#057 Three Amazing Employers – Case Studies

What Makes an Amazing Employer?

This month’s theme for my podcasts and blogs is the most important qualities in an employer. Last week, I talked about what employees value most in an employer. Today, we are talking about what makes an amazing employer.

I chose three employers from this year’s Forbes’ list of top American employers. I picked companies from a range of industries who were amazing for very different reasons.

Case Study #1 – Michelin North America

  • Michelin offers a “purpose-driven career with a purpose-driven company.”
  • 31% of their employees are Millennials; 22% of their workforce has a tenure of more than 20 years.
  • Michelin is dedicated to reducing CO2 emissions.

Employee Evaluations indicate the following:

  • Great Challenges: 91%
  • Great Atmosphere: 89%
  • Great Rewards: 85%
  • Great Pride: 93%
  • Great Communication: 88%
  • Great Bosses: 88%

Some of the benefits at Michelin:

  • Tire service/tire rebate for family members
  • Health incentives / subsidized fitness
  • Corporate jet shuttle
  • Parental leave
  • Business networks for LGBTQ, Hispanics, etc.
  • Onsite health facilities
  • Partnership with Yellowstone National Park for service
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Job sharing
  • Remote work option
  • Compressed work week
  • Onsite amenities, like cafeterias, mother’s rooms, and entertainment

Case Study #2 – Costco

Although I couldn’t find the wealth of information about Costco that I found for Michelin, the consistent thing I did see was employee satisfaction with compensation and benefits.

In fact, even part-time employees are eligible for benefits.

Growth potential was another strength of Costco.

I saw several articles that referenced the “family” atmosphere of the employees at Costco.

Although the information I saw spoke specifically of the in-store employees, I think it’s safe to assume that the family atmosphere, growth potential, and good benefits extends to the corporate offices in Washington.

Case Study #3 – Google

Here are the key aspects to Google’s ranking:

  • Job satisfaction
  • Mission
  • Compensation
  • Telecommute
  • Low-stress


  • Free meals
  • Fitness facilities
  • Paid parental leave
  • On-site childcare
  • Passion projects

What’s the message here? Many companies are great; many are not so great. The important thing is for you to do your self-homework so you know what is most important to you in an employer. Then, do your research to find those companies that offer what you are looking for.

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