Sutter County today was listed among the top employers in the nation by the business magazine Forbes, which surveyed 80,000 Americans and ranked 1,430 large employers.
In a feature called “America’s Best Employers By State,” Forbes ranked Sutter County 30th out of 194 California companies ranked, based on a survey of workers at businesses with at least 500 employees.
Among employers that are county governments, only San Diego County finished higher on the list, at 22. Only five other counties made the list. Riverside, San Francisco, Monterey, San Joaquin, and Sacramento counties all ranked behind Sutter County.
Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mat Conant was pleasantly surprised by the announcement. But he was not at a loss for words about the reason for it.
“Our employees make this a great place to work,” he said. “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.”
Sutter County has approximately 950 employees. Conant said many people do not understand the multitude of functions and responsibilities at the County, including law enforcement and public protection, health and human services, agricultural services and consumer protection, environmental health, code enforcement, planning and building services, road and bridge construction and maintenance, elections, recording and archiving of public documents, tax collection and treasury investment, auditing, property assessments and assessment appeals, fleet maintenance, building maintenance, information technology. The list is a long one.
“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.”
Sutter County has a population of approximately 98,000. Agriculture has a $1.5 billion annual impact on the economy. Its top crops are rice, walnuts, prunes, peaches, and tomatoes.
To determine the list, Statista surveyed 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. Statista then asked respondents to nominate organizations in industries outside their own. The number of businesses ranked in each state was dependent on two factors—the number of qualifying employers and the size of the state’s workforce—and those with operations in more than one state had the opportunity to be listed multiple times. The final list ranks the 1,430 employers that received the greatest number of recommendations in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.