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Austin continues to prove it hosts the best of the best employers in Texas, as mega tech giants Google and Apple move into highly-coveted spots on Forbes' 2023 list of "America’s Best Employers By State".
The highly anticipated list, published August 22, is a collaboration between Forbes and Statista to survey the satisfaction levels of tens of thousands of workers employed by national companies.
Though the company is based in Mountain View, California, Google's mammoth presence in Austin (coupled with a great work environment and advancement opportunities) is what propels it to the top in Texas year after year. It is the No. 2 best employer in its home state. The 2023 ranking in Texas is a major improvement from its No. 14 rank in Forbes' 2022 list.
Apple also made its way through the ranks in Forbes 2023 list, ranking No. 13. Since Apple's expansion into the city, with the construction of a massive $1 billion campus in Northwest Austin, the company now employs 164,000 people everywhere — 7,500 more than Google.
Forbes explains that the national list isn't the same as its best large employers list; It's meant to serve as an in-depth analysis of companies that are "closer-to-home options for every American worker."
Forbes and Statista determined their rankings by surveying 70,000 Americans working at employers in the U.S. with at least 500 employees each. The final list features 1,392 highly recommended employers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 270 employers ranked highly in multiple states.
Here are the 30 best large employers in Texas, as determined by Forbes and Statista:
- No. 3 – Google (based in Mountain View, California; major corporate hub in Austin)
- No. 13 – Apple (based in Cupertino, California; major corporate hub in Austin)
- No. 2 – H-E-B (based in San Antonio; more than 300 stores in Texas)
- No. 26 – University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- No. 1 – NASA (based in Washington, D.C.; Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake)
- No. 4 – Houston Community College
- No. 5 – Houston Methodist
- No. 6 – Texas Children's Hospital
- No. 18 – National Oilwell Varco
- No. 19 – Bechtel (based in Reston, Virginia; major corporate hub in Houston)
- No. 6 – Texas Oncology, based in Dallas
- No. 9 – Fidelity Investments (based in Boston; major corporate hub in Westlake)
- No. 14 – Capital One (based in Richmond, Virginia; major corporate hub in Plano)
- No. 17 – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
- No. 22 – Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas
- No. 24 – Texas Health Resources, based in Arlington
- No. 25 – General Motors (based in Detroit, Michigan; major assembly hub in Arlington)
- No. 27 – City of Plano
- No. 28 – Toyota North America, based in Plano
- No. 8 – Salesforce (based in San Francisco, California; offices in Austin and Dallas)
- No. 10 – IKEA (based in Sweden; five stores in Texas)
- No. 11 – Costco (based in Issaquah, Washington; 38 stores in Texas)
- No. 15 – Cardinal Health (based in Dublin, Ohio; 23 locations in Texas)
- No. 16 – Microsoft (based in Redmond, Washington; offices in Austin, Dallas, Friendswood, Frisco, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands)
- No. 20 – Leidos (based in Reston, Virginia; locations in San Antonio, Houston, and Webster)
- No. 21 – Cisco Systems (based in San Jose, California; offices in Austin, Dallas, Irving, Richardson, Houston, Laredo, and San Antonio)
- No. 23 – IBM (based in Armonk, New York; offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Frisco)
- No. 29 – Nike (based in Beaverton, Oregon; 26 locations in Texas)
- No. 30 – Charles Schwab (based in San Francisco, California; 25 locations in Texas)