100 Best Companies To Work For

Fortune's best companies to work for

In its 16th year, Fortune's ranking of the best workplaces in corporate America welcomes five list debutantes, and what's more, 78 of them are looking to fill nearly 67,000 jobs.

1. Google
  • Rank: 1
  • Previous rank: 1
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $37,905
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, CA
  • Website: www.google.com

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.

2. SAS
  • Rank: 2
  • Previous rank: 3
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $2,725
  • Headquarters: Cary, NC
  • Website: www.sas.com

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.

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3. CHG Healthcare Services
  • Rank: 3
  • Previous rank: 9
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $620
  • Headquarters: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Website: www.chghealthcare.com

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.

4. The Boston Consulting Group
  • Rank: 4
  • Previous rank: 2
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $3,550
  • Headquarters: Boston, MA
  • Website: www.bcg.com

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.

5. Wegmans Food Markets
  • Rank: 5
  • Previous rank: 4
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $6,335
  • Headquarters: Rochester, NY
  • Website: www.wegmans.com

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.

6. NetApp
  • Rank: 6
  • Previous rank: 6
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $6,233
  • Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA
  • Website: www.netapp.com

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.

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7. Hilcorp Energy Company
  • Rank: 7
  • Previous rank: N.A.
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): N.A.
  • Headquarters: Houston, TX
  • Website: www.hilcorp.com

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.

8. Edward Jones
  • Rank: 8
  • Previous rank: 5
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $4,577
  • Headquarters: St. Louis, MO
  • Website: www.edwardjones.com

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.

9. Ultimate Software

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.

10. Camden Property Trust
  • Rank: 10
  • Previous rank: 7
  • 2011 revenue ($ millions): $655
  • Headquarters: Houston, TX
  • Website: www.camdenliving.com

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.

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How about the US government? You get paid for doing nothing!

January 18 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Holly Pc

and a lot of snow days off

January 14 2015 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So the French hate our military do they guess their memory is short they sure liked it when we rescured their a$$ es on D-day

January 18 2013 at 11:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

SEARS= Deserves to be in the TOP 10 GREAT Companies For their Unfailing Support of our Troops-If a Sears Employee's a Reservist& is called to Active duty-SEARS Pays His Family ANY Loss in Pay He incurrs while deployed-&they Hold his job open-Yes Most Government agencies and some Defense Contractors do this=But SEARS=is the ONLY Large Private Company I know of that does this-YES This Costs Hundreds of $-Millions But they do it Quietl=-When My Neighbor was in IRAQ=SEARS sent His wife a monthly check for $482 for-his loss in pay-Better Yet=Sears Kept up His Families Health Insurance premiums till He returned =But=On The Opposite Side=TARGET=Once a Mid-West Company supported our Military-UNTILL-20yrs ago When it was sold to a FRENCH Conglomorate&LaterThe Largest Partner Went broke,SoThe Govt of France became the Majority Owner=That's when They Immediately Kicked Out The Marine Toys For Tots Program& Even kicked out The Salvation Army=WHY? Simply Because they "Looked Too Military"This Is Why Any Veteran WHo Knows This Will NOT SHOP at TARGET The French Govt has always Despised Our Military

January 18 2013 at 8:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

James Cash Penny{J.C.Penny} was a Great Humanitarian who helped Tens of Thousands Older Pastors who had became Homeless,and Penniless with no Health Care,No Income nor anyhing to show for their 50-60 years of sacrifically serving everyone else ++SADLY++This was "the Norm" for Retired Pastors until the 1980's when most of them finally began receiving pensions But Back in the 1930's as his fortune grew ,J.C. Was So Deeply touched by their plight and desperate situation that he felt he must do something to help them
So-He Built a Massive-Free-Retirement Housing Complex in the center of what has now become St Petersburg Florida Just next to Tampa on the west coast==Imagine the Blessing when these Old Penniless Pastors could leave behind the Cold Bitter Winters of the North and spend their final days in Warm St Petersburg Fl.
SIMPLY BECAUSE= Mr James Cash Penny= Poured out his Heart and Bank Account to Them

January 18 2013 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In 1971 I went to work for a Class 1 Railroad. The company was ripe with nepotism. It was so bad, without a relative to introduce you there was no way into the company. It was a great place to work. Our pride level was so high it was off the charts. You screwed up, family took care of it and you. Then in the late 70's the Feds stepped in and brought it all crashing down. Today the company is gone and I never again worked in as good a place.

January 18 2013 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wegmans is the one of the best food stores that I use almost once a week.
The Wegmans in Woodbridge, New Jersey, when they first opened, people said they were very expensive,
I went there and that is not the case, I will only shop there. There prices on many products are lower then many
food stores in the area. As others have said, the staff are great and friendly, the store is clean and comfortable,
the managers that have been there were helpful and freindly.

January 17 2013 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wegmans is the best supermarket anywhere, people go to work there and they STAY. Every summer they hire a bunch of summer/part-time help, young people from 16-20, I've known a few and they all love working there. I don't think there's anything Wegmans doesn't have, it's beautiful, it's clean, and prices for most basics are reasonable. They have held down prices on many staples for years.

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Holly Pc

wish they would go south into georgia or gulf coast Florida area

January 14 2015 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am sad my company does not make it to the list

January 17 2013 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

General Mills

January 17 2013 at 6:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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I retired from G Mills and yes, it's a great Company but not as great as it could be. I'm thankful to NOT be pulling 85 hour weeks for as long as thirteen weeks straight. I'm thankful to be finished with the inhuman resources people. When the Pillsbury family sold us, everything went down hill. I will still reccomend it to anyone lucky enough to be hired. The pay is good and you had better want overtime. Loads and loads of it.

January 17 2013 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carol lowery

yI use to live in NY before I retired, Wegmans was my favorite store. Not as cheap as Walmart but their stores are very clean. They treat their help well and help the students who work for them in going to college. Last I knew, their corporate office was still in Rochester, NY as that's where they originally started. They are mostly in the northeastern states and as far as I know, they are still privately owned but I suppose that could have changed by now.

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