Updated January 24, 2013The best U.S. retail companies to work for have stayed the same, for the most part, from 2006 through 2013, according to Fortune Magazine’s annual "100 Best Companies to Work For” list. In looking at the 2013 best retail employers, there are no surprises in the names of the retail best companies, but there is plenty of ranking movement with those best retail employers, when compared to the 2012 Best Companies to Work For list. The biggest changes for the “best” retail employers include:
- The Container Store rose 6 positions in the 2013 Best Companies to Work For rankings, which moved the private retail storage and organization retail chain ahead of Zappos.com and Mercedes Benz.
- Darden rose 34 positions in the rankings, moving from #99 to #65, which presumably means that Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse better places to work than Whole Foods, Nordstrom, Build-a-Bear, QuikTrip, Starbucks, Publix, or CarMax
After a challenging sales year in 2013, Build-a-Bear fell 16 ranking positions compared to other “best” employers.
- Zappos, a legendary leader in workplace engagement and employee relationships fell 20 positions in the 2013 Best Companies to Work For list.
In general, the trend was downward for U.S. retail employers. Only 4 retail chains rose in the best employers rankings, compared to 10 retail chains which fell in the 2013 Best Retail Companies to Work For list. Since Fortune’s “best” judgement is primarily based on perks and benefits, either retail industry employers are offering fewer of them or else the “best” employers from other industries are offering more.
What follows is a list of the U.S. retail industry companies that were included on the 2013 Best Companies to Work for List compiled by Fortune Magazine. hese are the companies in the U.S. retail industry that have been judged to be the best employers, compared to employers from all other industries in the U.S.
On the next page are the Best Retail Companies to Work For lists from previous years, and on the third page is an 8-year comparison of the retail companies that have been designated as best retail employers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Fortune Magazine's 2013 Best Retail Companies to Work For:
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16 The Container Store
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17 Recreational Equipment (REI)
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37 Nugget Market
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50 Men's Wearhouse
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65 Darden Restaurants
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77 Publix Super Markets
78 Build-A-Bear Workshop
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Each of the yearly ranking lists below are arranged according to the rankings in the left column which were assigned by Fortune Magazine's editors. The number ranking assigned is compared to the ranking of 100 top employers from all U.S. industries.
See also a five-year comparison of Best Retail Employers arranged alphabetically
Five-year comparison of Best Retail Employers arranged alphabetically