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A new ranking shows innkeepers may have a better perception within the workforce than most restaurant operations do.
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Eight foodservice giants have been included in this year’s selection by Fortune magazine of the 100 best employers in the United States.

Only one true restaurant company, The Cheesecake Factory, earned a slot on the ranking, finishing at No. 12. Lodging employers were far more prevalent, scoring five of the spots, including two of the top 10 positions (Hilton, at No. 1, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, No. 10). The other innkeepers were Hyatt Hotels (No. 28), Marriott (No. 38) and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (No. 100).

The list included two retailers who are blurring the lines between their fields and the restaurant business. Wegmans Food Markets, a regional supermarket chain known for its extensive selection of ready-to-eat foods and on-premise restaurants, landed the No. 3 spot, while Sheetz, a convenience store operation with virtually a full-scale quick-service restaurant inside, earned the No. 80 spot. 

The ranking is generated for Fortune by Great Place to Work, the manager of a database of 4.1 million employees in the U.S. The members of the workforce respond to questions pertaining to a host of workplace dynamics.

“The Cheesecake Factory is honored to be named on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list again this year,” David Overton, founder and CEO of Cheesecake, said in a statement. “For more than 40 years we have strived to create a very special company with a rich culture, and this award is a wonderful recognition of what our more than 46,000 staff members and managers have helped us create.”

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