Fortune’s latest list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For, 2007” includes five Ohio employers, led by California-based Vision Service Plan, which ranked No. 23.
Vision Care, a nonprofit benefits company with more than 200 employees in its Columbus facility, earned high marks for its generous 401(k) and health care contributions.
Ohio’s own J.M. Smucker, operating for more than 100 years out of rural Orrville, followed at No. 39. Fortune lauded Smucker’s old-fashioned culture, with employees enjoying face-to-face communication with brothers Tim and Richard Smucker.
Ohio Health of Columbus ranked No. 52, followed by Cincinnati’s Procter and Gamble at No. 68 and Texas-based National Instruments, which has a sales office in Cleveland, at No. 86.
Fortune based the rankings on criteria such as job growth, wages and benefits. But it also praised many intangibles, such as Procter & Gamble’s anonymous employee hotlines and National Instruments’ laid-back culture (the CEO is known to sit with random employees at lunch).
Tip: Citation as a great place to work can be a valuable recruiting tool. Fortune isn’t the only magazine to create top 100 lists. Working Mother magazine also touts top employers, and local business publications often run their own surveys. If you think your organization might qualify for a listing, check out state and local opportunities. By making the cut, you can reap lots of free publicity and great recruiting buzz.