11. Cisco Systems (CSCO)
What makes it so great?
CEO John Chambers held this network-equipment provider together after the dot-com bubble burst, and 2006 saw record sales and a 60% jump in the stock. (Virtually all employees are shareholders.)

Headquarters: San Jose
Top 3 (of 128) U.S. locations: San Jose, Research Triangle Park , Boxborough
2005 revenue ($ millions): 24,801
Website: www.cisco.com
U.S. employees 27,493
Employees outside U.S. 13,002
New jobs (1 year) 860
% job growth (1 year) 3
% voluntary turnover 5
Applicants 222,082
Most common job (salaried):
Software Engineer IV
$123,021
Most common job (hourly):
Sales Administrator
$58,069
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) N.A.
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 42%
% women 24%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 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 2005 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees.