100 Best Companies to Work For
Recreational Equipment (REI)
Rank: 9 (2005 rank: 45)
  
Headquarters: Kent, WA
Industry: Specialty Retailers
Midsized Companies Rank: 5
2004 Revenue ($ millions): 888
U.S. Sites: 81
Website: http://www.rei.com
What makes it so great?
A shared passion for roughing it unites employees with consumers at this outdoor-goods maker and retailer, which regularly hosts environmental-service projects. Says one worker: "REI is a way of life."
U.S. employees 7,443
Employees outside U.S. 0
% minorities 12
% women 40
New jobs (1 year) 192
% job growth (1 year) 9
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 30
% voluntary turnover 12
Applicants 23,166
Most common job (salaried) Retail Store Manager $80,144
Most common job (hourly) Retail Sales Specialist $21,835
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. Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees. Revenues are for 2004 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.