It can take some serious willpower to get out of bed each morning and trudge to that nine to five job. However, employees who work at one of the companies featured on the recently released Forbes’ 2017 list of America’s Best Employers might be walking with a little more pep in their step these days. For the list, Forbes divided employers into two groups: large (5,000 or more employees) and midsized (1,000 to 5,000 employees).
Holding the top spot of the large-employer rankings is actually not Google — currently standing in second place — but rather Costco Wholesale. Costco has not sunken lower than third place in the past three years, likely due, among other things, to its provision of health insurance to part-time employees.
Four Hudson Valley companies placed on the large employers list: MasterCard (Purchase), IBM (Armonk), Fujifilm Holdings (Valhalla), and PepsiCo (Purchase). Several other winning businesses, though based in alternate areas, have locations in Westchester County as well. No local firms placed in the midsized category.
At 201, MasterCard was presented the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health in 2015. Employees note that the company has flexible work hours and offers financial assistance to eligible employees who are interested in advancing their education and degree of professional development.
IBM (Armonk), at 366, received a nod for its family-centered benefits and extensive learning opportunities. Its Health Benefits Portfolio seeks preventive care and provides strong support for the health and wellness of all employees.
Other companies on this year’s Best Employers list that have a presence here in Westchester include: