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Houston Methodist, Other Local Cos. Make List of Texas' Best Employers

Published Jun 11, 2019 by A.J. Mistretta

A number of Houston-based companies ranked among the top employers in the state according to a report.

In its first-ever America’s Best Employers by State list, Forbes collaborated with Statista to determine which companies are most liked by their employees. A total of 199 employer companies—some based in the Lone Star state and others with significant operations here—were ranked on the Texas list. 

Local healthcare institution Houston Methodist topped the list. Here are the top 20 companies on the list with asterisks identifying which ones are also Greater Houston Partnership members. 

1. Houston Methodist* 
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
CEO: Marc Boom

2. Microsoft* 
Employees: 131,000
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
CEO: Satya Nadella
Year Founded: 1985

3. Southwest Airlines* 
Employees: 58,800
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
CEO: Gary C. Kelly
Year Founded: 1967

4. H-E-B* 
Employees: 111,000
Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
CEO: Charles C Butt

5. Costco Wholesale
Employees: 245,000
Headquarters: Issaquah, Washington
CEO: W. Craig Jelinek
Year Founded: 1976

6. United Services Automobile Association
Employees: 21,900
Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
CEO: Stuart Parker

7. Chevron* 
Employees: 48,600
Headquarters: San Ramon, California
CEO: Michael K. Wirth
Year Founded: 1879

8. Google
Employees: 72,053
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
CEO: Sundar Pichai
Year Founded: 1998

9. Boeing* 
Employees: 153,000
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
CEO: Dennis A. Muilenburg
Year Founded: 1929

10. Trader Joe's
Employees: 10,001
Headquarters: Monrovia, California
CEO: Dan Bane
Year Founded: 1958

11. Royal Dutch Shell* 
Employees: 81,000
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
CEO: Bernardus Margriet van Beurden
Year Founded: 1911

12. NASA* 
Employees: 17,515
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine

13. University of Texas, Austin
Headquarters: Austin, Texas
CEO: Gregory L. Fenves
Year Founded: 1883

14. DowDuPont* 
Employees: 98,000
Headquarters: Midland, Michigan
CEO: Edward D. Breen
Year Founded: 1897

15. Valero Energy* 
Employees: 10,261
Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
CEO: Joe Gorder
Year Founded: 1980

16. Toyota North America
Employees: 137,000
Headquarters: Plano, Texas
CEO: James Lentz

17. Apple
Employees: 132,000
Headquarters: Cupertino, California
CEO: Tim Cook
Year Founded: 1976

18. Intel* 
Employees: 107,400
Headquarters: Santa Clara, California
CEO: Robert Swan
Year Founded: 1968

19. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
CEO: Giuseppe Colasurdo

20. City of San Antonio
Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
CEO: Ron Nirenberg

Other Partnership member companies based in Houston that made the list, along with their ranking, include: Texas Children’s Hospital (23), Sysco (33), Halliburton (50), ConocoPhillips (55), Landry’s (80), Pappas Restaurants (96), Lone Star College (106), Waste Management (127), Kelsey-Seybold Clinic (159), Weatherford International (176). 

See the full rundown from Forbes by state and click here for the Partnership's Membership Directory. 

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