Top Companies 2021: The 50 best workplaces to grow your career in the U.S.
The world of work is transforming. Not only have we worked through a once-in-a-generation global pandemic, but decades of automation, the rise of artificial intelligence and a new shift to remote work have all reshaped what our professional lives look like — and what we’re expecting from our employers.
Today, we are launching our 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies list, our fifth-annual ranking of the 50 best workplaces to grow your career. After taking a hiatus from the list in 2020 as we all figured out the new world of work, we’re also debuting our new methodology, which uses unique LinkedIn data to go beyond the companies that attract talent to uncover the companies that invest in their talent. These 50 companies help employees build a professional foundation that sets them up for success both at the company and beyond.
The new methodology has seven key pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity and educational background. You can dig into the details and learn more about how we built the methodology here. (Note that we remove Microsoft, LinkedIn's parent, from the list.)
We hope that the Top Companies list will serve as a go-to resource for professionals at every stage, from those who are looking to get back on their feet after an unprecedented year to those who are ready to make the next step in their career journey. At each company, you can see which roles and skills are in demand — as well as explore open jobs and see people you may know. See a company that feels like a good fit for you? Follow their company page and/or turn on job alerts to ensure you don’t miss out on future opportunities.
You can also check out the Top Companies in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Qatar, the UAE and the U.K.
Here are this year’s 50 #LinkedInTopCompanies in the U.S.
Company insights, including top locations, fastest-growing skills and in-demand jobs, are sourced from LinkedIn Talent Insights and reflect only employees on LinkedIn for the parent company and its subsidiaries. In-demand jobs represent the occupations with the highest year-over-year growth in 2020. Headcounts are provided by the companies directly or public filings. The insights reflect a 12-month time period looking back from January 2021.
Full-time headcount: 1,298,000 | Top U.S. locations: Seattle, NYC, San Francisco Bay Area | Fastest-growing skills: User Experience Design (UED), Digital Illustration, Interaction Design | In-demand jobs: Health And Safety Specialist, Station Operations Manager, Learning Manager | What you should know: Amazon’s retail business boomed in the pandemic, spurring the company to hire about 400,000 people in the U.S. last year. Amazon has built an innovative remote-onboarding system, and it has more than 30,000 openings now. The company also encourages internal mobility: The head of global retail, Dave Clark, started as an operations manager at a Kentucky fulfillment center.
Full-time headcount: 135,300 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, Seattle | Fastest-growing common skills: GitHub, Data Structures, React.js | In-demand jobs: Digital Specialist, Field Sales Specialist, Business Systems Analyst | What you should know: The pandemic kept many people and businesses at home — and they turned to Alphabet, the parent company of Google, YouTube and more, to help. Businesses adopted Google’s Cloud service at a rapid clip; the No. 3 cloud provider saw its revenues grow 47% year over year to over $13 billion. And YouTube continued to draw eyeballs that once went to TV and creators who wanted to strike out on their own. The company is looking to grow even more this year, adding at least 10,000 new full-time jobs in the U.S. and investing $7 billion in offices and data centers across 19 different states.
Full-time headcount: 255,300 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Columbus, Chicago | Fastest-growing common skills: Asset Allocation, Emerging Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) | In-demand jobs: Market Specialist, Software Engineering Specialist, Mortgage Underwriter | What you should know: The pandemic was good to Wall Street. JPMorgan Chase posted record revenue of $123 billion for 2020, as volatile markets allowed the nation's largest bank to ramp up trading activity and its advisory role to IPOs and other deals. CEO Jamie Dimon is also focusing on how the company supports what he calls its “greatest strength”: Its employees. JPMorgan now offers 300 accredited skills and education programs to its workers, and the bank has been boosting wages for thousands of customer-facing roles to $16-$20 an hour.
