They specialize in logistics, automotive retail, paper manufacturing, employment services and metals. They generate revenue in the hundreds of billions of dollars. They employ thousands.
They are the largest companies in Memphis—and they’re hiring.
If you’re looking for a job (or better yet, a career), you’d be well served to take a close look at Memphis employers for your job growth.
Here’s an inside look at some of the power players in Memphis:
FedEx is known around the world as a leader in delivery services. Its trucks and air fleet are ubiquitous, and its purple-and-blue logo is seen on streets and in skies in nearly 200 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe.
And the company is also consistently recognized as one of the best places to work.
FedEx was founded in Memphis in the 1970s and has been a major fixture in the city ever since. FedEx employs approximately 30,000 people in Memphis, with employment opportunities spanning operations, marketing, inventory control, package handling, data science, project management and more.
If you’re interested in building a career with a major multinational corporation that drives Memphis job growth, consider FedEx, a Fortune 100 company that generates more than $45 billion in annual revenues.
In an increasingly green world, International Paper has emerged as a leader in the movement toward using renewable resources and recycling to make innovative products that improve the everyday lives of everyday people.
With operations in more than 24 countries, International Paper employs 55,000 people around the world including several thousand in Memphis. It’s a Fortune 500 company with $21 billion in total revenue known for offering challenging and rewarding assignments with a major focus on investing in its people in Memphis and around the world.
Employing more than 65,000 people, with more than 5,000 stores across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Mexico and Brazil, AutoZone is the largest retail operation headquartered in Memphis.
Started in 1979 based on a need founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III identified for automotive parts at the retail level, the original (then called) Auto Shack store was modeled after a grocery store: clean and well-organized with great customer service. In 1986, Auto Shack became AutoZone, later moving its headquarters to our city in 1995.
This Fortune 500 company specializes in selling automotive parts, and with annual revenues of more than $9 billion, it’s a company that’s on the move. In fact, Wall Street analysts recently noted its ” excellent growth stock”—and it’s also an excellent place to work.
Job opportunity areas include commercial operations, e-commerce, finance, human resources, loss prevention, store operations, supply chain operations, merchandising and more.
First Horizon National Corporation
Over 6,000 people in Memphis work for First Horizon National Corporation, the bank holding company that owns First Tennessee Bank. First Horizon has been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by American Banker and Working Mother magazines, as well as a top tech innovator by InformationWeek magazine. First Tennessee also has one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. With over $40 billion in assets, First Tennessee has been helping businesses grow and people achieve their dreams since it was founded in 1864. Roles are available in wealth management, insurance, financial planning, and customer service.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis is proud to be the home of the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, chosen by Fortune Magazine as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials. “Millennials are committed to making a difference, and St. Jude, through its research and care, represents one of the best efforts for changing how medicine is practiced around the world,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer. St. Jude is a cancer center devoted solely to children, and is well known throughout the world for leading the charge in the fight to cure childhood cancers.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Working in healthcare can be incredibly rewarding. The sector offers competitive wages, professional challenges, personal fulfillment and the opportunity to help people.
In Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur is the largest provider of healthcare services. It employs about 13,000 people, including physicians, nurses, counselors, aides, risk management professionals, administrative assistants, information technology specialists, human resources professionals, communicators, data analysts, analysts and more.
And it’s a great place to work. In 2017, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare made the “Fortune” list of the 100 best companies to work for.
Baptist Memorial Health Care
Regarded as one of the premier health care systems in America, Baptist Memorial Health Care covers 80 acres of East Memphis. Under the Baptist Memorial penumbra are the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital, Baptist Heart Institute, Baptist Women’s Health Center and five physician office buildings.
Baptist Memorial has been a part of the Memphis community since 1912, when their first 150-bed facility opened. They renewed their commitment to our community in 1979, opening a new 706-bed facility, providing compassionate care and service through teamwork, trust and innovation.
Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew traces its over 160 years of history back to a small local pharmacy operated by Thomas James Smith in Hull, England in 1856. From those humble beginnings rose into a diverse healthcare conglomerate that operates worldwide. Still headquartered in the UK, Smith & Nephew focuses these days on medical equipment manufacture as well as wound management, endoscopy and orthopedic products.
Overall, medical device manufacturing employees 7,000 people in the Memphis area directly, and another 10,000 indirectly. The impact on the local Memphis economy can be felt to the tune of $2.4 billion per year.
Federal, State, County and City Government
Government jobs are gems hidden in plain sight.
In Memphis, more than 40,000 people earn a living and enjoy rewarding careers working for the federal government, the state of Tennessee, Shelby County and the City of Memphis. Jobs are open now with the corrections system, social services agencies, early intervention programs, the alcoholic beverage commission, child services, veterans’ affairs, workers’ compensation office, human rights commission and just about any other agency there is.
From administrative to professional, employment opportunities mirror those you find in the private sector and allow you to make a positive difference in your community while building a fulfilling career.
Shelby County Schools
Educating nearly 50,000 students is no small task. In fact, it takes a team of talented and dedicated professionals to ensure students make it to school, have safe and well-functioning buildings in which to learn, can access the latest technology and enjoy exceptional classroom experiences.
And that’s exactly what makes Shelby County Schools run so smoothly—a talented and dedicated team of more than 11,500 employees.
The school district employs IT technicians, data analysts, security staff, transportation and logistics experts, nurses, public relations professionals and many others who work every day to help prepare students for success.
Memphis has unstoppable job growth
Take a fresh look at Memphis. Doesn’t it tell you something that so many major players in different industries choose to make their home here? Are you surprised by how many startups grew into world leaders here on Chickasaw Bluff? Find out for yourself why Memphis is an unstoppable city for business and career growth. And don’t forget to bring your soul.