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Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders® Winner Testimonials

Winner Testimonials

Hear what participants in Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders® say about the process and the benefits they receive by participating

We spoke with past winners to understand the value they obtain from being a part Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders. The overwhelming response was positive and the benefits they receive stretch beyond the media exposure they experience.

"People Excellence is core to Whirlpool's business strategy, and strong, high-impact leadership is critical to enabling us deliver competitive advantage. Top Companies for Leaders provides a unique opportunity for us to truly gauge our leadership practices against a benchmark that represents the best of the best. We welcome the opportunity to formally assess our progress, and to challenge ourselves to make even greater strides for years to come."

Whirlpool Corporation

“By turning the mirror on ourselves through these kinds of studies, we’re able to see not only our leadership strengths – but also where we have opportunities to get even better. In our business – where the unprecedented pace of change demands visionary, agile leaders – validation like this is critically important.”


"At Lilly, we are humbled to make the list and continue to place great value on our participation in the study. Since developing leaders is at least as much of an art as it is a science, the insights we gain challenge us and help us target our efforts to areas where we can improve."

Eli Lilly & Company

"The Top Companies for Leaders study is one of the best ways to learn from successful companies around the world. At 3M, leadership development is a long-term investment in our company’s future, and Aon Hewitt's comprehensive and rigorous process helps us challenge ourselves to stay on the forefront of leader development."


"Participating in the Top Companies for Leaders independent study helps us deliver on our unwavering commitment to continuously improving our leadership philosophies and programs. It gives us invaluable insight into our strengths – and weaknesses – and how we can improve as we continue to develop best-in-class talent within health care. It’s an honor to have made the list this year."


"The Top Companies for Leaders demonstrated passionate leadership right up to the CEO level . This passion was not a cliché but rather a genuine care and concern to attract, retain and engage employees. The CEOs in particular demonstrated a much deeper involvement in leadership development than those of other organizations."


“The Top Company for Leaders study challenged our thinking
and helped us identify areas for improvement, which encouraged
us to innovate more in our
leadership practices.”


“As participating members of the Top Companies for Leaders study, we have leveraged the findings for benchmarking purposes, used them to guide program design as we restlessly reinvent and innovate our offerings and applied them in our quest to measure and track the investments we make in talent development. Investing in our talent is a top priority and ensuring that we have the right data and insights to help inform our talent decisions is a key differentiator for us.”

Global Top Company

“Participating in the Top Companies for Leaders study is a significant opportunity to take a unique look into our organization, benchmark with other companies, gain invaluable insights to create new opportunities and maintain our focus on continuing to improve the way we develop our leaders around the world every day.”

Colgate-Palmolive Company

"We participate in this study because it gives us the ability to benchmark with other companies and outlines areas where we can improve. It also allows us to step back and identify areas where we need to dedicate more energy and resources. Being on the Top Companies for Leaders list gives us external recognition that we can communicate internally—it validates the effort we want our people to be putting forth in this area…Even if we didn’t get on the list, we would still participate in the study to see what areas we are making progress in and what we would need to focus on in order to make the list.”

McDonald’s Corporation

"At IBM, we are passionate about driving innovation and value to help our clients -- and our company -- rapidly transform. That requires creative, agile, committed global teams and leaders. We are focused every day on developing leaders who can engage, motivate and inspire IBMers, our most valuable asset, to do their best work and deliver exceptional results in a world of constant change."


“Great companies are always looking at what they do in order to do it better, and as the world’s largest apparel company, VF is no exception: we greatly value the learning this study offers. We have participated for many years because we know ‘going outside’ helps our leaders engage, learn, innovate, and excel in new ways every day.”

VF Corporation

“We are immensely proud to be ranked first in the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders list. This global recognition affirms the strength of the GE leadership philosophy, which holds that when one person grows we all grow, and together, we all rise.”


“We’re thrilled with the external recognition of the work we’re doing to build Intel’s leadership for the future. Participating in the Aon Hewitt process helps us reflect on where we’re making strides with our leadership development, and also areas where we should be placing more emphasis. It is also a great opportunity to learn from other leading companies in this space to continue to raise the bar on our own efforts.”

Intel Corporation

“We are proud to be recognised in this year’s Aon Hewitt Survey as a company with a strong commitment to developing leaders. Taking part in the survey provided a valuable opportunity to articulate our integrated approach to talent and leadership development. We are looking forward to feedback from the AON Hewitt team on Shell’s approach to developing leaders, how this compares with external market practices, and to help us identify focus areas for further improvement.”


“We have found the opportunity to participate in the Top Companies for Leaders study to be extremely important on our journey to create world-class leadership. The benchmarking process is intensive, comprehensive and thoughtful. While we are pleased to be recognized as one of the Top Companies, we also value the insight gain[ed] through the assessment process and energized by the challenge to continue to improve based on what the best organizations are doing today. I can highly recommend participating in this process, whether your organization is just starting the leadership development journey
or looking to take your efforts to
the next level!”

General Mills

“The ability to review and evaluate our performance against the best in class global companies helps ensure we continue [to] benefit from some of the best thinking in this arena.”

Deere & Company

"Being recognized on the 2011 list for how we foster a great environment for leaders reinforced the quality and breadth of our leadership development programs, and was a valuable reminder of how crucial talent development is to Kiewit. We used that honor to reinvigorate and re-design our leadership development programs, knowing that our business continues to expand and evolve. The result: we believe our leadership programs, including succession planning, are at an even higher level."


"Participating in the Top Companies for Leaders study is a good opportunity for us to reflect on our talent and leadership philosophies and benchmark ourselves with other world class organizations. We are committed to building a future ready talent pipeline by identifying, developing and grooming high potential talent to deliver our ambitious business targets and look forward to the results of this study to imbibe learnings in our leadership philosophy."

Hindustan Unilever Limited

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