18 Companies with the Best Bosses in America
Whether they approve spectacular benefits packages, put policies that further diversity, equality, and empowerment, regularly meet with employees, or create jobs and opportunities, these CEOs earn their “Best Boss” mugs.
The social media site and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have found themselves on the receiving end of criticism of late regarding privacy concerns and political tampering, but that has not affected how its employees feel about toiling away in the tech trenches. Facebook has landed within the top 15 on Glassdoor’s Best Places To Work list for eight consecutive years, securing the top spot in 2018. Zuckerberg, who holds a weekly Q&A with non-executive personnel, is famous for emphasizing a workplace where staffers feel as much at home in their cubicles as they do in their actual abodes and where diversity and tolerance are engrained in the culture. According to TheStreet.com, a job at the Silicon Valley-based site comes with perks aplenty: on-site bankers, barbers, and bike shops with complimentary repairs, free dry cleaning, trainers at the company gym, regular ice cream socials, and shuttle service around the valley and to San Francisco, work from home Wednesdays, unlimited sick days and 21 days paid vacation, on-property health and dental care, paid insurance, free meals all day long (employees mention on Glassdoor that these include vegan options), and $250 a month stipend to spend on FB ads. And then there’s the family plan. Employees get $4,000 in baby expenses at birth, $3,000 a year for babysitting fees, and four months paid paternity or maternity leave, according to a poster in a Quora discussion.
CEO Craig Jelinek “started from the bottom” as a warehouse manager in 1984 and steadily rose through the ranks. He eventually took the reins from longtime big cheese Jim Sinegal in January 2012 and upheld his employee-friendly policies. Costco pays its hourly employees an average of more than $20 an hour and gives them overtime. Eighty-eight percent of the workers have company-sponsored health insurance and their premiums amount to less than 10 percent of the cost of their plans. They rack up vacation time, paid time off, and sick days as they log more years with the bulk grocer, according to Glassdoor.com. “This isn’t Harvard grad stuff,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg.com. “If you treat consumers and employees with respect, good things are going to happen. People need to make a living wage with health benefits. It puts more money back into the economy and creates a healthier country. It’s that simple.” Here are the things that will get you noticed at work by your manager.
Who says work can’t be fun? Certainly not the shoe empire’s CEO Tony Hsieh. He built the online retailer around ten core values, which include “create fun and a little weirdness,” “be humble,” and “build a positive team and family spirit.” The site’s campus tour video shows a ball pit in the human resources department and explains that employees can decorate desks however they’d like. According to CNBC, the company also runs on a “self-management” system known as “holacracy” so workers don’t report to a direct manager and are empowered to have more input in decision-making. Zappos will give new hires a month’s salary to quit if they don’t love the job, which might be why they’ve been on Fortune‘s 100 Best Companies To Work For list for almost a decade. The positive environment extends to consumers, the less fortunate, and the Las Vegas community in which it is based. They host Thanksgiving dinner for those in need at their headquarters, partnering with charities like Soles4Souls, Kids In Need Foundation, and Spread The Word. They have one of the best return policies and large sections for inclusive sizing and adaptive clothing. When the financial crisis hit Vegas hard, Hsieh also invested $350 million of his own money to stimulate downtown revitalization by buying 100 properties, creating an annual Life Is Beautiful Festival, and investing in small businesses and arts and culture.
José Andrés came to the United States 27 years ago with $50 in his pocket. The celebrity chef is now credited with popularizing tapas for American diners, owns more than 25 restaurants from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Miami, Washington, D.C., and the Bahamas, has two Michelin stars, and was given a 2015 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. According to an interview with Business Insider, he partially credits his success to fostering an environment where everyone, no matter how low on the kitchen totem pole, can openly share ideas and opinions. “When you make sure the opinion of everybody counts, [creativity] is a natural process,” he explained. “Any idea may be a great idea [so] everybody is not afraid of opening their mind up.” Morally bothered by President Donald J. Trump’s public condemnation of Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals,” he canceled plans to open a restaurant in the then-presidential candidate’s new Washington, D.C. hotel. Andrés flew to Puerto Rico five days after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017 to cook emergency meals and donate money; he wound up staying for more than a month and through his nonprofit group, World Central Kitchen, with the help 19,000 volunteers, more than 3.6 million meals and sandwiches have been served. Find out the 10 secrets to being a good boss.
