Baton Rouge Employers

The Capital Region's business community is led by Fortune 500 companies and top Baton Rouge employers that maintain key operations centers and facilities in the region and a thriving startup community in sectors such as digital media and software development.

Southern Business & Development magazine named Baton Rouge the Major Market of the Year for 2013, due in part to hundreds of millions of dollars in investments from companies that continue to build upon an already strong presence in the region such as ExxonMobil, as well as newer entrants to the market like IBM, which in 2013 announced a major, 800-job technology services center for the downtown area. With an abundance of economic activity in the region, top employers in Baton Rouge are looking to fill their ranks with local workforce talent.

  • BASF is a global leader in the chemical industry, with more than 112,000 employees across the world. The company’s facility in Geismar includes 22 production units that have served as a key production center since 1958. Approximately 1,600 employees work to manufacture a number of solvents and compounds at the Geismar facility that are used in products ranging from skateboard wheels and pharmaceuticals to pesticides.

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the state’s largest health insurance company with approximately 2,000 employees at the company’s Baton Rouge headquarters to serve customers statewide. The company also maintains a dedicated wellness and community relations program through initiatives like the “Louisiana 2 Step,” which encourages active and healthy lifestyles, and the BCBSLA Foundation, a Louisiana-focused foundation that awards nearly $2 million in grants each year to nonprofit organizations across Louisiana.

  • CB&I is a multinational energy and infrastructure company with more than 54,000 employees across the world. In 2013, CB&I announced it would consolidate and centralize operations for the company’s government solutions division in the Baton Rouge area, building upon the company’s already strong presence in the area.

  • Founded in 1919, Community Coffee is a locally-owned and operated coffee roaster and distributor - the largest family-owned coffee company in the U.S. The company roasts coffee at its plant in Port Allen, and distributes recognizable red bags of coffee to grocery stores and customers across the nation, employing hundreds at its Baton Rouge headquarters in the process. Community Coffee also operates the popular Cash for Schools program, which allows customers to contribute UPC codes to area schools and has resulted in more than $5 million given out by the company to more than 900 schools.

  • ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge Chemical Plant is one of the largest in the world and manufactures a variety of products used in consumer goods ranging from nylon to synthetic rubber. One of the world’s largest companies, ExxonMobil is No. 2 on the Fortune 500 list in 2014 and employs a workforce of nearly 3,000 across Baton Rouge area facilities and operations that serve as some of the energy giant’s most critical and strategic assets. The Baton Rouge refinery is the third largest in the U.S., processing more than 500,000 barrels of crude oil each day.

  • In 2013, IBM announced it would open a technology services center in downtown Baton Rouge that would employ a local workforce of 800 by 2016. When complete, the technology center will serve as a key provider of services for IBM’s major U.S. corporate customers via the development and maintenance of enterprise-level software.