Standout companies in Chattanooga, TN

Four local companies, including VW landed on Forbes’ list of best large employers. Photo contributed by Volkswagen.

Some of Hamilton County’s largest employers are getting recognition for being among the best in the nation. 

Four local companies landed on Forbes’ list of best large employers, and two have been recognized for being inclusive + focusing on equity. 


Along with a market research firm, Forbes surveyed 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Participants were asked to nominate other businesses, as well as rank their willingness to recommend their own employer to family and friends. 

The results rank 500 large and 500 midsize employers that got the most recommendations. 

No. 129: Tennessee Valley Authority, 9,989 employees 

No. 448: Volkswagen Group, 670,000 employees 

No. 461: State of Tennessee, 41,600 employees 

No. 486: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, 6,700 employees 

Bonus: Mohawk Industries, which is less than an hour away in Calhoun, Georgia, also made the list. With 41,600 employees, it ranked at No. 373. 

*Employee totals are for the entire company. For example, VW has about 3,800 employees in Chattanooga. 

Human Rights Campaign 

Two Chattanooga companies (including one that made the Forbes list) have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign. 

The campaign foundation’s corporate equality index is a national benchmarking tool that looks at corporate policies and practices that relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

This year, the Human Rights Campaign recognized 767 businesses that met all the criteria to be listed as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

🌈  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 

🌈  Unum 

Bonus: ranks UTC 

Four UTC programs recently ranked in six categories among the nation’s best. — which aims to sift through internet noise + data to provide valuable information — put the programs in the top 50 in the nation six times. 

Ranked programs:

  • Engineering Management 
  • Criminal Justice
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
  • Registered nurse program + nursing