Marriott International Soars in FORTUNE ‘Best Companies to Work For’ List

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Bethesda, Md., January 16, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named one of FORTUNE magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For". Marriott maintains “All Star” status as one of only 13 companies that have appeared on the list every year since it began in 1998.

Marriott associates cite the company’s ‘people first’ culture, breadth of career opportunities and ability to meet new people as contributing to the company’s ranking as third largest company by number of employees on the list, and #57 overall. The full 2014 list is available at

Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve,” says David Rodriguez, Marriott’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “As a hospitality company, how we support our associates directly correlates to superior customer service for our guests around the world. That is the foundation of our ‘people-first’ company culture and it continues to be our guidepost to business success.”

Marriott’s company culture attracts top talent and those stars tell their peers. Thirty percent of new hires are referred by existing associates. “Each day I have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals who are interested in maintaining the highest quality to keep our company strong and growing,” says one Marriott associate when responding to the FORTUNE survey. “Marriott does a good job of promoting from within, and individuals at all different levels are willing to share their knowledge and mentor others.”  

Marriott offers one of the largest and most engaging careers sites. Job seekers can experience the company’s award-winning culture by connecting through Marriott Jobs and Careers Facebook. With 1.1 million fans, it is the top careers page on Facebook across all industries.  This active online community is hosted by over 30 Marriott HR professionals who provide insights about the company and can answer your questions before you apply for a job.

More about Marriott’s culture and associates can be found by reading Executive Chairman Bill Marriott’s Marriott on the Move blog, and CEO Arne Sorenson’s recently launched LinkedIn blog which has garnered more than 46,000 followers.

Want to join the conversation? Tweet your comments to #Bestcos, or follow @MarriottIntl or @MarriottCareers on Twitter.

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 257 firms participated in this year's survey. More than 252,000 employees at those companies were surveyed by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees' faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year's list is June 30, 2014. For an online nomination form, go to the Great Place to Work Institute's web site. If you have further questions about the Best Companies to Work For, please e-mail

About Marriott:  Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

Marriott has long been recognized as a great place to work by several prominent publications, including Working Mother, DiversityInc and LATINA Style magazines, and for our social responsibility and sustainability successes by global organizations such as Ethisphere Institute, FTSE4Good and Climate Counts. For a list of other awards and recognition, visit

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