18 FL companies make 2022 Forbes list of Top Large Employers

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FLORIDA — Whether you work from home or in the office, the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the workplace for many Floridians.

With an unemployment rate above 4% and thousands of job openings in the Sunshine State, what makes a top employer has also changed, according to Forbes, which released its annual inventory of America’s Top Large Employers.

To compile the annual list, published Thursday, the business magazine teamed up with market research firm Statista to survey 60,000 Americans working for companies with at least 1,000 employees.

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Survey respondents were asked about topics such as their willingness to recommend their workplace to friends and family, as well as name businesses other than their own. The final list represents the 500 employers receiving the most referrals, Forbes said.

Among these 500 are 18 companies from Florida, four of which are in the top 100:

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18. Ultimate Kronos Group (IT software and services): Based in Weston, UKG is a global provider of human capital management, payroll, HR service delivery and workforce management solutions.

44. Florida Blue (Insurance): Based in Jacksonville, the company offers affordable health insurance plans for individuals, families and businesses, according to its website.

71. Raymond James Financial (Banking and Financial Services): Based in St. Petersburg, the company offers financial services to individuals, businesses and municipalities.

86. Orlando Health (Health and Social Care): Based in Orlando, the company is a not-for-profit health care organization with $7.6 billion in assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.

The other 14 Florida companies in the top 500:

124. Fidelity National Financial (Banking and Financial Services): Based in Jacksonville, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. is engaged in providing title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries.

125. NextEra Energy (Utilities): Headquartered in Juno Beach, NextEra Energy, Inc. is an electric power and energy infrastructure company.

126. BayCare (Health and Social Care): Based in Clearwater, BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services in more than a dozen locations. hospitals and other health care facilities.

158. University of Florida (Education): The University of Florida is a large public research university in Gainesville, Florida.

168. Publix Super Markets (Retail & Wholesale): Publix Super Markets is the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States.

202. Hard Rock International (Travel and Leisure): Based in Davie, Hard Rock is an iconic hospitality and entertainment brand known worldwide for its hotels, casinos, cafes, merchandise and performance venues.

377. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (Travel & Recreation): SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park and marine zoo in Orlando.

393. ADT Security Systems (Business Services & Supplies): Based in Boca Raton, the company provides electronic security for individuals, small and large businesses.

407. Health First (Insurance): Based in Rockledge, the company offers a wide variety of health insurance options in Central Florida. Additionally, it operates four hospitals in the state.

413. Red Lobster (Restaurants): The company was founded by William B. Darden in 1968 and is headquartered in Orlando.

415. Brown and Brown Insurance (insurance): Based in Daytona Beach, the company has provided a full range of insurance services and solutions since 1939.

417. Bloomin’ Brands (Restaurants): Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. is a casual dining company with a portfolio of differentiated dining concepts.

447. American Automobile Association (Insurance): Based in Heathrow, AAA is a not-for-profit association known for providing insurance, travel planning, credit cards, maps, travel guides, vehicle financing and special discounts for members.

467. Sitel Group (Business Services & Supplies): Based in Miami, the company provides outsourced sales, technical support, customer service and more for large enterprises.

The top 10 employers in the country according to Forbes are:

  1. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (health care, social)
  2. Southern Company based in Georgia (utilities)
  3. NASA in the District of Columbia (aerospace, defense)
  4. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York (health care, social)
  5. Michelin Group based in South Carolina (automotive, automotive suppliers)
  6. Ohio-based Sherwin-Williams (engineering, manufacturing)
  7. Mayo Clinic based in Minnesota (health care, social)
  8. Carvana, based in Arizona (retail, wholesale)
  9. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (health care, social)
  10. MD Anderson Cancer Center, based in Texas (health care, social)

Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries, the largest military shipbuilding company, rose to No. 11 on the No. 387 list, the biggest gain of any major company.

Unsurprisingly given COVID-19 restrictions, the largest declines were in the restaurant industry, with just 11 companies earning spots on the 2022 Large Employers list. In-N-Out Burger , based in California, was the only one to make the top 200, coming in at No. 23.

“We’re bending over backwards to try and do as many things behind the scenes to continue business as usual,” franchise owner and president Lynsi Snyder told Forbes in November 2020. obviously not business as usual with masks and nearly empty dining rooms.”

US employers are struggling to fill 10.9 million job openings in an environment of 4% unemployment.

“Whether it’s working from home or in the office, Americans’ priorities have changed,” Forbes said, noting that “what makes a better employer has also changed.”

Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half and Forbes contributor, said “employees are in control at this point because there’s such a plethora of openings.”

“With the number of job openings today and the choices available to the right candidates, you need to act quickly but diligently,” he told Forbes. “A lot of organizations have realized that through all the retention efforts and through all the resignations, they’ve had to re-hire their current staff.”

Forbes said many of the top employers on the list are working to redefine their company culture with a largely remote or hybrid workforce where some employees report to the office and others work from home.

In the pre-pandemic era, Genentech, a California-based pharmaceutical and biotech company that ranked 14th on the list, offered on-site perks like made-to-order sushi, daycare and Friday night parties. Now the company is holding virtual office hours with executives and giving employees two hours of “protected time” when they can take a break or work on projects uninterrupted.

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