10 top-paying companies

Updated: Jun 11, 2014 2:35 PM UTC | Originally published: Jan 17, 2013

salesforce.com

At this cloud-based provider of business software, superb performance literally pays off.
Among the incentives: Mid-year, employees are eligible for what's called a "Kokua" or 25% of their full bonus. The company picks up the tab for a trip for two to Hawaii for sales employees who meet their full quota. And the top sales people are treated to a five-day trip to Kauai and treated to a $5,000 Tiffany & Co. shopping spree at one of the pop-up stores the company sets up.

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Hitachi Data Systems

At the IT subsidiary of the Japanese electronics giant, all employees are eligible for bonuses -- up to 2.25 times their pay. Not happy with that? Employees can apply for bigger bonuses if they want more.
The firm also picks up the tab on an array of legal services employees may need, with its network of over 9,000 attorneys for help with everything from debt to civil lawsuits.

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Cisco

In addition to a competitive salary, the San Jose, CA-based networking equipment maker pays employees to be civic.
Employees who are called into military services may get smaller paychecks from the government than what they make on the corporate job, but Cisco steps in and makes up the difference. Their benefits also continue for them and their family during their entire tour of duty.
And if employees are picked for jury duty, they can receive their regular pay for up to three months in addition to keeping their witness pay.

EOG Resources

EOG Resources thinks about its employees well after they're retired.
Regardless of employee contribution, the Texas-based gas and oil company shells out a 100% match to employee 401k plans, up to 6% of their salary. And while engineers make plenty, the bulk of EOG's full-time salaried employees, operations assistants, get decently paid too. The average base salary is $36,428 per year, but they also get a cash bump averaging $38,001 (or 104% of their salary).
Top performers also get lump-sum cash awards. Each year, supervisors recognize outstanding employees through its Personal Best Awards. In 2011, the company awarded 154 awards totaling $213,000, an average of $1,500.

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Devon Energy

At Devon, certain employees received 4% mid-year pay raises where business growth and retention were a focus. Across the company, all employees were eligible for cash performance bonuses. The median bonus was approximately $10,500 in 2011.
The company also provides strong benefits. It offers an enhanced 401k plan in which the company kicks in up to 14% annually to the retirement plan. And around Thanksgiving, the company gives thanks by giving all employees a $600 bonus.

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Hilcorp Energy Company

When this oil and gas exploration company wins, so do its employees. In 2011, employees received bonuses equal to 42% of their base pay. On top of bonuses, Hilcorp gives employees at least one $100 bill when it reaches a pre-determined goal for oil barrels produced.
And employees get help with transportation costs. HIlcorp offers to pay employees' costs for riding public transporation up to $3,000 per person. Can't take the bus? The company also pays for downtown parking, saving each employee more than $1,500 a year.

Arnold & Porter LLP

At this Washington DC law firm, even the little guys earn bonuses. In 2011, all non-attorney staff was given a $2,000 bonus at the end of the year.
And ti's not all about work at this firm. Each Friday at its New York office, the firm serves wine and appetizers to employees; Washington DC gets pizza on the first Friday of every month; London has monthly lunches and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver have weekly breakfast treats.

Perkins Coie

Although bonuses since 2009 have dropped at this Seattle, WA-based law firm, things are starting to turn around. In 2011, staff bonuses were up by 0.5%.
Employees here can rest easier as they work into retirement. The firm kicks in 7.3% of staff members' annual compensation into defined contribution retirement accounts. It also offers a 401k savings option that includes a match for staff of 50 cents on the dollar for up to 6% of annual salary.
And let's not forget Spot the dog. Perkins Coie considers pets parts of the family too; it offers pet insurance. A few other perks: Feeling down? A "happiness committee" leaves gifts at workstations and perform other random acts of kindness. Sick? A taxi ride home is on the house.

Alston & Bird

Hard work pays off at this Atlanta-based law firm. So does helping a colleague out. The firm offers spot bonuses for picking up the slack for someone on leave.

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Bingham McCutchen LLP

At this Boston, MA-based law firm, all attorneys and staff are eligible for merit-based bonuses. For associates at its New York and Washington DC offices, dinner is on the house for those working past 7pm. And on Monday evenings, free yoga classes are offered.