NASA, Walt Disney, Adidas, Sony and Coca-Cola ... just a few of the companies and organizations Sutter County outranked in a ranking of top employers in the state, according to a recent survey released by Forbes. 

The business magazine ranked Sutter County 30th out of 194 California companies in a feature called “America’s Best Employers By State.” For the piece, Forbes surveyed 80,000 Americans and ranked 1,430 large employers – businesses with at least 500 employees. 

“Our employees make this a great place to work,” said Mat Conant, chairman of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, in a press release. “This is a community rich in agricultural production, not yet paved over like some other regions of the state. It’s a great place to live and a great place to work. It’s a great community with great people, who make great employees.”

Those surveyed worked for large employers and were able to remain anonymous. Each were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. They were also asked to nominate organizations in industries outside their own. 

Sutter County has approximately 950 employees. The only county government to finish higher on the list was San Diego County, which came in at 22nd. The other five counties that made the list – Riverside, San Francisco, Monterey, San Joaquin and Sacramento – ranked behind Sutter County.

“Everything our employees touch impacts the public, and they understand what they do is important,” Conant said. “When you feel your job matters, it can have a positive impact on the way you feel about your employer. This recognition by Forbes is a humbling affirmation that Sutter County values its employees, and its employees value Sutter County and the work they do on behalf of the residents.” 

California’s top five companies were Costco Wholesale, In-N-Out Burger, Workday, Microsoft and Trader Joe’s. Some companies with operations in more than one state had the opportunity to be listed multiple times. 

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