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Recreational Equipment (REI)
Recreational Equipment (REI)
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Rank: 17
Previous rank: 8
2011 revenue ($ millions): $1,798

What makes it so great?
The outdoor-gear retailer lets employees use kayaks, skis, and other equipment for free (and they can buy it new at a steep discount). Paid sabbaticals, unusual in retail, come after 15 years with the company. Training for new hires includes an outdoor service project.

Headquarters:
Kent, WA
Website: www.rei.com

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Employees
U.S. employees
10,757
Employees outside U.S.
1
Jobs
New jobs (1 year)
154
% job growth (1 year)
4%
% voluntary turnover
6%
Applicants
61,341
Job openings (as of 1/2/13)
60
Pay
Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
$94,169
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
$27,570
Fully paid sabbaticals
Yes
Onsite child care
No
Health
100% health-care coverage
No
Onsite fitness center
Yes
Subsidized gym membership
No
Work-life
Job sharing program
No
Compressed workweek
Yes
Telecommuting
No
Diversity
% minorities
16%
% women
44%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.):
46
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.):
37
From the Feb. 4, 2013 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 2011 or latest fiscal year. All data are from July 2012 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.

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