FONA Named a Top Workplace for Millennials by Fortune & Great Place to Work

June 26, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Deirdre Burgess
(630) 578-8435

Geneva, IL, June 26, 2018 – FONA International, family-owned creator and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions, was named one of the top workplaces for Millennials in the nation by Fortune magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work.

“We’re honored to be named to the top 100 workplaces for Millennials. This generation truly will write the future,” said FONA President Amy McDonald. “It's a thrill to be on this list alongside some of the largest companies in the world. But more importantly, this recognition shows FONA’s dedication to empowering our people to bring their personal passions to the table. We thrive together.”

Great Place to Work evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do. FONA took the #85 spot on the list, among companies of any size.

The independent review shows that 99% of FONA employees rate the company’s communication and pride as excellent and 98% say the same of the atmosphere and management. The full review is available here: See full rankings here.

For Millennials in particular, FONA scored above benchmark in several topics. (Benchmark being the top 2016 small/medium workplaces.) FONA scored above benchmark in how Millennials rated training/development options; sincerity of management in seeing employees as individuals; special & unique benefits; and the ways in which the business contributes to the community.

“Great Place to Work is proud of these Best Workplaces that give their Millennial employees the tools they need to succeed,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Organizations like FONA set the bar for other workplaces seeking to retain and develop the next generation of leaders, and prove that giving Millennials jobs with purpose and meaning drives them to give their best at work, benefitting the company as a whole.”

This award comes on the heels of several other prestigious recognitions. Just last month, Forbes magazine named FONA a Small Giant, one of America’s best small companies and Fortune named FONA the #2 medium-sized workplace in Chicagoland. Last month as well FONA was named one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago for the 13th straight year.

Other recognition this year:
• Great Place to Work for All – Leadership Award for President Amy McDonald, 2018
• Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces in Chicago (#8, small category), 2017
• #44 workplace for women in nation, among companies of any size, 2017
• #43 medium-sized workplace in the nation (#1 in manufacturing!), 2017
• Best & Brightest Companies to Work For: National Winner (7 years) and Local (13 years)


For more than 30 years, FONA International has created produced flavors for many of the largest food, beverage, nutritional companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the confection, grain, beverage, performance nutrition, and emerging markets from its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus in Geneva, IL. FONA’s seven core values drive it to pursue excellence and foster incredible partnerships. More than just great flavors – FONA provides complete market solutions.


More than 434,000 survey respondents from Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies provided input into this year’s Best Workplaces for Millennials list. Employees throughout each organization were randomly invited to participate in the survey, which is designed to reveal whether it is consistently a great place to work all employees, regardless of their personal background or position within the company. Great Place to Work analyzed each organization’s performance in several areas, including:

Key Great Place to Work Metrics. We analyzed how positively Millennials rated their organizations on over 50 different metrics defining great workplaces, such as managers' competence, respect and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for meaningful work, how effectively executives lead the organization, and whether the company gives everyone an opportunity to innovate and contribute to the organization’s success.

Comparison to Other Generations. We compared Millennials' survey results to their colleagues' to ensure Millennials had as positive an experience as people of other generations. Specifically, we looked at an index of factors where Millennials often lag their peers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay, and plans for a future with their organizations.

A Consistent Experience within a Diverse Group. We also analyzed demographic patterns to ensure that companies were creating great workplaces for all Millennials, regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization.

Surveys were conducted anonymously, and Millennials' results achieved at least a 95% confidence level, 7% margin of error for each organization. Companies needed to employ at least 50 Millennials to be considered.