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Hilton named by Fortune as best company to work for; 6 other local businesses make list

FILE - The sign atop the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel is seen in this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 file photo. Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. plans to raise $1.25 billion from an initial public offering of its common stock. The McLean, Va. company, founded in 1919, was taken private by investment firm The Blackstone Group in October 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

WASHINGTON — Hilton, a McLean, Virginia-based global hospitality company, climbed to the top of Fortune’s annual Best Companies to Work For list for 2019.

The company, which has more than 5,400 managed and franchised properties in 106 countries, climbed 32 spots since last year’s list.

According to Fortune, 96 percent of the 55,522 employees say Hilton is a great place to work. Employees touted the benefits, the team, the management and the people as the factors that make Hilton so great.

This is Hilton’s fourth consecutive year on the list, and it’s the first hospitality company to achieve the No. 1 ranking.

Hilton ranks as one of the 20 largest employers in the Washington area, with 8,400 local employees out of almost 170,000 worldwide.

Coming in at No. 2 was the San Francisco-based information technology company Salesforce. Others companies in the top 5 include:

No. 3: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, New York

No. 4: Workday, headquartered in Pleasanton, California

No. 5: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, headquartered in San Francisco, California

Six other companies in the D.C. area also made the list.

No. 29: Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, Virginia

No. 31: Marriott International Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland

No. 33: CarMax in Richmond, Virginia

No. 39: Capital One Financial Corp. in McLean, Virginia

No. 86: Custom Ink in Fairfax, Virginia

No. 98: Mars Inc. in McLean, Virginia

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