Starwood Hotels and Resorts earned the top spot on the list of iSixSigma's Top 10 Best Places to Work at the iSixSigma Live! Summit in Miami. Six Sigma methodology is widely used by corporations that implement a measurement-based strategy that focuses on process improvement.
"Starwood’s commitment to providing challenging cross-departmental opportunities for continuous improvement personnel, along with its policy of promoting Black Belts from within, truly makes it one of the premier companies for Six Sigma practitioners," said Jessica Harper, editor of iSixSigma. Katie Barry, associate publisher of iSixSigma, presented the award to Brian McGuire, senior director of hotel operations and six sigma for Starwood’s North America Division.
Starwood – which owns several brands including Sheraton, Westin, W, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and Le Méridien – was the first hospitality chain to launch a formal Six Sigma program, back in 2001. Today, Starwood is in the process of rolling out a Lean Six Sigma program to all of its properties worldwide.
Companies on the Top 10 list, announced in December 2009, had to meet the highest standards for providing an outstanding Six Sigma program, culture, training, compensation, recognition and job satisfaction for employees.