As the workplace continues to evolve in the wake of the pandemic, employers are now challenged with not only attracting top talent but also retaining current workers.

Workers are expecting more from the companies they are employed by than they have in the past as they look for flexibility, promotional opportunities, and the chance to gain new skills.

Now in its sixth year, the professional networking platform LinkedIn has compiled its 2022 ranking of the 50 best U.S. workplaces.

To put together its list, LinkedIn looked at seven pillars — ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity, and the spread of educational backgrounds — as it determined these factors as important elements of career progression.

It may come as no surprise that Amazon topped LinkedIn’s list as the top workplace in 2022.

As the second-largest private employer in the U.S. with its 1.6 million workers, it offers 100% paid college tuition for frontline employees. The company announced a doubling of its maximum base salary for corporate and tech workers while raising the average wage for warehouse workers in late 2021.

Amazon was followed by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, which has 156,000 employees, and financial firm Wells Fargo, which employs 247,800 workers. Another financial player sits in the No. 3 spot with JPMorgan Chase & Co. with 271,000 employees.

The country’s largest private employer, Walmart, took spot No. 5 spot as the best workplace in America, with 2.3 million workers under its umbrella with plans to add 50,000 more workers by the end of April.

IBM (256,000 workers), Bank of America (203,400 workers), AT&T (202,600 workers) followed Walmart in the No. 6, 7, and 8 spots, respectively.

Tech giant Apple took up residency as the top 9 company to work at in the U.S., with 154,000 employees and 270 retail stores across the country.

Comcast (189,000 employees) fell in at No. 10, while Deloitte (330,000 employees) sat at No. 11, and Meta (71,900 employees) had the No. 12 spot on LinkedIn’s 2022 best workplace list. Also trailing Apple were UnitedHealth Group (340,000 workers) and Dell Technologies (133,000 employees).

Nestled in the No. 15 spot and instrumental in the COVID-19 pandemic response was CVS Health. The healthcare retailer has a global workforce of 300,000. It was followed right behind by The Walt Disney Company, which has 190,000 workers around the world.

Also making LinkedIn’s list were software company Accenture with 674,000 employees, Verizon with 119,400 employees, GE with 168,000 employees, and aviation giant Boeing with 142,000 employees in the 20th spot.

LinkedIn ranked the top 50 companies in the U.S. as the best workplaces in the country, which also included notable mentions of Target in the No. 26 spot with 450,000 workers amid a recent announcement that it was raising its employees’ wages to $24 per hour and COVID-19 vaccine maker Johnson & Johnson, which has a workforce of 144,000 located around the world.

GM also made the list at No. 44, with its 157,000 workers, of which 98,000 are located in the U.S. as well as FedEx at No. 47 with 582,000 employees globally, of which 375,200 are located in the U.S.

Ford (320,800 global workers) also came in at No. 48.

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