Friday, February 6, 2009

Wish You Were Here: Fortune names 2009 'Best' list

One hundred companies now are being flooded with resumes, as Fortune magazine recently revealed its 12th annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Despite a bad economy, some employers are still hiring and offering robust employee benefits.

California-based NetApp topped the list. The information technology firm, which employs about 5,000 workers, saw a 12% job growth rate last year. The company also offers five paid days for volunteer work, $11,390 in adoption assistance and autism coverage.

Fortune also lauded employers with the best benefits for health care, child care, work-life balance, telecommuting, sabbaticals and unusual perks. For example, 15 employers out of the 100 on the list pay 100% of their employees' health care premiums.

Those employers are Boston Consulting Group, Nugget Market, Qualcomm, Shared Technologies, SAS, Whole Foods Market,, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Microsoft, EOG Resources, Rackspace Hosting, NuStar Energy, Stew Leonard's, Lehigh Valley Hospital/Health Network and Perkins Coie.

"At this time when we, like so many institutions, are necessarily focused on dealing with the short-term realities of the economic crisis, this is for us an important reaffirmation of those things that are key to driving ongoing, lasting success -- attracting great people and investing in an environment where they flourish," says Steve Gunby, chairman of North and South America for Boston Consulting Group.

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