Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) announced that it has been ranked one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE magazine in its 13th annual survey which appears in the February 8 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands since Monday, January 25, and at fortune.com/bestcompanies.

In its first year as an entrant, MBUSA – the only automaker on the list – ranked 49th. FORTUNE Deputy Managing Editor Hank Gilman says, “The most important considerations for this year’s list were hiring and the ways in which companies are helping their employees weather the recession. All 100 companies on our list are currently hiring, many of them aggressively, leading to more than 96,000 open job positions expected in the next year.”

“This is gratifying if you believe, as we do, that in order for a company to achieve long-term success, particularly in this economic environment, it has to have the full engagement, commitment and passion of its employees,” stated Ernst Lieb, President and CEO, MBUSA. “Only then can you inspire your retail network to do the same and deliver the dream that customers associate with the Mercedes-Benz brand.”

To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Three hundred forty-three companies participated in this year’s survey.

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 the management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s 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, communication, and diversity.

Source: Daimler AG