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I felt this was an important list to add - a company's impact is felt way beyond its revenues. In the global marketplace, a company like #7 Agricultural Bank of China was #377 in revenues, but employed nearly half a million people. In parts of the world where employees and customers alike have less money than in the US, we wouldn't be comparing apples to apples.
That being said, none of this is original research. Obviously this imformation has been available. It just hasn't been shown in Wikipedia this way before. I do have the entire list of 500 in Excel, which I hate to throw away. It's a useful tool for anyone creating 2005 or 2007 lists. Is there any way to save that? I keyed in the employment numbers from the Fortune website and I'd hate to do that again.
Also, considering that #486 on the Fortune list had 332,000 employees, I would almost guarantee that there are many other companies with over 200,000. I wasn't ready to spend the time researching through the Fortune Global 2000 for them, however. I hope anyone familiar with those companies can add them with proper documentation. Should I mark the 61 companies I added with an "F" or something to mark where they came from? I don't want to clutter the screen with external hyperlinks for each line.
SSherris 00:00, 2 March 2007 (UTC)


I don't know if this content is useful, I sorted the list in revenue/employee and profit/employee. It seems like a freaky examination. But the results could be interesting. For example, Toyota motors is first and MacDonalds is last concerning revenue per employee. CityGroup is first concerning profit per employee. The other figures might not all be very relevant or interesting, I just thought I would copy this here. --Rougieux (talk) 17:13, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

I agree that it's an important list. But the money cnn webpage already provides such lists. Mehfoos (talk) 09:49, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

Someone's trying to deliberately tamper with the info[edit]

I checked the BBC source and found that the list is accurate save for the Indian organisations. Someone conveniently added a million or so to the workforce to make it go up the rankings here. I also saw that the Fortune 500 listing is inaccurate. If someone could go through the source to rectify it, it would be great. Mehfoos (talk) 09:49, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

This is still the case! Nov 11 201286.136.165.111 (talk) 18:11, 11 November 2012 (UTC)


List of companies sorted by revenue per employee[edit]

' Company name Employees Revenue million $ Profit million $ Fortune Global 500 rank Revenue $/employee Profit $/employee
34. Toyota Motor 285977 $185 805 $1 212 8 $649 720 $4 238
22. General Motors 335000 $192 604 $(10 567) 5 $574 937 $-31 543
27. General Electric 316000 $157 153 $16 353 11 $497 320 $51 750
16. DaimlerChrysler 382724 $186 106 $3 536 7 $486 267 $9 239
29. Citigroup 303000 $131 045 $24 589 14 $432 492 $81 152
58. Metro 204076 $72 814 $66 55 $356 798 $323
48. Verizon Communications 217000 $75 112 $7 397 50 $346 138 $34 088
20. Volkswagen 344902 $118 377 $1 392 17 $343 219 $4 036
