The Top Companies to Work for in America in 2012
1 year ago
Are you lucky enough to have a job at one of these firms?
It goes without saying that a good job is the Holy Grail of any wage earner. The uncomfortable truth is that sooner or later, many jobs end up being dull grinds. And many workers become disenchanted with their place of employment, showing up day after day only to collect a paycheck and earn a little vacation time.
Those downtrodden souls shouldn’t completely despair, though. There are plenty of excellent places to draw a salary, operated by companies that seem to value their employees highly enough to provide them with a beneficial working environment. Satisfaction seems to be the rule rather than the exception at these places, and fortunately they’ve been compiled in Fortune magazine’s most recent annual list of “Top 100 Best Companies to Work For." So get those resumes updated and start taking notes!
To the surprise of absolutely no one who’s ever searched the internet, Google took the magazine’s number one spot in the 2012 rankings. The company had an excellent 2011, and apparently the good news is infectious in its offices. What probably helps is the various sporting facilities there - Googlers can take breaks by bowling a few rounds of ten-pin, swimming in one of the firm’s pools and, naturally, playing video games. These are almost always free to take advantage of, as are a host of basic services like haircuts, dry cleaning and on-site medical assistance.
The latter is a particularly impressive perk given the current dire state of American health care; 14 companies made the list in no small part by paying 100% of their employees’ medical insurance premiums. These all-stars include sprawling, well-known companies like supermarket chain Whole Foods, tech giant Microsoft, as well as smaller and less famous entities like Portland, Oregon’s Umpqua Bank and Mitt Romney’s former employer Boston Consulting Group.
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Of course, the primary motivator for most hungry professionals remains what it’s been since the dawn of the workplace - salary level. 41 of the companies on the list pay average annual wages over $100,000. Tech firms proliferate among those 41, including architectural software specialist Autodesk, networking infrastructure maker Cisco, and chip maker Intel. The high-revenue health care and financial industries, sensibly enough, are also well represented (by Southern Ohio Medical Center and Scripps Health in the former category and investment bank Goldman Sachs in the latter, for example).
Yes, many jobs can be difficult and demanding. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, if these workplaces are any indication. Fortunately, many of them are hiring right now!
Visit this site to see which jobs are currently open in the companies that made the top 100.