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World’s Largest Companies – World’s Largest Companies by Employees – And Blue Chip Largest Company List

Updated on September 7, 2011

Revenue In Excess Of $50 Billions

For a company to be on the list of world’s largest company is not a small thing. The company has to be large enough and perhaps having revenue in excess of $50 billions. World’s largest companies by employees have thousands of employees but these companies may not necessary be the best employer.

WalMart Stores Inc

WalMart Stores Inc - with more than 2 million employees, walmart is no doubt the world's largest employer.
WalMart Stores Inc - with more than 2 million employees, walmart is no doubt the world's largest employer.

Getting a Job

Naturally, when employees look for employment opportunities they consider factors such as potential for career advancement in future, the location of the job, salary, benefits, as well as prospect of the company surviving in the market for many years to come. Companies that are good at retrenching employees when the economic conditions are bad are not very popular to be considered as best employers by the employees. Unfortunately, getting a job is very difficult these days and employees should be prepared to take what they are offered by the employer.

Wives and Husbands

You can seek employment in any of these world’s biggest companies. It is very safe to be employed by such companies. Wives and husbands have reported they find it very comfortable when both wife and husband are working together in the same company.

Blue Chip Stocks

If you can not get employment in one of these companies, you can as well buy the company. You buy the company by buying its stocks. Most of these companies are blue chip stocks.

Where Did The Name “Blue Chip" Originate From? What Are The Characteristics Of Blue Chip Stocks?

A blue chip is a common stock of a large, prestigious, prosperous, stable corporation and known company whose stock value and dividends are reliable. The blue chip stocks typically have high price and low yield but are usually safe investments. And one may wonder why these companies are called blue chips and not green chips or red chips. The name “blue chip” originated from the game of poker where the blue chips have the highest value and as such since these companies have higher value, the name blue chip was coined for these world’s largest companies.

World’s Largest Companies List

Below is a listing of the world’s largest companies based on the number of employees each company has. The number of employees will obviously vary from time to time as companies keep on looking on better ways of making their services more competitive and economical.

World’s Largest Companies – World’s Largest Companies by Employees

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Company  
Industry  
Employees  
Country of Origin  
WalMart Stores Inc
Retailing
2100000
United States
United StatesPostal Service
Courier
826955
United States
Siemens AG
Conglomerate
480000
Germany
Deutsche Post AG
Courier
470000
Germany
PetroChina
Oil and gas
464000
China
Carrefour SA
Retailing
436000
France
OAO Gazprom
Oil and Gas
432000
Russia
United Parcel Service Inc
Transportation
425000
United States
Sinopec
Oil and gas
400513
China
IBM Corp
Information technology
386558
United States
Daimler AG
Automotive
362063
Germany
Home Depot Inc
Retailing
355000
United States
Sears Holdings Corporation
Retailing
355000
United States
Target Corporation
Retailing
352000
United States
TATA Group
Conglomerate
350000
India
Veolia Environnement SA
Public utilities
349000
France
Volkswagen AG
Automotive
329305
Germany
Ford Motor Co
Automotive
327531
United States
Hewlett Packard Co
Information technology
321000
United States
Arcelor Mittal
Steel
319578
Luxembourg
Toyota Motor Corp
Automotive
316121
Japan
HSBC Holdings plc
Financial services
312000
United Kingdom
Tesco plc
Retailing
310411
United Kingdom
The Kroger Co
Retailing
310000
United States
AT&T Inc
Telecommunications
309050
United States
General Electric Co
Conglomerate
307000
United States
Hitachi Ltd
Conglomerate
306876
Japan
Citigroup Inc
Financial services
299000
United States
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd
Electronics
290493
Japan
General Motors Corp
Automotive
284000
United States
Samsung Group
Conglomerate
277000
South Korea
Metro AG
Retailing
263794
Germany
Nestlé SA
Food processing
253000
Switzerland
Deutsche Telekom AG
Telecommunications
248519
Germany
Deutsche Bahn AG
Transportation
229200
Germany
Berkshire Hathaway Inc
Conglomerate
217000
United States
United Technologies Corp
Conglomerate
215000
United States
Casino Guichard Perrachon
Retailing
213000
France
Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse
Retailing
210000
United States
Saint Gobain SA
Construction
208000
France
PSA Peugeot Citroen SA
Automotive
207200
France
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp
Telecommunications
205288
Japan
Bank of America
Banking
203425
United States
Verizon Communications Inc
Telecommunications
203100
United States
Safeway Inc
Retailing
201000
United States
SuperValu Inc
Retailing
200000
United States
Oracle
Information technology
200000
United States
Altria Group Inc
Tobacco industry
199000
United States
France Télécom
Telecommunications
191000
France
AXA Group
Financial services
189927
France
ThyssenKrupp AG
Conglomerate
188000
Germany
Unilever
Consumer goods
179000
Netherlands
LG Group
Conglomerate
177000
South Korea
J P Morgan Chase
Financial Services
176000
United States
Telefónica SA
Telecommunications
173554
Spain
UniCredit SpA
Banking
170000
Italy
Allianz AG
Financial services
167193
Germany
Toshiba Corp
Conglomerate
166651
Japan
Koninklijke Ahold NV
Retailing
163866
Netherlands
Fiat SpA
Conglomerate
162237
Italy
Sony Corp
Conglomerate
162000
Japan
Suez
Public utilities
160700
France
CVS Caremark Corporation
Retailing
160000
United States
Wells Fargo & Co
Banking
160000
United States
Cargill Inc
Agriculture
158000
United States
Fujitsu Ltd
Electronics
157044
Japan
The Boeing Company
Aerospace
157000
United States
Electricité de France SA
Electricity generation
156152
France
OAO LUKOIL
Oil and Gas
150000
Russia
VINCI
Construction
142000
France
Lockheed Martin
Aerospace
140000
United States
Pemex
Oil and gas
138215
Mexico
BNP Paribas
Financial Services
138000
France
Procter & Gamble Co
Consumer goods
138000
United States
Crédit Agricole SA
Financial Services
134000
France
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Retailing
132000
United States
Honda Motor Co Ltd
Automotive
131600
Japan
Renault SA
Automotive
130573
France
Grupo Santander
Banking
129749
Spain
Nissan Motor Co Ltd
Automotive
127625
Japan
Canon Inc
Electronics
127338
Japan
RWE AG
Public utilities
127028
Germany
Wachovia Corporation
Banking
122000
United States
Johnson & Johnson
Health care
120500
United States
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
Financial services
120000
United Kingdom
Société Générale
Financial Services
120000
France
China Mobile Communications Corporation
Telecommunications
119000
China
ING Group NV
Financial services
115000
Netherlands
Bouygues
Conglomerate
113300
France
World’s Largest Companies – World’s Largest Companies by Employees – And Blue Chip Largest Company List