54. Peugeot 208500 $69 915 $1 279 60 $335 324 $6 134
35. HSBC Holdings 284000 $93 494 $15 873 26 $329 204 $55 891
42. Deutsche Telekom 243695 $74 062 $6 939 54 $303 913 $28 474
59. France Télécom 203008 $60 933 $7 094 71 $300 151 $34 944
39. Nestlé 250000 $74 659 $6 416 53 $298 636 $25 664
33. Home Depot 289800 $81 511 $5 838 43 $281 266 $20 145
25. Intl. Business Machines 329373 $91 134 $7 934 29 $276 689 $24 088
37. Tesco 273024 $71 128 $2 821 59 $260 519 $10 332
56. Unilever 206000 $49 581 $468 106 $240 684 $2 272
55. Telefónica 207641 $48 833 $5 524 108 $235 180 $26 604
23. Matsushita Electric Industrial 334402 $78 558 $1 364 47 $234 921 $4 079
18. Hitachi 355879 $83 596 $33 38 $234 900 $93
9. Siemens 461000 $100 099 $2 855 22 $217 134 $6 193
11. Carrefour 440479 $94 455 $1 784 25 $214 437 $4 050
40. Robert Bosch 248853 $52 208 $2 919 99 $209 795 $11 730
32. Kroger 290000 $60 553 $958 73 $208 803 $3 303
47. United Technologies 222200 $42 725 $3 069 126 $192 282 $13 812
60. Safeway 201000 $38 416 $561 146 $191 124 $2 791
1. Wal-Mart Stores 1800000 $315 654 $11 231 2 $175 363 $6 239
43. Albertson's 234000 $40 397 $446 139 $172 637 $1 906
49. Deutsche Bahn 216389 $31 132 $721 188 $143 871 $3 332
19. Sears Holdings 355000 $49 124 $858 107 $138 377 $2 417
50. FedEx 215838 $29 363 $1 449 197 $136 042 $6 713
5. Sinopec 730800 $98 785 $2 668 23 $135 174 $3 651
15. Gazprom 396571 $50 824 $14 865 102 $128 159 $37 484
57. SNCF 205839 $26 086 $1 579 229 $126 730 $7 671
46. Mittal Steel 224286 $28 132 $3 365 208 $125 429 $15 003
61. Hutchison Whampoa 200000 $23 475 $1 844 259 $117 375 $9 220
38. Veolia Environnement 271153 $31 368 $774 185 $115 684 $2 854
14. United Parcel Service 407000 $42 581 $387 129 $104 622 $951
3. State Grid 844031 $86 984 $1 074 32 $103 058 $1 272
44. Federated Dept. Stores 232000 $23 347 $1 406 262 $100 634 $6 060
4. U.S. Postal Service 803000 $69 907 $1 445 61 $87 057 $1 800
17. Industrial Commercial Bank of China 361623 $29 167 $4 114 199 $80 656 $11 376
28. La Poste 303405 $24 018 $692 252 $79 162 $2 281
53. Royal Mail Holdings 208866 $16 154 $705 417 $77 341 $3 375
2. China National Petroleum 1090232 $83 557 $1 295 39 $76 641 $1 188
30. China Construction Bank 300288 $22 771 $5 749 277 $75 831 $19 145
45. China Railway Construction 227000 $14 139 $53 485 $62 286 $233
8. UES of Russia 461200 $27 768 $1 868 213 $60 208 $4 050
31. Ford Motor 300000 $17 721 $2 024 9 $59 070 $6 747
12. Compass Group 410074 $23 469 $2 260 $57 231 $5
13. China Telecommunications 407982 $22 736 $2 376 279 $55 728 $5 824
36. China Railway Engineering 280581 $15 294 $83 441 $54 508 $296
26. Sodexho Alliance 324446 $14 819 $202 459 $45 675 $623
24. China State Construction 332585 $14 122 $166 486 $42 461 $499
7. Agricultural Bank of China 478895 $17 166 $127 377 $35 845 $265
41. Tyco International 247900 $4 178 $3 032 136 $16 854 $12 231
21. Target 338000 $5 262 $2 408 97 $15 568 $7 124
51. Hon Hai Precision Industry 210932 $2 835 $1 268 206 $13 440 $6 011
6. Deutsche Post 502545 $5 999 $2 777 75 $11 937 $5 526
52. Bank of China 209265 $2 386 $3 852 255 $11 402 $18 407
10. McDonald's 447000 $2 046 $2 602 318 $4 577 $5 821

