Discover the top companies to work for in Illinois according to Forbes' latest rankings. Illinois shines in the top 3 of midsized companies nationwide, as highlighted by a recent survey including over 200,000 employees.

Best Companies to Work for in Illinois


The latest ranking of mid-sized to large-sized companies in Illinois from Forbes has just been released.

The rankings are done nationwide and it it should be noted that Illinois finished in the top 3 of mid-sized companies in the US.

These surveys and rankings can get pretty deep with their methodology. For this ranking from Forbes, current and past employees who had been employed within the last 2 years were included. The survey also included just people familiar with the company and had never had any kind of affiliation, the same questions. Although, their answers to the questions below were weighted differently than the employees.

  • Would you recommend your employer to friends?
  • Would you recommend your employer to others?

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Forbes made connections with close to 200,000 workers at companies across the country. As for how a company was classified in this ranking,

Midsize Employer 1,000 - 5,000 employees

Large Employer Over 5,000 employees

Forbes released the Top 400 Midsize Employers and the Top 600 Large Employers.

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Thanks to the Journal Standard-Register, below are all the Illinois companies with either headquarters or locations in Illinois that made the Forbes lists.


Illinois’ Best Midsize Employers

(According to Forbes)

  • Alzheimer's Association, Chicago (*3rd Best Midsize Employer in the US)
  • Harper College, Palatine (64th place)
  • Alpha Baking Company, Chicago (65th place)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (72nd place)
  • Komatsu, Peoria (105th place)
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont (147th place)
  • Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox (158th place)
  • Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Chicago (208th place)
  • Ryerson, Chicago (251st place)
  • Zebra Technologies, Lincolnshire (288th place)
  • Beltone, Chicago (335th place)
  • Fellowes Brands, Itasca (358th place)


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Illinois’ Best Large-Size Employers

(According to Forbes)

  • Packaging Corp of America, Lake Forest (127th place)
  • Boeing, Chicago (175th place)
  • Hyatt Hotels, Chicago (182nd place)
  • Levy, Chicago (193rd place)
  • Caterpillar, Deerfield (215th place)
  • University of Chicago, Chicago (223rd place)
  • Zurich North America, Schaumburg (224th place)
  • Medline Industries, Northfield (225th place)
  • Rush University, Chicago (251st place)
  • ALDI, Batavia (255th place)
  • Grainger, Lake Forest (257th place)
  • CNH Industrial, Burr Ridge (262nd place)
  • Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods (280th place)
  • State Farm, Bloomington (331st place)
  • John Deere, Moline (332nd place)
  • AbbVie, Chicago (366th place)
  • CNA Financial, Chicago (380th place)
  • Cushman & Wakefield, Chicago (383rd place)
  • ACE Hardware, Oak Brook (392nd place)
  • Healthcare Service Corporation, Chicago (395th place)
  • SP Plus, Chicago (398th place)
  • RSM US, Chicago (422nd place)
  • CDW, Vernon Hills (424th place)
  • Abbott Laboratories, Chicago (435th place)
  • Exelon, Chicago (436th place)
  • Allstate, Northbrook (450th place)
  • JLL, Chicago (453rd place)
  • Kehe Distributors, Naperville (462nd place)
  • Brunswick, Lake Forest (476th place)
  • Crate & Barrel, Northbrook (484th place)
  • Baker Tilly US, Chicago (487th place)
  • United Airlines, Chicago (499th place)
  • Great Wolf Resorts, Chicago (510th place)
  • Paylocity, Arlington Heights (531st place)
  • BDO USA, Chicago (553rd place)
  • HUB International, Chicago (578th place)
  • Treehouse Foods, Oak Brook (596th place)

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Top 5 Midsize Employers in US

(According to Forbes)

  • California State University, Los Angeles (California)
  • Edgewell Personal Care (Connecticut)
  • Alzheimer's Association (Illinois)
  • Businessolver (Iowa)
  • Jupiter Medical Center (Florida)



Top 5 Large-Size Employers in US

(According to Forbes)

  • Novo Nordisk (New Jersey)
  • Garmin (Kansas)
  • Cook Children's Health Care System (Texas)
  • Children's Hospital Colorado (Colorado)
  • Delta Air Lines (Georgia)

[H/T State Journal-Register]

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