Full-time headcount: 247,800 | Top U.S. locations: Atlanta, NYC, Dallas-Fort Worth | Fastest-growing skills: Business Process, Executive Management, IT Management | In-demand jobs: Service Analyst, Trading Analyst, Investment Specialist | What you should know: AT&T and its employees have endured a tough year with hundreds of pandemic-fueled store closures. The decisions are part of a larger shift for the company, including a CEO transition and an increased focus on growing the company’s wireless and WarnerMedia businesses. The company is no stranger to pivots. In 2016, AT&T committed $1 billion to retrain over 100,000 of its workers, giving them the tech skills they would need to stay on top of industry changes. And the bulk of recently laid off retail employees were offered positions at other parts of AT&T.
Bank of America is the parent company of Merrill Lynch and others.
Full-time headcount: 213,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth | Fastest-growing skills: M&A, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement | In-demand jobs: Trading Analyst, Investment Specialist, Financial Management Analyst | What you should know: Bank of America rose to the challenges of 2020, quickly redeploying almost 30,000 employees to assist in its role facilitating the government-backed Paycheck Protection Program. As the country reckoned with racial injustice and societal inequities, the lender tripled its commitment to affordable homeownership to $15 billion through 2025, and recently boosted its pledge to advance racial equity and economic opportunity to $1.25 billion. Employee engagement rose as a result, while turnover fell, the company’s retail-banking president said.
Full-time headcount: 345,900 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco Bay Area | Fastest-growing skills: Engineering Management, Business Planning, Lean Manufacturing | In-demand jobs: Back End Developer, Enterprise Account Executive, Technical Writer | What you should know: More than one-third of IBM’s revenue now comes from work related to cloud computing. The company’s Red Hat unit is a leading contributor to that growth, prizing skills such as Linux, Java, Python and agile methodologies. IBM also is a leader in hiring autistic people through its Neurodiversity program.
Full-time headcount: 334,800 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Washington, D.C., Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: Certified Public Accounting (CPA), U.S. SEC Filings, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) | In-demand jobs: Strategy Analyst, Financial Analyst, Solutions Consultant | What you should know: Deloitte’s key activities span audit, assurance, tax, risk and financial advisory work, as well as management consulting. It’s aiming to hire more than 40,000 people in their upcoming fiscal year. Top recruiting priorities currently include cybersecurity, cloud computing and analytics specialists.
Full-time headcount: 160,000 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, NYC | Fastest-growing skills: Jamf, Active Directory, System Deployment | In-demand jobs: Operations Planner, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Business Development Specialist | What you should know: Apple is committed to building an inclusive culture. Over half of its new hires in the U.S. represent historically underrepresented groups in tech — and the company claims to have achieved pay equity in every country where it operates. Looking for an in? Apple has nearly 3,000 open jobs in the U.S. right now, ranging from its “genius” role at its retail stores to executive assistants and software engineers.
Full-time headcount.: 2,300,000 | Top U.S. locations: Fayetteville, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta | Fastest-growing skills: Active Directory, Training & Development, Software Installation | In-demand jobs: Operational Specialist, Fulfillment Associate, Replenishment Manager | What may surprise you: At a time when many workers across the U.S. lost jobs and struggled to make ends meet, Walmart says it gave over 200,000 of its employees a raise. In February, the retail giant promised further raises to over 400,000 of its people and months later announced it would increase the share of its hourly store employees who work full-time to over 66% (up from 53% five years ago). Meanwhile, Walmart continues to think beyond the store, as it ventures deeper into the e-commerce realm. The firm even threw its hat into the ring to acquire social network TikTok.
Full-time headcount: 299,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Chicago, Washington, D.C. | Fastest-growing skills: U.S. SEC Filings, Assurance, CPA | In-demand jobs: Strategy Director, Business Transformation Consultant, Information Technology Consulting Manager | What may surprise you: Despite the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought to the economy, EY plans to hire more than they did before the crisis and continue to invest heavily in employee training as demand grows for its services. The accounting firm spent $450 million on employee training in 2020. And it is planning to hire over 15,000 people in the next year. With that much talent coming in, EY is focused on bringing in workers with diverse backgrounds, focusing on gender identity, race and ethnicity, disability, LGBT+ and veterans.
