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.

Starbucks
Starbucks
Top 20 rank: 6
Rank in Food Services: 2
After years of dizzying growth, there's trouble brewing at Starbucks, which dropped four places on this year's list due to weak sales, overexpansion, and intense competition. Its once-soaring stock trades for about half what it fetched a year ago, and in January chairman Howard Schultz returned as CEO. But Starbucks remains a sought-after employer, and its brand, while bruised, is still powerful.  -Matthew Boyle
See how Starbucks 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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