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To appear as Most Admired, a company must have scored in the top half of its industry survey. The rest are listed as contenders.
Most Admired
Company City Overall score
International Paper Memphis 8.56
Walt Disney Burbank 8.53
Marriott International Bethesda 8.22
Graybar Electric St. Louis 8.08
Occidental Petroleum Los Angeles 8.04
Nike Beaverton 8.02
Altria Group Richmond 8.01
Sysco Houston 7.98
Union Pacific Omaha 7.97
Integrys Energy Group Chicago 7.94
Herman Miller Zeeland 7.83
Fortune Brands Deerfield 7.81
Exxon Mobil Irving 7.79
Berkshire Hathaway Omaha 7.78
Goldman Sachs Group New York 7.75
Google Mountain View 7.73
McDonald's Oak Brook 7.72
Continental Airlines Houston 7.71
Procter & Gamble Cincinnati 7.69
Medco Health Solutions Franklin Lakes 7.68
EMC Hopkinton 7.63
Chevron San Ramon 7.62
Caterpillar Peoria 7.61
Norfolk Southern Norfolk 7.59
Intel Santa Clara 7.57
FedEx Memphis 7.56
Jacobs Engineering Group Pasadena 7.55
EMCOR Group Norwalk 7.55
IBM Armonk 7.55
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Fort Worth 7.54
Anheuser-Busch St. Louis 7.50
PepsiCo Purchase 7.47
Polo Ralph Lauren New York 7.47
Accenture New York 7.46
Devon Energy Oklahoma City 7.44
General Electric Fairfield 7.44
Intuit Mountain View 7.41
Deere Moline 7.39
Aetna Hartford 7.39
United Parcel Service Atlanta 7.39
Cisco Systems San Jose 7.36
Washington Post Washington 7.34
CHS Inver Grove Heights 7.34
Adobe Systems San Jose 7.32
Johnson & Johnson New Brunswick 7.31
United Technologies Hartford 7.30
Wal-Mart Stores Bentonville 7.29
Xerox Norwalk 7.28
Pactiv Lake Forest 7.27
Time Warner New York 7.24
BlackRock New York 7.21
W.W. Grainger Lake Forest 7.17
News Corp. New York 7.16
Texas Instruments Dallas 7.16
Fluor Irving 7.15
Quest Diagnostics Madison 7.13
Steelcase Grand Rapids 7.13
Emerson Electric St. Louis 7.12
Illinois Tool Works Glenview 7.11
VF Greensboro 7.09
Wyndham Worldwide Parsippany 7.08
Apple Cupertino 7.07
Archer Daniels Midland Decatur 7.06
Alcoa New York 7.05
AT&T Dallas 7.05
Qualcomm San Diego 7.04
Hewlett-Packard Palo Alto 7.04
Eaton Cleveland 7.01
Bunge White Plains 7.00
NetApp Sunnyvale 7.00
Amazon.com Seattle 7.00
Dun & Bradstreet Short Hills 6.98
Visa San Francisco 6.98
Avnet Phoenix 6.97
Estée Lauder New York 6.97
3M St. Paul 6.96
Costco Wholesale Issaquah 6.92
Target Minneapolis 6.90
Kimberly-Clark Irving 6.90
General Mills Minneapolis 6.89
Southwest Airlines Dallas 6.89
Starbucks Seattle 6.88
Williams Tulsa 6.87
Safeway Pleasanton 6.87
Verizon Communications New York 6.87
Publix Super Markets Lakeland 6.87
Reynolds American Winston-Salem 6.86
UST Stamford 6.86
Viacom New York 6.86
St. Jude Medical St. Paul 6.85
Tupperware Brands Orlando 6.85
Henry Schein Melville 6.84
Coca-Cola Atlanta 6.84
Martin Marietta Materials Raleigh 6.80
FPL Group Juno Beach 6.80
ConocoPhillips Houston 6.80
Leggett & Platt Carthage 6.80
CVS/Caremark Woonsocket 6.79
American Express New York 6.79
Bank of New York Mellon New York 6.78
Becton Dickinson Franklin Lakes 6.78
Abbott Laboratories Abbott Park 6.78
Applied Materials Santa Clara 6.77
Automatic Data Processing Roseland 6.77
MasterCard Purchase 6.76
HNI Muscatine 6.75
PNC Financial Services Group Pittsburgh 6.72
Electronic Arts Redwood City 6.71
Medtronic Minneapolis 6.71
Baxter International Deerfield 6.71
Robert Half International Menlo Park 6.70
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Los Angeles 6.70
Kroger Cincinnati 6.70
Bank of America Charlotte 6.69
WellPoint Indianapolis 6.68
