Friday, January 18, 2013

Best Companies to Work For

Google
Courtesy: GoogleRank: 1
Previous rank: 1
2011 revenue ($ millions): $37,905

What makes it so great?

The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of free massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA
Website: www.google.com


SAS


Courtesy: SASRank: 2
Previous rank: 3
2011 revenue ($ millions): $2,725

What makes it so great?

With two artists in residence on staff, the perk-friendly, privately held data analytics firm takes creativity seriously. One employee cites SAS's "creative anarchy" as conducive to innovation. New this year: an organic farm for SAS's four cafeterias.

Headquarters: Cary, NC
Website: www.sas.com


CHG Healthcare Services


Courtesy: CHG Healthcare ServicesRank: 3
Previous rank: 9
2011 revenue ($ millions): $620

What makes it so great?

Employees of this medical staffing firm compete in talent shows, trivia contests, and activities like a Dress As Your Favorite President competition. Extra paid time off is given to sales teams that meet their goals. New this year: two on-site health centers.

Headquarters: Salt Lake City, UT
Website: www.chghealthcare.com


The Boston Consulting Group


Courtesy: The Boston Consulting GroupRank: 4
Previous rank: 2
2011 revenue ($ millions): $3,550

What makes it so great?

The elite management consulting firm maintains work-life balance by issuing a "red zone report" to flag when individuals are working too many long weeks. New consultants can delay their start date by six months and receive $10,000 to volunteer at a nonprofit.

Headquarters: Boston, MA
Website: www.bcg.com


Wegmans Food Markets


Courtesy: WegmansRank: 5
Previous rank: 4
2011 revenue ($ millions): $6,335

What makes it so great?

Turnover is an exceptionally low 3.6% at the Northeastern grocery chain, which lets employees reward one another with gift cards for good service. Many workers like it there so much they bring in relatives—one in five employees are related.

Headquarters: Rochester, NY
Website: www.wegmans.com
NetApp
Courtesy: NetAppRank: 6
Previous rank: 6
2011 revenue ($ millions): $6,233

What makes it so great?

Employees at the data storage company often get a chance to receive special recognition. Vice chairman Tom Mendoza asks managers to notify him when they "catch someone doing something right," and then calls 10 to 20 employees every day to thank them.

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA
Website: www.netapp.com


Hilcorp Energy Company


Courtesy: Hilcorp EnergyRank: 7
Previous rank: N.A.
2011 revenue ($ millions): N.A.

What makes it so great?

This oil and gas driller, a newcomer to the list, promised staff in 2010 that if the company doubles its production rate and reserves by 2015, every employee will get a check for $100,000. An earlier, met goal rewarded 400 employees with $50,000 toward a new car.

Headquarters: Houston, TX
Website: www.hilcorp.com


Edward Jones


Courtesy: Edward JonesRank: 8
Previous rank: 5
2011 revenue ($ millions): $4,577

What makes it so great?

The privately held securities firm maintains some 11,000 small offices and a close-knit culture with regular regional gatherings for ice skating, fishing tournaments, and more. Forty-four percent of new hires come from employee referrals.

Headquarters: St. Louis, MO
Website: www.edwardjones.com


Ultimate Software


Courtesy: Ultimate SoftwareRank: 9
Previous rank: 25
2011 revenue ($ millions): $269

What makes it so great?

The developer of people-management software—customers include Google, Quicken Loans, and the New York Yankees—covers 100% of health care premiums for employees and dependents and treats workers to a free vacation every two years.

Headquarters: Weston, FL
Website: www.ultimatesoftware.com/


Camden Property Trust


Courtesy: Camden Property TrustRank: 10
Previous rank: 7
2011 revenue ($ millions): $655

What makes it so great?

Good times are built into the business at apartment-manager Camden, whose founders are known for practical jokes and impersonations. Other benefits include discounted rentals for employees and a 401(k) that matches at least 50% for up to 7% of pay.

Headquarters: Houston, TX
Website: www.camdenliving.com




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