Full-time headcount: 330,000 | Top U.S. locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul, NYC, Los Angeles | Fastest-growing skills: IT Management, M&A, Benefits Administration | In-demand jobs: Service Analyst, Sales Specialist, Care Coordinator | In the news: The nation’s largest health insurer has played an outsize role during the pandemic, particularly through its OptumHealth unit, which focuses on providing health care and pharmacy services to patients. As of early March, OptumHealth employed or had affiliations with more than 53,000 physicians — or about 5% of U.S. doctors. And the company plans on adding an additional 10,000 this year if regulators approve a deal to take over Boston-based Atrius Health, the largest independent medical group in the Northeast, according to Bloomberg.
Full-time headcount: 537,000 | Top U.S. locations: Washington, D.C., NYC, Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: User Acceptance Testing, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Test Planning | In-demand jobs: Development Analyst, Cloud Analyst, Support Specialist | What you should know: Since the pandemic, between 76% and 99% of Accenture’s employees are now working remotely, and the firm has taken big steps to support its employees through this crisis. The consulting firm developed a “home” for workers online, dubbing it #moretogethernow. The site offers tools and support for everything from working remotely to mental health to specific topics like parenting and juggling the demands of caregiving on top of work.
Full-time headcount: 165,000 | Top U.S. locations: Austin, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area | Fastest-growing skills: Sourcing, Employee Relations, Data Migration | In-demand jobs: Technical Product Manager, Commercial Account Manager, Program Specialist | What you should know: Dell was ahead of the curve on remote work, having created its Connected Workplace program in 2009, which offers its employees flexibility on both hours and location where they work. Now, the company is serving as a model for hybrid work arrangements. Not in a hurry to get back to an office any time soon? Dell and its subsidiaries have over 6,000 remote job postings across a range of functions and seniority levels.
Full-time headcount: 132,200 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C. | Fastest-growing skills: Scalability, Business Planning, Distributed Systems | In-demand jobs: Product Manager, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Operations Manager | In the news: During the early days of the pandemic, Verizon sprang into action to support its workers, offering expanded paid time off, family leave and reimbursement for caregiving services. And in mid-April, the company unveiled a joint effort, along with Kellogg, Snap and Spotify, that promises to provide a mental health support and awareness program for employees. At a time when many companies pulled back on spending, Verizon boosted its capital expenditures by $500 million to build out its 5G network and support increased data demands as more employees worked from home. This year, Verizon plans to add 7,000 more employees to its global workforce of over 132,000.
Full-time headcount: 300,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Chicago, Boston | Fastest-growing skills: Business Process, Underwriting, Long-term Care | In-demand jobs: Nurse Practitioner, Financial Advisor, Product Manager | What you should know: CVS Health has been rapidly hiring pharmacists, nurses and technicians to help with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, adding about 65,000 positions since March 2020. Its pharmacies have already administered more than 10 million doses across the United States, and the company is looking to have its pharmacists play a larger role as a trusted resource in health education.
Full-time headcount: 195,000 | Top U.S. locations: Boston, Hartford, Dallas-Fort Worth | Fastest-growing skills: Laboratory Skills, Research and Development (R&D), Agile Methodologies | In-demand jobs: Financial Planning Analyst, System Engineering Manager, Configuration Analyst | What you should know: Workers at Raytheon Technologies, an aerospace and defense company, are pushing the boundaries on everything from avionics, electric propulsion, hypersonics, quantum physics and much more. The company has more than 4,000 roles open across functions and expertise (and education levels), from a contracts manager in East Hartford, Conn. to a senior facility operations specialist in Dallas and a workforce planning manager in Tucson, Ariz.
PwC is the parent company of Strategy& and others.