Aflac Columbus 6.68
Merck Whitehouse Station 6.67
Sealed Air Elmwood Park 6.67
Boeing Chicago 6.67
Honeywell International Morris Township 6.66
Juniper Networks Sunnyvale 6.65
Landstar System Jacksonville 6.64
Seagate Technology Scotts Valley 6.63
Autodesk San Rafael 6.63
eBay San Jose 6.63
McKesson San Francisco 6.63
Best Buy Richfield 6.63
Yum Brands Louisville 6.63
Lockheed Martin Bethesda 6.63
Ingram Micro Santa Ana 6.62
Aramark Philadelphia 6.62
Northwestern Mutual Milwaukee 6.62
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Akron 6.62
Morgan Stanley New York 6.61
Spectra Energy Houston 6.61
Brightpoint Indianapolis 6.60
Oneok Tulsa 6.59
Simon Property Group Indianapolis 6.59
Penske Automotive Group Bloomfield Hills 6.59
Host Hotels & Resorts Bethesda 6.59
Arrow Electronics Melville 6.58
KB Home Los Angeles 6.58
Northern Trust Corp. Chicago 6.57
Temple-Inland Austin 6.57
Raytheon Waltham 6.55
New York Life New York 6.55
Nucor Charlotte 6.54
J.P. Morgan Chase New York 6.53
Manpower Milwaukee 6.53
Toll Brothers Horsham 6.53
U.S. Bancorp Minneapolis 6.51
Travelers Cos. St. Paul 6.49
Nordstrom Seattle 6.49
Wynn Resorts Las Vegas 6.49
PSS World Medical Jacksonville 6.49
Cummins Columbus 6.49
Amgen Thousand Oaks 6.47
Stryker Kalamazoo 6.47
DuPont Wilmington 6.43
Prudential Financial Newark 6.41
Corning Corning 6.41
Sempra Energy San Diego 6.40
Cognizant Technology Solutions Teaneck 6.39
UnitedHealth Group Minnetonka 6.39
Johnson Controls Milwaukee 6.39
Kellogg Battle Creek 6.39
Owens Corning Toledo 6.38
Wells Fargo San Francisco 6.38
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Lowell 6.38
Microsoft Redmond 6.37
Darden Restaurants Orlando 6.37
DST Systems Kansas City 6.37
AutoNation Fort Lauderdale 6.37
Pepsi Bottling Group Somers 6.36
Kindred Healthcare Louisville 6.36
Walgreen Deerfield 6.36
Knight Houston 6.35
USG Chicago 6.35
Exelon Chicago 6.35
Ball Broomfield 6.35
CarMax Richmond 6.32
Ryder System Miami 6.30
General Dynamics Falls Church 6.30
Vornado Realty Trust New York 6.29
Phillips-Van Heusen New York 6.27
Jones Lang LaSalle Chicago 6.27
Sonoco Products Hartsville 6.26
New York Times New York 6.25
Plains All American Pipeline Houston 6.24
Cardinal Health Dublin 6.24
Centex Dallas 6.24
State Street Boston 6.23
Vulcan Materials Birmingham 6.23
DaVita El Segundo 6.22
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Springfield 6.21
CB Richard Ellis Group Los Angeles 6.21
Delta Air Lines Atlanta 6.18
Harris Melbourne 6.17
Enbridge Energy Partners Houston 6.17
Community Health Systems Franklin 6.17
Arkansas Best Fort Smith 6.17
Iron Mountain Boston 6.16
Starwood Hotels & Resorts White Plains 6.15
Textron Providence 6.15
ScanSource Greenville 6.14
Expedia Bellevue 6.12
Nvidia Santa Clara 6.11
Enterprise GP Holdings Houston 6.11
Fiserv Brookfield 6.10
Lowe's Mooresville 6.09
Ingersoll-Rand Montvale 6.09
US Oncology Holdings The Woodlands 6.08
Airgas Radnor 6.08
Home Depot Atlanta 6.08
Public Service Enterprise Group Newark 6.06
Praxair Danbury 6.06
Pulte Homes Bloomfield Hills 6.06
Xcel Energy Minneapolis 6.05
Volt Information Sciences New York 6.04
Northrop Grumman Los Angeles 6.04
Brinker International Dallas 6.03
American Electric Power Columbus 6.03
Whirlpool Benton Harbor 6.01
MetLife New York 5.99
United Natural Foods Dayville 5.98
HCA Nashville 5.97
Laboratory Corp. of America Burlington 5.97
Dominion Resources Richmond 5.96
State Farm Insurance Bloomington 5.95
SAIC San Diego 5.94
Staples Framingham 5.93
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Boston 5.93
