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