Saturday, January 19, 2013

Twice running: Google ranked atop Fortune's '100 Best Companies' list

For the second year in a row, Fortune has judged Google the top company on its "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for 2013. The list was released on Friday; it is the 16th year Fortune has released the list.

Here's what Fortune said about the company:
The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of subsidized massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.
Fortune mentioned the massages Google gives employees, but it didn't mention something many found incredible: the company has a death benefit, and will continue to pay a surviving partner for 10 years, a benefit unheard of in the workplace. All employee stock options will also vest immediately.

In addition, any children will receive $1,000 a month from Google until they turn 19, or until age 23 if they are full-time students.

That is definitely enough to make Google a long-time entrant in the top 100 list. In addition to being the second straight year the Internet giant finished atop the list, it is its fourth time, out of the aforementioned 16, overall. 25 percent is not bad.

In second place was software company SAS, third was CHG Healthcare Services, fourth was Boston Consulting Group, and rounding out the top five was Wegmans Food Markets.

While it might seem strange to see a regional Northeastern grocery chain in the top five, Wegmans was fourth last year, so it is no stranger to the list.

Google's giant rival Apple was not on the list.  Neither was Google's other non-BFF, Facebook.

Sixteen of the top 100 companies, including Google, are based in California. Texas is second, with 13.

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