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St. Louis' Largest and Top Rated Employers

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Forbes recently ranked St. Louis 14th on its list of "Best Cities for Young Professionals," ahead of Chicago, Dallas and Raleigh. Forbes also noted that only five other cities have more companies that rank on its "Best 400 Businesses" and "Best 200 Small Businesses" lists. And of course, St. Louis has its share of Fortune 500 companies, as well as local companies that routinely rank among the nation's best places to work.

So, if you're looking for a job in St. Louis, one good strategy is to investigate the biggest and best companies first. Not only do these businesess have a larger open job pool (at any given time), they're also more likely to have high quality benefit packages. Below's a list of St. Louis' top employers, based both on size and repututation.

Fortune 500 Companies in St. Louis

St. Louis has eight Fortune 500 companies. Because St. Louis is each company's headquarters, and because of their overall size, each tends to hire individuals from within a broad range of backgrounds and skill sets. Whether you're an accountant, IT professional, lawyer or marketing manager, chances are you'll find openings at most of these companies:

St. Louis' Largest Employers

Many of the area's largest employers aren't headquartered here, but still operate factories, regional offices, subsidiaries or stores within the St. Louis area. Likewise, quite a few of our largest employers fall short of the Fortune 500 or Fortune 1000 list, but still employ thousands of individuals in the area. Listed below are St. Louis' largest employers. These are listed in alphabetical order, because rankings vary from source to source and the number of employees can fluctuate on an almost monthly basis:

Best Places to Work

If you ask locals about the best companies to work for in St. Louis, you'll get nearly as many answers as there are businesses in the area. Perennial favorites include Anheuser-Busch, Martiz and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, although all three companies have distinct corporate cultures that might be a turnoff for some individuals. Three St. Louis-based companies, routinely get national recognition as being employee friendly:

But quite a few other area companies are recognized by local publications as being great places to work. The St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Magazine and other local publications routinely publish their lists of best employers. Below are ten companies that routinely make the cut for local "best places to work" awards:

Good Hunting!

Hopefully, with these lists, you'll have what you need to start a successful job search. For additional employment tips and services, including St. Louis-based job listing websites, read St. Louis Job Listings and Resources.

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