Company Directories & Rankings

The following guide includes company directories and rankings of U.S. and International companies. Many of these directories allow users to search individual companies and create lists of companies by industry, geography, revenue, and number of employees, as well.

Key Sources

Boston Business Journal

See “Book of Lists” for rank-ordered list of largest companies and organizations in 36 cities.

ReferenceUSA (1999?]-)
Note: ReferenceUSA is a company directory database, and currently has over 12 million businesses listed. The database is updated monthly, the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Company Dossier

Note: (through LexisNexis Academic) Click on “Create a Company List” tab, to create list of international or U.S. companies by industry, geographic area and revenue. Rank U.S. companies by sales. For help, see Company Dossier Tutorial.

Note: Provides information on the missions, finances, programs, and management of more than 1.7 million nonprofit organizations, including foundations, public charities, and others.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Create list of International publicly traded companies by industry and country. Includes in depth company information and financials.

Note: Directory of advertising agencies, key clients and brands, includes media expenditures and sample ads.
Please remember to log-out after every use. There is a Sign Out link on the upper right-hand corner of the database.

 

International & Corporate Affiliations

Description: "This directory contains American companies that have a substantial investment in overseas operations--wholly or partially owned subsidiary, affiliate or branch."

Company Dossier through LexisNexis Academic

Click on “Create a Company List” tab to create list of international or U.S. companies by industry, geographic areaand revenue. Rank U.S. companies by sales.

Note: International companies’ corporate linkage information on prominent parent companies and affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions, public and private. Approximate sales or revenue numbers for some subsidiary companies.

Description: "Foreign firms listed have a substantial investment in American operations--wholly or partially owned subsidiary, affiliate or branch."

Rankings

The Boston Globe 100

Every year, the Boston Globe publishes a list of top performing public companies. Print version can be found at Pardee Library Reference Desk.

 

The Boston Globe 100 – Top Places to Work

The Boston Globe also lists top places to work. Print version at Pardee Library Reference Desk.

Business Week
Ranks companies in the following categories:


Best Global Brands
Best Places to Launch a Career
BW 50: Best Performing Companies
Top 100 IT Companies
Most Innovative Companies

Forbes.com
Ranks companies in the following categories:

Forbes Global 2000
200 Best Small Companies
400 Best Big Companies
America’s Largest Private Companies
Asia’s Best Under a Billion
Asia’s Fab 50 Companies
Global High Performers

Fortune
Ranks companies in the following categories:

Global 500
Fortune 500
World’s Most Admired Companies
100 Best Companies to Work For
100 Top MBA Employers
26 Blue Ribbon Companies
100 Fatest Growing Companies
35 Largest U.S. Private Companies
The Inc. 500/5,000
The fastest growing private companies in America, searchable by gross dollars of growth, revenue, metro region, and industry.
Print version available in mid-October.

Specialized Industry Directories

Best Review

Note: Rankings of Insurance companies by type.

Mass High Tech Industry Directories

Note: Search for New England technology companies by industry, location and sales. Pardee Library has a print copy in the Reference area Career Collection.

New England Real Estate Journal

Note: See “directory” on top tool bar for list of organizations and services. See “spotlight” on top tool bar for link to Northeast Industrial Development Guide.