Full-time headcount: 284,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Chicago, Tampa-St. Petersburg | Fastest-growing skills: Forecasting, Account Reconciliation, Corporate Finance | In-demand jobs: Regulatory Associate, Transfer Pricing Manager, Global Mobility Associate | What you should know: PwC has spent the past decade building a culture of “everyday flexibility”, allowing employees to work where and when they choose. Over 90% of employees worked flexibly prior to the pandemic, and the company has grown both formal and informal remote options over the past year. Prioritizing digital upskilling, PwC offers interactive digital skills training programs in areas like artificial intelligence and automation for all of its employees. The company has over 20,000 open jobs in the U.S. right now, spanning entry-level roles to management positions.
Full-time headcount: 168,000 | Top U.S. locations: Philadelphia, NYC, Los Angeles | Fastest-growing skills: Pre-production, Final Cut Studio, Cinematography | In-demand jobs: Sales Account Executive, News Producer, Store Manager | What you should know: Comcast went big on streaming this year. Peacock — NBCUniversal’s streaming platform — joined the streaming wars last summer, and Comcast launched Disney+ and ESPN+ on Xfinity. The company also deepened its commitment to digital equity. Its Internet Essentials program is the nation’s largest broadband adoption program, and they recently committed $1 billion over the next decade to help close the digital divide. Comcast and its subsidiaries currently have over 2,600 job openings in the U.S. across a range of functions.
Full-time headcount: 52,500 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, NYC | Fastest-growing skills: Film Production, Content Strategy, Python | In-demand jobs: Lawyer, Product Design Manager, Technical Project Manager | What you should know: Facebook is expanding its job opportunities to those in all corners of the world as the social networking giant increasingly embraces remote work. If you’re interviewing at the company, be sure to prepare an answer to ‘What were you doing on your best day at work?’ a favorite question among the company’s hiring managers. Those looking to climb the ranks at Facebook have access to internal coaching, training and mentoring programs.
Full-time headcount: 190,000 | Top U.S. locations: Los Angeles, Atlanta, NYC | Fastest-growing skills: React.js, Agent Development, Community Marketing | In-demand jobs: Real Estate Sales Agent, Operations Manager, Service Representative | What you should know: The housing market is on fire and Keller Williams is hiring real estate agents from California to Georgia to venture into the thick of it. The company places a premium on helping agents develop their personal brand and it offers several training courses on the real estate market. Applicants at all career stages are encouraged to apply for positions.
Full-time headcount: 135,000 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Denver | Fastest-growing skills: Competitive Analysis, SharePoint, Product Marketing | In-demand jobs: Site Reliability Engineer, Cloud Analyst, Cloud Architect | What you should know: Oracle prides themselves on giving employees at all levels the opportunity to build their skills, both within and beyond their current job remit. The tech firm’s mentorship program focuses on increasing its ranks of diverse leaders. Its FutureYOU program offers employees leadership and professional development opportunities. And this year, the company launched a year-long development program that aims to help women in product development roles rise into senior leadership positions.
Full-time headcount: 41,200 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Raleigh-Durham, Dallas-Fort Worth | Fastest-growing skills: Big Data, Perl, Competitive Analysis | In-demand jobs: Project Specialist, Sales Development Representative, Marketing Specialist | What you should know: The pandemic put Cisco’s mission — to connect systems and customers — to the test. When volume on the Webex video-conferencing platform tripled last April, Cisco quickly expanded its global capacity and security. The tech giant has since heavily invested in telehealth, integrating with Epic, an electronic health record software provider, to connect health care providers and patients and improve virtual care and make it more secure. The company has been hiring for several different roles to meet the increased demand for remote tech, and it currently has over 1,600 openings in the U.S.
Full-time headcount: 240,000 (including employees and physicians) | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore. | Fastest-growing skills: Diabetes, Oncology, Pharmacy | In-demand jobs: Business Process Consultant, Intensive Care Nurse, Family Physician | What you should know: Kaiser is unique in its industry, operating as both a health care provider and an insurer. As the pandemic surged, Kaiser’s resources to its staff included mental health support services, a child care stipend, paid COVID-19 leave and discounted hotel rooms for frontline workers. The health care giant also offers employees the opportunity to build their skills through what it calls “education trusts,” which provide career counseling and training programs. And all employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for up to $3,000 each year to continue their education.
