Top 10 companies for career development
Looking to hone your skills and advance your career? Our exclusive Monster • kununu Workplace Happiness Index ranks U.S. companies that have the best opportunities for career development.
When was the last time you learned something new at work? Added a skill to your resume? Earned a promotion or raise?
If you really have to think about it, then that’s a big problem. Your company should be invested in your career development—whether by offering mentorship programs or opportunities for advancement.
Fortunately, some best-in-class companies understand the value of investing in their employees’ career development—and they’re ready to give you want you want and need to help advance your career.
In a recent poll, Monster asked our users to rank the most important workplace factors, aside from salary. The results showed that many are looking for career development, with 14% saying it’s the most important workplace factor.
We took this data a step further, and worked with our partners at employer-review site kununu to create the first ever Monster • kununu Workplace Happiness Index. Using kununu’s 18 key dimensions of workplace satisfaction, we identified the companies with the highest overall level of career development. Then, through an exclusive Monster analysis of data from the TalentNeuron tool from insights and technology company CEB we culled job market analysis on hiring history at these companies, and matched it with job listings on Monster.
The winners are a diverse mix that crosses the industrial spectrum—from retail companies to fast food. But don’t just take our word that these are great companies to work for. Take it from the people who know the best: current and former employees who left reviews on kununu’s site. See if you too would like to grow your career at one of the companies below.
Corporate headquarters: Richmond Heights, Ohio
What they do: OMNI Systems is one of the largest, privately owned label converters in the U.S.
Number of jobs in 2017: 5
Frequently hiring for: Printing press operators, business development sales executives
Why they’re on the list: Reviewers say that at OmniSystems, “forward thinking and innovation are demonstrated every day.” Here, you find “good advancement opportunities” and “on- and off-site continual training as well as educational assistance.” It’s a “dynamic company to work for” that “gives you the opportunity to expand on your abilities and grow with the company.” And the company’s leadership seems to be behind this 100%. People say the CEO and founder of the company is a “fantastic leader with vision” who is willing to take risks, but also “shows a sincere interest in employees” and “lends support and guidance to assist in achieving success.”
2. Progressive Insurance
Corporate headquarters: Mayfield, Ohio
What they do: One of the largest auto insurers in the U.S., Progressive also insures homes, boats, motorcycles, and RVs.
Number of jobs in 2017: 1,803
Why they’re on the list: Just look at how happy Flo is in Progressive’s commercials. That level of enthusiasm is seen by both current and former employees, where reviewers say career development is “encouraged and celebrated.” According to the company’s website, Progressive offers nine employee resource groups, including a Network of Empowered Women and Disabilities Awareness Network.
3. Berkshire Hathaway
Corporate headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska
What they do: Run by the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway serves as a holding company for a multitude of businesses, including Helzberg Diamonds, Kraft Heinz, and the residential real estate broker HomeServices of America.
Number of jobs in 2017: 17,579
Why they’re on the list: Career development is what employees like most about Berkshire Hathaway. In fact, a common response from multiple reviewers, when asked what they like most about the company, was the “many career growth opportunities.” Additionally, many of Berkshire Hathaway’s businesses provide continued training and group networking events.
4. United States Army
Corporate headquarters: Washington, D.C.
What they do: A branch of the United States Armed Forces, the army provides land-based military protection..
Number of jobs in 2017: 64
Why they’re on the list: The U.S. Army really cares about your career development, with reviewers describing it as the “greatest training place in the world.” As one reviewer put it: “Every leader in the Army will help you to become a leader yourself, whether by being a mentor or showing you where to get the proper training.”
5. Kaiser Permanente Insurance
Corporate headquarters: Oakland, California
What they do: Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit group-practice health plan, with aspirations to be the world leader in improving health through high-quality integrated health care, according to its website.
Number of jobs in 2017: 29,862
Why they’re on the list: Kaiser Permanente cares about its employees’ career development in more ways than one. On the company’s career planning website, they offer a toolkit for career assessment, career counseling services, roadmaps of established career paths, courses to learn critical skills, and tuition reimbursement opportunities.
Corporate headquarters: Media, Pennsylvania
What they do: Wawa operates convenience retail stores in six states plus the District of Columbia.
Number of jobs in 2017: 970
Why they’re on the list: Reviewers say that Wawa “offers many ways [for you] to develop personally and professionally,” and “there are always ways to advance your career.” According to the company’s website, Wawa believes “it is our responsibility to cultivate our associates’ skills and abilities to help them realize their full potential.” Additionally, Wawa offers development programs, mentor programs, traditional classroom workshops, and employee resource groups.
Corporate headquarters: Chevy Chase, Maryland
What they do: Geico is the second largest auto insurance company in the U.S.
Number of jobs in 2017: 1,820
Why they’re on the list: Reviewers say, “There are lots of opportunities to move up” at Geico. “Education is a high priority” here, not to mention the fact that the car insurance company offers “career development classes and courses for any and all positions or just for skill building.”
Corporate headquarters: Bellevue, Washington
What they do: T-Mobile is a provider of wireless voice, messaging, and data services.
Number of jobs in 2017: 13,449
Why they’re on the list: At T-Mobile, reviewers say, “They let you own your development.” “There are clear stages and paths to development with an advisor program and opportunities to work in the training department” once you become an advisor. One reviewer even said they were “promoted three times in the four years” they’ve been at the company.
9. United States Navy
Corporate headquarters: Washington, D.C.
What they do: A branch of the United States military, the Navy provides combat on any major body of water.
Number of jobs in 2017: 507
Why they’re on the list: Similar to the Army, the Navy places tremendous value on leadership to ensure that each member reaches their full potential. “Here, natural leaders are drawn to the pursuit of positions of influence and importance, and emerging leaders are challenged to build leadership skills through ongoing leadership development,” says their website.
10. TJX Companies
Corporate headquarters: Framingham, Massachusetts
What they do: TJX is an international fashion and home décor retail conglomerate, which owns the Marshalls, HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, and Sierra Trading Post brands.
Number of jobs in 2017: 5,419
Why they’re on the list: Reviewers say, “On a large scale, TJX is very supportive of its employees.” “The company will invest time in anyone who shows a strong desire to move up and sends those people to leadership classes.” At the individual level, “employees are cross-trained and know everything they should for their department.”
The Monster•kununu Workplace Happiness Index includes industry data provided by kununu from August 2016 to July 2017. Reviews on kununu are broken down into 18 key dimensions of workplace satisfaction with each dimension assigned a star rating. The above information takes into account the average of those ratings over a 12-month period. Only companies with a minimum of 15 reviews were considered.
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