Perk-heavy Google tops list of best places to work

Fortune has listed the 100 top companies to work for, and many of them are hiring.

By Benzinga Jan 16, 2014 1:26PM
The Google logo is seen on a podium and projected on a screen at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Califorina Paul Sakuma/AP By Jim Probasco

Do you work for Google?


If so, congratulations! And, stay where you are because your employer is No. 1 (for the fifth time) in Fortune magazine's 17th annual list of the 100 best companies to work for.


If you are looking for a job, or looking to change jobs, and Google isn't in your future, do not despair. There are plenty of other companies in Fortune's top 100 that offer desirable positions. Better yet, most of them are hiring.


Combing the list, job seekers will note everything from tech companies with fitness centers, play areas, and gymnasiums to more traditional employers with amazing health care plans and attractive starting pay as well.


The top companies, overall, are:


1. Google (GOOG), Mountain View, Calif. -- With stock priced north of $1,100, Google is attractive to employees as well as investors. That's because all Google employees are also shareholders. The company also appeals to the philanthropic streak in its workers by donating $50 for every five hours an employee volunteers.


2. SAS (SASDY), Cary, N.C. -- This software developer features an on-site health center, which the company also makes available to family members. The facility is not merely a room with a nurse and a blood pressure monitor either. The SAS health center features 53 medical and support staff, including nurses, doctors, registered dietitians, lab techs, a psychologist, and three physical therapists.


3. The Boston Consulting Group, Boston, Mass. -- Strategy consultant BCG celebrated 50 years in business last year by giving each employee a special interactive desk sculpture. The company is well-known for exceptional employee compensation and an aggressive recruiting process.


4. Edward Jones, St. Louis, Mo. -- Edward Jones is the fourth-largest financial services firm in the U.S. The company's 3,000 new hires last year joined a network of employees known for their longevity with Jones. With turnover of only 8 percent, the company is obviously doing something right.


5. Quicken Loans, Detroit, Mich. -- This high profile mortgage lender is hiring, almost with a vengeance. (See below.) One unusual incentive offered by Quicken recently included $20,000 in forgivable home loans to employees willing to move to the city of Detroit.


Speaking of job openings, the leaders in that area include No. 78, Ernst & Young, with 16,500 current job openings; No. 61, Deloitte, with 12,000 jobs available; and No. 84, Intel (INTC), which has 7,000 slots to fill.


Finally, as for those all-so-desirable company perks, the list includes a number of benefits and tweaks that would make anyone glad to drag himself or herself out of bed on a Monday morning and drive to work.


Take No. 60, Bingham McCutchen, for example. This law firm offers its Boston employees two box seats to a Red Sox game annually. Other benefits include tickets to concerts at TD Garden, Gillette Stadium, and Fenway Park.


Or, how about No. 79, Discovery Communications? In July, Discovery workers enjoyed a screening of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Special Edition: The 'Watch n' Sniff'" episode in which each employee received a card they could scratch to match appropriate odors with the family's antics.


On the more positive side of the "perks" equation, Oprah Winfrey also visited and chatted with employees in November.


The bottom line is this: No matter what your area of expertise, there are companies who are hiring right now, who offer a work environment, benefits, and salary anyone would be happy to have.


Check out the entire Fortune Magazine Top 100 Best Employers list here.


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