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As the capital of our state and part of the Research Triangle area there is a lot of incentive for companies to do business in the area. I know NC residents can get competitive, especially between Charlotte and Raleigh. But as someone who has called both cities home, I think both have a lot to offer. And there are tons of job opportunities no matter what industry you are interested in. But as the region continues to grow, what are the best companies in Raleigh to work for? Working for a company you love is so important. If you are looking for a new job but don’t know where to start, these companies are some of the best options to take a look at.

Zippia hand-curated this list of the 20 best companies to work for that are based in Raleigh, North Carolina. This data was compiled based on information on salaries, company financial health, and the company’s employee diversity. You can see the list below. For more information visit Zippa.com.

  • 20. Spectraforce Technologies

    Headquartered in Raleigh, Spectraforce is a leading global services firm that provides staffing, consulting, and outsourcing solutions for companies worldwide. The 100 employees generate annual revenue of upwards of $42.5 million a year. Get more info on a Spectraforce Career here.


  • 19. Anderson Automotive Group

    Anderson Automotive Group is a small North Carolina based, automotive company. With only 162 employees they generate an annual revenue of $47.0M. Get more info on careers with Anderson Automotive Group here.


  • 18. WakeMed

    If you’ve spent any time in the Triangle you are are familiar with WakeMed. WakeMed is an 919-bed private, not-for-profit health care system based in Raleigh.  They have 8,001 employees and an annual revenue of $3.6B. According to their mission statement “WakeMed is committed to improving the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all.” Get more info on careers at WakeMed here.



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  • 17. NCDOT

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation or NCDOT handles the building, repairing, and operating of our state’s highways and bridges. The NCDOT is a very diverse workplace with 26.8% female employees and 36.8% of workers representing ethnic minorities. They are based out of Raleigh and employ 2,750 workers generating an annual revenue of $750.0M. Get more info on careers with the NCDOT here.
  • 16. Pepsi Bottling Ventures

    We all know Pepsi was “born in the Carolinas”. And Pepsi Bottling Ventures or PBV is the largest privately-held manufacturer, seller, and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages. The staff at PBV is notably diverse. Headquartered in Raleigh PBV hosts  2,000 employees and an annual revenue of $146.9M. Get more info on careers with PBV here.


  • 15. PRA Health Sciences

    PRA Health Sciences is an industry leader headquartered in our state’s capital city. PRA has more than 10,000 employees in more than countries. The company works to provide comprehensive clinical development services across all phases. Get more info about careers with PRA here.


  • 14. Advanced Energy

    Advanced Energy is a nonprofit energy consulting firm with over 10,000 employees. Advanced Energy works with electric utilities, the government in addition to a wide variety of public and private organizations. The company is an industry leader based in NC with an annual revenue well over $1 billion. For information on careers with Advance Energy visit here.

  • 13. Kimley-Horn

    Headquartered in Raleigh, Kimley-Horn one of the nation’s premier planning and design consulting firms. They have 5,001 employees and an annual revenue of $811.0M. Get more info on careers at Kimley-Horn here.

  • 12. Alliance of Professionals & Consultants

    One of the top staffing and business solutions in Raleigh is Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc. They seek to help top companies in Raleigh, NC hire great people. Alliance of Professionals and Consultants is based in Raleigh, NC. They are considered a medium-sized professional company with 750 employees and a revenue of $70.7M. Get more information on job openings here.

  • 11. SMT

    SMT is a small finance company based in Raleigh. With only 25 employees they still make this list and are able to generate an annual revenue of $6.4M. SMT is primarily involved in wholesale distribution of industrial machinery and equipment. Get more info on careers with SMT here.


  • 10. Bandwidth

    Bandwidth is a Raleigh based internet company. This global communications software company helps enterprises connect people around the world. They use cloud-ready voice, messaging and emergency services. Bandwidth has 701 employees and a revenue of $343.1M. Get more info on job opportunities with Bandwidth here.



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  • 9. S&ME

    S&ME focuses on engineering, design, planning, environmental and construction services. Founded in 1973 and are headquartered in Raleigh. Today the company has grown to an 1100-person corporation with 35 offices across the US. Get more info on careers with S&ME here.

  • 8. Progress Energy

    Progress Energy, Inc., a utility holding company serving portions of NC, SC, and Florida. Progress Energy engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity. They serve approximately 3.1 million customers. Progress Energy employs around 11,000 individuals. Get more info on Progress Energy careers here.


  • 7. Martin Marietta

    Martin Marietta Materials is the nation’s second largest producer of construction aggregates used primarily for construction of highways and other infrastructure projects. Martin Marieta has 8,714 employees and an annual revenue of $4.7B. Get more info on careers here.

  • 6. INC Research

    INC Research Holdings, Inc., is a contract research organization. The company provides various clinical development services for the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries.  This includes clinical trial management services comprising patient recruitment and retention, project management, clinical monitoring, drug safety/pharmacovigilance, medical affairs, quality assurance, and regulatory and medical writing. Get more info on careers with INC Research here.


  • 5. The Select Group

    The Select Group is a technical services firm offering managed solutions and project-based resources. This small firm with around 50 employees is based in Raleigh and generates an annual revenue of $300 Million. Get more info on careers here.



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  • 4. First Citizens BancShares

    First Citizens is a full-service banking institution under parent company First Citizens BancShares, Inc. The company is in possession of over $35 billion in assets. First Citizens a family-controlled bank providing banking services, essential business and professional services, wealth management capabilities, and a full-service telephone bank and sophisticated online and mobile banking offerings. Get more info on careers with First Citizens here.

  • 3. Red Hat

    Red Hat is a software company dedicated to free and open source software. The company is known for its enterprise operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The industry leader is based in Raleigh with 13,400 employees and an annual revenue of $3.4B. Get more info on working for Red Hat here.

  • 2. Waste Industries

    Waste Industries is a provider of non-hazardous solid waste and recycling collection, transfer, and disposal. The company has 1,600 employees and an annual revenue of $550.0M. Get more info on careers at Waste Industries here.


  • 1. Total S.A.

    Total S.A. is one of the world’s major oil and gas groups. Total is active in more than 130 countries. Employees work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, gas & power and trading. Get more info on careers with Total S.A. here