Sun Microsystems Santa Clara 5.92
CACI International Arlington 5.91
Duke Energy Charlotte 5.88
Hewitt Associates Lincolnshire 5.87
Genuine Parts Atlanta 5.87
J.C. Penney Plano 5.81
Health Management Associates Naples 5.79
Weyerhaeuser Federal Way 5.76
Charles Schwab San Francisco 5.73
NVR Reston 5.71
Humana Louisville 5.69
Unified Grocers Commerce 5.69
Comcast Philadelphia 5.68
Air Products & Chemicals Allentown 5.66
Hertz Global Holdings Park Ridge 5.65
Dow Chemical Midland 5.64
Levi Strauss San Francisco 5.63
Dell Round Rock 5.62
Limited Brands Columbus 5.62
Convergys Cincinnati 5.60
Stanley Works New Britain 5.59
Total System Services Columbus 5.59
Black & Decker Towson 5.55
Lear Southfield 5.55
Plum Creek Timber Seattle 5.55
BB&T Corp Winston-Salem 5.53
Cintas Cincinnati 5.50
TIAA-CREF New York 5.47
PPG Industries Pittsburgh 5.46
McGraw-Hill New York 5.45
Chiquita Brands International Cincinnati 5.41
Cigna Philadelphia 5.40
Avis Budget Group Parsippany 5.36
Kohl's Menomonee Falls 5.33
Western Union Englewood 5.32
Anadarko Petroleum The Woodlands 5.29
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Phoenix 5.25
Seaboard Shawnee Mission 5.24
Energizer Holdings St. Louis 5.23
General Motors Detroit 4.73
Gannett McLean 4.10
Contenders
Company City Overall score
Colgate-Palmolive New York 6.76
Universal Richmond 6.60
Warner Music Group New York 6.45
CBS New York 6.39
Thermo Fisher Scientific Waltham 6.27
Oracle Redwood City 6.24
Clear Channel Communications San Antonio 6.22
United States Steel Pittsburgh 6.16
ProLogis Denver 6.09
Western Digital Lake Forest 6.07
Eli Lilly Indianapolis 6.03
Live Nation Beverly Hills 6.00
Kraft Foods Northfield 5.99
Bemis Neenah 5.99
Symantec Cupertino 5.96
El Paso Houston 5.94
Clorox Oakland 5.93
Allstate Northbrook 5.91
Zimmer Holdings Warsaw 5.90
Paychex Rochester 5.90
Wyeth Madison 5.89
Liberty Media Englewood 5.89
Tech Data Clearwater 5.87
Danaher Washington 5.85
Burger King Holdings Miami 5.85
SunGard Data Systems Wayne 5.82
Valero Energy San Antonio 5.82
Avon Products New York 5.82
Entergy New Orleans 5.82
Equifax Atlanta 5.78
MGM Mirage Las Vegas 5.77
Equity Residential Chicago 5.77
Perot Systems Plano 5.72
Owens & Minor Mechanicsville 5.70
IAC/InterActiveCorp New York 5.69
CSX Jacksonville 5.69
Lexmark International Lexington 5.68
Eastman Kodak Rochester 5.67
Sealy Trinity 5.66
IMS Health Norwalk 5.66
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Lebanon 5.65
ConAgra Foods Omaha 5.64
NYSE Euronext New York 5.64
Owens-Illinois Perrysburg 5.61
PG&E Corp. San Francisco 5.60
Werner Enterprises Omaha 5.56
OGE Energy Oklahoma City 5.51
BlueLinx Holdings Atlanta 5.50
Alliance Data Systems Dallas 5.47
Anixter International Glenview 5.44
AmerisourceBergen Chesterbrook 5.43
La-Z-Boy Monroe 5.42
Energy Transfer Equity Dallas 5.42
Express Scripts St. Louis 5.41
Edison International Rosemead 5.41
Progress Energy Raleigh 5.41
L-3 Communications New York 5.41
Universal Health Services King of Prussia 5.40
VWR Funding West Chester 5.39
World Fuel Services Miami 5.38
Furniture Brands International St. Louis 5.37
Schering-Plough Kenilworth 5.37
Blackstone Group New York 5.36
Computer Sciences Falls Church 5.35
MeadWestvaco Glen Allen 5.34
Capital One Financial McLean 5.31
Hartford Financial Services Hartford 5.31
Marshall & Ilsley Corp. Milwaukee 5.30
Omnicare Covington 5.30
Nationwide Columbus 5.30
Gap San Francisco 5.29
Crown Holdings Philadelphia 5.29
Toys "R" Us Wayne 5.25
Pfizer New York 5.25
Targa Resources Houston 5.24
Core-Mark Holding South San Francisco 5.23
