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he employers listed here were chosen for the quality and quantity of opportunities, compensation levels and benefits offered to professional-level Asian Americans, their degree of interest in recruiting and promoting Asian Americans, their business performance and industry conditions. Our information was obtained from reader responses to our ongoing Employer Survey, input from employers, media research and commercial sources.


Chicago, IL
The world's largest manufacturer of commercial airliners, with customers in 145 countries. Also a leading defense contractor in areas of satellite and missile technology and battlefield communications across diverse platforms and systems. 155,000 employees based in 67 countries.

General Dynamics
Falls Church, VA
Makes nuclear submarines, missile cruisers, tanks, battle management systems for the U.S. military. Also makes business jets. 52,000 employees and growing.

Lockheed Martin
Bethesda, MD
Aeronautics; electronics; energy & environment; space & missiles systems, telecommunications. 175,000 employees.

Northrop Grumman Corp
Los Angeles, CA
Defense contractor making electronics and aerospace systems; surveillance and battle management systems for AWACS and J-STARS; upgrade components for the B-2 stealth bomber. 44,000 employees.


Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI
Global auto giant that pioneered modern mass production techniques. In addition to Ford, Lincoln and Mercury marques, owns Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar and controlling stake in Mazda. Also owns a leading consumer finance company. Employs 324,000 around the world.


Allergan Inc
Irvine, CA
Make surgical and pharmaceutical products for eyecare, also contact lenses and medication for acne, wrinkles and muscle spasms. 6,500 employees.

Amgen Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA
Leader in biotech; develops medicines to fight cancer, hepatitis, degenerative nerve diseases and stem-cell therapies. 7,000 employees.

Applied Biosystems
Foster City, CA
Provides tools and services for mapping the human genome, research into genes and proteins, drug interactions with bodily systems and genetic make-up, testing for contaminants and performing DNA-based identification. 4,600 employees.

Genzyme Corporation
Cambridge, MA
Comprises 3 divisions: Genzyme Molecular Oncology for gene-based cancer diagnosis and treatment products; Genzyme Biosurgery to make orthopedic and cardiothoracic medical and surgical products; Genzyme General to market the leading treatments for a rare enzyme-deficiency condition and to provide genetic testing and other services. 4,600 employees.

Triangle Park, NC
Global pharmaceutical giant with many leading prescription and over-the-counter brands of antibiotic, antidepressant, gastrointestinal, dermatological, respiratory, cancer and cardiovascular medications. 108,000 employees.

Louisville, KY
A top health care provider in the U.S., with over 6 million members in 15 states; about 30% of revenues from Medicare HMO accounts. 18,000 employees.

Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ
Leading maker and marketer of a broad range of health care products including headache tablets, toothbrushes, bandages, birth control pills, shampoos, contact lenses, surgical instruments and pharmaceuticals. 100,000 employees.

Advanced Micro Devices
Sunnyvale, CA
A distant second to Intel in microprocessors but gaining steadily in market share by focusing on less costly alternatives for sub-$1,000 PCs. On occasion beats Intel at coming to market with new generation processors. Now selling its own brand of PCs. 13,000 employees.

Applied Materials
Santa Clara, CA
Global leader in wafer processing systems and chip fabrication technology, including chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), epitaxial and polysilicon deposition, rapid thermal processing (RTP), plasma etching, ion implantation, metrology, inspection and chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). 20,000 employees.

EMC Corporation
Hopkinton, MA
EMC Corporation is the world's leading supplier of intelligent enterprise storage systems for mainframes and midrange computers. Its RAID software has become the industry standard, making it one of the hottest growth companies in the software industry as well. 25,000 employees.

Armonk, NY
World's leading maker of computer hardware and number two software powerhouse. 35% of revenues come from providing consulting services to corporation. Striving to maintain an entrepreneurial environment to keep pace with internet development. 310,000 employees.

