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PayScale Recognizes Employers Driving Employee Trust Via Transparent Pay Practices

Large Companies that Top the List Include McKinsey, FedEx, Trader Joe’s and Costco

Seattle, WA – July 31, 2018 – Today PayScale, Inc., the leader in precise, on-demand cloud compensation solutions for businesses and individuals, announced its third list of 2018 Hero Award recipients, featuring the top 100 organizations where compensation practices and approaches are shared most openly. Research shows that employees who understand how and why they are paid develop more trusting relationships with their managers, are more engaged at work and stay with the companies longer.

“People are more likely to trust their employer if it’s clear how and why they are paid the compensation they earn.  There really is no downside to sharing your organization’s approach to compensation, but there is a well-researched downside to remaining silent,” commented PayScale VP Lydia Frank. “Employees feel better about their deal when organizations are more transparent about pay decisions and practices.”

Of note, restaurants and grocers dominate the top 10—both industries where profit margins are relatively thin, which suggests that transparency may be a distinct advantage in these highly competitive industries.

The PayScale Hero Awards for Pay Transparency feature employers who rank highest for being transparent with employees regarding pay practices as reported by their own employees. To arrive at the following list, PayScale examined employee feedback from more than 47,000 distinct employers to understand which organizations are the true Pay Transparency Heroes of 2018.

The top 100 companies are:

  • Aldi, Inc.
  • McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Sanderson Farms, Inc.
  • Trader Joe’s Company
  • FedEx Freight
  • Texas Roadhouse, Inc
  • Smith’s Food and Drug Stores
  • Dialysis Clinics, Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Costco Wholesale Company
  • Outback Steakhouse, Inc.
  • Dyncorp International
  • Geico
  • Hyatt Place
  • M Corp
  • Magellan Health
  • Racetrac Petroleum
  • Salem Hospital
  • Brinker International
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul
  • Bose Corporation
  • Broward Health
  • Memorial Healthcare
  • AT&T Mobility LLC
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Kinder Morgan Inc.
  • LPL Financial
  • Waffle House, Inc.
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
  • American Renal Associates
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Brink’s, Incorporated
  • CHI Systems, Inc.
  • ECPI College of Technology
  • Embassy Suites Hotels
  • Greystar Real Estate Partners
  • Hackensack Hospital
  • HEB Grocery Company
  • Indian Health Services
  • International Paper Co
  • Kellogg Co
  • Merry Maids Inc
  • National Vision, Inc.
  • NFI Industries Inc
  • Novo Nordisk Inc.
  • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Penske Truck Leasing LLC
  • Pepsi Bottling Group
  • Preferred Family Healthcare
  • Roche Diagnostics Corporation
  • Saia Motor Freight Incorporated
  • Speedway SuperAmerica LLC
  • Sprouts
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.
  • Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
  • University of California (UC)
  • Zaxby’s
  • Auburn University
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • First RF Corporation
  • Kaman Industrial Technologies
  • Mcleod Health
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Perdue Farms, Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble Co
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Inc. (BCBSNC)
  • Chicago Bridge and Iron
  • ClearLink
  • Consumers Energy Company
  • Emcor Group Inc.
  • Hilti Corporation
  • Juniper Networks, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Purdue University
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • South Shore Hospital
  • U.S. Security & Associates
  • University of Arkansas
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • J. M. Smucker Co.
  • Mars, Inc.
  • Publix Super Markets Inc
  • Teamhealth, Inc.
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • University Health System
  • VCU Health Systems
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services

For more information and to view specific ratings of the 100 PayScale Hero Award Recipient organizations, please refer to the full PayScale 2018 Hero Awards data at:

About PayScale:

As the industry leader in compensation data and technology, PayScale helps organizations #getpayright. PayScale is the only technology solution for managing compensation that provides multiple streams of fresh, transparently curated, and validated salary data. Combined with modeling engines that learn continuously and generate recommendations and insight, PayScale empowers HR to price jobs and adjust compensation to reflect near real-time changes in the market — all on one trusted data platform. With PayScale’s Adaptive Compensation Advantage, teams operate with efficiency, focused on outcomes rather than manual data management. To learn how companies like The Washington Post, Perry Ellis International, United Healthcare and The New York Times rely on PayScale to attract and retain top talent, engage employees and plan their future workforce, visit

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