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General Mills

How does cross-country skiing over lunch sound? This is just one of the many unique opportunities that employees of General Mills have had at their headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the company’s Fun Fitness Friday series. General Mills also provides a wide range of other on-site resources and flexibility options to help employees balance busy work and family lives. On-site perks include a grocery store, infant care center, full-service credit union, dry-cleaning, and a hair and nail salon.
Additionally, a 2007 company survey found that over 80% of General Mills employees volunteer either independently or company programs.
About General Mills

One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in over 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Pillsbury, and Cascadian Farm. 2008 annual net sales came in at approximately $13.4 billion.
General Mills has made appearances on…
· Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2008 “40 Best Companies for Diversity” (July 2008 Issue)
· Working Mother Magazine’s “2009 Best Companies for Multicultural Women” (View their listing here)
· The 2009 editions of Fortune Magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Places to Work For” and their “50 Most Admired Companies
· DiversityInc Magazine’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” (2009 edition)
Black Enterprise Magazine Methodology: To select the top 40, Black Enterprise magazine surveyed CEOs and diversity executives of the top-grossing 1,000 publicly traded companies and the 50 leading global companies with significant U.S. operations. The survey focused on participation of African-Americans and other ethnic minority groups in four key areas: supplier diversity, senior management, board involvement and employee base.
Working Mother Magazine Methodology: To be considered for the Best Companies for Multicultural Women recognition, each company applied and supplied Working Mother with key data points. For the 2009 list, the most weight was given to questions involving representation, training, development and advancement of multicultural women. DFD Consulting, an independent survey research firm in Maplewood, N.J., tabulated the scores.
Fortune Magazine Methodology: To pick the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” FORTUNE works with Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz of the Great Place to Work® Institute—a global research and consulting firm with offices in 30 countries—to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. For the “50 Most Admired Companies” - To create the 64 industry lists, executives, directors, and analysts were asked to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness.
DiversityInc Magazine Methodology: DiversityInc, which operates both a Web site and a monthly business magazine, calculates the annual list from a survey of 200 questions measuring four components: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and supplier diversity. A total of 401 companies, up 14 percent from last year, vied for the honor this year, underscoring the increasing emphasis on diversity management among progressive companies.


Scripps Health

Scripps Health, headquartered in San Diego, CA, employs over 10,000 people in the United States. Employees enjoy onsite child care, onsite fitness facilities, jobsharing and telecommuting at this nonprofit healthcare facility. The most common hourly position is that of a Registered Nurse, with the average annual pay for this position coming in at just over $100,000. The most common salaried position is Manager-Director. About half of Scripps employees are minorties, and over three-fourths are women. For more information about careers at Scripps visit


Methodist Health Systems

Methodist seeks positions across a variety of job functions, including managment, nursing, both clinical and non-clinical professionals, IT, human resources, entry level support services, and administrative and clerical positions.

Methodist made the 2008 US News and World Report list of Top Hospitals, and also grabbed the #8 spot on the 2009 edition of Fortune Magazine's Top 100 Companies to Work For.

Methodist Hospital corporation is a nonprofit health care organization based in Houston, Texas. It has extended the world-renowned clinical and service excellence of its founding entity, The Methodist Hospital, through a network of community based hospitals. Affiliated with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, The Methodist Hospital corporation works closely with local church leaders to bring compassion and spirituality to all of its endeavors and to help meet the health needs of the community it serves.

Link directly to the CAREERS section of the Methodist website here.



Publix was recently ranked 88th on the 2009 Fortune Magazine list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. They typically seek candidates interested in the retail positions within their grocery stores, as well as positions related to information systems, manufacturing, distribution, and other support offices. The most common position with Publix is a clerk, with an associated salary of approximately $28,000 per year. Managers at Publix average an annual income of over $100,000 per year.

Their top 3 locations are in Lakeland, FL; Miami, FL; and Jacksonville, FL.

As of January 2009, Publix anticipated up to 900 openings for the coming year.



Founded in 1901, Walgreens provides convenient access to consumer goods and services, and pharmacy, health and wellness services, in America. The company has recorded 34 consecutive years of record sales and earnings, a track record matched by only one other Fortune 500 company. Their busiest day is Christmas Eve, with Valentine's Day coming in second. Walgreens is currently undergoing a company-wide initiative to align their costs, culture and capabilities to the current economic climate. our costs, culture and capabilities to our strategy and to the realities of the current economic environment and target $1 billion in annual cost reductions by 2011.

Even with the planned slowdown of organic growth (currently at 9 percent, this will likely drop to about 3 percent by 2011), Walgreens remains among the fastest growing retailers in the country. By growing slowly, they will strengthen their core retail base and focus on return to shareholders. With 7,000 stores planned by the year 2010, Walgreens is on the verge of the most spectacular growth in its history.

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