List of companies sorted by profit per employee[edit]

' Company name Employees Revenue million $ Profit million $ Fortune Global 500 rank Revenue $/employee Profit $/employee
29. Citigroup 303000 $131 045 $24 589 14 $432 492 $81 152
35. HSBC Holdings 284000 $93 494 $15 873 26 $329 204 $55 891
27. General Electric 316000 $157 153 $16 353 11 $497 320 $51 750
15. Gazprom 396571 $50 824 $14 865 102 $128 159 $37 484
59. France Télécom 203008 $60 933 $7 094 71 $300 151 $34 944
48. Verizon Communications 217000 $75 112 $7 397 50 $346 138 $34 088
42. Deutsche Telekom 243695 $74 062 $6 939 54 $303 913 $28 474
55. Telefónica 207641 $48 833 $5 524 108 $235 180 $26 604
39. Nestlé 250000 $74 659 $6 416 53 $298 636 $25 664
25. Intl. Business Machines 329373 $91 134 $7 934 29 $276 689 $24 088
33. Home Depot 289800 $81 511 $5 838 43 $281 266 $20 145
30. China Construction Bank 300288 $22 771 $5 749 277 $75 831 $19 145
52. Bank of China 209265 $2 386 $3 852 255 $11 402 $18 407
46. Mittal Steel 224286 $28 132 $3 365 208 $125 429 $15 003
47. United Technologies 222200 $42 725 $3 069 126 $192 282 $13 812
41. Tyco International 247900 $4 178 $3 032 136 $16 854 $12 231
40. Robert Bosch 248853 $52 208 $2 919 99 $209 795 $11 730
17. Industrial Commercial Bank of China 361623 $29 167 $4 114 199 $80 656 $11 376
37. Tesco 273024 $71 128 $2 821 59 $260 519 $10 332
16. DaimlerChrysler 382724 $186 106 $3 536 7 $486 267 $9 239
61. Hutchison Whampoa 200000 $23 475 $1 844 259 $117 375 $9 220
57. SNCF 205839 $26 086 $1 579 229 $126 730 $7 671
21. Target 338000 $5 262 $2 408 97 $15 568 $7 124
31. Ford Motor 300000 $17 721 $2 024 9 $59 070 $6 747
50. FedEx 215838 $29 363 $1 449 197 $136 042 $6 713
1. Wal-Mart Stores 1800000 $315 654 $11 231 2 $175 363 $6 239
9. Siemens 461000 $100 099 $2 855 22 $217 134 $6 193
54. Peugeot 208500 $69 915 $1 279 60 $335 324 $6 134
44. Federated Dept. Stores 232000 $23 347 $1 406 262 $100 634 $6 060
51. Hon Hai Precision Industry 210932 $2 835 $1 268 206 $13 440 $6 011
13. China Telecommunications 407982 $22 736 $2 376 279 $55 728 $5 824
10. McDonald's 447000 $2 046 $2 602 318 $4 577 $5 821
6. Deutsche Post 502545 $5 999 $2 777 75 $11 937 $5 526
34. Toyota Motor 285977 $185 805 $1 212 8 $649 720 $4 238
23. Matsushita Electric Industrial 334402 $78 558 $1 364 47 $234 921 $4 079
8. UES of Russia 461200 $27 768 $1 868 213 $60 208 $4 050
11. Carrefour 440479 $94 455 $1 784 25 $214 437 $4 050
20. Volkswagen 344902 $118 377 $1 392 17 $343 219 $4 036
5. Sinopec 730800 $98 785 $2 668 23 $135 174 $3 651
53. Royal Mail Holdings 208866 $16 154 $705 417 $77 341 $3 375
49. Deutsche Bahn 216389 $31 132 $721 188 $143 871 $3 332
32. Kroger 290000 $60 553 $958 73 $208 803 $3 303
38. Veolia Environnement 271153 $31 368 $774 185 $115 684 $2 854
60. Safeway 201000 $38 416 $561 146 $191 124 $2 791
19. Sears Holdings 355000 $49 124 $858 107 $138 377 $2 417
28. La Poste 303405 $24 018 $692 252 $79 162 $2 281
56. Unilever 206000 $49 581 $468 106 $240 684 $2 272
43. Albertson's 234000 $40 397 $446 139 $172 637 $1 906
4. U.S. Postal Service 803000 $69 907 $1 445 61 $87 057 $1 800
3. State Grid 844031 $86 984 $1 074 32 $103 058 $1 272
2. China National Petroleum 1090232 $83 557 $1 295 39 $76 641 $1 188
14. United Parcel Service 407000 $42 581 $387 129 $104 622 $951
26. Sodexho Alliance 324446 $14 819 $202 459 $45 675 $623
24. China State Construction 332585 $14 122 $166 486 $42 461 $499
58. Metro 204076 $72 814 $66 55 $356 798 $323
36. China Railway Engineering 280581 $15 294 $83 441 $54 508 $296
7. Agricultural Bank of China 478895 $17 166 $127 377 $35 845 $265
45. China Railway Construction 227000 $14 139 $53 485 $62 286 $233
18. Hitachi 355879 $83 596 $33 38 $234 900 $93
12. Compass Group 410074 $23 469 $2 260 $57 231 $5
22. General Motors 335000 $192 604 $(10 567) 5 $574 937 $-31 543

Indian Railways?[edit]

I thought Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world. It says so on the Wikipedia Article and several other sites and Guinness World books of Records. (1.5 million employees) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 125.99.99.53 (talk) 14:52, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

I think the reasoning is the belief at it is not a "company," but instead a branch of the Indian government. UnitedStatesian (talk) 16:21, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
It's a myth. BBC and several other sources have busted it. Wikipedia cannot be trusted so much. On this very page, someone's been trying to tamper the info. Mehfoos (talk) 09:45, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

Catholic Church[edit]

According to the article Catholic Church, that church has 1,402,989 "personnel". In terms of numbers, that puts it in 4th place on the list.

CBHA (talk) 17:47, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

More than one million only in the US, where it is far from being the majority religion. If we add all the millions in service in Europe and Southern America, It might be the largest organisation in the world. --176.62.41.204 (talk) 11:52, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

Updating[edit]

I think it is a mistake to fix the list to the end of 2007, in some years it will be totally irrelevant. Either the title should be changed to "List of companies by employees 2007" and a new article should be created for each year or the article should be updated to the latest known numbers, maybe with sections on historical numbers.82.209.156.151 (talk) 12:03, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

NHS[edit]

The National Health Service would not appear on the Revenue lists, however they employ a huge amount of personnel. the NHS employ around 1.5 million people so should be on the list —Preceding unsigned comment added by 194.105.174.33 (talk) 17:24, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Foxconn[edit]

Foxconn has 920,000 employees. Also think, this list should be renamed "List of companies by employees 2007". —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.35.103.95 (talk) 14:29, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Foxconn wikipedia page now claims 4.3 million employees as of their 2014/15 annual report. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.115.216.44 (talk) 22:04, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Aramark[edit]

