Whether you're currently unemployed or just considering a company or career change, wouldn't it be nice to snag a job at one of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For?" We think so, especially at the very best, the Top Ten. So we set out to ask the people who work there just what puts those ten companies at the top of the heap; not surprisingly, common themes of excellent benefits, terrific training, open channels of communication and even free lunch were some of the commonalities among these diverse workplaces.
One of the world's leading business data software suppliers, SAS has been consistently in the top ten for 13 years.
-- Find out what it's like to work at SAS.
2. Edward Jones
St. Louis-based investment firm Edward Jones maintained its high ranking by weathering the financial recession without layoffs or cutting benefits to its far-flung staff.
-- Find out what it's like to work at Edward Jones.
Grocery chain Wegmans is loyal to its employees, having never had a single layoff in the company's almost 100-year history.
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The world's biggest search engine company is currently hiring, with plenty of perks for its new (and old) employees.
-- Find out what it's like to work at Google.
5. Nugget Market
Northern California's Nugget Market is famous for continually showing their employees just how much they are appreciated.
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6. DreamWorks Animation
Making animated movies should be fun, so bosses Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg make sure that DreamWorks is a place where creativity can soar.
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Network storage is the name of NetApp's game, and the company makes sure to play fair with all its employees.
-- Find out what it's like to work at NetApp.
8. Boston Consulting Group
Highly qualified business consultants can make top dollar at this integrity-driven firm based in Beantown.
San Diego's largest employer keeps employees happy with a strong commitment to their health and wellness, both at work and beyond.
-- Find out what it's like to work at Qualcomm.
10. Camden Property Trust
Apartment-building development, construction and management is the main business of Camden, a Houston-based company that provides homes and jobs across 13 states.