The Importance of Professional Development
Comparably launched in March 2016 as a compensation data and culture platform with the mission of “making workplaces transparent and rewarding for both employees and employers.”
Comparably ranks companies on their culture, based on a variety of factors, as contributed by real employees.
A key factor for culture is professional development. Says Comparably CEO Jason Nazar, “Professional development serves a vital role in companies, improving employees’ productivity and attitudes.”
Nazar also noted that professional development is important for gender and racial equity within the workplace. “One of the most important things we can do to level the playing field is to focus on professional development.”
The list of brands that rank high for professional development is a who’s who of high-value companies:
Best Large Companies for Professional Development (500+ employees)
Top 25, in alphabetical order
1. Aflac, Columbus, Ga.
2. Amazon, Seattle.
3. Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.
4. Costco, Issaquah, Wash.
5. Ernst & Young, New York City.
6. Facebook, Menlo Park, Calif.
7. Fanatics, Jacksonville, Fla.
8. Fuze, Boston.
9. Google, Mountain View, Calif.
10. HubSpot, Cambridge, Mass.
11. Indeed.com, Austin, Texas.
12. Insight Global, Atlanta.
13. International Flavors & Fragrances, New York.
14. Intuit, Mountain View, Calif.
15. LogMeIn, Boston.
16. Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.
17. Nevro, Redwood, Calif.
18. PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y.
19. Starbucks, Seattle.
20. T-Mobile, Bellevue, Wash.
21. The Home Depot, Atlanta.
22. The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, Calif.
23. Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas.
24. Workfront, Lehi, Utah.
25. Zillow, Seattle, Wash.
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USA Today, “Facebook, Starbucks, Ernst & Young are among top U.S. companies for professional development,” June 7, 2018, Ben Tobin.