Juniper Networks Inc
Sunnyvale, CA
Number two makes and seller of Internet Protocol (IP) routers to telecom service providers and corporations. Has made some prescient moves toward wireless networking and aggressive outsourcing of manufacturing to made rapid gains on market leader Cisco. 1,100 employees.

LSI Logic Inc
Milpitas, CA
Makes chips that serve as the brains behind next-generation broadband CDMA phones and other telecom and entertainment devices. After recent lean years, is poised for explosive growth through at least 2005 as it assumes leadership position. Needs topnotch IC designers and software engineers as well as people to sell to Asian customers who will soon make up 35% of sales. 7,400 employees.

San Diego, CA
Developed cutting-edge CDMA wireless technology and licenses it to major cellphone makers in America and Asia. Also sells OmniTRACS satellite vehicle tracking system to trucking industry, Eudora e-mail software and network equipment for satellite based wireless communications. 6,600 employees.

Science Applications Int'l Corp (SAIC)
San Diego, CA
Sells software development, consulting and systems integration services to the U.S. government and major corporations. Made a prescient $5 mil investment in internet registrar Network Solutions in 1995 and sold it in 2000 for $17 bil to VeriSign. Most of the money went to enrich employees because SAIC is 80% employee-owned. Attractive work environment. 45,000 employees.

Stamford, CT
Aggressively diversified business from traditional reliance on copiers. Now offers consulting services in addition to printers, scanners, fax machines, software, and supplies for larger businesses and U.S. government. Nearly half of sales come from outside U.S. Completed aggressive streamlining campaign and is poised for growth. 92,000 employees.


Northbrook, IL
Nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. 13 major lines of insurance include auto, property, life and commercial. 39,000 employees and 13,000 agents and financial specialists.

AXA Financial Inc
New York, NY
Life insurance, financial planning and asset management. The company was formed by the acquisition by French insurance giant AXA of Equitable. Operations have been refocused to provide a comprehensive range of financial services and products. 18,000 employees.

Detroit, MI
Financial services giant that provides businesses lines of credit and international trade financing as well as traditional retail banking services like consumer deposits and lending and mortgages. Also offers private banking and asset management in areas like trusts, insurance and retirement services. 11,000 employees.

Montvale, NJ
The Big Four firm with the strongest growth record over the past decade, KPMG offers clients the scale, global reach, industry insights, and multidisciplinary range of services they demand. KPMG LLP is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have nearly 100,000 professionals, including 6,600 partners, in 150 countries.

Merrill Lynch
New York, NY
Investment services, including stock brokerage, mutual funds, life insurance, annuities, trust services, investment banking, asset management and clearing services. Workforce underwent drastic streamlining following 9/11. 70,000 employees.

State Farm
Bloomington, IL
America's leading home, auto and life insurance, with 72 million policies in force. Leveraging its brand image for financial strength to expand into mutual funds, banking, online banking and credit cards. 79,000 employees.

The Vanguard Group
Valley Forge, PA
Mutual funds company with $560 billion in assets. Fast growth due to an efficient coporate structure that keeps managements costs among the industry's lowest. Emphasis on recruiting IT talent. 10,500 employees.

Washington Mutual
Seattle, WA
Super-successful thrift that has branched successfully into commercial and consumer banking. 2,000 branches in 40 states, with California the top market. Expanded aggressively in late 90s by buying up banks in growth states. Strong in mortgages and home equity loans. 32,000 employees.


Wellpoint Inc (Anthem)
Indianapolis, IN
Created by the merger of Anthem and Wellpoint (Blue Cross, Blue Shield) at the end of 2004, Anthem is the nation's leading health benefits company, with 28 million medical members and 38,000 associates in 13 states. Focuses on providing affordable coverage.


Hyatt Corporation
Chicago, IL
Hyatt operates and manages 212 hotels and resorts in 39 countries. Has acquired a reputation for catering to well-heeled and business travelers. Currently developing 22 hotels around the world. A separate company called Hyatt Hotels Corporation operates, leases and franchises 124 hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. 20,000 employees.


