Sodexo Named One of America's Best Companies for Hourly Workers

April 13, 2010

Working Mother Magazine's Inaugural List Honors Companies That Help Hourly Workers Succeed and Advance

Sodexo Named One of America's Best Companies for Hourly Workers

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 13, 2010 – Sodexo was recognized as one of the best employers for hourly workers in the United States in a new ranking from Working Mother Magazine. The magazine's inaugural list spotlights best practices across a spectrum of employer policies and programs to benefit hourly workers, including health benefits, employee assistance programs, paid leave and training.

The list, which honors companies whose workforce consists of more than 50 percent hourly workers, will be featured in the May issue of Working Mother, and on

Sodexo is the world leader in Quality of Daily Life solutions, with core businesses in foodservice, facilities management and senior services. It has 120,000 employees in the United States, and serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo annually hires about 45,000 hourly workers to provide services at more than 6,000 client locations across the U.S. Information on job opportunities with the company can be found on the Careers section of

"Our employees are critical to our success," said George Chavel, president and chief executive officer of Sodexo North America. "We lead our industry in expanding the range of benefits available to front line employees, and offer training to help employees excel in their current jobs, position them for career advancement, and contribute to their personal and professional growth."

Sodexo offers innovative benefits and practices that encourage wellness and build skills that benefit employees both at work and in their personal lives, including the LifeWorks employee resource program, language training for employees, and educational assistance. In addition:

  • Sodexo’s standard wage and benefits package for full-time hourly paid employees includes competitive local wages, company-paid sick leave and a variety of health benefit plans that allow employees to choose the coverage and premium levels that meet their needs. On average, the company pays about two-thirds of the cost of all health insurance premiums.
  • Sodexo’s benefits eligibility is the most liberal in the U.S. service industry. It is the only industry firm to offer long-term disability benefits to hourly employees. Sodexo recently expanded its 401k plan and the company matching benefit to reach more employees – hourly and salaried – than ever before.
  • Sodexo is the benchmark company for diversity and inclusion in its industry. It recently was ranked the number one company for diversity by Diversity Inc., and consistently is recognized among all companies in North America as a best place to work for minorities, multicultural women, veterans, and people with disabilities. Over the last five years, the number of minority employees has increased 23 percent, and minority and female front line and managerial ranks have increased by 11 percent.

To read more stories about Sodexo employees, and how the company helps them and its customers succeed, go to

Companies were selected for the 2010 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers based on an extensive application created in partnership with Corporate Voices for Working Families, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership organization. It includes more than 450 questions on workforce; benefits; training, development and advancement programs; child care; flexibility programs; paid time off and more. It surveyed the availability and usage of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them, reflecting 2009 data. Private and public firms in any industry, with the exception of government agencies and firms in the business of providing work-life services, with at least 500 U.S. employees were invited to participate. To qualify, a company’s U.S. workforce must be comprised of at least 50 percent nonexempt employees.

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (, a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation ( is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo’s 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees. 

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