Lockheed Martin is the parent company of Sikorsky and others.
Full-time headcount: 110,000 | Top U.S. locations: Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Denver | Fastest-growing skills: Employee Relations, Solution Architecture, Enterprise Software | In-demand jobs: Hardware Engineer, System Safety Engineer, Radio Frequency Engineer | What you should know: The aerospace and defense giant is willing to invest in its talent, offering 70 different apprenticeship and training programs geared toward everyone from high school students, college graduates, military veterans and those returning after a break from the workforce. Lockheed recently doubled down on its commitment to workforce development by pledging to create 8,000 new apprenticeship and training slots by 2023.
Full-time headcount: 110,000 | Top U.S. locations: Portland, Ore., San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix | Fastest-growing skills: Product Launch, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Git | In-demand jobs: Automation Engineer, Commodity Manager, Supply Chain Engineer | What you should know: Intel has doubled down on its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The chip maker takes part in an initiative led by Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures that aims to double the number of women of color graduating with computing degrees in the U.S. by 2025. And in February, the company announced a $5 million gift to historically Black college North Carolina Central University's School of Law and Tech Law Center as part of its efforts to address racial disparities in tech.
Full-time headcount: 219,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Washington, D.C., Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: Financial Statements, GAAP, Sarbanes-Oxley Act | In-demand jobs: Risk Management Associate, Valuation Associate, Assurance Associate | What you should know: The accounting and advisory firm has zeroed in on diversity and inclusion through its Accelerate 2025 program, which focuses on recruiting and supporting the advancement of women and people of color at the firm, along with a $500,000 donation to efforts to combat racial inequity. Additionally, KPMG hosts a woman-taught Accelerating Your Career Potential program geared toward supporting the growth of women leaders at the company.
Full-time headcount: 226,300 | Top U.S. locations: Seattle, Kansas City, Mo., NYC | Fastest-growing skills: Risk Management, Data Entry, Competitive Analysis | In-demand jobs: Retail Specialist, System Design Engineer, Retail Development Manager | What you should know: T-Mobile has committed to supporting the nation’s veterans and their family members. Along with exclusive phone plan pricing and virtual health care assistance, the company teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program to fund an initiative that aims to hire 10,000 veterans and veteran-spouses by 2023. The telecoms firm has also collaborated with Four Block Online to provide free online courses to military professionals exploring alternative career options.
Full-time headcount: 350,000 | Top U.S. locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, NYC | Fastest-growing skills: Business Process, Employee Engagement, Six Sigma | In-demand jobs: Member Services Specialist, Human Resources Executive, Production Controller | What you should know: The “expect more, pay less” brand says it’s spent nearly $1 billion this year “investing in the well-being, health and safety of team members.” Some 350,000 of Target’s frontline employees received $200 bonuses ahead of the holiday season, an investment that cost the company more than $70 million. The retailer also permanently raised its minimum starting wage to $15. Target had a banner year in 2020, reporting sales growth of more than $15 billion, as consumers looked to big box retailers for faster and more convenient ways to get essentials amid the pandemic.
Full-time headcount: 204,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tampa-St. Petersburg | Fastest-growing skills: Strategic Partnerships, Salesforce.com, Loss Mitigation | In-demand jobs: Operations Analyst, Vice President Financial Services, Human Resources Analyst | What you should know: The global investment giant is redefining its workday in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The firm recently announced Citi Reset Day, a company-wide holiday, to give employees time and space to catch a breath amid the pandemic. The company also instituted Zoom-Free Fridays, days without any video-conference meetings. In the same spirit of flexibility, the financial services firm announced it would adopt a hybrid in-office/remote model for the majority of its positions.
