Top 10 rankings: No. 1 for benefits Innovation is built into the fabric of this Minneapolis-based food giant's IT group. Each employee has written objectives that are directly related to the company's overall goals, the most important being to collectively provide $100 million in value to General Mills, with 10% of that value coming from innovative projects. A social network helps employees share innovative ideas. An example of a recent employee-inspired project is a mobile app that helps employees locate conference rooms and find co-workers.