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REI

The 80-year old REI (short for Recreational Equipment) “walks the walk” on inclusion, employees say. It runs numerous programs to connect women and girls to nature, has offered same-sex benefits since 1992, and covers gender reassignment surgery for employees. Recently CEO Jerry Stritzke, known for wearing flip flops to the office, has helped drive a national campaign to protect public lands, arguing that the “outdoors is a place for all.” Read Great Place to Work review here.

 

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Rank last year

28

Years on list

21

HQ location

Kent, Wash.

Employees

12973

Job openings (as of February 2018)

744

Industry

Retail

Revenue, 2017 or most recent year ($M)

$2,557.543

Year founded

1938

Type of organization

Cooperative

Number of work sites

159

Perks
offers
Telecommuting
Compressed work weeks
Fully-paid sabbaticals
On-site fitness/subsidized gym
Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation
Health insurance for part-timers
Sick days for part-timers
College tuition reimbursement
Diversity
% Minorities19%
% African-American/Black2%
% Asian5%
% Caucasian/White81%
% Hispanic/Latino6%
% Native American/Alaska Native1%
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander-
% Two or more races4%
% Unknown ethnicity-
Paid Time Off
General PTO19
# Sick days6
General PTO for part-timers-
# Sick days for part-timers5
Compensation
Most common job (for salaried employee)Retail Store Manager
Avg. base pay (salaried)$86,472
Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$14,913
Total pay for most common job (salaried)$101,385
Hiring/Staffing (Past 12 Months)
Full-time and part-time job growth9%
# of job applicants127,854
Avg. # of applicants per opening16
FT voluntary turnover10%
Jobs filled internally17%
Jobs filled by referral5%
# New graduates hired-