10 Best CPG Companies to Work For

Liz Dominguez
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The COVID-19 pandemic has turned labor trends upside down, bringing to light new employee preferences that consumer goods companies must now abide by — or risk turning on the revolving door of labor that’s challenged businesses around the globe. 

While not all companies have been able to pivot and adapt to these changing employee demands, Forbes recently showcased the companies that are meeting staff needs, as ranked by their employees.

Partnering with market research firm Statista, the company has released its annual ranking of America’s Best Employers, which is divided into two lists: one for the top large companies with more than 5,000 U.S. employees, and another for the top mid-sized companies with 1,000 to 5,000.


To determine Forbes' list, Statista surveyed 60,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. All surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. Statista then asked respondents to rate their companies on factors such as working conditions, development opportunities, and compensation. The final list ranks the 500 large (more than 5,000 employees) and 500 midsize (1,000 to 5,000 employees) employers that received the most recommendations.

The final lists rank the 500 large and 500 midsize employers that received the most recommendations. Below, CGT looked at the data and pulled the top large CPG companies across two categories: 1. Food, Soft Beverages, Alcohol and Tobacco, and 2. Packaged Goods.

[See How This List Compares to CGTs Top 100 Consumer Goods Companies of 2021]

Jacqueline Williams-Roll, chief human resources officer, General Mills, said the company was “extremely honored to be recognized as the industry leader in the food and beverage sector,” recognizing that culture does matter in an organization.

“We are committed to building and fostering one founded on inclusion and belonging,” she said.  “General Mills is one of those unique companies where you can both spend your entire career, or a portion of it and always find challenging and rewarding experiences.

[Related: 10 Best Large and Mid-Sized Retail Employers to Work for 2022]

    10 Best Food, Soft Beverages, Alcohol and Tobacco Companies to Work For
    1. (Rank 22) General Mills
    2. (Rank 207) Kellogg
    3. (Rank 282) Mars
    4. (Rank 302) The Hershey Company
    5. (Rank 314) Sysco
    6. (Rank 335) JM Smucker
    7. (Rank 347) Cargill
    8. (Rank 382) Nestlé
    9. (Rank 398) Coca-Cola
    10. (Rank 424) PepsiCo
    9 Best Packaged Goods Companies to Work For
    1. (Rank 82) L’Oreal USA
    2. (Rank 83) Procter & Gamble
    3. (Rank 107) Chanel
    4. (Rank 139) 3M
    5. (Rank 147) Clorox
    6. (Rank 171) Hallmark Cards
    7. (Rank 315) Georgia-Pacific
    8. (Rank 359) Unilever
    9. (Rank 395) American Greetings

Among the trends, according to Forbes, are redefining corporate culture in an era where hybrid environments or work-from-home models are replacing traditional brick-and-mortar offices. Additionally, diversity, equity, and inclusion are playing a more prominent role in not only training, but in hiring and daily business operations. 

See Forbes’ full list of “America’s Best Large Employers” and Forbes’ full list of “America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers."

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