Forbes names Dollywood among America’s best employers

Forbes’ list has named Dollywood among America’s best employers in the country for 2021.

According to a release, Dollywood was represented well among the 500 companies on Forbes’ list of the best midsize employers. Among the 20 companies on the list in the “Travel and Leisure” category, Dollywood ranked sixth and was the only theme park on the midsize list.

“We are pleased to see others recognize what our hosts have known for so long. It’s not just something we say; The Dollywood Company really is an amazing place to work,” said Tim Berry, Vice President of Human Resources and a 36-year employee. “We have hosts who have been here for 10, 20 and 30-plus years, like myself, because we love our culture and the opportunity to help our guests make memories with their families.

According to Forbes, among America’s best mid-sized employers for 2021 are:

  1. Choice Hotels International
  2. FireKeepers Casino Hotel
  3. Fantastic Sams
  4. Best Western International
  5. Diamond Resorts International
  6. Dollywood
  7. Drury Hotels
  8. Westgate Resorts
  9. Flight Centre Travel Group
  10. Red Roof Inn
  11. Major League Baseball
  12. Barona Resort & Casino
  13. Vacasa
  14. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  15. Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce
  16. World Travel Holdings
  17. Kalahari Resorts
  18. Gila River Gaming Enterprises
  19. National Basketball Association
  20. Sycuan Casino

“In the wake of the global pandemic, midsize businesses have had to navigate countless challenges, from applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans to securing protective equipment, whether or not they employ healthcare workers. The companies on our list of America’s Best Midsize Employers have risen to the occasion, adapting in ways that benefit both their customers and employers.”

Dollywood says the Pigeon Forge park has long been voted as the friendliest theme park in the world. The park also earned the inaugural Golden Ticket Award for Best Guest Experience, which factors friendliness of employees into its criteria. The recognition is the gold standard for theme parks worldwide.

Source: WVLT, by Lauren Meyers

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Published March 17, 2021