Four direct selling companies—doTERRA, New Avon, Herbalife and Nu Skin Enterprises—made Forbes’ 2017 list of the Best Midsize Employers in America. The annual list, conducted with the help of statistics database and consumer research firm Statista, recognizes companies operating in the U.S. with between 1,000 and 5,000 workers that are the best at making their employees feel happy, inspired and well-compensated.
Pleasant Grove, Utah-based doTERRA, which has 1,650 employees, placed highest in the list among direct sellers at No. 71. New Avon, with 2,100 employees, was No. 246; Herbalife, with 2,300 employees, was No. 263; and Nu Skin, with 4,800 employees, was No. 273.
Statista surveyed 30,000 employees anonymously through several online panels. Klaas Seestädt, the Statista analyst overseeing the project, said the most weighted question asked of survey respondents was whether they would recommend their own company to others, on a scale of zero to 10. While employees were also asked to rate their employers on pay, diversity, paths to advancement and other work factors, those results did not affect the overall score and were instead used to gauge what a given company was doing right or wrong in gaining employee approval.
According to the survey results, atmosphere at work and pride in service or products the company provided were the most profound factors that drove employer recommendations (25%), followed by salary (16%).
The company placing No. 1 on the 2017 Best Midsize Employers List is Lush, a retail cosmetics and personal care products company headquartered in Poole, U.K. Founded in 1995 and once the biggest supplier to the Body Shop, Lush opened its first American store in 2003 and now has 210 in North America.