Best Multinational Companies to Work For

Last Updated Oct 31, 2011 4:07 PM EDT

Looking for a great company to work for, one where you'd have the potential to work with people from different cultures or even take an overseas posting? The Great Place to Work Institute has just released its 25 Best Multinationals list--and the winner is a very familiar U.S. company.

The Great Place to Work Institute defines a great place to work as one where employees trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with. The Institute doesn't tally employee benefits or give companies points for flexibility or perks.

To figure out which places qualify as 'best,' the Great Place to Work Institute surveys employees, using dozens of questions designed to measure the trust, credibility and respect the company garners among employees. The multinational version of the list, below, is based on the companies' standings in standalone national rankings. Survey results from companies where more employees fill out the surveys are weighted more heavily than others. Here are the top 25 multinationals to work for, according to Great Place to Work:

1. Microsoft
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 2.7%

2. SAS
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 7.6%

3. NetApp
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 18%

4. Google
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 31.9%

5. FedEx Express
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 2.2%

6. Cisco
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: not given

7. Marriott
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: -5.8%

8. McDonald's
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 3%

9. Kimberly-Clark
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 1.2%

10. SC Johnson
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: not given

11. Diageo
Headquarters: United Kingdom

One-year growth in number of employees: not given

12. American Express
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 3%

13. Medtronic
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 4.6%

14. Intel
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 14.1%

15. Hilti
Headquarters: Lichtenstein

One-year growth in number of employees: 3%

16. 3M
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 7%

17. Telfonica
Headquarters: Spain

One-year growth in number of employees: 7%

18. National Instruments
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 15%


19. Mars
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 0%

20. Accenture
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 15.7%

21. Roche
Headquarters: Switzerland

One-year growth in number of employees: 11.54%

22. Novo Nordisk
Headquarters: Denmark

One-year growth in number of employees: 7%

23. The Coca-Cola Company
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 0%

24. Atento
Headquarters: Spain

One-year growth in number of employees: 14.9%

25. Quintiles Transnational
Headquarters: United States

One-year growth in number of employees: 5.3%

It's not so easy to snag a job at any of these companies. They receive, on average, nine applications for each job they fill.

What do you think makes a company a great place to work? Does your company qualify?

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Kimberly Weisul is the co-founder of One Thing New. She is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant. Follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/weisul.
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    Kimberly Weisul is the co-founder of One Thing New, the free email newsletter for smart, busy women. She was previously Senior Editor at BusinessWeek, responsible for all coverage of entrepreneurship and for launching BusinessWeek SmallBiz, a bimonthly magazine. She is also a freelance writer, editor and editorial consultant.

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