In 1988, when the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles had more gang members per capita than anywhere else in the world, Rev. Gregory J. Boyle started a small program through the Dolores Mission to provide jobs and education as “an exit ramp off the freeway of violence, addiction, and incarceration” that comes with gang membership. In 2001, that program blossomed officially into Homeboy and they have helped more than 120,000 gang members become productive members of society through job training in fields like solar panel installation, food and beverage (they run a catering company, a bakery, a diner at LA City Hall, a to-go stall at LAX airport, and a line of chips, salsas, and guacamoles sold at grocery stores and farmers’ markets), silkscreen and embroidery, and electronics recycling. Homeboy also offers trainees and employees mental health services (substance-abuse counseling, parenting classes, support groups for addiction and domestic abuse), tattoo removal, education services like GED tutoring, and legal services. Their model of investing in rather than incarcerating this population has been adopted by 46 different programs across the country and internationally.
Wegmans Food Markets
The 98-store grocery chain has been a family-run company since it started in Rochester, New York, in the 1900s—fourth generation member of the namesake clan (and first female) Colleen Wegman was named president and CEO in 2017. One of Wegman’s core values as a company is to treat their 48,000 employees in six states, whom they refer to as “our people,” as extended family members, which is why they offer things like free flu shots, an employee scholarship program that provides $4.5 million in tuition assistance a year, exclusive digital coupons, discounts at other community businesses like theme parks and movie theaters, and flexible scheduling. Voted no. 2 on Fortune’s Best Companies To Work For 2018 list, they also help their people live their best lives by planning fitness challenges and classes with rewards, subsidizing Weight Watchers and tobacco cessation programs, bringing in expert chefs and nutritionists for informational sessions and meal planning, and organizing free health and blood pressure screenings, according to Great Place To Work. Wegman also literally puts their money where mouths are. They donated 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks and programs that feed the hungry last year.
In 2015, after reading a report by a Nobel Prize-winning economist that found that emotional well-being rises with income, the credit card payment processing company’s CEO and founder Dan Price introduced a minimum wage of $70,000. To cover the wage increase, he took a 90 percent pay cut from his $1 million salary and ate into company profits, according to a story in the Telegraph. At the time, the Seattle-based tech startup had 120 employees, 70 of which got a raise. Of the 70, 30 had their salaries doubled. Price started the company in his college dorm room at 19 to help small businesses that were being taken advantage of by their credit card processors. Since then, Price has been Entrepreneur Magazine‘s Entrepreneur of 2014, GeekWire‘s 2013 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the 2010 SBA National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by President Obama. Find out the secret company perks that will definitely make you jealous.
All you need is love and to that end, the hotel chain made this list because of a broad new anti-hate group policy CEO Mark Hoplamazian announced in September. The brand decided to implement the change after receiving a firestorm of criticism for hosting an anti-Muslim organization at one of its suburban Washington, D.C., properties over the summer. “If a group is primarily focused on disparaging a group by virtue of their identity, that’s really where we need to draw the line. We’re going to apply our values to making these decisions along the way,” Hoplamazian said during the Skift Global Forum in New York City. In a memo explaining the move to employees, he cited the values of inclusiveness and empathy, which are “deeply personal” to him. Don’t miss these ways to build trust with your boss.
CEO Michael F. Mahoney planned to follow in the footsteps of his pediatric cardiac surgeon grandpa. But after organic chemistry class made him realize medical school was not in the cards, Mahoney found another way to help patients and change lives in the healthcare field. At medical innovator Boston Scientific, he fosters a passionate and committed workforce by hiring people who solve problems, embrace change, and are willing to own a situation versus blame the circumstances according to an interview with Glassdoor, who named him among the Top CEOs of 2018, and by providing a variety of benefits like on-site daycare, resources for back-up and afterschool childcare, flexible schedules, and meal planning services. Boston Scientific had more than 1,000 employees in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria made landfall and caused massive destruction. The company provided basic needs like food, water, medication, generators, and fuel. Conference rooms were converted to daycare and Mahoney went personally to inspect the damage experienced by his staff. The Employee Disaster Relief Fund was established and gave more than $3.5 million of direct financial assistance for housing, transportation, and other needs caused by the disaster.
The first sign that working at Starbucks under longtime CEO Howard Schultz and his replacement Kevin Johnson is not business as usual, is the policy to call employees “partners.” They have brewed up myriad ways to reward the hard work of those partners including retirement plans that include a generous company match, discounted stock, paid time off, increased wages for working on one of the coffee company’s seven paid holidays, full tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program, parental leave (although according to CNN it is shorter for barista moms and or nonexistent for barista dads/adoptive parents than it is for those in corporate positions), adoption-expense reimbursement up to $10,000 per child, and assistance for financial crisis caused by a death, illness, or natural disasters. Baristas take home a free pound of coffee or box of tea weekly, which they can sip while listening to a playlist from their included premium Spotify subscription. The vendor of ventis has been honored with a variety of titles and awards including as one of the world’s most ethical companies, a military friendly employer, and as one of Fortune‘s Most Admired Companies in the world in 2018. See the secret and quirky messages hidden in company logos, including Starbucks’ mermaid.