"The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America makes Ben & Jerry's sound like a fun place to work, makes it sound like we've all had just one jolly year. Well, it would be a total lie if I told you that this was a fun year for us. Business was good. But fun? No. We are not one of the most innovative companies when it comes to internal systems, how you design your organization. We have too much to learn ourselves to be put in the position of getting calls from businesses throughout the country asking us how to create a great work environment. Ben and Jerry and I were absolutely clear about this: we did not feel that we deserved to be held up as an example of a great place to work."
-- Liz Bankowski, director of social missions of Ben & Jerry's and a member of its board of directors, on why she asked authors Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz to remove the company from their book The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America (Currency/Doubleday, 1993)* * *