GREENVILLE, S.C.—Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin North America Inc. and Continental A.G.'s North American activities among its best large employers—those with at least 1,000 employees—in the U.S.
Michelin was ranked 10th and Continental 67th on the magazine's 2019 "America's Best Large Employers" list.
Forbes bases its rankings on information gleaned from an independent survey of employees at the companies being considered for the list. Employees are given the opportunity to share feedback anonymously on topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.
In comments posted by Michelin, the Greenville, S.C.-based tire maker said it is focused on enhancing employees' experiences at every stage, from candidate to new-hire to retiree.
"At Michelin, we provide our workforce a better way forward by empowering employees to connect their individual purposes with their job roles each day," David Stafford, chief human resources officer, said. "From paid volunteer hours to business resource groups, employees are provided with a wide range of opportunities to find purpose within and beyond their roles."
Michelin provides 10 "business resource groups" that are created and led by employees who have shared life experiences across various diversity dimensions, including the African American network, Asian Pacific network, Hispanic network, Faith and Beliefs network, LGBT & Allies network, New Hire network, Road to Retirement network, Women's network, Veterans network and the newly-formed capABLE network that focuses on disabilities.
The goal of each group is to help employees feel welcome and included, support employee engagement, encourage professional development and support business objectives.
Another contributing factor is Michelin's Choose Well/Live Well program—now in its 10th year—that provides incentives and resources for employees and their families to live healthy lives. Access to on-site health centers, annual biometric screenings, behavioral programs, assistance for employees and dependents with disabilities, healthy options in the cafeteria and expanded maternity and family leave benefits are a few examples of initiatives that contribute to the well-being of Michelin employees.
"Michelin is honored by this recognition that highlights our commitment to providing a purpose-driven career for our workforce," Stafford said. "Employees are given tools and support from leadership to take ownership of their own careers with greater access to internal job postings, feedback and training opportunities."
In addition, Michelin offers high school and college students opportunities for hands-on learning experiences through its Youth Apprenticeship and Technical Scholars programs and other high-value internships and cooperative-education opportunities. Mid-career and tenured employees are provided with opportunities to pursue multiple careers within Michelin without seeking employment outside the company.