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One Fort Worth company rides into Forbes' list of best employers

One Fort Worth company rides into Forbes' list of best employers

BNSF Railway
BNSF recently announced hefty signing bonuses for new employees. BNSF Railway/Facebook

BNSF Railway has landed on Forbes magazine’s list of the U.S. companies that employees love the most. The company is the only Fort Worth-based employer to make the list and joins 16 other Dallas-Fort Worth businesses in the rankings.

Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to identify best major U.S. employers for 2018. To come up with the list, Statista surveyed thousands of American workers. There are 500 companies on the list, from South Carolina-based Michelin Group at No. 1 to New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics at No. 500.

BNSF comes in at No. 196. It employs 41,000 workers.

Recently, BNSF announced hefty signing bonuses up to $25,000 to attract new employees who like the idea of working on the railroad. 

The only other Tarrant County company to make the list is Arlington-based healthcare system Texas Health Resources, which ranks at No. 122.

Despite recent high-profile troubles, including the death of a passenger when an engine blew apart mid-flight, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines leads the DFW contingent at No. 13. 

Internally, their employee satisfaction consistently is reflected in customer satisfaction (and vice versa), as the carrier regularly ranks among the top-rated airlines in the U.S.

“Our company was founded on a 'people-first' philosophy, and it’s because of our people that we are honored among the best employers," company spokeswoman Emily Samuels says. 

These are the other top major employers in DFW as judged by employees:

  • University of North Texas, Denton (No. 40)
  • Natural gas and propane company Energy Transfer Partners, Dallas (No. 60)
  • Retail chain Neiman Marcus Group, Dallas (No. 84)
  • Consumer products maker Kimberly-Clark, Dallas (No. 96)
  • Plano Independent School District (No. 175)
  • Semiconductor designer and manufacturer Texas Instruments, Dallas (No. 198)
  • Automaker Toyota USA, Plano (No. 207)
  • Retail chain Tuesday Morning, Dallas (No. 214)
  • Building supplies and materials retailer Builders FirstSource, Dallas (No. 309)
  • Industrial and environmental machinery supplier Flowserve, Irving (No. 375)
  • IT company NTT Data, Plano (No. 411)
  • Entertainment and event company Topgolf, Dallas (No. 426)
  • Cosmetics retailer Mary Kay, Addison (No. 442)
  • Beverage supplier Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano (No. 485)

Elsewhere in Texas, the Houston area claims seven spots on the Forbes list, with San Antonio at four and Austin at three. The seven Houston employers are:

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston (No. 27)
  • Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land (No. 86)
  • Total, Houston (No. 107)
  • Sysco, Houston (No. 218)
  • ConocoPhillips, Houston (No. 316)
  • Utility company CenterPoint Energy, Houston (No. 387)
  • Retail chain Academy Sports + Outdoors, Katy (No. 467)

Four San Antonio-based employers made the Forbes list:

  • Financial services provider USAA (No. 11)
  • Grocery chain H-E-B (No. 53)
  • Northside Independent School District (No. 144)
  • North East Independent School District (No. 171)

In Austin, three employers are on the Forbes list:

  • Keller Williams Realty (No. 56)
  • Grocery chain Whole Foods Market (No. 162)
  • Restaurant chain Chuy’s (No. 427)

Keller Williams’ appearance on the Forbes list is no surprise, given that it was hailed by career website CareerBliss as the “happiest” company in the country for 2018.