The Best Companies — Best Places — for Job-Seekers

We’ve broken these rankings of best places to work into three categories: best places to work or live for all job-seekers; best places to work for types of job-seekers; and lists of more lists.

Best Companies/Employers:

The Quintessential Directory of Company Career Centers, where you can find links to the job/career/employment centers of some of the “best” employers.

Best Places to Work or Live:

The Best Cities to Live and Work In, from Besides listing the 20 best cities for job openings, this site also lists the 20 best cities for entry-level job-seekers, mid-career job-seekers, and married with children job-seekers.

America’s Most Admired Companies — annual review and ranking from the editors of Fortune magazine. Winners were chosen from the 1,000 largest U.S. companies (ranked by revenues) and the 25 largest U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies, as ranked by executives, directors, and securities analysts.

Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers — annual review of 200 major metropolitan areas by the editors at Forbes based on growth in jobs and earned income, plus a measure of activity in critical technologies that foster future growth.

The Employee Ownership 100 — a list of the largest companies in the U.S. that are over 50% owned by a broad employee ownership plan such as an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), a stock purchase plan, etc. From The National Center for Employee Ownership.

100 Best Companies to Work For — annual review and ranking from the editors of Fortune magazine. Includes both public and private companies, in 20 different fields and 30 states (though the majority also have multiple locations in the U.S. and abroad), with a majority of rankings determined by employee survey results. — a great site for those job-seekers considering relocating. By taking a multiple question quiz on your preference to a variety of subjects (such as cost of living, entertainment and culture, crime rates, etc.), you get a collection of cities and towns that match your interests. Free to job-seekers.

World’s Most Ethical Companies, from Ethisphere Magazine, published by the Ethisphere Institute. Find companies that use ethical leadership as a purposeful method to drive profits.

Sperling’s — where you’ll find a wealth of data, statistics, and comparisons about U.S. cities, counties, and foreign countries.

Best Places to Work by Job-Seeker:

50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S.Latina Style magazine provides a national listing of the top 50 companies providing the best professional opportunities for Latinas and Hispanic working woman.

100 Best Companies for Working MothersWorking Mother magazine ranks the top 100 companies, stating that the organizations that made the list are today’s leaders of that ongoing movement toward better benefits, more family- and female-friendly policies, and a healthier, happier American workforce.

Top Companies for Executive Women — from the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a ranking of those companies that are committed to helping women reach the top — and stay there.

Lists of Lists:

Best Companies — from JobStar, a collection of Web listings for “best companies,” including national lists and lists for Northern and Southern California.

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