Fortune released its annual list of the 100 best companies to work for, with eight Florida companies being featured on the prestigious list.
With the global COVID-19 pandemic ushering in a set of new challenges in the workplace, companies across the nation were forced to adjust how they did business in 2020. With that in mind, Fortune wanted this year’s list to honor the most heroic companies that put “people over profits.”
To compile the list, Fortune partnered with Great Place to Work to survey over half a million employees on issues including how trustworthy, caring, and fair the company is in times of crises; employees’ physical, emotional, and financial health: and the company’s broader community impact.
This year’s list featured a list of well-known companies, many of which are headquartered in the Sunshine State.
Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG), based in Weston, was the top Florida company on the list, coming in at No. 6. The American multinational technology company, also headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, provides workforce management and human capital management solutions.
“Normally when companies merge of this size … their scores plummet — that didn’t happen here. Why not? Because this group came together, virtually, and the leadership stayed true to their values by ensuring every employee feels respected, valued, supported, and cared for equitably and equally,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work, in a video message announcing UKG’s ranking on the 2021 list.
Also making the list was Lakeland-based Publix. The grocery retail chain, which has been responsible for the state’s massive vaccine distribution, came in at No. 42 on the list. This marks the 24th time the company was recognized by Fortune.
“For over 90 years, we’ve remained focused on serving our customers and communities and taking care of each other,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “Over the past year, our country has faced many challenges and much uncertainty, making the role of the supermarket more essential than ever. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our associates, we’re pleased to receive this prestigious recognition.”
Making the cut for the first time was Melbourne-based L3Harris Technologies, which landed at No. 80. The technology company specializes in defense and communications and employs 48,000 people. They also hired another 6,000 during the pandemic.
“L3Harris’ success is driven by our 48,000 dedicated employees who are committed to excellence and delivering mission-critical solutions to customers around the globe,” said William M. Brown, Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “We strive to establish an inclusive, high-performance culture that supports their efforts with a positive work environment and exciting career opportunities where they can help create a safer and more secure world.”
Other Florida companies making the list include Baptist Health South Florida (No. 45), DHL Express U.S. (No. 57), Citrix (No. 60), BayCare Health Systems (No. 68) and JM Family Enterprises (No. 94).
See the complete list here.