Employees Rank the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 21 2015

Great Rated! is excited to announce its 2015 People's Picks in manufacturing and production. These 15 companies stand out as the top workplaces in these sectors, based on anonymous surveys of their employees:

Large Companies

 

Rank

Company

Type of business:

1

Hilcorp

Oil and gas exploration and production

2

Stryker

Medical device and surgical equipment manufacturer

3

Devon Energy

Oil and gas exploration and production

4

Arthrex Inc.

Surgical supply manufacturer

5

W. L. Gore & Associates

Manufacturer of fluoropolymer materials

6

EOG Resources Inc.

Oil and gas exploration and production

7

JM Family Enterprises Inc.

Vehicle distribution, processing, sales and other services

8

Mars Inc.

Food manufacturer

9

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Designer and manufacturer of electrical equipment

10

Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Oil and gas exploration and production

Small Companies

 

Rank

Company

Type of business:

1

Tactical Electronics

Police and military equipment manufacturer

2

Field Fastener Supply Company

Distribution and warehousing company that supplies fasteners and supply chain management services to manufacturers

3

FONA International Inc.

Manufactures food and beverage flavorings

4

Clif Bar & Company

Makes and markets organic food and beverages

5

American Transmission Company

Owns and operates the high-voltage electric transmission grid in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois

As you can see in their individual Great Rated! employer reviews, these companies make a point to support their people in a range of meaningful ways. Among the strengths common to these workplaces are a genuine commitment to safety and an overall culture that inspires a sense of pride. For example, the share of employees who feel they have a safe work environment averages 96 percent among the large companies above. While among the smaller companies, the share of employees who say they're proud to tell others where they work also averages 96 percent.

“This company has found the perfect combination of serious business in the defense industry and a fun, light-hearted place to work,” says one employee at Tactical Electronics. Leading the small employers list, this company helps build up its team with scavenger hunts, trampoline dodgeball tournaments and an all-expenses-paid vacation for its employee of the year.

At the top of the large-employer list, Hilcorp takes employee buy-in literally, with profit sharing and other programs that give its team a true stake in its success. Says one employee, "The compensation plan at Hilcorp is the most unique and rewarding plan I have ever experienced or heard of. The bonuses and the opportunity to invest and participate in the company's projects not only provide a means to build wealth and financial security, but also give us all an incentive to do our best at all times."

How We Ranked the Companies:

The 15 Great Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production is a “best of the best” ranking. Of the 600 companies recently surveyed using the Trust Index© employee survey, 44 self-identified as manufacturing and production companies. Over 34,000 employees from these companies completed the survey and answered 58 questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace.