The publisher’s 2021 rankings landed 18 Westchester County businesses in the top 100 for everything from corporate culture to benefits and more.
With just over half of adults in New York having only just received a single vaccine dose, it may be hard to feel excited about going to work anywhere. But it’s a little easier today for the Westchester employees lucky enough to be heading to one of the companies on Fortune magazine’s just-released “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.
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Companies on Fortune’s list this year that have a presence here in Westchester include:
Hilton was one of the many companies hit by the pandemic. Through its tough decisions, the company continues to treat its workers with the utmost respect and guidance. It connected former Hilton staff to short-term jobs and included benefits such as the Hilton Honors program and eligibility for the chain’s team member travel program beyond the date when a departing worker would usually lose them.
Wegmans opened 105 stores and gained 3,500 employees over the past year. The company offers job-protected unpaid leave for those who are worried about working in person. In addition, it provides generous benefits, including a month of fully paid parental leave.
Target was one of the pandemic’s big retail winners, with revenue rising 20% within the past year. The company has a deep appreciation for its employees and was one of the first companies to provide a $2 an hour pay increase in the first months of the pandemic. The company also allows 65 and older or pregnant additional fully paid leave.
The hotel chain boasts a strong promote-from-within tradition and a diverse team with one of the largest groups of minority employees in U.S. business. Nearly a third of U.S. employees have been with the company for more than 10 years, and 12 percent have been here for more than 20.
While the Hyatt did furlough a large percentage of workers during the pandemic, it allowed staff to stay on the company health plan. It also continued to cover all employee benefit premiums for up to two months. The senior leadership team took reductions in pay, with the money instead going toward grants to colleagues globally.
New York’s Northwell Health has treated about 20% of New York’s COVID patients in the pandemic’s early days and, by March of this year, it had treated more than 180,000 COVID patients. The company was effective in providing protective equipment for its workers and moved 10,000 employees home as soon as the outbreak hit. It has also added 3,000 new employees to the company.
The company paid employees back for wages lost due to the pandemic. It has made strides to help those in financial, physical health and mental health needs, while also aiding in family support challenges. The company does an excellent job in keeping employees safe, informed, connected, and appreciated.
This year the company helped working parents by providing three million days’ worth of backup child and adult care and invested $300 million in care reimbursements for employees. High-risk workers were reassigned to roles they could perform remotely during the pandemic. Bank of America continues to pay wages and salaries to those unable to work remotely. In addition, the bank’s employee relief fund provided more than $6 million in grants to those in emergency financial hardships.
The share of the insurer’s workforce roared from 20% to 98% in just over a week. Nationwide managed this transition with the support of its employees and expanded paid time off for caregiving duties and bolstering day-care and educational resources for parents. Overall, the company aims to build on the success post-pandemic and states that about 50% of employees will work remotely.
While Cheesecake Factory saw sales fall 20% last year, the company took measures to ease some of the pain for its workers. It also teamed up with other companies such as Wegmens to find employees temporary work.
The company recently rolled out a new five-year responsibility strategy organized around stakeholders, including new diversity and inclusion measures after the protests against anti-Black police brutality.
The company has transformed its workforce from a work-from-home force almost overnight when the pandemic hit. The carrier supplemented pay for its retail staffers who worked on commission and allowed all employees to roll over an extra 40 hours of unused paid time off from 2020 into 2021. Employees also got surprise gifts and gear at home.
The company pays employees who get sick from COVID up to two weeks’ pay while they are quarantined. As stores reopened in early summer, Burlington brought back its furloughed employees and restored pay to initial levels.
Under new leadership in 2020, IBM added some of the most rigorous safety measures. The company offered additional weeks of paid emergency leave for employees dealing with the pandemic and backup child and elder care options. The company also reached out to offer resources to historically Black colleges and universities to address racial justice. The company continues to be a leading contributor in valuing diversity and making sure employees are continuously safe and healthy.
The modern consulting firm just recently opened in White Plains offering more than 300 jobs to Westchester and Southern Connecticut over the next several years. The management openly shared financial and operating figures with its employees in the hopes of offering greater transparency to its worker base.
Working for this company offers competitive wages and room for growth. Employees’ voices are valued and appreciated. The insurer also put $91,000 in relief to employees’ families in need, mostly from losing household income after layoffs.
The company has provided up to 10 additional days of paid leave to employees who were unable to work because they or a family member was affected by COVID-19. Mastercard also pursued outreach efforts like “Tales From the New Normal,” which featured employee blogs and tips designed to improve the work-from-home experience.
The company, known for heavy-duty drills and demo-hammers, added a “pandemic leave” policy to accommodate time off for caregiving, and has donated more than 20,000 meals to people in need. The company continues to be praised for its workplace environment and protective measures throughout the pandemic.