Southwest Air tops best places to work: survey

Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:36am EST
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co topped the list of the 50 best U.S. places to work, based upon employee opinions, according to research released on Wednesday.

General Mills, which topped the list in 2008, slipped to second place although Chief Executive Ken Powell won the highest approval rating among the top company executives, said the analysis by, a jobs website. collected and compiled reviews from U.S.-based company employees throughout 2009.

Third place went to Slalom Consulting, followed by Bain & Co and McKinsey & Co.

What the top companies had in common was providing opportunities for employees to grow, said Robert Hohman, co-founder and chief executive of

"What I saw again and again in the reviews is employees referred to their ability to grow in their jobs. In an economic downturn like this, employees feel good if they're growing as individuals and they're becoming more marketable," he said.

"Conversely at some of the companies that haven't done so well, you see things like employees feeling like they still have a job but with no opportunity," he said.

Listed as the worst place to work was Gibson Guitar, followed by United Airlines, Spherion, AutoZone and Rain Bird.   Continued...

<p>A passenger waits at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes</p>