The Best Company to Work for in Every State

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Ready for a career change?

In today’s tight job market, workers have more power to demand higher salaries and better benefits than they did in years past. That means you can probably be a little choosy about where you land next.

Why not shoot for the best employer in your state?

The career website Zippia analyzed employer data from all 50 states to determine the best of the best. It assigned each company a “Zippia Score” based on such factors as pay and diversity as well as a company’s financial health. Zippia has shared its latest findings with Money Talks News.

While not every company may fit your occupation or skill set, take a moment to check out the best business to work for in your state.

Alabama — BBVA Compass

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Founded in Birmingham, BBVA Compass is one of the city’s best paying, most diverse and top performing companies. The banking firm employs more than 10,000 workers at 600 retail locations plus in its global operations.

BBVA Compass gets high marks from employees for a relaxed work environment and great benefits packages.

Alaska — Anchorage School District

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Staff members in the Anchorage School District are invited to make a difference in the lives of children enrolled in more than 130 schools and programs.

In exchange for their commitment to success, eligible workers are rewarded with a competitive benefits package, good pay and opportunities for career growth. That helps make ASD not only the top employer in Anchorage but also in the entire state of Alaska, according to Zippia.

Arizona — Sprouts Farmers Market

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better employer in Arizona than Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market.

Yes, this is a grocery store, but the company has more jobs available than simply stocking shelves. Sprouts needs managers, administrative staff and a distribution team. And stocking shelves or running the register is nothing to scoff at either, when your employer gives you a competitive wage and a grocery discount.

Arkansas — Walmart

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

What other company could be best to work for in Arkansas than Walmart?

The superstore chain’s roots are in Rogers, Arkansas, and its corporate careers cover 18 diverse fields, including legal, travel and engineering. Corporate employees are paid well and benefit from a diverse workforce at one of the best performing companies in the state, if not the country.

California — Chevron

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Zippia Score: 5.0 out of 5.0

With Silicon Valley and its many startups, there are plenty of California companies promising fun, vibrant workplaces. But the newcomers are no match for time-tested Chevron, an energy company incorporated in 1879.

Chevron gets a perfect score on Zippia’s scale, earning a 10 out of 10 for diversity and a 9.9 each for pay and performance.

Colorado — Great-West Financial

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

As a life and annuity insurance company, Great-West Financial has nearly 6,000 associates who enjoy perks including a casual dress code, paid volunteer time, flexible schedules and tuition reimbursement.

Workers at the Denver office even have a free fitness center and an on-site cafeteria and convenience store.

Zippia gives Great-West Financial an almost perfect score for diversity and a high score for performance.

Connecticut — Frontier Communications

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Zippia says Frontier Communications is tops in Connecticut.

The cable giant needs workers in customer care, sales, engineering and in its corporate offices.

Frontier Communications scores high for salary and diversity (9.8 each) and a perfect 10 for performance. Employees say one of the best things about their jobs is having nice co-workers.

Delaware — AstraZeneca

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

One of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies is also the best place to work in Delaware.

AstraZeneca is a top science employer that needs workers for clinical development and medical affairs. It also hires employees to work in manufacturing, sales and multiple other business-related areas.

Zippia notes that the company has a reputation for generous benefits packages and great health coverage.

Florida — NextEra Energy

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Founded in 1925, NextEra Energy has been powering Florida for nearly 100 years.

The company has evolved to become a leader in alternative energy sources such as solar power. Today, its workforce includes professionals working in power generation, power delivery and other fields.

As an inclusive employer offering competitive salaries, Zippia gives NextEra Energy a near-perfect score.

Georgia — Southern Co.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Zippia isn’t the only organization to call out the Southern Co. as a great place to work. This energy company was named one of the top 50 companies for diversity by DiversityInc in 2018 and a top 10 employer by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2019.

Southern offers its workers a range of perks that include competitive medical and dental benefits, leave time and voluntary benefits. It also encourages a healthy work-life balance among employees.

Hawaii — The Queen’s Medical Center

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

As the largest private hospital in Hawaii, the Queen’s Medical Center dates to 1859, when Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV founded the hospital in Honolulu.

Today, the center is part of the Queen’s Health Systems, which rewards its employees with benefits such as 10 paid holidays each year, educational and professional improvement and tuition reimbursement. All that helps the Queen’s Medical Center earn the title of best company to work for in Hawaii, according to Zippia.

Idaho — Micron Technology

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Micron Technology employs more than 34,000 people globally and prides itself on creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

It supports six employee resource groups, including Micron Women’s Leadership Network, Micron Young Professionals, a Veteran Employee Resource Group and networks for black, Hispanic and LGBTQ team members. Zippia says Micron is a top-performing firm with good compensation.

