Best companies to work for in the 500

May 06, 2013
<h1>Google</h1>




The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of free massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.

Google

The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of free massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.
Courtesy: Google

Google

The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of free massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.

<h1>NetApp</h1>
Employees at the data storage company often get a chance to receive special recognition. Vice chairman Tom Mendoza asks managers to notify him when they ""catch someone doing something right,"" and then calls 10 to 20 employees every day to thank them.

NetApp

Employees at the data storage company often get a chance to receive special recognition. Vice chairman Tom Mendoza asks managers to notify him when they ""catch someone doing something right,"" and then calls 10 to 20 employees every day to thank them.
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NetApp

Employees at the data storage company often get a chance to receive special recognition. Vice chairman Tom Mendoza asks managers to notify him when they ""catch someone doing something right,"" and then calls 10 to 20 employees every day to thank them.

<h1>Qualcomm</h1>




Employees at the wireless-technology company are encouraged to share ideas at an annual in-house tech conference. In 2012 engineers submitted nearly 200 papers, the winners of which were asked to present at the forum and participate in speaking events.

Qualcomm

Employees at the wireless-technology company are encouraged to share ideas at an annual in-house tech conference. In 2012 engineers submitted nearly 200 papers, the winners of which were asked to present at the forum and participate in speaking events.
Courtesy: Qualcomm

Qualcomm

Employees at the wireless-technology company are encouraged to share ideas at an annual in-house tech conference. In 2012 engineers submitted nearly 200 papers, the winners of which were asked to present at the forum and participate in speaking events.

<h1>Chesapeake Energy</h1>




Depressed natural-gas prices have sped up a downsizing and the sale of assets, but benefits remain generous, including more than $8 million in ""safety bonuses"" paid out in 2011 to more than 6,000 employees across the company for following safe work practices.

Chesapeake Energy

Depressed natural-gas prices have sped up a downsizing and the sale of assets, but benefits remain generous, including more than $8 million in ""safety bonuses"" paid out in 2011 to more than 6,000 employees across the company for following safe work practices.
Courtesy: Chesapeake Energy

Chesapeake Energy

Depressed natural-gas prices have sped up a downsizing and the sale of assets, but benefits remain generous, including more than $8 million in ""safety bonuses"" paid out in 2011 to more than 6,000 employees across the company for following safe work practices.

Courtesy of Devon Energy

Devon Energy

Employees of the oil and gas producer value access to its senior executives. President and CEO John Richels calls employees or sends personalized notes to thank them for a job well done and regularly hosts employee luncheons.

<h1>American Express</h1>




The financial services giant announced a restructuring for 2013, but it's still prized for diversity and 16 employee networks for religious affiliations and other groups.

American Express

The financial services giant announced a restructuring for 2013, but it's still prized for diversity and 16 employee networks for religious affiliations and other groups.
Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty

American Express

The financial services giant announced a restructuring for 2013, but it's still prized for diversity and 16 employee networks for religious affiliations and other groups.

<h1>Stryker</h1>




The medical-device manufacturer keeps things light by offering Ping-Pong tables on-site and having ""pie-your-manager""competitions.

Stryker

The medical-device manufacturer keeps things light by offering Ping-Pong tables on-site and having ""pie-your-manager""competitions.

Stryker

The medical-device manufacturer keeps things light by offering Ping-Pong tables on-site and having ""pie-your-manager""competitions.

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson




Last year CEO Arne Sorenson took over from Bill Marriott, who was in the role for 40 years. Ten percent of employees have worked here for 20 years or more.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Last year CEO Arne Sorenson took over from Bill Marriott, who was in the role for 40 years. Ten percent of employees have worked here for 20 years or more.Courtesy: Marriott International

Marriott International

Last year CEO Arne Sorenson took over from Bill Marriott, who was in the role for 40 years. Ten percent of employees have worked here for 20 years or more.

<h1>Darden Restaurants</h1>




The parent of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and six other restaurant chains employs 135,000 part-timers, who are eligible for low-cost health insurance.

Darden Restaurants

The parent of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and six other restaurant chains employs 135,000 part-timers, who are eligible for low-cost health insurance.
Courtesy: Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants

The parent of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and six other restaurant chains employs 135,000 part-timers, who are eligible for low-cost health insurance.

