Closest we came is Gateway Technical College, 9th on a list of 15 best large employers (with over 500 employees) -- but credited to Kenosha.
Most notably absent from the Journal Sentinel's listing is SC Johnson -- which regularly shows up in national best-places-to-work listings, like those of Fortune (SCJ ranked 83rd nationally in 2010 -- the tenth time it's made the list, while Johnson Financial Group was 22nd) and Working Mother magazines, AARP (best employer for workers over 50 in 2009), among others.
The Journal Sentinel said: "We set out to identify some of the companies and organizations in southeast Wisconsin that consider it an obligation, or at least smart business, to give their employees a fair shake and a fulfilling work experience. To do this, we invited workers to nominate their employers, and we enlisted the help of workplace consulting firm WorkplaceDynamics to survey tens of thousands of workers in the region."
And then they totally missed SCJ! We can only conclude that SCJ's employees were too busy actually working to fill out the surveys.
Here's the Journal Sentinel's full list.
We would, of course, be interested in hearing what SCJ employees have to say.
Update: A reader took offense that we singled out SCJ as one of Racine's great local employers. She correctly points out there are many good companies in our city. Here's her message:
We take pride where we work, our company is one of the few that actually increased our sales during the hardest times as of late. Not to mention the hard earned money I make in this company and others who work outside our town and commute back home, put hard money back into the city and its stores, mechanics, gas stations, fund-raisers, and local shops (could go on). I love Racine, moved here from Illinois, fought to believe the negative cloud hovered over this town and embraced for my own opinion. I advocate to all my friends who come from all directions to work and have brought them in to really see what our town is all about and they too have begun to change their minds. I am a proud homeowner in Racine and proud to live here. It truly is in my heart and would not want to ever move. The hometown feel, beach front, oasis, softball, parks, theatre, downtown shops, the history, I could go on. I am just a bit taken back by the comment. I would have agreed if you implemented more company's other than SCJ for Racine, they already are well known brand as it is and get plenty of press. Many great employers were missed and yet you chose to give SCJ such great kudos is an insult to many other Racine great companies. We do and should take pride in SCJ but give the others some written space too.