Illinois — Baker McKenzie

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Zippia Score: 5.0 out of 5.0

The law firm Baker McKenzie gets a perfect 5.0 score from Zippia. It earned a 10 out of 10 rating for both salary and diversity and a 9.9 for company performance.

Employees tell Zippia that they like that the global firm provides opportunities to work on international projects.

Baker McKenzie has 15 professional development training programs to help its attorneys hone skills and advance their careers.

Indiana — Eli Lilly and Co.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly was founded in 1876. The company says its work is guided by the principles of integrity, excellence and respect for people.

Zippia gives Eli Lilly a 10 out of 10 for company performance and nearly perfect scores for salary and diversity.

Job-seekers will be happy to learn that the company has hundreds of openings in the areas of technology, manufacturing, science and sales.

Iowa — IDx Technologies Inc.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Technology promises to revolutionize medicine, and IDx is working to help make that happen.

IDx Technologies Inc. develops automation that helps in medical diagnoses and treatments.

Employees enjoy such perks as flexible scheduling, significant company contributions to health insurance and a workplace kitchen stocked with free snacks and drinks.

Zippia gives the business high marks for compensation, diversity and company performance.

Kansas — Spirit AeroSystems

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Not to be confused with the low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines, Spirit AeroSystems is a global leader in aerospace design and manufacturing.

Its workforce is 15,000 strong. Employee benefits include an employee gain-sharing and profit-sharing program, long-term and short-term financial incentive plans and employee stock purchase opportunities.

Zippia lauds Spirit AeroSystem’s benefits, and gives it a 10 out of 10 for both salary and performance.

Kentucky — Lexmark

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

You probably recognize Lexmark for its line of printers, which have long been staples in both home and business offices.

What you might not realize is that the company is also the best place to work in Kentucky, according to Zippia.

Lexmark’s comprehensive benefits include unlimited vacation days, and many Lexmark employees can work from home or telecommute.

Employees at the Lexington campus have access to the Lexmark Center for Children for their children and grandchildren. Its curriculum centers on science, technology, engineering, arts and math for kids from 6 weeks of age through pre-kindergarten. The center also offers employees child care for children to age 12 when school is out of session.

Louisiana — Acadian Ambulance Service

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Scoring a perfect 10 for salary, Acadian Ambulance Service offers employees flexible work arrangements, good benefits and paid holidays, according to Zippia.

Acadian Ambulance is the largest privately-held medical transportation company in the U.S. It serves portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

To attract top talent, Acadian has been known to offer sign-on bonuses to paramedics in some locales.

Maine — WEX Inc.

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

WEX is a technology company that develops payment systems.

Employees enjoy comprehensive benefits intended to enhance life at both work and home.

Among the perks: wellness programs, pet insurance, mothers’ rooms, six weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave, a four-week paid sabbatical and an annual incentive compensation plan.

In Zippia’s ratings, WEX earns a perfect score for the company’s performance.

Maryland — Legg Mason

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

The global investment management firm Legg Mason is the best place to work in Maryland, according to Zippia.

It’s easy to see why once you look at Legg Mason’s long list of employee benefits. Not only are workers compensated well, they also get perks such as 12 weeks of paid parental leave, the opportunity to buy company stock through a payroll deduction, tuition reimbursement and a commuter program to reduce the financial burden of making it into work each day.

Massachusetts — Cabot

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

In Massachusetts, Zippia found Cabot is the top company for which to work.

Cabot is a specialty chemicals and performance solutions firm that employs about 4,500 people worldwide. It prides itself on working to create an inclusive work environment, and Zippia gives Cabot a perfect score when it comes to diversity.

Michigan — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Diplomat provides speciality pharmacy care to people in need of infusion services and complex pharmaceutical treatments.

The best company to work for in Michigan by Zippia’s measurements, Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. offers employees an array of benefits, including 120 hours of paid time off, a full on-site gym at the corporate office, work-at-home opportunities and a leadership training program. The company sponsors regular employee events like a family fun day and an annual company picnic.

Minnesota — TCF Bank

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

From wellness initiatives to a public transportation Metropass benefit, TCF Bank offers full-time workers a comprehensive benefits package.

Zippia notes that the company is a top-performing firm, earning a 9.9 out of 10 on that metric. It also scores 9.9 out of 10 for diversity.

Mississippi — University of Mississippi Medical Center

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Workers pursuing health care careers in Mississippi may want to set their sights on the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It’s the best company to work for in the state, according to Zippia.

The center employs more than 10,000 people, including in a range of careers “in every capacity one can imagine” including nursing, research and administrative support.

Missouri — Anheuser-Busch

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Anheuser-Busch likes to say that its Budweiser brand is the king of beers. Zippia says the company itself deserves high praise as the best company to work for in Missouri.

The brewing company gets near perfect scores for salary, diversity and company performance. Anheuser-Busch is hiring for its team of employees, in sales, logistics, manufacturing and other areas.

