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Freeport, ME, May 25, 2017

L.L.Bean Once Again Named by Forbes Magazine as One of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2017

For the third year in a row, L.L.Bean makes Forbes’ coveted list, the highest ranked in the clothing, shoes and sports equipment retailer category

Internationally recognized outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, best known for its L.L.Bean Boots and legendary customer service, was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Midsize employers for 2017. Each year, Forbes compiles a list of US companies that are the best at making employees feel happy and inspired. This is the third time in a row L.L.Bean has made the Forbes list. In 2015, they were ranked as one of America’s Best Employers at #5, and in 2016, they topped the list of America’s Best Midsize Employers at #1.

America’s Best Midsize Employers in the US 2017 were chosen based on a survey conducted by Statista, one of the world’s largest statistics portals, from a vast sample of 30,000 American employees working for large or midsize companies with between 1,000 and 5,000 employees. The willingness to recommend one’s own employer was used as the most important metric of assessment, where employees were required to rate their employer on a scale from 0 to 10. Other factors included workforce diversity, compensation, opportunities for advancement and more.

“Here at L.L.Bean, we work hard to foster a culture and atmosphere of inclusion and ensure employees understand how their efforts contribute to our ongoing success, as well as take pride in the work they do, day in and day out,” said L.L.Bean Company President and CEO, Steve Smith. “To be recognized so prominently three years in a row by such a well-renowned institution like Forbes is an incredible honor. Without our employees’ remarkable talents and unwavering commitment to provide world-class customer service, we simply would not be the organization we are today.”

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. L.L.Bean operates 34 stores in 16 states across the United States, along with 25 stores in Japan. The 220,000-sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.