MOLINE, Ill. — John Deere has been named to the Forbes magazine list of America's Best Employers. Deere was 38th among 500 companies included in the recently-announced ranking based on independent research of American employees working for large U.S. organizations or U.S. divisions of international firms.

Forbes reports survey participants were asked if they would recommend their employer or any other employers in their industry to a potential employee. The demographic mix of respondents in the sample is representative of the overall U.S. workforce.

"It is especially gratifying that this honor comes directly from employees of Deere and others who know about Deere," said Sam Allen, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our employees take on the challenge each day to help ensure the world has enough food, fiber, shelter and infrastructure. This presents opportunities in the workplace to help people lead better lives all across the world."

Google, Costco, Marathon Petroleum, The Container Store and L.L. Bean made up the top five companies overall in the Forbes list. The research also divided the companies into 25 industries. Deere was third in the Engineering and Manufacturing category.

Deere & Co. is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for customers whose work is linked to the land — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.