St. Louis' Largest and Top Rated Employers

Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis

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Finding a job is rarely an easy task, but for those looking for work, St. Louis has a wide variety of options for employees of all skill levels. St. Louis boasts a growing startup and tech industry, along with strong offerings in education, healthcare, and plant sciences. In fact, Forbes previously ranked St. Louis on its list of the Best Cities for Young Professionals

So, if you're looking for a job in St. Louis, one good strategy is to investigate the biggest and best companies first. Not only do these businesses have a larger open job pool (at any given time), they're also more likely to have high-quality benefit packages. 

Top Companies

St. Louis is home to nine Fortune 500 companies. St. Louis is each company's headquarters and because of their overall size, each tends to hire individuals from within a broad range of backgrounds and skill sets. Whether you're an accountant, an IT professional, a lawyer, or marketing manager, chances are you'll find openings at most of these companies:

  • Emerson Electric
  • Express Scripts
  • Centene
  • Ameren
  • Monsanto
  • Reinsurance Group of America
  • Jones Financial
  • Peabody Energy
  • Graybar Electric

Largest Employers

Many of the area's largest employers aren't headquartered in St. Louis, but still operate factories, regional offices, subsidiaries or stores within the city. Likewise, quite a few of St. Louis' largest employers fall short of the Fortune 500 or Fortune 1000 list but still employ thousands of individuals in the area. The list below is St. Louis' largest employers in alphabetical order because rankings vary from source to source:

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • BJC Healthcare
  • Boeing
  • Mercy Healthcare
  • Panera Bread
  • Schnucks Markets
  • Scott Air Force Base
  • SSM Healthcare
  • St. Louis University
  • Wal-Mart
  • Washington University
  • Wells Fargo Advisors

Best Places to Work

If you ask locals about the best companies to work for in St. Louis, you'll get nearly as many answers as there are businesses in the area. Perennial favorites include Anheuser-Busch, Maritz, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Three other St. Louis companies also routinely get national recognition as being employee friendly include:

  • Jones Financial
  • Monsanto
  • Wells Fargo Advisors

Quite a few other area companies are recognized by local publications as being great places to work. The St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Magazine and other local publications routinely evaluate local employers. Below are companies that routinely make the cut for best places to work:

  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Maritz
  • The Vandiver Group
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Centric Health Resources
  • Pulaski Bank
  • McCarthy Building Companies

A Growing Startup Scene

If you are more interested in being your own boss than working for a large corporation, St. Louis has also become one of the best cities in the country for entrepreneurs. The growing startup scene has already produced thousands of new jobs and thousands more are expected in the coming years. Some of St. Louis' biggest universities, companies, and cultural institutions have put their resources and assets into creating innovation hubs across the area. Local entrepreneurs can find office and lab space, mentors, and investors for their emerging businesses.

These are some hubs for new businesses:

  • Cortex Innovation Community
  • Accelerate St. Louis
  • OPO Startups
  • T-Rex Business Incubator
  • St. Louis Enterprise Center
  • Center for Emerging Technology

Arch Grants

Another way St. Louis supports the startup community is through Arch Grants. Each year, the Arch Grants organization hosts a global startup competition. It awards $50,000 in cash grants and support services to job-creating start-ups that agree to locate their businesses in St. Louis for at least one year.