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Fortune’s Best Places to Work For, By the Numbers

GoogleEarlier this month, Fortune released its annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work For. What is it that makes these companies so desirable as employers? Let’s take a look at the numbers…

252,000: Employees across 257 firms who were surveyed to decide the best places to work for. Employees rated their companies on various attributes, including management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie.

One: The spot Google earned this year (for the third time in a row), which is unsurprising, considering the company’s extensive benefits and admirable and admirable corporate philanthropy program. The company donates $50 for every five hours an employee volunteers for an approved non-profit, and 97 percent of employees say they feel good about how Google gives back to the community.

53: Medical and support staff No. 2-ranked SAS has at its on-site health center for employees and their families. In addition to the health center, SAS’ 900-acre campus in North Carolina has a pharmacy, a gym, a daycare, a hair salon, a massage therapist and several cafeterias.

$14 million: Amount Boston Consulting Group (No. 3 on the list) invested in work-life balance programs last year. The company also encourages continuous education, paying the full tuition costs (including living expenses) for people to attend grad school.

8%: Turnover rate at No. 4-ranked Edward Jones, where employees have autonomy in how they operate, and 90 percent say they’re treated as a full member of the firm regardless of their position.

$20,000: Amount in forgivable home loans Quicken Loans (No. 5) offered employees willing to move to its headquarters in Detroit, Mich., where 97 percent of employees describe their workplace as a “family” or a “team.”

Six weeks: Duration of the paid sabbaticals Genentech employees are entitled to every six years of their service, helping the company earn sixth place on the list.

1/1/1: The philanthropy model Salesforce.com employs: the company, which comes in at No. 7 on the list, donates 1 percent of employees’ time, 1 percent of pre-IPO equity, and 1 percent of salesforce.com product to the communities it serves.

240: Minutes Intuit employees are allotted each week to work on any project – work-related or not – about which they’re passionate. Coming in eighth on the list, the company also awards employees for their innovations and provides regular “idea jams” to spur creativity.

Zero: Number of jerks Robert W. Baird & Co. will ever hire, per its “no assholes policy.” The company also holds a yearly appreciation day to recognize employees for their hard work and hand out bonuses. No wonder the firm came in ninth on the list.

19: Wine bars DPR Construction has – one for each location – where employees can relax and socialize at the end of the day. The 10th-ranked company also holds a monthly celebration event to recognize employee accomplishments from the previous 30 days.

Five: Attributes the companies on the Best Places to Work For list share:

  1. An employment brand that makes employees say, “I’m proud to work here.”
  2. A concerted effort to give back to the community.
  3. An invested interest in their employees’ health and well-being.
  4. A culture of recognizing employees for their hard work.
  5. An ability to have fun.
Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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