Forbes names 800 best employers—and 60 schools made the cut


Forbes last week released its rankings of "America's Best Employers" and "America's Best Midsize Employers" for 2017. 

For the rankings, Forbes worked with statistics firm Statista to cull data from a survey of 30,000 U.S. employees. In the survey, respondents were asked to rate on a scale from zero to 10 how likely they were to recommend their organization to family or friends. The survey also asked employees to recommend companies other than their own.

The "Best Employers" list features 500 companies with more than 5,000 employees. The "Best Midsize Employers" list includes 300 companies with between 1,000 and 5,000 workers.

Large employers list

The large employers list includes 25 educational institutions:

15. University of Miami

27. Duke University

55. Montgomery County Public Schools

59. Johns Hopkins University

68. Harvard University

69. University of Alabama, Birmingham

70. Cornell University

73. Case Western Reserve University

79. University of California, Irvine

80. University of California, Los Angeles

84. Ohio State University, Columbus

85. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

92. Stanford University

94. Michigan State University

96. University of South Carolina

100. Northwestern University

105. Emory University

113. Yale University

121. Drexel University

137. University of Pittsburgh

138. Frisco Independent School District

141. University of Utah

157. Howard County Public Schools

166. University of Virginia

167. University of Washington

According to Forbes, Costco Wholesale, based in Issaquah, Washington, ranked No. 1 on the large employers list.

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Midsize employers list

The list of midsize employers includes 35 educational institutions:

8. Georgetown University

16. Boston College

17. Western Michigan University

25. University of North Texas

28. Princeton University

36. Rochester Institute of Technology

44. Maricopa County Community College District

46. Lehigh University

58. Southeast Missouri State University

61. University of New Hampshire – Main Campus

74. Medical University of South Carolina

79. University of Vermont

84. San Francisco State University

94. University of Oregon

97. California State University, Northridge

99. Broward College

103. Idaho State University

105. George Mason University

106. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

107. Brown University

109. California Institute of Technology

127. California State University, Sacramento

128. Baylor University

133. Nova Southeastern University

139. Texas State University

142. Creighton University

143. DePaul University

146. Springfield Public Schools

156. Tufts University

165. Brigham Young University

170. Kent State University – Kent Campus

176. Salem-Keizer School District

177. Auburn University

181. Clemson University

185. Old Dominion University

Lush, a retail cosmetics and personal care products company based in the United Kingdom, ranked No. 1 on the midsize employers list (Kauflin, Forbes, 5/9; Forbes, "America's Best Employers," accessed 5/10; Strauss, Forbes, 5/9; "America's Best Midsize Employers," accessed 5/10).  

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