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Forbes releases list of best employers in Mississippi

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Nearly 20 businesses in Mississippi have been featured on Forbes’ recent list of “America’s Best Employers By State.”

Forbes’ list includes results from an anonymous survey taken by approximately 70,000 employees at companies in all 50 states that have a minimum of 500 workers.

The results selected the top companies that had the majority of workers state that they are extremely or very satisfied with their jobs, with the final tally totaling 17 employers in Mississippi alone.

In the survey, each employee was asked if they would recommend their employer to others, as well as to evaluate the company based on working conditions, diversity, compensation packages, potential for development, company image, and more.

Forbes added that a total of 1,392 organizations made at least one state list while 269 ranked in multiple states.

Here’s this year’s list of best employers by rank in Mississippi:

Ranking Name Employees Headquarters CEO Industry Year Founded
1 NASA 17,330 Washington, D.C. Bill Nelson Aerospace & Defense 1958
2 Mississippi State University 5,216 Mississippi State, Mississippi Mark E. Keenum Education 1878
3 HII 43,000 Newport News, Virginia Christopher D. Kastner Aerospace & Defense 2011
4 MGM Resorts 65,000 Las Vegas, Nevada William Joseph Hornbuckle IV Travel & Leisure 1986
5 Caterpillar 109,100 Deerfield, Illinois Donald James Umpleby III Engineering, Manufacturing 1925
6 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi Rodney Bennett Education 1910
7 University of Mississippi Medical Center 10,000 Jackson, Mississippi Glenn F. Boyce Healthcare & Social 1955
8 Nissan Motor 134,114 Smyrna, Tennessee Makoto Uchida Automotive 1933
9 Entergy 12,000 New Orleans, Louisiana Drew Marsh Utilities 1913
10 Desoto County School District 4,165 Hernando, Mississippi Education 1871
11 Target 440,000 Minneapolis, Minnesota Brian C. Cornell Retail and Wholesale 1902
12 United States Department of Defense 3,400,000 Arlington County, Virginia Lloyd J. Austin III Government Services 1947
13 University of Mississippi Main Campus 10,000 Lafayette, Mississippi Glenn Boyce Education 1844
14 St. Dominic Hospital Jackson, Mississippi Kristin Wolkart Healthcare & Social 1946
15 North Mississippi Medical Center 7,200 Tupelo, Mississippi Michael S. Spees Healthcare & Social 1937
16 Hancock Whitney Bank 4,005 Gulfport, Mississippi John M. Hairston Banking and Financial Services 1899
17 Rankin County School District 2,312 Brandon, Mississippi Shane Sanders Education 1940
18 Amazon 1,541,000 Seattle, Washington Andrew R. Jassy Retail and Wholesale 1994

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