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Fortune 1000 rank: 277
Best Companies rank: 7
No. of U.S. employees: 134,013
Most common salaried job: Store Manager
Avg. pay in that job: $45,713

What makes it so great? Rapid expansion led to a difficult year, but the stock rose 9% on January news that founder Howard Schultz is taking over the CEO post.

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Last updated April 24 2008: 10:56 AM ET