Montana — Billings Clinic

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Zippia Score: 4.7 out of 5.0

Earning a perfect 10 out of 10 for salary, Billings Clinic is the top employer in all of Big Sky Country, Zippia says.

The community-owned health care organization offers employees medical, dental, pharmacy and vision coverage, among other benefits.

Paid time off, an employee assistance program and retirement plans are other perks.

Nebraska — Lindsay Corp.

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Lindsay Corp. provides solutions and tools for irrigation, water management, infrastructure and transportation safety among global markets.

The manufacturer of center pivot irrigation systems notes that, just as water is a scarce resource, so too are employees; it strives to create an environment in which workers are treated with respect.

It would seem they are successful, since Zippia names the company the best place to work in Nebraska.

Nevada — Southwest Gas Holdings Inc.

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Zippia Score: 4.7 out of 5.0

The top company in Nevada, according to Zippia, is Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. The business is a holding company that includes natural gas operations and construction services.

Its brands include Southwest Gas Corp., serving more than 2 million customers in Arizona, California and Nevada.

New Hampshire — C&S Wholesale Grocers

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

As the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the nation, C&S Wholesale Grocers supplies some 140,000 products to more than 14,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores and institutions across the country.

To run an operation of this scale, workers are needed in sales, finance, technology, transportation and more. Zippia gives C&S Wholesale Grocers high marks across the board.

New Jersey — Hudson Group

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

If you’ve shopped in an airport duty-free store, you may have done business with the Hudson Group.

The company operates around 1,000 duty-free and duty-paid shops in 88 locations.

Hudson Group values an inclusive workplace, and Zippia awards it a perfect 10 when it comes to diversity.

New Mexico — Sandia National Laboratories

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Sandia National Laboratories is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

It has many types of jobs for workers with expertise in science and technology. It offers career possibilities in more than a dozen specialties including nuclear engineering, geoscience and cybersecurity.

Those hired on have access to one of the best-paying, most diverse and top-performing companies in Albuquerque, according to Zippia.

New York — Goldman Sachs

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

You don’t have to work in finance to have heard of Goldman Sachs.

The global investment firm was founded in 1869 and now has locations throughout the world in addition to its New York City headquarters.

Zippia gives Goldman Sachs a 10 out of 10 for diversity.

Its commitment to employing workers from all backgrounds means it has hiring programs for those who have been away from the workforce for an extended period, military veterans and those identifying as neurodiverse.

North Carolina — Albemarle

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

If you want a job at the best company to work for in North Carolina, it may help to have a science or engineering background.

Albemarle is a global specialty chemicals company.

Its more than 5,400 workers receive competitive salaries and benefits, and Zippia says Albemarle employees work in an environment that promotes personal and professional growth.

North Dakota — Altru Health System

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Zippia Score: 4.6 out of 5.0

More than 4,000 health care professionals and support staff work at Altru Health System, making it the largest employer in Grand Forks County and third-largest employer in the state of North Dakota.

The community-owned not-for-profit system has served the region for more than 100 years.

According to Zippia, a competitive salary is one of its highlights, with Altru Health System earning a 9.9 out of 10 for that metric.

Ohio — The Cincinnati Insurance Co.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Earning a perfect 10 for its salaries, The Cincinnati Insurance Co. is a top choice for job seekers in Ohio.

Besides great pay, employees enjoy amenities like the company’s subsidized lunch program, on-site fitness classes, a family day at a local amusement park and discounts from local and national vendors.

Top-performing associates even have the chance to earn the use of one of four company condominiums in Florida.

Oklahoma — Devon Energy Corp.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Devon Energy Corp. is looking for qualified science professionals such as engineers and geologists. And the independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company rewards them well.

That’s what Zippia found when it analyzed workplaces in Oklahoma. Devon Energy gets a 9.9 score for salary and a perfect 10 for performance, which indicates this should be a financially stable employer.

Benefits at Devon Energy include paid parental leave and an alternate work schedule that allows employees to take every other Friday as a paid day off.

Oregon — Schnitzer Steel

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Diversity is embraced at Schnitzer Steel, employer of more than 3,000 workers.

The company recycles scrap metal and manufactures steel. Its employees include many industry veterans as well as those just starting their careers.

Zippia gives Schnitzer Steel near perfect scores for salary and performance.

Pennsylvania — Vanguard

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Zippia ranks the Vanguard Group as the top company to work for in Pennsylvania, thanks in part to its diversity and company performance.

The investment firm with over $5.3 trillion in assets under management prides itself on having a diverse and talented workforce that represents the clients it serves.

Vanguard offers a range of benefits including insurance coverage, fitness programs, paid time off and education assistance.

