Saint-Gobain, the parent company to the Stephenville Abrasives manufacturing plant, has received the Top Employers Institute’s [TEI] Top Employer North America Certification for the second consecutive year for its exceptional employee offerings.

The TEI is an independent organization that certifies employers around the world for excellence in the work environments they create for their employees and honored Saint-Gobain at an award ceremony Feb. 16 in Dallas.

The annual international research undertaken by the TEI recognizes leading employers around the world that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization and strive to continuously optimize employment practices.

“It’s great to see our parent company, Saint-Gobain, recognized as a Top Employer in North America for the second consecutive year,” said Brad Johnson, Vice President Abrasives, NA/Automotive Aftermarket, Worldwide. “Receiving this prestigious certification truly demonstrates how our company, which is more than 350 years old, continues to grow and evolve to provide employees with an optimal work environment.”

The TEI assessed Saint-Gobain’s employee offerings on the criteria of talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and company culture.

Crucial to the Top Employer Certification is the completion of a stringent validation and audit process in which performance scores are rated against an international standard. Only those employers that meet the required standards of excellence receive certification.

“Optimal employee offerings and HR best practices ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally,” said Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink. “This, in turn, enables companies to grow and develop, maximize organizational performance and attract and retain the best talent. Our comprehensive research concluded that Saint-Gobain provides an outstanding employee environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives – from benefits and learning and development opportunities to well-thought-out career management programs – that are truly aligned with the company’s culture.”

Saint-Gobain offers its employees a number of unique offerings, including: personal health coaching, weight management and nutrition programs, company book clubs and athletic leagues, networking opportunities, a mentoring system and digital learning courses.

Saint-Gobain has more than 150 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015.