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Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For in 2011

Katharine Crnko Jan 21, 2011

Fortune Magazine has released it’s 2011 100 Best Companies To Work For list. The list is based on categories such as employee perks and benefits, including salary, location, health benefits, child care, and work-life balance.

Below are profiles of the Top 10 Best Companies To Work For

Number 1: SAS, software firm

Rank Last Year: 1

Headquarters: 100 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, NC 27513

2009 revenue ($ millions): 2,310

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p>Employee Perks: On-site healthcare, high quality childcare at $410 per month, summer camp for kids, car cleaning, a beauty salon, a 66,000-square-foot gym


Number 2: Boston Consulting Group, consulting firm

Rank Last Year: 8

Headquarters: One Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

2009 revenue ($ millions): 2,750

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p>Employee Perks: Avoided layoffs during the economic downturn, hired its largest class of recruits ever in 2010,

The company is dedicated to social work: employees can participate in the Social Impact Practice Network (SIPN), which offers a chance to work with the U.N. World Food Program and Save the Children. The company also pulled its consultants off client projects to provide on-the-ground support in Haiti following the earthquake.


Number 3: Wegmans Food Markets, supermarket chain

Rank Last Year: 3

Headquarters: 1500 Brooks Avenue, Rochester, NY 14603

2009 revenue ($ millions): 5,193

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p>Employee Perks: As part of a company-wide healthy living exercise, this year 11,000 employees took part in a challenge to eat five cups of fruit and vegetables a day and walk up to 10,000 steps a day for eight weeks.

Employees also received Wegmans sponsored health screenings that included a flu shot and an H1N1 vaccine.


Number 4: Google, search engine

Rank Last Year: 4

Headquarters: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

2009 revenue ($ millions): 23,651

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p>Employee Perks: Free food at any of its cafeterias, a climbing wall, free laundry

Last year Google employees received a 10 percent pay hike after the company saw revenue increase more than 20 percent.


Number 5: NetApp, data storage firm

Rank Last Year: 7

Headquarters: 495 East Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

2009 revenue ($ millions): 3,931

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p>Employee Perks: Free fruit on Tuesdays, free bagels and cream cheese on Fridays, and free espresso all the time.

Hourly executive assistants make $76,450 a year, supplemented by a bonus of $21,917.


Number 6: Zappos.com, online shoe retailer

Rank Last Year: 15

Headquarters: 2280 Corporate Circle, Henderson, NV 89074

2009 revenue ($ millions): 1,190

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p>Employee Perks: Free lunches, no-charge vending machines, a full-time life coach on hand, and “create fun and a little weirdness” as one of the company’s guiding tenets.


Number 7: Camden Property Trust, apartment management firm

Rank Last Year: 10

Headquarters: 3 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046

2009 revenue ($ millions): 629

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p>Employee Perks: Staffers can rent furnished apartments for $20 a night in locations like Orlando, San Diego, Denver and Austin for use on personal vacations.


Number 8: Nugget Market, Northern California supermarket chain

Rank Last Year: 5

Headquarters: 168 Court Street, Woodland, CA 95695

2009 revenue ($ millions): 288

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p>Employee Perks: Staff members can receive rewards ranging from $20 to $1,500 for participating in in-store advertising.

All employees receive a 10 percent discount on store purchases.


Number 9: REI, adventure gear retailer

Rank Last Year: 14

Headquarters:6750 South 228th Street, Kent, WA 98032

2009 revenue ($ millions): 1,455

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p>Employee Perks: Employees are entitled to a four-week paid sabbatical; after that, they can take one every five years.

Employees also receive 50%-75% discounts on full-price REI branded apparel and equipment, free rental of equipment like skis and kayaks, and an annual gift of REI gear.


Number 10: DreamWorks Animation SKG

Rank Last Year: 6

Headquarters:1000 Flower Street, Glendale, CA 91201

2009 revenue ($ millions): 725

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p>Employee Perks: Free breakfast and lunch, movie screenings, afternoon yoga, on-campus art classes and monthly parties.

Any DreamWorker can pitch a movie idea to company executives — and can take the company-sponsored “Life’s A Pitch” workshop to learn how best to do it.


To see Fortune’s complete 100 Best Companies To Work For list, click here.

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Three hundred eleven companies participated in this year’s survey. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. —SAS press release

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