The Postal Service has been named one of the nation’s best employers in a survey of 50,000 U.S. workers.
Forbes magazine partnered with market researcher Statista to identify the organizations in each state and Washington, DC, that employees most favored and would likely recommend to others.
USPS ranked second on the list behind the U.S. Department of Defense. Workers in 28 states named the Postal Service a best employer.
Other employers in the top 10 include Marriott International, Target, JPMorgan Chase and UnitedHealth Group.
Respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of 0-10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. They were also asked to nominate organizations in industries outside their own.
The survey indicates having a mission employees believe in is key to a company being considered one of the best places to work.
“Service — it’s part of our name. We are here to serve and support our communities,” Jeryl Wilson, the Postal Service’s diversity and talent acquisition director, told Forbes.
Job opportunities were also cited in the report as a reason workers thought favorably of the Postal Service, which offers more than 2,400 career paths.
Said Wilson: “There are great opportunities for growth, development and advancement within our organization — those are the things that I think are important for employees to know about.”