Ten tech companies with a presence in Ireland have secured places on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, with four of those firms having landed in the top 10. Google tops them all at No 1.
The internet search giant has its EMEA headquarters in Dublin. The other four companies in the top 10, software developer SAS (No 2), cloud computing player Salesforce.com (No 7,) and software firm Intuit (No 8), also have Dublin offices.
Further down Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list are the other tech companies with a foothold in Ireland, including fabless semiconductor company Qualcomm (No 32), data storage solutions provider NetApp (No 33), networking equipment maker Cisco (No 55), chip giant Intel (No 84), software titan Microsoft (No 86), and management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company Accenture (No 90).
One thing that makes Google so great to work for, according to the Fortune list, is that its employees are also stockholders, and Google's stock rose beyond US$1,000 in 2013.
The company also donates US$50 for every five hours an employee volunteers.
SAS workers can benefit from an on-site health centre at the company's Cary, North Carolina, headquarters, while recognition programmes and incentives help spur on Salesforce.com's employees. Last year, top sellers were awarded with a two-week trip to Bhutan, for instance.
Over at Intuit in Silicon Valley, California, staff members can receive fitness incentives of up to US$650 a year for gym membership, lessons, leagues and classes.
Some of the Intuit's new hires are even encouraged to spend their first month getting acclimated to their new jobs, with no specific assignments, according to Fortune.