18 February 2020

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Celebrates 11 Years on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List

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Leading luxury boutique hotel brand recognized in the Top 10 on the 2020 list; credits strong workplace rating to employee-driven culture and values

Today, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced it was named the 10th best company to work for on the 23rd annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, which is compiled based on surveyed employee feedback of their workplace culture. Kimpton celebrates its 11th year on this acclaimed list, a testament to the brand’s award-winning culture and dedication to putting its employees first. Kimpton continues to rank high among hospitality and restaurant companies, honored alongside brands known for their strong company culture, values and employee-driven initiatives. 

Mike DeFrino, CEO, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, said: “The Kimpton team is made up of people who are tremendously passionate about their work, and that shines through in everything they do. Their unwavering commitment makes us who we are and ultimately helps us bring our brand promise and ridiculously personal experiences to life every day.”

For nearly 40 years, Kimpton has been committed to creating a culture meant to empower everyone – from the servers and chefs to the GMs and directors – to take ownership of the work they do, act on intuition and bring creativity to the job every day. Kimpton’s workplace encourages employees to bring their authentic selves to work, which in turn, increases job satisfaction and directly impacts positive guest sentiment. This starts with understanding who Kimpton employees are on a fundamentally human level and creating an environment where their individuality is celebrated and appreciated.

Offering unique competitive benefits – both tangible perks and intangible benefits – is a key factor to Kimpton successfully attracting and retaining top talent. Understanding that different employees are motivated by unique benefits, Kimpton provides a variety of best in class perks, including sabbaticals, child and elder back-up care, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, “Bill’s Honor Roll” to recognize children of employees, bereavement leave (for people and pets) and lifestyle offerings such as fitness classes and membership discounts. Kimpton also encourages both local and national community-building events that foster strong personal connections that align with Kimpton’s corporate social responsibility commitment in the LGBTQ+ space and nonprofit initiatives tied to fighting child hunger and environmental stewardship. 

Michael C. Bush, CEO, Great Place to Work, said: “These companies have created Great Places to Work For All—for everyone, no matter who a person is or what they do for the organization. As a result, they have built a path to realize the promise of artificial intelligence, gain strength from a diversity of perspectives, and thrive during downturns.”

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. In addition to the honor of the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For list, Kimpton is also proud to be recognized on numerous other Great Place to Work lists including:

  • Fortune’s “50 Best Workplaces for Parents” (2016-2019) 
  • Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in the Bay Area” (2020)
  • Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in Chicago” (2019)
  • Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” (2009, 2011-2019) 
  • Fortune’s “Best Workplaces for Millennials” (2015-2019) 
  • Fortune’s “Best Places to Work for Women” (2018-2019) 
  • Fortune’s “Best Workplaces for Diversity” (2016-2019) 
  • Human Rights Campaign’s “Corporate Equality Index” (2004-2020)  
  • Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” (2018-2020)
  • Forbes’ “The Best Employers for Diversity” (2019) 

To see the full list of the 2020 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, click here

For more information on career opportunities at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants visit www.kimptonhotels.com/careers


For further information please contact:

Faith Yi
*1 (415) 955-5430

About IHG®

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN Hotels®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites®.


IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,900 hotels and approximately 884,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.


InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.


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About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They use their unparalleled benchmark data to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified companies and the Best Workplaces in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune. 

To learn more, visit greatplacetowork.com, listen to the podcast Better by Great Place to Work, and read “A Great Place to Work for All.” Join the community on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up and coming markets in the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal. 
Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. 
In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.    

About the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 650,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations across the country. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with Fortune, visit Greatplacetowork.com.