The 2018 Hero Awards
THE BEST ORGS FOR FAIR PAY


Fair Pay Heroes, We Think You’re Super.

Whether it’s our DNA or the culture we live in, humans are wired for fairness. The need for fairness begins in adolescence and continues to grow as we get older. When things are fair, we feel good psychologically, knowing that we get our own equal slice of the pie.

When we apply this concept to business and think about what is fair, or even what should be fair, one thing that often comes to mind is compensation. In other words, people want to be paid fairly. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for organizations to unintentionally miss the mark when it comes to pay fairness. This evidence can be seen in our latest Compensation Best Practices Report where we found only 21 percent of employees felt they were fairly paid. In that same study, we asked employers the same thing about their employees. The results showed that 43 percent of employers said their employees felt fairly paid. In a similar study, we found that 63 percent of individuals who are, in fact, paid at market believe they are paid below market.

While there is an obvious disconnect between organizations and employees when it comes to perceptions around pay fairness, there are plenty of organizations who are getting fair pay right and have set the standard for what it means to work for a company that effectively prioritizes and communicates pay fairness.

The Best Organizations for Fair Pay

Each of the organizations listed here were rated highly by their own employees as an organization that pays fairly. We examined employee profiles from more than 57,000 distinct U.S. employers to understand which organizations get the highest marks when it comes to fair pay. The significance of this is that PayScale is only featuring organizations where at least 40 percent of employees report high pay fairness.

Pay Brand Matters

It’s a hard pill to swallow. But in 2018, a time where employees have more options than ever to jump ship, investing in how you pay and how you communicate pay is more important than it’s ever been for your organization. The combined power of these two components of pay allow you to intentionally craft your pay brand. Your pay brand answers employee (and potential employee) questions like “how are the pay and benefits here?” When organizations treat compensation as an ongoing dialogue and empower their managers to have effective pay conversations, organizations tend to have better business results.

Employees Want a Good Deal

As an organization, when you intentionally craft your pay brand, employees will feel like they’re getting a good deal. When job seekers believe that your organization pays its people well and values them, they are more likely to choose you over your competition. In turn, your organization will benefit by attracting more qualified applicants, improving retention, uniting employer and employee interest and improving your reputation.

Top-Performing Organizations Do Comp Differently

At the end of the day, what differentiates you from your competition might come down to your pay brand. But if compensation is something that is only discussed annually, your organization is likely missing out on opportunities to use pay as a strategic talent acquisition and retention tool.

Instead of allowing pay conversations to remain taboo, consider making pay an ongoing dialogue with your leadership team and your employees. In fact, that’s exactly what many top-performing organizations are doing. In PayScale’s latest CBPR, we found that top performing organizations think and talk about pay more frequently than the rest. Top-performing organizations regularly:

  • Conduct a market study — 56 percent of top-performing organizations have completed a market study within the past year vs. 51 percent of typical.
  • Give bonuses and incentive pay — 31 percent of top-performing organizations give bonuses or incentives at least quarterly vs. 28 percent of typical.
  • Obtain market data for individual jobs — 37 percent of top-performing organizations get market data for individual jobs at least monthly vs. 33 percent of typical.

By taking on any of these activities, your organization is taking a giant first step towards creating a more fair and transparent pay culture.

 

