Announcing the 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity in 2018

December 6, 2018 (Oakland, Calif.) – Global people analytics and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune have unveiled their annual ranking of the country’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity. Global hotel and hospitality company Hilton, with a high representation in every demographic group and a remarkable effort to fully include and develop all of their people, takes the No. 1 spot on this year’s ranking, moving up from No. 14 last year.

The Top 10 Best Workplaces for Diversity in 2018

  1. Hilton
  2. Comcast NBCUniversal
  3. Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  4. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  5. ULTIMATE SOFTWARE
  6. Marriott International, Inc.
  7. Cisco
  8. Texas Health Resources
  9. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
  10. Progressive Insurance

“The 2018 Best Workplaces for Diversity are at the forefront of creating workplaces that are better for business and better for their people,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “These workplaces not only pay attention to how diverse their workforce and management teams are, but close critical gaps in how all their people are treated and developed day-to-day.”Among the newcomers to the list this year are Cisco (No. 7), Progressive Insurance (No. 10), McDonald’s USA (No. 24), KPMG (No. 36), and DHL Express U.S. (No.88).

The Best Workplaces for Diversity not only stand out for how diverse each organization and its management team are, but for how employees themselves report they are really treated in their workplaces. To determine the list, Great Place to Work analyzed the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, employees who are Boomers or older, and people who have disabilities, comparing their survey results to their colleagues. All told, these anonymous survey responses to more than 60 survey questions reflecting day-to-day workplace experiences represented more than 4.4 million employees’ feedback. Read the full list here

Findings from the 2018 list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity:

Great Place to Work studied the degree to which being female, a person of color, LGBTQ, having a disability, or being 54 years or older influences someone’s experiences in the workplace. Controlling for each of these characteristics, it found that an employee’s gender is least likely to affect their workplace experience, while differences in race/ethnicity and age predict vastly different on-the-job experiences.

For example, on average:

  • Differences in race/ethnicity predict a workplace 40x better than peers
  • Whether one has a disability predicts 19x different experience
  • Sexual orientation predicts 13x different workplace experience
  • Gender predicts a 4x workplace difference
Other findings include:

  • Women are 26x more likely than men to feel their work has meaning and isn’t “just a job.”
  • Men are 18x more likely than women to feel everyone has the opportunity for special recognition.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity list is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on anonymous employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.

About the Best Workplaces for Diversity

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses representing more than 4.4 million employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with Fortune, visit Greatplacetowork.com.


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