Fidelity National Information Services Jacksonville 5.23
AES Arlington 5.23
Alliance One International Morrisville 5.20
Nash Finch Minneapolis 5.19
U.S. Postal Service Washington 5.18
Synnex Fremont 5.18
Warnaco Group New York 5.14
Smithfield Foods Smithfield 5.13
Supervalu Eden Prairie 5.13
Spartan Stores Grand Rapids 5.12
Patterson St. Paul 5.10
Motorola Schaumburg 5.09
D.R. Horton Fort Worth 5.09
Tyson Foods Springdale 5.08
YRC Worldwide Overland Park 5.07
Amerigroup Virginia Beach 5.06
Reliant Energy Houston 5.06
Legg Mason Baltimore 5.05
Yahoo! Sunnyvale 5.04
Metavante Technologies Milwaukee 5.04
SunTrust Banks Atlanta 5.04
Imation Oakdale 5.03
TJX Framingham 5.03
Insight Enterprises Tempe 5.02
Brink's Richmond 5.02
United Stationers Deerfield 5.02
Coca-Cola Enterprises Atlanta 5.02
Realogy Parsippany 5.00
Consolidated Edison New York 5.00
ABM Industries New York 5.00
Performance Food Group Richmond 4.99
AIMCO Denver 4.99
Jack in the Box San Diego 4.98
Kansas City Southern Kansas City 4.98
Group 1 Automotive Houston 4.94
First Data Greenwood Village 4.94
LifePoint Hospitals Brentwood 4.94
Newell Rubbermaid Atlanta 4.94
HealthSouth Birmingham 4.93
Armstrong Holdings Lancaster 4.92
WESCO International Pittsburgh 4.91
Jarden Rye 4.89
Spherion Fort Lauderdale 4.89
Bob Evans Farms Columbus 4.89
Ryland Group Calabasas 4.89
Affiliated Computer Services Dallas 4.88
NewPage Holding Miamisburg 4.87
Discover Financial Services Riverwoods 4.84
Harrah's Entertainment Las Vegas 4.82
Dollar General Goodlettsville 4.82
International Assets Holding Altamonte Springs 4.82
Las Vegas Sands Las Vegas 4.80
Universal Forest Products Grand Rapids 4.77
Crosstex Energy Dallas 4.75
Smurfit-Stone Container Chicago 4.74
Solo Cup Highland Park 4.73
Sara Lee Downers Grove 4.73
Penn National Gaming Wyomissing 4.72
Sprint Nextel Overland Park 4.72
Quiksilver Huntington Beach 4.72
Lennar Miami 4.70
Rush Enterprises New Braunfels 4.69
Liz Claiborne New York 4.68
Micron Technology Boise 4.68
Coventry Health Care Bethesda 4.68
Asbury Automotive Group New York 4.64
HealthExtras Rockville 4.60
Centene St. Louis 4.57
Boston Scientific Natick 4.57
AMR Fort Worth 4.57
FirstEnergy Akron 4.57
Vanguard Health Systems Nashville 4.56
Spectrum Brands Atlanta 4.56
MPS Group Jacksonville 4.55
Dean Foods Dallas 4.55
Citigroup New York 4.54
Office Depot Delray Beach 4.52
Regions Financial Birmingham 4.48
Lithia Motors Medford 4.46
Constellation Energy Baltimore 4.46
ServiceMaster Memphis 4.45
Kelly Services Troy 4.40
Macy's Cincinnati 4.40
Sonic Automotive Charlotte 4.40
Fifth Third Bancorp Cincinnati 4.35
Advanced Micro Devices Sunnyvale 4.33
Jabil Circuit St. Petersburg 4.31
Pilgrim's Pride Pittsburg 4.26
Amerco Reno 4.24
Louisiana-Pacific Nashville 4.20
Unisys Blue Bell 4.17
CA Islandia 4.15
KeyCorp Cleveland 4.15
Tenet Healthcare Dallas 4.13
Jones Apparel Group New York 4.06
Universal American Rye Brook 4.03
Boise Cascade Holdings Boise 3.96
Meredith Des Moines 3.94
AbitibiBowater Greenville 3.93
UAL Chicago 3.92
Ford Motor Dearborn 3.89
Hovnanian Enterprises Red Bank 3.84
Health Net Woodland Hills 3.62
Family Dollar Stores Matthews 3.54
Standard Pacific Irvine 3.45
BearingPoint McLean 3.42
Delphi Troy 3.29
Sears Holdings Hoffman Estates 3.20
General Growth Properties Chicago 3.18
US Airways Group Tempe 3.09
Dillard's Little Rock 3.02
Tribune Chicago 2.85
McClatchy Sacramento 2.65
National City Cleveland 2.56
Circuit City Stores Richmond 2.32
From the March 16, 2009 issue
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