Fortune's 100 Best Companies To Work For

Google campusCall it a hat trick: for the first time in the 15-year history of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For list, we have a three-time champion, as Google reclaims the top spot for workforce happiness (it debuted on our list at no. 1 in 2007, and stayed there in 2008). We've had a couple double headers before -- Container Store, SAS and Edward Jones have all clinched the no. 1 spot twice -- but Google this year marks the first three-peat.

And while the perks of the Googleplex are epic -- everything from bocce ball to a bowling alley, from free food to free laundry -- what set it apart from the competition was one clear thing: its scores on our employee Trust Index, a blind survey of random employees that asks them about their general job satisfaction, attitude toward management, and sense of employee camaraderie.

It's this subjective stuff -- how employees really feel about their job and their workplace -- that makes up the backbone of our survey, which we conduct in cooperation with the Great Place to Work Institute, and of the list itself. Sure, the size of the swimming pool and the company match on the 401(k) plan matter, and we track those easily quantifiable things (you won't find a more complete recreational facility than the one at Qualcomm, for instance, and the holiday party at Salesforce.com is truly epic). But this list is a measure of employees' overall satisfaction with their jobs and the companies they work for -- which, smart CEOs will tell you, is worth its weight in gold.

Indeed, even in a tough economic climate, rather than cutting back on these niceties, the heads of the companies on our list know that investing in building and keeping a loyal workforce pays dividends. The voluntary turnover rates of companies on this list are astoundingly low; the lowest, SAS, is just 2.2%, but consider the rates of Intel (2.3%), General Mills (2.6%) and American Express (7%) -- and compare these figures with the corporate world at large, where rates in the 20s and higher are not uncommon, even in a rough job market.

So while the fitness facilities might help attract the best people, it tends to be the culture that keeps them. Who are this year's Best Companies and what makes them so great? Check out the top 20 companies to work for in the gallery below, and view the full list on CNNMoney.



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March 28 2012 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

Craigo, you have to follow the link to see the rest of them.
Stryker is #80 on the list, a very profitable corporation because the pay is lousy and there's a huge turn-over in help. The numbers and rating don't tell the whole story. They've gone ot the city that they do have most of their plants in and asked for a $12,000,000.00 tax break as they were adding on but only hiring 2 more people in the process. They show Kalamazoo as their address but technically they're in Portage, MI.

January 31 2012 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craigo

Try a list some time, AOL.

January 31 2012 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Revlon aspired to be on this list. They spent tons of money, wasted time like it was their asset and created a program that was more anti-employee than pro-employee. Some lucky ones got to retire (yes!) and then the rest of the crew had to sit and wait for their number to be called. When companies "work" to get on this list, it's a sure fire statement to say they never will.

January 30 2012 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jonleefrck

Cemex is wholly owned by mexicans, how could a low life company possibly qualify.

January 30 2012 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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mail4warding

maybe because it is not bigoted and provides work for americans... L-)

January 31 2012 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lingfonglee

I see CEMEX doesn't make the grade.

January 30 2012 at 8:48 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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lingfonglee

but then again its a mexican owned company.

January 30 2012 at 8:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lingfonglee

but then again its a mexican owned company.

January 30 2012 at 8:49 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
hghrobh

wonder how many of these companys are UNION ?

January 30 2012 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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mail4warding

none, i hope... 9-)

January 31 2012 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
randallalbin

once upon a time you could be an employee at a company for your entire career. applicants should consider if their loyalty is at a particular company or where it is that they really want to work at

January 30 2012 at 5:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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