Full-time headcount: 130,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area | Fastest-growing skills: Marketing Management, Brand Development, Market Planning | In-demand jobs: Finance Manager, Director of Product Management, Research And Development Specialist | What you should know: When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Johnson & Johnson sprang into action. In March of last year, the company announced it had a vaccine candidate and that it had teamed up with the U.S. Department of Health’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority on a $1 billion initiative to find additional treatments and conduct further research. J&J has also stepped up its support for health care workers during the pandemic, committing $50 million to offer training, protective equipment, mental health services and meals to those on the front lines.
Full-time headcount: 9,500 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: PHP, Android, Executive Support | In-demand jobs: Realtor Sales Associate, Sales Administrator, Data Scientist | What you should know: Realogy puts an emphasis on opening doors to the real estate industry for workers at all levels of experience. The real estate and relocation services firm offers several different types of training opportunities to support learning and development across its business functions. The company also focuses on supporting the career advancement of women in real estate through its What Moves Her initiative, which offers events, workshops and leadership programs.
Full-time headcount: 97,000 | Top U.S. locations: Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Baltimore | Fastest-growing skills: Cloud Computing, Performance Management, Physical Security | In-demand jobs: Supply Chain Associate, Materials And Process Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer | What you should know: Northrop Grumman has launched a variety of mentorship programs geared to advance women in every stage of their technological careers. Programs include WEconnect, an initiative designed to boost engagement and retention for early-career women leaders; WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), a development program to encourage collaborative success between women on various technical action learning projects; and WiSE 2.0, a skill-development program for senior technical women to pursue their chosen career paths.
Full-time headcount: 289,500 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: Spring Framework, Product Management, Outsourcing | In-demand jobs: Technical Specialist, Engineering Manager, Sales Director | What you should know: Cognizant encourages individuals from non-STEM backgrounds to try their hand at careers in software development, data business analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The company offers free online training programs designed to give non-science majors the engineering and other skills they’ll need to start a career in tech. Cognizant also teamed up with Arizona State University to offer a digital business analyst certificate program, and its consulting arm handed out job offers to 90% of the program’s first group of grads.
Full-time headcount: 280,000 | Top U.S. locations: Nashville, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Dallas | Fastest-growing skills: Risk Management, Nutrition, Health Promotion | In-demand jobs: Administrative Resident, Operations Manager, Support Analyst | What you should know: HCA has shown up for its frontline health care workers amid the pandemic along several fronts. It committed to do no layoffs during the crisis. The hospital system also gave 100% base pay to those who needed to be quarantined, and it instituted a pandemic pay program for those whose hours were reduced, offering 70% of base pay. And the company has paid for hotel stays for frontline workers who need to avoid returning home after treating COVID-19 patients. The organization is hiring for several different roles, including some 7,000 nursing positions, to meet the pandemic’s growing demand for health care workers.
Full-time headcount: 293,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Philadelphia, Orlando | Fastest-growing skills: Cloud Computing, Visio, Risk Management | In-demand jobs: Sales Executive, Commercial Project Manager, Service Operations Manager | What you should know: Siemens offers several programs to help its employees grow from entry-level to leadership roles. Those looking for a start at the company have access to several different training and leadership development programs, where they can learn the ropes in business areas like accounting, operations and data analysis. After completing these programs, employees can pursue permanent positions at Siemens.
Salesforce is the parent company of Mulesoft and others.
Full-time headcount: 49,000 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Indianapolis, NYC | Fastest-growing skills: Product Marketing, Technical Recruiting, Online Marketing | In-demand jobs: Technical Architect, Business Architect, Marketing Account Executive | What you should know: Salesforce takes leadership development seriously, offering a range of different instructor-led and self-paced management training opportunities for its employees. To increase diversity within its leadership ranks, the company offers mentorship and career development programs for its Black, Latinx and Indigenous employees. Salesforce has pledged to have underrepresented groups account for 50% of its U.S. workforce by 2023.