Rhode Island — FM Global

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Zippia Score: 4.7 out of 5.0

If you want to work for the top company in Rhode Island, Zippia suggests you look to FM Global.

The insurance company only scores an 8.8 out of 10 for salary, but it earns a 9.6 and 9.8 for diversity and performance, respectively.

FM Global hires workers in a variety of fields such as engineering, IT, research and client service.

South Carolina — Milliken & Co.

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Whether you’re an experienced professional or a recent college graduate, Milliken & Co. may have a job for you.

As a global manufacturer that specializes in chemicals, floor coverings and performance and protective textiles, the company hires scientists and engineers. But there are jobs, too, for administrative staff, lab technicians and other skills.

Overall, Zippia gives Milliken & Co. a 4.8 score out of a possible 5.

South Dakota — Raven Industries

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Zippia Score: 4.6 out of 5.0

Innovation has been the name of the game for more than 60 years at Raven Industries, whose work includes manufacturing for precision agriculture and lighter-than-air technologies.

The company hires engineers, technical support staff, administrative workers and manufacturing team members who are encouraged to strive to reach peak performance.

Among Raven’s benefits are medical, dental and vision plans, profit sharing, professional development opportunities and other perks.

According to Zippia, Raven Industries particularly excels on the metrics of diversity and company performance.

Tennessee — Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a government facility employing highly skilled researchers and support staff.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed and operated by UT-Battelle, the facility hires employees to work in a variety of fields, including nuclear sciences and engineering, advanced materials, national security, clean energy and neutron sciences.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory garners a 9.9 out of 10 for both diversity and performance from Zippia.

Texas — ExxonMobil

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Oil is big business in Texas, and Exxon, a large publicly traded petroleum and petrochemical provider, is the state’s best employer, according to Zippia.

You don’t have to work on an oil rig to land a job with ExxonMobil. The company hires people in many fields, including law, operations, geoscience, finance and accounting, project management and research, among others.

Utah — Myriad Genetics

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Zippia Score: 4.8 out of 5.0

Myriad Genetics offers molecular diagnostics in six specialty areas: oncology, urology, dermatology, neuroscience, autoimmune conditions and women’s health.

Myriad’s mission is to help patients understand if they will get a disease, whether they have a disease, if they should treat a disease and how to treat it.

To attract talent to fulfill this mission, Myriad offers competitive compensation and benefits.

Zippia calls Myriad the best place to work in Utah.

Vermont — SAC Inc.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

SAC Inc. is a North American leader in the design, engineering, fabrication and delivery of process piping, pipe support systems and structural steel fabrications. Scoring a perfect 10 for diversity, SAC says it seeks to create a workplace that is positive and progressive.

Employees receive health, dental and vision insurance and a retirement plan. The company also offers benefits for life and growth, including parental and family leave, flexible work schedules, extended holiday weekends and continuing education.

Virginia — ManTech International Corp.

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Working in the defense, federal civilian and intelligence markets, ManTech employs a diverse group of nearly 8,000 workers around the world, nearly half of whom are military veterans.

It offers leadership development and education opportunities through its ManTech University as well as Purdue University Global and other partnerships.

Diversity is among the company’s strengths, with Zippia awarding ManTech a 10 in that area.

Washington — Microsoft

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Washington is home to Amazon, Starbucks and other legendary companies. But none beats Microsoft when it comes to being the best place to work in the state, according to Zippia.

The technology giant offers job opportunities in many areas, including in engineering, hardware engineering, company evangelism, IT operations, retail, legal, sales, supply chain and operations.

Microsoft scores 4.9 out of 5.0 on the Zippia scale and gets a perfect 10 for performance.

West Virginia — D&W Homes

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Zippia Score: 4.5 out of 5.0

D&W Homes builds custom modular homes in southern Ohio and West Virginia. The company employs skilled craftspeople to construct quality homes that meet state building codes.

Overall, D&W Homes gets a 4.5 out of 5.0 from Zippia along with a 9.9 out of 10 for salary.

Wisconsin — Lands’ End

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Zippia Score: 4.9 out of 5.0

Lands’ End does business around the world, but its heart is in the Midwest.

With headquarters in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the clothing and home decor retailer employs workers, including students and new graduates, in seasonal, part-time, corporate and retail positions.

From Zippia, Lands’ End earned a 9.9 out of 10 for both salary and performance.

Wyoming — Cloud Peak Energy

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Zippia Score: 4.6 out of 5.0

Coal producer Cloud Peak Energy is the best company to work for in Wyoming, according to Zippia.

The company gets scores of 9.3 and 9.8 for diversity and performance, respectively. Zippia gives a score of 8.7 for salaries.

Cloud Peak Energy employs approximately 1,200 workers and prides itself on its safety and environmental programs.

Which employers do you think are best in your state? Share with us, in a comment below or on Facebook.

Dori Zinn contributed to this report.

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