Most Generous U.S. Companies with the Best 401k Plans

Today we announce our second annual list of the 30 Most Generous Companies ranked by their 401k plans, showcasing companies that are placing an emphasis on helping employees prepare for their financial futures.

“Offering employees better packages encourages them to be proactive about their financial future, exemplified by how the participation rate for the most generous companies is over 10 percent higher than the average BrightScope rated plan.  More and more, we’re seeing workers making retirement programs a bigger part of their decision when accepting jobs, and it’s great to see companies growing this part of their benefits year-to-year.”Brooks Herman, Head of Data & Research at BrightScope

BrightScope determined a company’s generosity by examining the vesting schedule, eligibility periods and all contributions to the plan made by the company for the sole benefit of the plan’s participants among BrightScope-rated plans.

The BrightScope Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. By analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm calculates a single numerical value for each 401k plan. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

Noteworthy findings in the 2015 Most Generous Plans list include:

  • Staying on top: Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP remains the most generous company in the U.S. for the second year in a row, with an average contribution of $48,666 to employees’ retirement.
  • Warm welcome: Martin Resource Management Corporation, No. 6, Six3 Advanced Systems, No. 15, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, No. 16, D & M Holding, Inc., No. 22, Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, P.C., No. 23, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Inc., No. 24, United Airlines, Inc., No. 27, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., NO. 28, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc., No. 30
  • Making Moves: Garland Industries, Inc. moved from No. 26 to No. 14
  • The average company generosity for plans listed is $31,661, which is impressive considering the average generosity of all BrightScope rated plans at $4,382.
  • The average account balance for plans listed is $586,910,which is an increase of nearly 25 percent since last year
  • The average participation rate for companies listed is 94 percent.

Most Generous U.S. Companies with the Best 401k Plans

Rank Company Name Plan Name Company Generosity
1. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Retirement Plan of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP $ 48,666
2. O’Melveny & Myers LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP Keogh Plan $ 43,553
3. Oregon Anesthesiology Group, P.C. Oregon Anesthesiology Group, P.C. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan $ 43,136
4. Shearman & Sterling LLP Shearman & Sterling LLP Partners’ Retirement Plan $ 43,114
5. Anesthesia Service Medical Group,Inc. Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan Trust $ 38,338
6. Martin Resource Management Corporation Mrmc Esop $ 37,447
7. Bryan Cave LLP Bryan Cave LLP Retirement Plan for Partners $ 34,685
8. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Retirement Plan for Lawyers of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP $ 34,324
9. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Retirement Plan of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP $ 33,079
10. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Retirement Plan $ 32,956
11. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP Supplemental Profit Sharing Plan for Partners $ 32,283
12. Deloitte LLP Deloitte Profit Sharing Plan $ 31,353
13. Jennison Associates, LLC Jennison Associates Savings Plan $ 31,009
14. Garland Industries, Inc The Garland Industries, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan & Trust $ 29,942
15. Six3 Advanced Systems BIT Systems Profit Sharing Plan $ 29,788
16. Seyfarth Shaw LLP Seyfarth Shaw LLP Retirement Plan for Partners $ 29,615
17. Dodge & Cox Dodge & Cox Profit Sharing Plan & Trust $ 29,273
18. North American Partners in Anesthesia, LLP North American Partners in Anesthesia, LLP Profit Sharing Plan $ 29,261
19. Jones Day Jones Day Retirement Plan $ 28,378
20. Duane Morris LLP Duane Morris Retirement Plan $ 27,470
21. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP Weil, Gotshal & Manges Partners’ Target Pension Plan $ 27,296
22. D & M Holding, Inc. DeGolyer and MacNaughton Employees’ Savings Plan $ 26,963
23. Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, P.C. Anaesthesia Associates 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan $ 26,639
24. Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Inc. Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Inc. 401(K) Plan $ 26,179
25. United Airlines, Inc. United Airlines Pilot Directed Account Plan $ 26,176
26. Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, Inc. Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, Inc. 401(A) Retirement Plan $ 26,028
27. United Airlines, Inc. Continental Pilots Defined Contribution Plan (B-Plan) $ 26,016
28. Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. Profit Sharing 401(k) Plan $ 25,965
29. United Parcel Service Company UPS/IPA Defined Contribution Money Purchase Pension Plan $ 25,541
30. University Of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc. Uwmf, Inc. Physicians Money Purchase Pension Plan $ 25,359

  Note: This data is accurate as of March 18, 2015.