The company fell two places in the rankings, from 81st last year to 83rd this year. Fortune notes, "For the first time in 92 years no profit-sharing checks were issued, but the household-products maker was able to stick to its 123-year-old no layoff policy."
There was no mention of the sale of 50% of
Perhaps Fortune was balancing those negatives with the opening this week -- the big invitation-only party (no, we didn't get one) is Friday night -- of Fortaleza Hall, part of Project Honor with its "Community Building" for SCJ employees. The building will include -- besides the Carnauba airplane hanging overhead -- a dining room, fitness center, bank, company store and concierge service. (Not too shabby, especially in a community with 17% unemployment.)
"It is an honor to be recognized for the tenth time," said Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson. "SC Johnson has a long history of being recognized as a great place to work and we are thrilled to be on the list, especially when many companies are facing uncertainties."
Johnson Financial Group was ranked far higher than SCJ itself, coming out as the 22nd best company to work for in the U.S. (up from 25th last year). Fortune writes: "Employees who fall on hard times know they can count on Johnson for support. For instance, pay will be kept intact while an associate is out due to crisis. Says CEO Richard Hansen: JFG will always "do what is right."
SCJ was ranked 28th in Fortune's "Big Pay" listing. "Senior Research Assistants," said to be the most common job title, earn, on average, $113,381. Johnson Financial Group ranked 29th in the annual pay listing; its most common job, Commercial Relationship Manager III, earns $112,296.
Fortune's rankings are based one-third on the company's responses to questions about benefits and pay, and two-thirds on a random sample survey sent to employees.
The full story will be in Fortune's Feb. 8 issue, which is now online here. And here
is SCJ's reaction.