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A very informative hub. Thank you

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      sarovai 7 years ago

      The statistics shows still US companys in highest in rank with more number of employees. Thank us for sharing.

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      Obscurely Diverse 7 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

      Damn, I've worked at a Wal-Mart on 3rd shift (night-shift) and the work ethic within the walls of that imbecilic haven is practically a non-existent virtue. I don't know about the other stores that are found within random districts thoughout the U.S., but the one I was at...is a cross between an insane asylum, petting zoo, kindergarten class, day care center and, the rare, separate factions of collegiate rejects that had nothing else better to do but dwell inside a Wal-Mart.

      Excuse me?

      A more germane comment: That was a nice, informative post; keep up the good work!

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      martycraigs 7 years ago

      thanks for this easy to read and reference list.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      East Man 7 years ago

      good info

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      mark 7 years ago

      Russian Railways?

      The company is one of the biggest railway companies in the world with 1.2 million employees and a monopoly within Russia.

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      Mohammed Ali 6 years ago

      You did not mention Russian Railways in 2nd place- 950,000 employees

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      ngureco 6 years ago

      Russian Railways may have 1.2 million employees but its revenue is too tiny. With revenue of only US$41 billion the Russian Railways could not find a place in that list. We are interested in companies with a minimum revenue of US$50 billions.

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      Vladiv Poposki 6 years ago

      Russian Railways is one of the largest Industrial venture. Again, Nobody messes with the Russians.

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      fred 6 years ago

      a list with hightst turnover would be interessting

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      Robert Walker 6 years ago

      Does anyone knowwhere can I find a total list of companies (or organisations)in the world that have more than 100,000 employees, irrespective of turnover?

      Many thanks.

      Robert

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      Jeff Knight 6 years ago

      Where's Foxconn, manufacturer of the iPhone, etc. (out of China). I've seen data indicating that they have 0.5 to 0.9 million employees.

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      Seb 6 years ago

      The NHS in the UK employes 1.2 million people

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      Ramesh 6 years ago

      Hello, indian railways have more than 15 lakhs employees n in good position regarding revenue.

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      RIchard Reade 6 years ago

      Interesting but where is ISS A/S the world's 4th largest private company by number of employees?

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      John 6 years ago

      G4S 600,000 employees not on your list????????????

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      Thomas Jensen 6 years ago

      As a Dane I'm disapppinted you didn't include ISS with their 520,000 employees...

      I heard that Manpower has 1,000,000 employees but surely that can't be true?

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      Lillian K. Staats 6 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Did you know that Walmarts has million dollar life insurance policies on the store greeters? Does this not seem a little underhanded? I know it makes me queasy, and I have to restrain myself from telling the little old lady at the door about it.... voted up.lily

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      sac 5 years ago

      where is the indian railway..........

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      frank 5 years ago

      in the UK the national health service employs 1,200,000 people

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      guest 5 years ago

      accor has over 140,000

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      visitor 5 years ago

      G4s has in excess of 600000 employees. Shouldn't it be on this list?

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      pradewq 5 years ago

      have u ever heard about indian railways?

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      island hopper 5 years ago

      With Walmart's huge number of employees, their payroll is probably far less than most of those on the list.

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