<h1>Whole Foods Market</h1>




This pioneering natural-foods grocer is all about transparency: Employees can vote on new hires, go on field trips to meet suppliers, and are able to see everyone's salary.

Whole Foods Market

This pioneering natural-foods grocer is all about transparency: Employees can vote on new hires, go on field trips to meet suppliers, and are able to see everyone's salary.
Courtesy: Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market

This pioneering natural-foods grocer is all about transparency: Employees can vote on new hires, go on field trips to meet suppliers, and are able to see everyone's salary.

<h1>EOG Resources</h1>




The oil and gas driller shares its growing wealth with employees, who are all stockholders. In the past 10 years, the stock price has shot up 500%, to $120.

EOG Resources

The oil and gas driller shares its growing wealth with employees, who are all stockholders. In the past 10 years, the stock price has shot up 500%, to $120.

EOG Resources

The oil and gas driller shares its growing wealth with employees, who are all stockholders. In the past 10 years, the stock price has shot up 500%, to $120.

<h1>CarMax</h1>




The car dealership runs 117 no-haggle used-car lots. CEO Tom Folliard stays accessible to all employees via town hall meetings and steak cookouts.

CarMax

The car dealership runs 117 no-haggle used-car lots. CEO Tom Folliard stays accessible to all employees via town hall meetings and steak cookouts.
Courtesy: CarMax

CarMax

The car dealership runs 117 no-haggle used-car lots. CEO Tom Folliard stays accessible to all employees via town hall meetings and steak cookouts.

Publix Super Markets made the list.
Publix Super Markets made the list.Courtesy: Publix

Publix Super Markets

The chain of more than 1,000 supermarkets in five Southeastern states boasts low full-time turnover of 3.2%unheard of in the grocery industry.



The insurance giant hosts an annual six-day appreciation week; last year it included theme park visits, film showings, skating, and daily giveaways.
The insurance giant hosts an annual six-day appreciation week; last year it included theme park visits, film showings, skating, and daily giveaways.Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty

Aflac

The insurance giant hosts an annual six-day appreciation week; last year it included theme park visits, film showings, skating, and daily giveaways.

<h1>Nordstrom</h1>




In lieu of a rule book, new employees at the luxury department store receive a note card that simply says, ""Our one rule: Use good judgment in all situations.

Nordstrom

In lieu of a rule book, new employees at the luxury department store receive a note card that simply says, ""Our one rule: Use good judgment in all situations.
Courtesy: Nordstrom

Nordstrom

In lieu of a rule book, new employees at the luxury department store receive a note card that simply says, ""Our one rule: Use good judgment in all situations.

<h1>Starbucks</h1>




Partners at the coffee seller told us, ""I love that we can receive benefits and stock rewards at 20 hours/week"" and ""There is potential for anyone to move up the ladder.

Starbucks

Partners at the coffee seller told us, ""I love that we can receive benefits and stock rewards at 20 hours/week"" and ""There is potential for anyone to move up the ladder.
Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Starbucks

Partners at the coffee seller told us, ""I love that we can receive benefits and stock rewards at 20 hours/week"" and ""There is potential for anyone to move up the ladder.

<h1>Mattel</h1>




The world's largest toymaker received 164,045 job applications last year but filled only 1,292 positions. More than 1,000 employees have been here longer than 15 years.

Mattel

The world's largest toymaker received 164,045 job applications last year but filled only 1,292 positions. More than 1,000 employees have been here longer than 15 years.
Courtesy: Mattel

Mattel

The world's largest toymaker received 164,045 job applications last year but filled only 1,292 positions. More than 1,000 employees have been here longer than 15 years.

<h1>CH2M HILL</h1>




Lee McIntire, CEO of the civil engineering and construction firm, not only tweets but also posts his own personal development plan on the company's intranet.

CH2M HILL

Lee McIntire, CEO of the civil engineering and construction firm, not only tweets but also posts his own personal development plan on the company's intranet.
Courtesy: CH2M Hill

CH2M HILL

Lee McIntire, CEO of the civil engineering and construction firm, not only tweets but also posts his own personal development plan on the company's intranet.

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