L.L.Bean Named to the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® List

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Surveys to employees indicate that trust in the workplace, pride in the work they do and enjoying the people they work with are top factors for making the list

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We would not be the global company we are today without our employees’ unique talents, dedication to the brand, and unwavering commitment to providing customers with world-class service.

Internationally recognized outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, best known for its Bean Boot, everyday free shipping and 100% satisfaction guarantee was recently named to the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, ranked 56th. L.L.Bean was among the top 10 retailers on the list and received the highest ranking for an outdoor retailer.

Now in its 18th year, the list recognizes companies with extraordinary workplace cultures, based on employee surveys and an in-depth questionnaire about company practices and culture. Fortune Great Place to Work® then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on the dimensions of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. Great Place to Work® believes that employees know they are working for a great company when they take great pride in their jobs, enjoy the people they work with and consistently trust the people they work for.

“Being recognized by such a well-respected, well-established institution like Fortune is a testament to our commitment to make L.L.Bean truly a workplace of choice,” said L.L.Bean company president and CEO, Chris McCormick. “It reflects the work our leadership has done to develop a culture that helps ensure employees feel trusted to do a good job, take pride in their work and feel that their contributions are truly valued. We would not be the global company we are today without our employees’ unique talents, dedication to the brand, and unwavering commitment to providing customers with world-class service."

Fortune partners annually with Great Place to Work® to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For ®. Two-thirds of a company's survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index © Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees' attitudes about management's credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit ©, which includes detailed questionnaires about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

About L.L.Bean, Inc.
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and always shipped free. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. The 220,000 sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at http://www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services and employer branding programs, including Best Companies lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. Great Place to Work®’s Trust Index©, a 58-question employee survey that measures trust, is used around the world to help companies increase the levels of trust across their organizations and improve business results. Annually, Great Place to Work® produces the research for the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list. Follow Great Place to Work® online at http://www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

To see the complete 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and to learn more about how to build a high-trust workplace culture, visit http://www.greatplacetowork.com.

About Fortune
Fortune is a global leader in business journalism with a combined audience of more than 9 million readers in print and online. Fortune covers bold innovators, smart companies, new ideas and innovative strategies that inspire the Fortune audience to accelerate their business success. Fortune’s major franchises include the FORTUNE 500, the 100 Best Companies to Work For, World’s Most Admired Companies, 40 Under 40 and Fastest-Growing Companies. Fortune hosts a wide range of annual conferences, including Fortune Most Powerful Women, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Fortune Brainstorm E and the Fortune Global Forum. Fortune was the first business magazine with an iPad app and has more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter. Fortune.com launched on June 1, 2014 and has seen rapid growth since launch reaching an average of over 7mm monthly unique visitors. See the latest from Fortune online at Fortune.com and on Twitter @FortuneMagazine.

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