6 KC-area companies make Forbes list of best large employers; 4 make diversity list

The Star

Six of the best large American employers are in the Kansas City area, according to the latest rankings by Forbes magazine.

Topping the local list is Garmin, with 11,600 employees and $10 billion in sales. The navigation and communication giant with offices in Olathe ranked 37th out of 500 companies.

Forbes partnered with Statista, a market research company, to rank companies most liked by its employees. In the anonymous survey, employees were asked how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others. The results were based on answers from 30,000 American workers in companies with at least 1,000 employees.

Two local engineering powerhouses also made the list: Black & Veatch of Overland Park was 92nd and Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City was 184th.

Between them, at 151st, was Hallmark Cards. Cerner of North Kansas City ranked 283rd and Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Kan., came in at 484th.

Seven other Missouri employers also made the list.

No. 12: Jack Henry & Associates of Monett; No. 120: Edward Jones of Des Peres; No. 123: Emerson Electric of St. Louis; No. 130: Washington University in Saint Louis; No. 331: Suddenlink of St. Louis; No. 356: Gray Bar Electric of St. Louis; No. 396: Anheuser-Busch InBev of St. Louis.

One other large Kansas employer made the list: Spirit Aero Systems of Wichita was 472nd.

Forbes also ranked the 500 best midsized employers, with 1,000 to 5,000 workers, and seven area companies made that list.

No. 13: HNTB, a construction, oil and gas company based in Kansas City; No. 68: Commerce Bancshares of Kansas City; No. 162: Lockton Companies of Kansas City; No. 291: Netsmart of Overland Park; No. 332: Garney Construction of Kansas City; No. 355: Ferrellgas of Overland Park; No. 485: Helzberg Diamonds of North Kansas City.

Separately, Forbes ranked the 250 best employers for diversity and Hallmark Cards of Kansas City scored 22nd.

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