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20 best companies to work for

Last updated on: May 16, 2012 11:25 IST

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High salaries, great perks and a fantastic work environment make these companies an employee's dream destination.

Fortune magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute conducted an employee survey to find out the best places to work in America.

Here's a list of America's top 20 companies to work for...

1. Google

Job growth: 33%
US employees: 18,500

Great policies, work environment, exclusive perks and profits make Google, a great place to work for. "It's the amazing diversity of Googlers that allows us to do extraordinary things," says Google website.

"Google works hard to ensure an inclusive culture where people can come to work, be themselves and thrive," Alan Eustace, SVP, Engineering & Research.

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Image: At the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, an employee shares a moment with his dog in his office.
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2. Boston Consulting Group

Job growth: 10%
US employees: 1,958

The company offers flexibility to employees attend family or other personal commitments. These include part-time employment, leave, and temporary non-client-facing roles.

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3. SAS Institute

Job growth: 8%
US employees: 6,046

An employee-centric culture ensures a work-life balance, flexible work schedules. An excellent work environment makes SAS one of the most preferred employers.

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4. Wegmans Food Markets

Job growth: 5%
US employees: 41,717

Each year employees get a holiday greeting card from the company and a gift hamper.

Wegmans Food Markets is regional supermarket chain headquartered in Gates, New York.

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5. Edward Jones

Job growth: 1%
US employees: 36,937

Edward Jones financial advisers have rated the firm highest in employee adviser satisfaction among financial investment firms, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

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6. NetApp

Job growth: 30%
US employees: 6,887

A $4 million fitness complex is one of the biggest attractions here. It has a basketball court, two massage rooms, and exercise rooms.

The company offers a stimulating work environment to keep employees healthy, and happy.

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7. Camden Property Trust

Job growth: -2%
US employees: 1,800

Camden Property Trust is one of the largest publicly traded multifamily companies in the United States.

Camden has a positive, dynamic work environment with an excellent team in place.

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8. Recreational Equipment (REI)

Job growth: 12%
US employees: 10,466

All employees have access to health care benefits. REI has been ranked in the top 100 Companies to Work for in the United States by Fortune Magazine since 1998, which earned them a place in the Fortune Magazine's "Hall of Fame".

Recreational Equipment is a privately held American retail corporation organised as a consumers' cooperative, selling outdoor recreation gear, sporting goods, and clothes through 110 retail stores in about 30 states.

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9. CHG Healthcare Services

Job growth: 17%
US employees: 1,312

CHG Healthcare Services is one of the largest providers of healthcare staffing in the United States.

The company helps six million patients and their families every year, and employees are motivated by this important work, says the company.

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10. Quicken Loans

Job growth: 20%
US employees: 3,808

Quicken Loans is one of the largest full-service residential mortgage lenders in the United States.

The company prides to have an 'anti-corporate culture' where there's no hierarchy. If you work hard, you're the one who will reap the rewards says the company.

The company helps in honing the skills of employees and helps them grow as individuals.

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11. Zappos.com

Job growth: 70%
US employees: 3,003

Employees often lead spontaneous office parades and managers are required to spend 10-20 per cent of their working hours 'goofing off' with employees outside the office.

Zappos.com is an online shoe and apparel shop currently based in Henderson, Nevada.

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12. Mercedes-Benz

Job growth: 2%
US employees: 1,680

Mercedes-Benz promotes work-life balance. The top management is open about issues and changes in the company.

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13. DPR Construction

Job growth: 18%
US employees: 1,265

DPR, one of the smallest companies to make the list, is known for offering sabbaticals, work-life balance and salaries.

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14. DreamWorks Animation

Job growth: 8%
US employees: 2,151

A great campus, casual environment, free breakfast and lunch for all employees, employee benefit packages, all levels of senior support are the main attractions here. Management is approachable and supportive.

DreamWorks Animation is engaged in the development, production and exploitation of animated films and characters.

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15. NuStar Energy

Job growth: 6%
US employees: 1,512

NuStar Energy is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in San Antonio, with 8,420 miles of pipeline, 89 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids.

Employee friendly policies make NuStar Energy, one of the most preferred employers.

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16. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Job growth: 4%
US employees: 6,996

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of 44 boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US and Canada.
Fortune recognised Kimpton as a top employer for striking the right balance between streamlining operations for financial efficiency and maintaining a steadfast focus on developing and rewarding existing employees.

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17. JM Family Enterprises

Job growth: -1%
US employees: 3,685

JM Family Enterprises is a diversified automotive corporation whose principal businesses focus on vehicle distribution and processing, finance and warranty services, insurance activities, retail sales, marketing and consulting, and dealer technology products and services.

Health and wellness centres, on-site daycare, fitness centres with an aerobics studio and personal training, salon services, including free hair cuts and manicures, massage therapy and free, confidential life-management tools are some of the attractions.

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18. Chesapeake Energy

Job growth: 23%
US employees: 10,502

The second-largest producer of natural gas in the United States, the company's operations are focused on discovering and developing unconventional natural gas and oil fields onshore in the US.

It was named in Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For List in 2008 through 2012. All employees are awarded salary, bonus and stock increases twice a year.

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19. Intuit

Job growth: 9%
US employees: 7,102

Intuit Inc is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals.

The company helps employees lead a balanced life. A number of services are offered in the campus like bike repairs, dentistry and dry cleaning. This helps employees save time doing day-to-day chores.

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20. USAA

Job growth: 7%
US employees: 23,211

United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is a Texas-based Fortune 500 financial services company offering banking, investing, and insurance to people and families that serve, or served, in the United States military.

The company's perks include an annual holiday bonus equal to two weeks' base pay, health insurance subsidised at the rate of 87.5 per cent, access to any fitness centres on campus at minimal cost, 24 days of vacation after a year on the job, and a tuition reimbursement benefit of $10,000 annually.



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