Full-time headcount: 155,000 | Top U.S. locations: Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin | Fastest-growing skills: Kanban, Procurement, Logistics Management | In-demand jobs: System Integration Engineer, Design Engineer, Buyer | What you should know: General Motors’ Take 2 Career Re-Launcher Program is designed to support employees who have had an employment gap prior to joining the company full-time. The self-paced program offers training, networking and mentoring to ease the return-to-work process for its workers. This commitment extends to GM’s entire workforce, with a network of career ambassadors across the company hosting career development programs and informal gatherings for all employees.
U.S. Bank is the parent company of Elavon and others.
Full-time headcount: 70,000 | Top U.S. locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Cincinnati | Fastest-growing skills: Technical Support, Customer Retention, Vendor Management | In-demand jobs: Mortgage Specialist, Mortgage Loan Originator, Client Relationship Specialist | What you should know: U.S. Bank is the fifth largest bank in the U.S., with about 2,400 branches nationwide. In February, the company pledged $25 million to a microbusiness fund for women of color business owners as part of its U.S. Bank Access Commitment. The bank has also teamed up with the McKinsey Black Leadership Academy to offer leadership development training for its early and mid-career Black employees.
Full-time headcount: 52,000 | Top U.S. locations: Richmond, Washington, D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth | Fastest-growing skills: Quality Assurance, Refinance, Software Development | In-demand jobs: Funding Analyst, Business Analysis Manager, Auditor | What you should know: When Capital One associates began to work remotely amid the pandemic, the firm’s tech arm launched an “Invest in Yourself Day,” giving staffers one day every month to focus on personal and professional development. Associates were encouraged to use the time to work on tech certifications, take diversity courses or give a cooking or exercise class a try. The idea was so well-received that Capital One’s brand, external affairs, legal, HR, design and finance departments have since adopted the program.
Full-time headcount: 57,500 | Top U.S. locations: Bloomington, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta | Fastest-growing skills: Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Litigation, Series 6 | In-demand jobs: Technology Manager, Marketing Representative, Insurance Producer | What you should know: The insurance giant focuses on supporting the community through both its company-wide actions and its employee programs. To offer aid during the pandemic, the company offered a $2 billion dividend for its auto insurance customers in 2020 in the form of a policy credit. The company also encourages its employees to give back through its foundation, including issuing grants to individual employees and teams of staffers to participate in volunteer projects.
Full-time headcount: 60,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: M&A, Due Diligence, New Business Development | In-demand jobs: Equity Analyst, Wealth Management Analyst, Fixed Income Analyst | What you should know: Morgan Stanley pledged not to make any layoffs in 2020 to help employees weather the pandemic, and they kept to that promise. And for those looking to make their way back to the workforce, the bank offers 12-week internships that help ease the process and can lead to permanent positions at the company.
FedEx is the parent company of TNT and others.
Full-time headcount: 600,000 | Top U.S. locations: Memphis, NYC, Dallas-Fort Worth | Fastest-growing skills: P&L Management, Employee Training, Video Editing | In-demand jobs: Administrative Specialist, Engineering Specialist, Full Stack Engineer | In the news: FedEx has seen rapid growth amid surging e-commerce demand through the pandemic. And it hired 70,000 warehouse employees to assist with the 2020 holiday season. In March, the shipping giant set a public goal to become carbon neutral by 2040, a $2 billion program that will involve vehicle electrification and carbon sequestration initiatives.
Full-time headcount: 90,000 | Top U.S. locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul, NYC, Denver | Fastest-growing skills: Diabetes, Insurance, Commercialization | In-demand jobs: Clinical Consultant, Mechanical Design Engineer, Research And Development Engineer | What you should know: When it comes to advancement, medical device maker Medtronic is a firm believer in learning by doing. The company’s Experience Cafe program allows employees to take on short-term “stretch assignments” to try out new projects and roles. To fine-tune their staffers’ leadership skills, Medtronic offers an EDGE program that involves management simulations, online courses and classroom sessions.
