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To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America.

Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.

To register for the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, which allows participation in all our Best Workplaces lists, including Millennials, Women, Diversity, and over a dozen additional lists, go to greatplacetowork.com/100Best.

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Google/Alphabet is the No. 1 place to work for the seventh time in 10 years. Six newcomers include Veterans United at No. 30, Hilton Hotels at No. 56, and Slalom Consulting at No. 100. IKEA’s U.S. division returns to the list, along with GoDaddy and Sheetz.

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Whole Foods Market

Last year's Rank: 55
A customer builds a salad at the new Whole Foods Market Inc.
Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Anyone who shops at the country’s leading natural food supermarket chain knows it is passionate about its mission of selling organic food, GMO labeling, and animal welfare. Many employees (called “Team Members”) say this mission aligns with their personal beliefs. Whole Foods Market strives for an egalitarian culture and caps its executive salaries at no more than 19 times that of the average worker. The company’s unique gain-sharing plan rewards teams for coming under budget. The team’s monthly surplus is distributed among team members—based on number of hours worked—and has averaged about 6% of workers’ total wages. “Getting that extra boost of money when you work on a great team and know that you have earned it is a great feeling,” says one employee. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

Company Info

Rank last year 55
# of years on list 19
Industry Retail
Year founded 1980
CEO/Top executive John Mackey/Walter Robb
HQ location Austin, Texas
Type of organization Public
Revenue (2015 or most recent year) $14.2 billion
Web address http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Total U.S. employees 87,450
Total employees outside the U.S. 3,605
Full-time jobs added in last year 4,669
FT job growth in the past year 9%
Number of work sites 465

Perks

Company pays for 100% of healthcare costs
Offers health insurance to part-timers
Offers telecommuting
Offers job sharing
Offers onsite childcare
Offers compressed work weeks
Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
Onsite fitness center
Discounted gym memberships
Onsite medical care facility
Location of medical facility -
Offers college tuition reimbursement
Max tuition -
Offers paid time off for volunteering
Max PTO for volunteering -

Diversity

%
% Women 45
% Minorities 43
% African-American/Black 14.7
% Asian 5
% Caucasian/White 53.2
% Hispanic/Latino 21.5
% Native American/Alaska Native 0.8
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.6
% Two or more races 0.5
Same-sex benefits
Non-discrimination policy

Paid Time Off (FT employees)

Holidays 3 to 5
Vacation Included in PTO
Sick days -
General PTO 10.75
Total PTO after 5 years 19

Compensation

Most common job (for salaried employee) Associate Store Team Leader
Avg. base pay (salaried) $70227.93
Avg. extra compensation (salaried) $13830.01
Total pay (salaried position) $84057.94
Most common job (for hourly employee) Prepared Foods Service Team Member
Avg. base pay (hourly) $28319.29
Avg. extra compensation (hourly) $141.95
Total pay (hourly position) $28461.24

Hiring/Staffing

# of job openings (as of Feb. 2016) 1800
# of job applicants 1,000,000
Avg. # of applicants per opening 20
FT voluntary turnover 14%
# of jobs filled 41,410
Jobs filled internally 6,566
% of jobs filled by referral 16%
# new graduates hired -

Training

Avg. hours of training per year (for salaried employee) 9
Avg. hours of training per year (for hourly employee) 9
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