Energy companies rank among nation’s best workplaces

Three locally headquartered companies rank among the nation’s 10 best places to work, a new report says.

Workplace Dynamics, which surveys employers to compile workplace rankings for 30 U.S. newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, reported Thursday that eight of the top 10 companies in its latest National Top 150 Workplaces are based in Texas.

The top-recognized Houston-area companies are: Anadarko Petroleum Corp. of The Woodlands and EOG Resources and Mattress Firm, both of Houston.

“Being ranked in the top three of the Nation’s Top Workplaces is wonderful confirmation that we’re continuing to create an empowering, challenging and values-based work environment for our employees,” Julie Struble, vice president of human resources for Anadarko, said in an email statement.

Read more: Energy job growth keeping Houston economy healthy

For the past three years, the Chronicle has published a local Top Workplaces special section based on the Workplace Dynamics surveys. The list includes not just companies that are based here but also those that employ workers here. The rankings are divided into large, midsize and small categories based on the number of local employees.

Anadarko ranked first locally among large employers for each of the first three years. The company, which employs about 4,000 in the U.S., is also ranked as a top workplace in Denver.

Nineteen employers recognized in the Chronicle last fall are included in the new National Top 150 Workplaces list. In addition to the three based in Houston, a fourth company from the Chronicle list, Coppell-based The Container Store, made the national top 10.

WorkplaceDynamics polled more than 1 million employees across 872 large companies to generate the national ranking. Employee responses to questions about their workplaces across all locations were used to calculate the scores.

The Pennsylvania-based research firm considered companies with more than 1,000 employees nationwide and more than 350 responses to the survey. From the Chronicle list, 38 companies qualified for national consideration.

“There is a particularly strong showing from the petroleum exploration and production industry, which is going through a significant growth spurt,” said Denise LaRue, director of communications, WorkplaceDynamics. “The competition for top notch talent within this industry is fierce. These companies are realizing that having a organizationally healthy workplace sets them apart from their competitors.”

Read more: Worker experience key for shale drilling success

The Container Store came in as the No. 3 midsize company on the Houston ranking. The company was recognized for heavily investing in training and development for part-time employees, and for paying wages 50 to 100 percent above the industry average.

At Anadarko, one employee commented on the Workplace Dynamics survey: “I love my job because I have the autonomy to make changes and implement programs with no micro-management. My supervisors and managers believe in me, regard me as a leader, and empower me to think outside of the box … that sort of atmosphere is one that suits me well.”

At other companies, here’s what employees had to say:

Mattress Firm, the No. 4 midsize company on the Houston list: “I get to build my entrepreneurial skills by managing my own location. The salespeople get along great, and a lot of us hang out outside of work.”

EOG Resources, No. 7 midsize company on the Houston list: “Always changing from day to day, not always doing the same thing all the time. My boss has given me a lot of responsibility and allowed me to grow as a person and an employee.”

Other Houston-based companies named Top Workplaces in 2012 in other regions were EOG Resources in Pittsburgh, Kinder Morgan in Denver and Insperity and Mattress Firm in Dallas.

Online mortgage lender Quicken Loans ranked as the top national employer, based on feedback from employees in its home base of Detroit and in Cleveland.