6 DC-area companies make Fortune’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’

WASHINGTON — Fortune Magazine’s 2017 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For includes six companies that keep their headquarters in the D.C. region.

The annual list, now in its 20th year, is based on feedback from more than 230,000 people and includes employee surveys about the quality of their leaders, support for their personal and professional lives and their relationships with colleagues.

The Capital One headquarters in Mclean, Virginia. Capital One came in 17 on Fortune's list. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The Capital One headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Capital One came in No. 17 on Fortune’s list. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Hilton, headquartered in McLean, came in 26. (AP/Reed Saxon)
Hilton, headquartered in McLean, came in No. 26. (AP/Reed Saxon) (AP/Reed Saxon)
Marriott International Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, came in 33. (AP/Rick Bowmer)
Marriott International Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, came in No. 33. (AP/Rick Bowmer) (AP/Rick Bowmer)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24:  M&M's are viewed in the M&M store in Times Square on July 24, 2014 in New York City. With the increase in cocoa prices, Mars Chocolate North America, the maker of Snickers and M&M's, announced an average price increase of 7 percent this week for their chocolate products.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Mars Inc., headquartered in McLean, ranked No. 50. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Spencer Platt)
Google came in first place in a "Great Place to Work" study. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Google came in first place in a “Great Place to Work” study for the sixth straight year. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The Capital One headquarters in Mclean, Virginia. Capital One came in 17 on Fortune's list. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Hilton, headquartered in McLean, came in 26. (AP/Reed Saxon)
Marriott International Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, came in 33. (AP/Rick Bowmer)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24:  M&M's are viewed in the M&M store in Times Square on July 24, 2014 in New York City. With the increase in cocoa prices, Mars Chocolate North America, the maker of Snickers and M&M's, announced an average price increase of 7 percent this week for their chocolate products.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Google came in first place in a "Great Place to Work" study. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
There also is a Culture Audit management questionnaire from each company, detailing factors such as compensation and benefits, hiring practices, recognition, training and diversity programs.

McLean-based Capital One is the highest-ranked local company on the list, at No. 17. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., also based in McLean, ranked No. 26 this year. Rounding out the top three local employers is Marriott International, based in Bethesda, at No. 33 on this year’s list.

Here are the companies based in the Washington region that made this year’s Fortune list:

No. 17: Capital One Financial, McLean, Virginia
No. 26: Hilton Worldwide Inc., McLean, Virginia
No. 33: Marriott International Inc., Bethesda, Maryland
No. 47: Navy Federal Credit Union, Vienna, Virginia
No. 50: Mars Inc., McLean, Virginia
No. 83: TEKSystems, Hanover, Maryland

Google is the No. 1 place to work for the eighth time in 11 years. Wegmans Food Markets ranked No. 2.

See the full list of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Great Place to Work compiled the list of top companies based on growth, profitability and stock performance among other metrics.

“The best know they can’t rest on their workplace laurels. The new, largely uncharted business territory is about developing every ounce of human potential, so that organizations can reach their full potential,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work in a news release.

The rest of the top 10 were rounded out by Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Baird, Edward Jones, Genentech, ULTIMATE SOFTWARE, Salesforce, Acuity Insurance and Quicken Loans.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed a Columbia, Missouri, company as one of the local companies recognized by Fortune. 


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