19 of the best companies to work for to have an impact on the world

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People who work in healthcare report the highest job meaning.
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It’s a bona fide victory to find a job you’re passionate about that comes with solid benefits and a big paycheck. But it’s an added bonus to feel like the work you’re doing is making a positive impact on the world.

A recent list of the best companies to work for in America published by Business Insider with exclusive data from PayScale ranked the 2015 Fortune 500 companies, homing in on six criteria, including how meaningful employees find their work (read the full methodology here).

Here, we’ve ranked the top companies to work forby the percentage of employees who say their job has high meaning. The percentage was determined byrespondents who work at a given employer who answered “Very much so” or “Yes” to the question, “Does your work make the world a better place?”

Three companies in the healthcare sector tied for the No. 1 spot – Biogen, Eli Lilly, and Gilead Sciences – with 91% of employees reporting high job meaning at their respective companies, all of which are responsible for developing life-changing medications for illnesses ranging from depression to HIV/AIDS to cancer.

Read on to find out the best companies to work for in America where employees find their work meaningful:


19. 3M

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Headquarters: Maplewood, Minnesota

Experienced median pay: $85,100

High job meaning: 68% of employees

Nearly 90,000 employees are dedicated to this industrial conglomerate’s five diverse business groups: consumer, electronics and energy, healthcare, industrial, and safety and graphics. The company also offers a bevy of benefits, including on-site fitness centers, stress-management coaching, and an on-site pharmacy and medical center.


18. Apple

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Headquarters: Cupertino, California

Experienced median pay: $127,000

High job meaning: 71% of employees

Though a competitive and demanding place to work – only 6% of employees rated their jobs as low stress, according to PayScale – Apple treats its employees incredibly well, withperkslike discounts on Apple products, robust health benefits (even for part-time Apple-store workers), and on-site “beer bashes.” CEO Tim Cook addressed the company’s commitment to employee diversity ina letter on Apple’s website,stating that in 2015 35% of new hires were women and 43% were minorities.


17. Google

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Headquarters: Mountain View, California

Experienced median pay: $140,000

High job meaning: 73% of employees

Dethroning last year’s No. 1, Facebook, Google earned the title as the best company to work for this year. Notorious for itsabundant perks, employees at the search giant can take advantage of free gourmet food, 24/7 tech support, on-site massages, free fitness classes and gym memberships, and a generous vacation plan.

Employees also report that Google – recently renamed Alphabet in a corporate restructuring – allows them flexibility to work on passion projects and feed their creativity. The company continues to grow,adding nearly 9,000 jobsin the last year.


13. (TIE) CH2M

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Headquarters: Englewood, Colorado

Experienced median pay: $87,900

High job meaning: 74% of employees

CH2M, which recently simplified its name from CH2M Hill, is a global engineering company that offers consulting, design, and construction services and is made up of a community of “skilled and creative problem solvers.” The CH2M Foundationsupports employee volunteerism and donates to sustainability and STEM education causes around the world.


13. (TIE) Motorola Solutions

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Headquarters: Schaumburg, Illinois

Experienced median pay: $103,000

High job meaning:74% of employees

The telecommunications company’s emphasis on flexibility allows 49% of its employees to work from home. Motorola employees also receive about 3.5 weeks of paid vacation on average.

This emphasis on work-life balance has helped Motorola retain its workforce. More than half of employees have worked at the company for more than a decade, and nearly one-quarter of employees have worked at the company for more than 20 years, according to PayScale.


13. (TIE) Ameren

Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri

Experienced median pay: $88,100

High job meaning: 74% of employees

The holding company oversees operations for Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois, two of the largest energy providers in their respective states. Ameren employs more than 8,500 people, and PayScale reports that 74% of employees say that their job has high meaning.


13. (TIE) Duke Energy

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Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina

Experienced median pay: $90,800

High job meaning: 74% of employees

Electric-power conglomerate Duke Energy offers an array of career paths, from customer service to engineer and technician. Every year, thousands of employees and retirees devote their free time to volunteering with Duke Energy in Action, the company’s community-service effort.


12. Abbott Laboratories

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Headquarters: Abbott Park, Illinois

Experienced median pay: $93,500

High job meaning: 75% of employees

Healthcare giant Abbott Laboratories offers an extensive list of benefits that help keep job satisfaction high. In addition to a number of health and wellness-related programs, the company offers tuition assistance, three weeks of paid vacation for new hires, paternity leave, and an assistance program for mothersto help ease the transition back to work.


