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The top companies for HR comprise a substantial list that Workforce puts together every year. To compile the list, Workforce works with the Human Capital Media Advisory Group researchers and collects data from employees of the companies.

As millennials replace retiring baby boomers, a generational and cultural shift occurs. Motivating and inspiring the changing workforce is at the center of attracting and retaining talent in the future. Cutting-edge firms experiment with a mixture of creative perks and culture to keep the best and brightest happy at work.

The happiest workers frequently work for companies that use innovative business models to challenge the status quo of an industry. Here are the top ten.

American Express

American Express believes unique skills and diverse backgrounds make the company stronger. The company consistently focuses on the unexpected. They are not afraid to reinvent themselves. The company embraces change. Talented employees successfully take big risks. American Express prides itself in being

  • Risk takers
  • Problem solvers
  • Collaborators

Challenges are never too big or customer requests too small. The workforce is passionate, curious, and excited about the work they do every day. American Express values include:

  • Dedicated outstanding service
  • Respect
  • Quality
  • Integrity
  • Security
  • Trust

Google Inc.

Google’s HR has the title People Operations. The team and the administrative staff are creative and curious colleagues anchoring workers to the company’s foundation and helping them shoot for the moon. The mantra for the People Operations team is ‘Find them, grow them, keep them.’

They have dedication toward a distinct, inclusive culture used in staffing and development. Coworkers are proud Google colleagues who aid in helping the company thrive. The company uses ideas, research, and practices that put people first.


Accenture is a thought leader and innovator in HR. It has identified key characteristics of HR needed to impact and improve business models.

  • Discover and broker new talent sources
  • Build an empowered and adaptive culture
  • Apply fact-based analytics and science
  • Develop an organization of learning
  • Redefine career paths and jobs that foster external and internal worker mobility

An integration of HR strategy, operation model, and supportive processes transforms the organization into a nimble entity capable of accomplishing new levels of business value.


The Human Resources division of USAA offers unique opportunities for workers to showcase their expertise with the best Fortune 100 companies to work for. The company is a world-class organization that has a mission to serve the men and women who served our nation with honor.

Included are the U.S. military personnel, their associates, and their families. USAA offers competitive benefits and salaries, world-class retirement and health programs, and programs exclusively dedicated to career development and training.

AT&T Inc.

AT&T believes when people with different talents and ideas come together, something amazing happens. The company is invested in what their world changing workers can do, which is anything they put time and effort into. AT&T partners with IDEAL, an employee resource group, to raise awareness and sensitivity of the disability community. The company has the distinction of being one of the top ten companies for people with disabilities.

IBM Corp.

The men and women employed by IBM are a paramount priority. Founder, Thomas J. Watson, once said, “They say a man is known for the company he keeps. We say in our business that a company is known by the men it keeps.” There are three fundamental principles the management follows.

  • Respect for the individual
  • Pay and promote on merit
  • Maintain communication between employee and manager

IBM helps workers develop their potential and make the best use of their abilities. Disagreements come with a fair hearing opportunity and equitable settlement.

General Electric Co.

General Electric experiments with successful business models. Its HR policy is one of the most sophisticated. The policy focuses on potential through executive development. Performance-based meritocracy makes General Electric and all corporate America a ‘CEO factory.’ General Electric’s management is among the most successful worldwide.

HR management is a strategic function where human capitalization factors into the strategy decision-making and corporate planning processes. The company recognizes the need to engage senior HR professionals as part of the executive management team.

Proctor & Gamble Co.

The HR department at Proctor & Gamble is the champion of the more than 95,000 employees. The company provides more than payroll and benefits. The department is a business-integrated partner that helps some of the greatest professional talents in the world.

The company operates in more than 70 countries. Business leaders around the world drive the growth of the firm. A nurturing culture that includes stewardship, policy, coaching and inclusion allows the workers to give peak performance on a daily basis.

Nike Inc.

The role of HR traditionally carries out administrative functions and payroll and upholds positive employee relations. Current HR personnel explaned the role to include:

  • Ensuring the business meets safety, health, and employment legal requirements
  • Deal with financial matters like benefits and pay
  • Introduce changes that promote a positive work environment such as training and induction
  • Puts systems in place that show a tangible return on investment in people

The role of HR is to demonstrate why workers are the company’s most profitable resource.


Attracting and keeping skilled and talented workers is an important challenge faced by organizations today. No matter how well-designed a strategy is, to be successful, it needs the right people, the right behavior and skills, the right motivation, and the right leader support.

KPMG’s Strategic Human Resource Management focuses on optimal design of Human Resources function and strategic transformation. Services vary and include:

  • Adapting HR management
  • Corporate ideology assessment
  • Management change
  • Organizational design
  • Advice on rewarding structures

Companies that Are Also Ranked High in HR

The practices and philosophies of the top ten, selected by Workforce, serve as examples of what earns a place in the rankings. Other companies that meet the criteria are:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Genentech Inc.
  • Deloitte
  • Facebook Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • Marriott International Inc.
  • Intel Corp.
  • Capital One Financial Corp.
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Co.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Quicken Loans Inc.
  • Inc.
  • U.S. Bank
  • Apple Inc.
  • Comcast Corp.
  • The 3M Co.
  • Verizon Communications
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • EMC Corp.
  • Wells Fargo & Co.
  • SAS Institute Inc.
  • Boeing Co.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Pepsico Inc.
  • Walt Disney Co.
  • Delta Airlines Inc.
  • Bain & Co.
  • Publix Super Markets Inc.
  • Mastercard Inc.
  • Starbucks Corp.
  • UPS Inc.
  • Monsanto Co.
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • BASF
  • Dell Inc.
  • Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
  • Chevron Phillipi Chemical
  • Hyatt Hotels Corp.
  • Quicktrip Corp.
  • Prudential Financial Inc.
  • Inc.
  • Twitter Inc.
  • LinkedIn Corp.
  • Eastman Chemical Co.
  • Unilever
  • Adobe Systems Inc.
  • EY
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kimberly Clark Corp.
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • T-Mobile US Inc.
  • Colgate-Palmolive Co.
  • Costco Wholesale Corp.
  • Nordstrom Inc.
  • Deere & Co.
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Novo Nordisk
  • State Farm Automobile Insurance Co.
  • Merck & Co.
  • Texas Health Resources
  • Schlumberger
  • Cerner Corp.
  • World Wide Technology Inc.
  • Exxon Mobile Corp.
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Workday Inc. Nielsen Holding Inc.
  • Enterprise Holding Inc.
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
  • Hyland Software Inc.
  • Solarcity Corp.
  • McDonald’s Corp.
  • Stryker Corp.
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Union Pacific Corp.
  •  JM Family Enterprises Inc.
  • Dow Chemical Co.