Full-time headcount: 190,000 | Top U.S. locations: Detroit, Louisville, Chicago | Fastest-growing skills: Product Launch, Quality Assurance, Pricing Strategy | In-demand jobs: Manufacturing Engineer, Assembly Line Worker, Salesperson | What you should know: Ford jumped into action in the wake of the pandemic through its Project Apollo, an initiative to design and manufacture personal protective equipment for first responders and members of the broader community. Recent graduates looking to get a sense of what kind of career they might like to pursue can take advantage of Ford’s College Graduate Program. The multi-year rotational program gives participants a taste of assignments in several divisions, including IT, manufacturing, HR and finance.
Full-time headcount: 481,000 | Top U.S. locations: NYC, Atlanta, Louisville | Fastest-growing skills: AutoCAD, Industrial Engineering, Software Installation | In-demand jobs: Training Supervisor, Ramp Agent, Accounting Manager | What you should know: UPS hired hundreds of thousands hourly and seasonal workers last year to keep up with the demands of shipping and over 100,000 new hires were brought on for the holiday season alone. The company offers a variety of training opportunities for employees at all levels, including a leadership development program in partnership with Emory University. The company also strives to promote from within — its current chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer started her career at UPS as a package car driver.
Full-time headcount: 4,100 | Top U.S. locations: Baltimore, Washington, D.C., NYC | Fastest-growing skills: Autodesk Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, C++ | In-demand jobs: Field Engineer, Project Engineer | What you should know: The construction management firm is all about giving new hires as much experience as possible, giving its field and project engineers cross training in each other’s respective disciplines. This broad range of training helps employees identify several different paths to advancement along their career journey. The company also provides paths for employees interested in specializing in areas like environmental health and safety, sustainability, and electrical and mechanical specialities.
Full-time headcount: 4,600 | Top U.S. locations: Dallas-Fort Worth, Raleigh-Durham, Phoenix | Fastest-growing skills: Civil Engineering, AutoCAD, Engineering Training | In-demand jobs: Landscape Architect, Planning Analyst, Civil Engineer | What you should know: The planning, design and engineering consulting firm offers opportunities for women in engineering through its Lasting Impact for Tomorrow (LIFT) initiative. The program offers networking events, career development programs as well as back-up childcare and maternity transition coaches.
Full-time headcount: 500,000 | Top U.S. locations: Atlanta, NYC, Los Angeles | Fastest-growing skills: Operating Systems, Active Directory, Interior Design | In-demand jobs: Supply Chain Associate, Service Associate, Fulfillment Associate | What you should know: The home improvement retail chain showed up for its employees and customers during the pandemic along several fronts. The company added 80 hours of paid time off for its full-time hourly workers, and it gave an additional 160 hours of paid time off for those over 65 and those at particular risk of contracting COVID-19. Home Depot also doubled its overtime pay for hourly workers and offered unlimited access to mental health counseling during this time. And the company is committed to its retail employees’ career advancement, with some 90% of its store leaders starting out as hourly associates.
Full-time headcount: 47,000 | Top U.S. locations: Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Raleigh-Durham | Fastest-growing skills: Estate Planning, ETFs, Business Process Improvement | In-demand jobs: Customer Representative, Planning Associate, Vice President of Finance | What you should know: Fidelity Investments plans to hire 3,000 employees over the next six months in roles ranging from technologists to client-facing representatives. The company is expanding into more than 20 new markets to access more diverse pools of licensed financial planners including Philadelphia, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Detroit, Phoenix, Atlanta, and more. Once in the door, staffers have access to several different kinds of mentorship and career coaching, ranging from formal to informal, and group workshops as well as 1:1 sessions.
Full-time headcount: 102,400 | Top U.S. locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Seattle | Fastest-growing skills: Scrum, Mobile Applications, C++ | In-demand jobs: User Experience Designer, Marketing Representative, Full Stack Engineer | What you should know: The global software giant stepped up for employees during the pandemic, offering additional paid time off and assistance with remote learning for employees’ children. SAP also invested in mental health support services for its workers, and it offered a global mental health holiday. The company offers several opportunities for career development, including mentorship opportunities and a fellowship program that allows employees to try a different role for a short period of time.