Here are the
Heroes
Employer
% High Pay Fairness
Industry
70%
Industry: Accommodation and Food Services
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
CEO: John Rogers
70%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California
CEO: George Kurian
69%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
CEO: Pat Gelsinger
67%
Industry: Nonprofits
Headquarters: McLean, Virginia
CEO: Dr. Jason Providakes
65%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite
64%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Saint Paul, Minnesota
CEO: Mark Walchirk
64%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana
CEO: Dr Severin Schwan
61%
Industry: Engineering & Science
Headquarters: Bothell, Washington
CEO: Frans van Houten
60%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Medford, Oregon
CEO: Roy J. Vinyard
60%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
CEO: David D. Murphy
60%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Battle Creek, Michigan
CEO: Steven Cahillane
60%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Findlay, Ohio
CEO: Gary R. Heminger
58%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Worcester, Massachusetts
CEO: John C. Roche
57%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
57%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
56%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
CEO: David S. Taylor
55%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
55%
Industry: Agencies & Consultancies
Headquarters: Arlington County, Virginia
CEO: William J. Lynn III
55%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan
CEO: James P. Keane
55%
Industry: Retail & Customer Service
Headquarters: Monrovia, California
CEO: Dan Bane
54%
Industry: Retail & Customer Service
Headquarters: Issaquah, Washington
CEO: W. Craig Jelinek
54%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Stanford, California
CEO: David Entwistle
53%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Lake Forest, Illinois
CEO: Brian Kesseler
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Jim Bridenstine
50%
Industry: Agencies & Consultancies
Headquarters: Hanover, Maryland
CEO: Todd M. Mohr
50%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Sarasota, Florida
CEO: Robert Martin
50%
Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Headquarters: Jacksonville, Florida
CEO: James M. Foote
50%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Austin, Texas
CEO: Steve Adler
50%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Brookfield, Wisconsin
CEO: Kenneth Munson
50%
Industry: Retail & Customer Service
Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
CEO: Michael Zuieback
50%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Durham, North Carolina
CEO: A. Eugene Washington
50%
Industry: Agencies & Consultancies
Headquarters: McLean, Virginia
CEO: George Krivo
50%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Menlo Park, California
CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
50%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Boulder, Colorado
CEO: Farzin Lalezari
Headquarters: Norwalk, Connecticut
CEO: Daniel McCarthy
50%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
CEO: Brad Smith
50%
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
CEO: Steven J. Kean
50%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
CEO: Bernardo Hees
50%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio
CEO: Stephen Rasmussen
50%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: New York, New York
CEO: Roger Ferguson
50%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
Headquarters: Maryland Heights, Missouri
CEO: James P. Kavanaugh
50%
Industry: Accommodation and Food Services
Headquarters: Parsippany, New Jersey
CEO: Stephen P. Holmes
48%
Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
CEO: Michael L. Ducker
48%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Radnor, Pennsylvania
CEO: Dennis R. Glass
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
47%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
CEO: Paul Kusserow
47%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Midland, Michigan
CEO: Andrew N. Liveris
47%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
CEO: April Anthomy
47%
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
CEO: Chris M. Crane
47%
Industry: Construction
Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri
CEO: Rob Slimp
47%
Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Headquarters: Norfolk, Virginia
CEO: James A. Squires
47%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
CEO: Wilson R. Jones
47%
Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Headquarters: Reading, Pennsylvania
CEO: Brian Hard
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
47%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
CEO: Gary S. Kaplan
46%
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
CEO: Ben Van Beurden
46%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
CEO: Rich Templeton
46%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Sheridan, Wyoming
CEO: Robert Wilkie
45%
Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas
CEO: Doug Parker
45%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Addison, Texas
CEO: Don Coulter
45%
Industry: Engineering & Science
Headquarters: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
CEO: Robert Scaer
45%
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts
CEO: John L. Flannery
45%
Industry: Agencies & Consultancies
Headquarters: Greenbelt, Maryland
CEO: Dr. Kam Ghaffarian
44%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Bolingbrook, Illinois
CEO: Dylan Bates
44%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Birmingham, Alabama
CEO: Onur Genc
44%
Industry: Retail & Customer Service
Headquarters: Lewisville, Texas
CEO: Steve Grimshaw
44%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Plano, Texas
CEO: Borje Ekholm
44%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan
CEO: Mary T. Barra
Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts
CEO: L. Rafael Reif
44%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Wilmington, Delaware
CEO: J. Erik Fyrwald
43%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia
CEO: Commander-in-Chief
43%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
CEO: Scott P. Serota
43%
Industry: Agencies & Consultancies
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
CEO: James L. Powers
43%
Industry: Transportation & Warehousing
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
CEO: Ed Bastian
43%
Industry: Energy & Utilities
Headquarters: Princeton, New Jersey
CEO: Mauricio Gutierrez
43%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio
CEO: John R. Kasich
43%
Industry: Agencies & Consultancies
Headquarters: Knoxville, Tennessee
CEO: Leif M. Murphy
43%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Providence, Rhode Island
CEO: Lisa Atherton
43%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Megan J. Brennan
43%
Industry: Retail & Customer Service
Headquarters: Wawa, Pennsylvania
CEO: Chris Gheysens
43%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Pleasanton, California
CEO: Aneel Bhusri
42%
Industry: Engineering & Science
Headquarters: Princeton, New Jersey
CEO: John Ratliff
42%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
CEO: Sundar Pichai
42%
Industry: Accommodation and Food Services
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
CEO: Mark S. Hoplamazian
42%
Industry: Health Care
Headquarters: Oakland, California
CEO: Bernard J. Tyson
42%
Industry: Engineering & Science
Headquarters: New York, New York
CEO: Ian C. Read
42%
Industry: Government
Headquarters: Sacramento, California
CEO: Edmund G Brown Jr.
41%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia
CEO: Tony Nicely
41%
Industry: Education
Headquarters: Bloomington, Indiana
CEO: Lauren Robel
41%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
CEO: Mark S. Sutton
41%
Industry: Real Estate & Rental\Leasing
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
CEO: Tim Byrne
41%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: East Hanover, New Jersey
CEO: Vasant Narasimhan
41%
Industry: Finance & Insurance
Headquarters: Mayfield Village, Ohio
CEO: Tricia Griffith
41%
Industry: Engineering & Science
Headquarters: San Diego, California
CEO: Steve Mollenkopf
41%
Industry: Tech
Headquarters: San Francisco, California
CEO: Marc Benioff
41%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Davidson, North Carolina
CEO: Michael W. Lamach
40%
Industry: Construction
Headquarters: Irving, Texas
CEO: David T. Seaton
40%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: East Hartford, Connecticut
CEO: John Saabas
40%
Industry: Manufacturing
Headquarters: Carrollton, Georgia
CEO: Rich Stinson