Top 20 Most Admired Companies

To create the top 20, Fortune and its survey partners at Hay Group asked the experts -- in this case, more than 3,700 people from dozens of industries -- to select the 10 companies they admire most. This year's winners all have strong records of innovation, leadership, and financial strength -- and their employees know it.

United Parcel Service
United Parcel Service
Top 20 rank: 17
Rank in Delivery and Logistics: 1
The world's largest package-delivery company may be 100 years old, but it hasn't gained corporate America's admiration by acting its age. Known for its ability to combine cutting-edge technology with its own brand of "human engineering" to great effect, the $49.7 billion shipping giant continues to develop, delivering a record four billion packages in 2007.  -Nadira A. Hira
See how UPS rates in 8 key areas
Last updated March 03 2008: 2:10 PM ET

Apple

Berkshire Hathaway

General Electric

Google

Toyota Motor

Starbucks

FedEx

Procter & Gamble

Johnson & Johnson

Goldman Sachs

Target

Southwest Airlines

American Express

BMW

Costco

Microsoft

UPS

Cisco Systems

3M

Nordstrom
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