Everything was up at Google last year -- revenue, profits, share price, paid search clicks, hiring -- and so, too, was employee love; the search giant climbed three slots in our ranking to reclaim the top spot. The reason? Employees rave about their mission, the culture, and the famous perks of the Plex: bocce courts, a bowling alley, eyebrow shaping (for a fee) in the New York office. Then there's the food: some 25 cafes companywide, all gratis. Wrote one Googler: "Employees are never more than 150 feet away from a well-stocked pantry."
Most common job title and/or function: Member of Technical Staff Software
Avg. annual compensation for that job: $143,077
The data storage firm's pay-for-performance program triggered huge bonuses last year when revenues shot up from $3.9 billion to $5 billion. Employees received payouts of up to 31 percent of their salary.
Most common job title and/or function: Terminal Manager
Avg. annual compensation for that job: $90,094
The company has never had a layoff, pays 100 percent of its workers' health insurance premium, and matches 401(k) contributions up to 6 percent of pay. It also lends the corporate jet to employees in times of crisis.
Most common job title and/or function: Engineer, Staff
Avg. annual compensation for that job: $132,000
The mobile-telecom firm has long been known for a culture that fosters innovation and encourages diversity; it also boasts a perk-filled campus with one of the most extensive recreational facilities on our list.
In March the company began moving into a new 50-story tower, the tallest building in the state. When planning the new building, management incorporated employee requests, including a coffee shop and a dry cleaner.
Most common job title and/or function: Associate Store Team Leader
Avg. annual compensation for that job: $80,199
Occupy protesters might look kindly at the nation's biggest natural-foods grocer, since it caps salaries of executives at 19 times the average full-time salary. Co-founder John Mackey's 2006 pay reduction to $1 a year is still in effect.