New York, NY
The world's leading provider of business news, data and analysis delivered via TV, newspapers, the internet and radio. Also provides international market data and communications tools to corporations, media and financial professionals. 8,000 employees.

Electronic Arts
Redwood City, CA
As top U.S. video gamemaker, EA competes head on with the likes of Nintendo and Sony. Has developed over 100 titles and distributes 1,000 titles for other developers. Operates online games channel for AOL/Time Warner. 3,600 employees.

Google Inc
Mountain View, CA
World's most popular search engine, with 160 million searches a day. Uses a proprietary system for ranking sites based on the number of links they attract. Used by major portals like Yahoo! and AOL. Added a news site and a shopping site. 600 employees and growing at a 55% annual clip.
i2 Technologies
Irving, TX
i2 Technologies is the leading provider of supply chain optimization software to faciliatate e-business. 40% of i2 is owned by founder/chairman and CEO Sanjiv Sidhu. 6,000 employees.

San Francisco, CA
Maker of industry-leading graphics applications for the internet, including Flash, Shockwave, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Also makes interactive educational software. Underwent massive downsizing but well positioned for future growth. 1,300 employees.

NVidia Corp
Santa Clara, CA
A leading maker of leading-edge graphics processing chips and boards for PCs, workstations, DVD players and popular game machines for the world's biggest computer-makers. Co-founder and CEO is Jen-Hsun Huang. 4,100 employees.

PeopleSoft, Inc.
Pleasanton, CA
A leading provider of enterprise resource planning software that handle back-office functions of business operations like accounting, manufacturing, and supply chain management. Two-thirds of revenues from providing software consulting and maintenance services. Recently began expanding into customer relationship management software. 8,400 employees.

Pixar Animation Studios
Emeryville, CA
Produced kiddie hits Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. using proprietary Marionette and RenderMan software for 3-D digital animation. Now positioned to squeeze even better distribution deals with Disney or other major studios. Founder/CEO Steve Jobs owns 60%. 700 employees.

Siebel Systems, Inc.
San Mateo, CA
Leading developer of customer relationship management software for automating big business sales and customer service operations, tying together call centers, websites, sales teams, resellers and retailers. 7,500 employees.

Verizon Info Systems
New York, NY
World's leading print and online directory publishers and content provider for communications products and services, producing more than 2,300 directories worldwide. Its SuperPages in print and online is a global leader in directory advertising. Division of a telecom giant with 250,000 employees worldwide.

Yahoo! Inc
Sunnyvale, CA
Pioneering ad-supported web directory with 200 million monthly visitors, six times the number of AOL; expanding array of guides for various age and demographic segments; Founded in 1984 by Stanford grad students Jerry Yang and David Filo but top shareholder is Berkeley alumnus Masayoshi Son. 3,100 employees.


CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)
Washington, D.C.
Federal agency charged with conducting and directing intelligence activities to further national security interests, including foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, nonproliferation and developing cutting-edge technologies to aid intelligence activities.

FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations)
Washington, D.C.
Investigative and enforcement arm of the U.S. Justice Department. Also engages in domestic and foreign counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Special agent candidates required to undergo 16 weeks of intensive physical and academic training.

NSA (National Security Agency)
Ft Meade, MD
Uses satellites and global listening posts to gather signal intelligence bearing on U.S. interests. Also develops advanced cryptographic techniques to deny signal intelligence to other nations. Seeks top mathematicians, physicists, engineers, linguists, computer scientists and analysts. College and high school programs for future.

U.S. Secret Service
Washington D.C.
Provides protection for President, vice-President, foreign dignitaries and the integrity of the U.S. financial system against counterfeiting and other financial crimes. Special agent candidates required to undergo intensive physical and academic training.

U.S. State Department
Washington, D.C.
As the lead U.S. agency for foreign affairs, operates embassies, consulates and offices in 265 cities around the world. Recruits foreign service officers and specialists to conduct diplomacy overseas and civil servants and students to staff Washington D.C. headquarters.