectively.

Retailers were also scattered throughout the rankings. Outdoor and sports equipment giant Recreation Equipment, or REI, came in at number 9, and toy factory Build-A-Bear Workshop earned the number 48 spot.

Clothiers were also quite successful in regards to this year's list. Nordstrom landed at number 74; Men's Warehouse came in at number 87; and Aéropostale claimed the number 94 spot.

Finally, casual dining operator Darden Restaurants, which runs the Olive Garden and Red Lobster brands, attained the 97th place on the list, while coffee conglomerate Starbucks rounded out the industry list at number 98.

Congratulations to all of the fine organizations gracing the 2011 Best Places To Work list! If you work for one of these companies, I'd love to hear about what you enjoy about your workplace. Do you think any deserving companies were omitted from the list? Leave a message and tell me more.

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