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1. Google

Google
Rank: 1 (Previous rank: 4)
What makes it so great?
Everything was up at Google last year -- revenue, profits, share price, paid search clicks, hiring -- and so, too, was employee love; the search giant climbed three slots in our ranking to reclaim the top spot.

The reason? Employees rave about their mission, the culture, and the famous perks of the Plex: bocce courts, a bowling alley, eyebrow shaping (for a fee) in the New York office. Then there's the food: some 25 cafés companywide, all gratis.

Wrote one Googler: "Employees are never more than 150 feet away from a well-stocked pantry."

Headquarters:
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
2010 revenue ($ millions): 29,321
Website: www.google.com
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Employees  
U.S. employees 18,500**
Employees outside U.S. 10,000**
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) 7,020
% job growth (1 year) 33%
% voluntary turnover N.A.
Applicants 1,136,025
Job openings (as of 1/2/12) 701**
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
N.A.
N.A.
Most common job (hourly):
N.A.
N.A.
Benefits  
Fully paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care Yes
Health  
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Work-life  
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek No
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities N.A.
% women N.A.
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 16
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 29
From the Feb. 6, 2012 issue
Notes:
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2010 or latest fiscal year. All data are from July 2011 and based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
** Google's employee headcount figures are estimates. For job openings, more than one person could potentially fill each position.
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