US food services company Aramark has 255,000 employees so should be included towards the end of the list as well. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 139.149.31.232 (talk) 01:14, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Temp Agencies[edit]

On John Gibson's radio show today, he said the two largest employers were Walmart and a temp agency. I was wondering which one he was referring to but didn't see it listed.65.36.99.94 (talk) 06:18, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Kelly ServicesRobinrobin (talk) 06:28, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Manpower Inc had about 30 000 internal staff and 4 000 000 external in 2008/2009.[1] Hellsop (talk) 15:40, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^ https://candidate.manpower.com/wps/wcm/connect/SGCampus/c101c48040ac22f685bbf7da7163768e/Manpower+Corporate+Fact+Sheet.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

US and China's comparison[edit]

When I was checking the "United States Department of Defense" employees, it took into account the reserved. Meanwhile, when I checked the "People's Liberation Army", it only took into account the active personnel. This would be unfair for the statistic. The reserve personnel should be taken into account for the "People's Liberation Army" as well, since it was also applied to the "United States Department of Defense" — Preceding unsigned comment added by 37.106.40.162 (talk) 19:18, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

What he said dougmc (talk) 23:35, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

US DoD number?[edit]

According to the US Office of Personnel Management, the US had 1.583 million uniformed military personnel in 2011.

The US also had 2.820 million civilian employees- including all the government programs, employees, regulators, courts, legislative staff, and even the post office, etc.

The President's letter of October 1, 2013 about the government shutdown (when even contractors weren't allowed to work on government contracts) says "more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military."

3.2M in just the DoD seems high.

Sources:

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federal-employment-reports/historical-tables/total-government-employment-since-1962/

http://www.usda.gov/POTUS-letter.pdf

US lists: Off topic?[edit]

I don't understand why the two US lists, interesting as they, are are on this page. Unless we do similar for the other 192 countries in the world, shouldn't these be on their own page or to a page on US Economy or US Labour? The second list is actually lists of employee per industry which also is not quite what the page is about.

Definitely useful to link to these though for comparison. Athosfolk (talk) 12:09, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

U.S. Postal Service in list of private companies?[edit]

Why is the U.S. Postal Service, a U.S. government agency, listed in the list of top 10 "private" companies? The list description says that government-owned corporations are not included. --EngineeringGuy (talk) 13:16, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Sinopec in list of private companies?[edit]

Why is Sinopec under the list of largest non-government employers? It's a state-owned corporation, much like PetroChina (which is excluded from this list). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 204.93.49.21 (talk) 20:25, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

McDonald's does not employ 1.9 million[edit]

The McDonald's Corporation employs 440,000 people, according to their regulatory filing and reputable secondary sources. Franchises licensing the McDonald's name possibly employ over a million additional employees, but those aren't employed by McDonald's. The BBC and other news aggregators seem to have been confused by the company's quote of "1.9 million", which even when counting franchises seems overinflated. With 35,000 restaurants, this works out to 54 employees per restaurant, and still leaves 10,000 employees for headquarters. I suspect they include in that count independent cattle growers and other suppliers who work solely or primarily with McDonald's.

This is a lot like BP's TV ads, claiming they "provide work for almost a quarter million Americans", when in fact, fewer than 50,000 of those are actually U.S. BP employees.

When discussing the world's largest employers, it is important to distinguish between those affiliated with an employer, and those actually being employed by it. Owen× 01:51, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

McDonald's essentially IS a franchise, so counting the franchise employees does make sense to me. Actually, both sources explicitly state that franchise employees are included, I will put that in a footnote. Also, I don't see how a sparse Yahoo data entry is a more "reputable source" than full BBC and The Economist articles. Also, Forbes in its latest [1] statistic on the matter does include McDonald's as well. So the BBC, Forbes, and The Economist all got it wrong? It is possible, but it certainly is not likely. I think more solid sources on your claim would be needed, like maybe an article on how McDonald's is manipulating its employee count? Otherwise, I would have to discount your claim as original research. -- Theoprakt (talk) 21:15, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

Plagiarism or Stasis?[edit]

I just wanted to include 2015 data, and found a list by the World Economic Forum's Henry Taylor, published on June 17, 2015: [2]. It was subsequently quoted by Forbes [3], by Business Insider and probably others. What makes me suspicious is that these are the exact same organizations and the exact same numbers that have been on Wikpedia for 2012 for several years now, which in turn are quoted from the BBCs. Given that between 2010 and 2012 there seems to have be a noticable change at least in the order of hunderd thousand employees, for almost all listed organizations, I wonder if we have fallen into some sort of economical stasis, or is there some serious plagiarism going on? -- Theoprakt (talk) 22:35, 20 July 2015 (UTC)