11. Pfizer

Headquarters: New York, New York

Experienced median pay: $108,000

High job meaning: 77% of employees

Pfizer sums up its company culture with two words:Own it. The company believes that employees should be able to take ownership of their careers, allowing them the freedom to take risks and the support to confront systems and attitudes that aren’t working. The pharmaceutical giant also offers its employees relative flexibility, as 37% are able to work from home.


10. Facebook

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Headquarters: Menlo Park, California

Experienced median pay: $135,000

High job meaning: 79% of employees

The 12-year-old social network cum global tech giant is consistently lauded asone of the best places to workthanks to unrivaled employee perks includinggourmet food courts, on-site doctors and chiropractors, laundry and dry-cleaning services, bikes to commute around campus, an inclusive company culture, and four months of paid parental leavefor mothers, fathers, and same-sex couples.


9. Southern Co.

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Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

Experienced median pay: $85,100

High job meaning: 81% of employees

Southern Co. strives to create aculture of trust and excellenceby supporting employees in their daily work and challenging them to set industry performance and safety records. The electric utility company provides a positive atmosphere to accomplish this, and 28% of employees reported low levels of stress at work, making Southern the least-stressful work environment on the list.


8. Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Headquarters: New York, New York

Experienced median pay: $111,000

High job meaning: 82% of employees

Biopharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb has a rich employee culturewith strong gender diversity– 54% female and 46% male – across its 11 offices in seven states. The company manufactures drugs that treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular diseases, among other ailments, and 82% of employees report that their job has high meaning, according to PayScale.


7. St. Jude Medical

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Headquarters: St. Paul, Minnesota

Experienced median pay: $85,700

High job meaning: 85% of employees

At the medical-devices manufacturing company, employees are encouraged to take advantage of the LiveWell Program, which lets them get on-site health screenings and free health assessments. PayScale notes that 85% of St. Jude Medical employees felt that their job provided high meaning – one of the best scores for a company ranked in the top 50.


6. Johnson & Johnson

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Headquarters: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Experienced median pay: $107,000

High job meaning: 86% of employees

With nearly 130,000 employees in more than 60 countries, Johnson & Johnson is dedicated to the entire team’s well-being. The pharmaceutical company actively cultivates a healthy culture and offers health programs with services tailored to individual employee needs.


5. Amgen

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Headquarters: Thousand Oaks, California

Experienced median pay: $121,000

High job meaning: 89% of employees

The biopharmaceutical company employs about18,000 peopleworldwide. Nearly 90% of them report having a high job meaning – not surprising given that Amgen has developed several successful cancer treatments as well as drugs to address autoimmune diseases and osteoporosis.

Amgen is committed to career development and education opportunities, offering tuition reimbursement as well as formal and technical training within the company for those looking to advance their skills.


4. AbbVie

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Headquarters: North Chicago, Illinois

Experienced median pay: $107,000

High job meaning: 90% of employees

The pharmaceutical company, which makes blockbuster autoimmune-disease drug Humira, typically pays its employees 6% above the market compared to similar companies. In April, AbbVie announced that it is teaming up with the University of Chicago for afive-year dealto collaborate on cancer research.


1. (TIE) Gilead Sciences

Headquarters: Foster City, California

Experienced median pay: $116,000

High job meaning: 91% of employees

At Gilead Sciences, employees work tocreate new medicinesthat transform the lives of people with life-threatening illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis C. This focus on changing lives contributes to Gilead employees finding purpose in their work, as 91% of them report having high job meaning, according to PayScale. In the US, employees also enjoy benefits such as tuition reimbursement, backup childcare options, and the ability to buy company stock.


1. (TIE) Eli Lilly

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Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana

Experienced median pay: $102,000

High job meaning: 91% of employees

Employees at the pharmaceutical company – which creates drugs like Prozac (for depression), Cialis (for erectile dysfunction), and Methadone (for opioid addiction) – also find meaning outside of their day-to-day duties through Lilly’s volunteering opportunities. As a part ofConnecting Hearts Abroad, employees can take two weeks of paid leave to work in impoverished countries, providing hands-on support in healthcare, caregiving, and education.


1. (TIE) Biogen

Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Experienced median pay: $93,400

High job meaning: 91% of employees

At Biogen, employees feel like they’re making a difference, with 91% reporting high job meaning, according to PayScale. The biotechnology company, which develops therapies for neurological and autoimmune diseases, emphasizes giving back to its communities, and every year the company dedicates a “Care Deeply Volunteer Day,” where thousands of employees participate in local community-service projects.