20 Great Places to Shop -- and Work

Posted by Sarah Lewis-Kulin on November 19 2014

Today, Great Rated! released its People's Picks in retail: 20 companies that employees say stand above the rest in anonymous surveys. Whether you're looking for a great place to take your career – or just want to support companies that treat their people well – these organizations prove that supportive workplaces can thrive even in the highly competitive realm of grocery stores, consumer goods and even car dealerships.

The 385,000 people represented by the winning companies praise the creative ways their employers accommodate personal schedules, invest in meaningful professional advancement and award special benefits. As the holiday shopping season heats up, it's worth considering the point of view from the other side of the register. At the companies below, 90 percent of the employees proudly say their company is a great place to work.

The 2014 Great Rated! People's Picks in Retail:

Large Companies

1. CustomInk
2. Build-a-Bear
3. QuikTrip Corporation
4. Nugget Market, Inc.
5. Wegmans Food Markets
6. The Container Store
7. Carmax
8. JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
9. L.L.Bean
10. Publix Super Markets, Inc.
11. Sheetz, Inc.
12. Zappos.com, Inc.
13. Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
14. Whole Foods Market
15. DSW, Inc.

Small and Medium Companies

1. Pro Athlete, Inc.
2. Room & Board
3. Etsy
4. Goodmans Interior Structures
5. Zozi


All rankings are decided by employees themselves: The 20 winning companies were selected based on the average scores of nearly 20,000 employees who were surveyed using the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work®’s employee assessment survey. The ranking includes the 15 companies with the highest total scores among large companies with 1,000 or more employees and the five companies with the highest total scores among small and medium-sized companies with fewer than 1,000 employees.