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Internet search giant Google has ranked as the best company for which to work in the 2013 Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking.
“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,” Fortune stated.
“New this year are three wellness centres and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.” (This is all likely at Google’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California).
Three other technology companies made the top 10 on the list: SAS (No 2), NetApp (No 6), and Ultimate Software (No 9).
Fortune explained what makes SAS so great: “With two artists in residence on staff, the perk-friendly, privately held data analytics firm takes creativity seriously. One employee cites SAS’ ‘creative anarchy’ as conducive to innovation. New this year: an organic farm for SAS’ four cafeterias.”
Consumer tech giant Apple is absent from the list, as are social networking behemoth Facebook and internet firm Yahoo! Other tech firms, namely Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft, all have a spot further down the list, though, at Nos 42, 68, and 75, respectively.
To come up with the 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking, Fortune partnered global research and consulting firm the Great Place to Work Institute and administered a survey to more than 277,000 employees at 259 companies. They answered questions relating to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie.
Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the employee survey and the other third is based on responses to questions about pay and benefit programmes, hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programmes, and diversity efforts.