Financial news website Forbes.com, along with Statista, compiled a list of the best employers in each of the fifty states. They surveyed 80,000 employees with companies of at least 500 workers, asking them to rank their companies on criteria including safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement and openness to telecommuting. Statista then asked respondents how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others, and to nominate organizations in industries outside their own.

The companies in New Jersey that scored the highest were:

  1. Hard Rock International
  2. PSEG
  3. Microsoft
  4. Apple
  5. Barclay’s
  6. Merck & Co.
  7. Costco Wholesale
  8. IBM
  9. Princeton University
  10. Wegman’s Food Markets
  11. Whole Foods Markets
  12. Johnson & Johnson
  13. Lockheed Martin
  14. Educational Testing Service
  15. JLL
  16. Nike
  17. Michael’s Stores
  18. Morgan Stanley
  19. Selective Insurance
  20. Bank of America
  21. Cherry Hill Public Schools
  22. TD Bank
  23. Inspira Health Network
  24. New Jersey Transit
  25. NJM Insurance Group

While there are globally recognized brands on the list, it’s nice to see local employers holding their own. It’s not just the big boys who work to keep their employees, its businesses like Princeton University or the Cherry Hill Public School District, as well.

The complete list is here.

Nationally, Target and the U.S. Postal Service appeared on the Forbes list of top employers in 32 states, tied for the most among any employers.

Bank of America, Home Depot and the U.S. Department of Defense are ranked in 29 states, Walmart in 27, FedEx in 26 and UPS in 25.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. Any opinions expressed are Bill Doyle's own.

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