22. Valero Energy (VLO)
What makes it so great?
Refineries can be dangerous places; of the 23 refineries designated by OSHA as having the best safety programs, 11 are Valero units. Another plus: The company has never laid off a single employee.

Headquarters: San Antonio
Top 3 (of 1,212) U.S. locations: San Antonio, Corpus Christi , Port Arthur
2005 revenue ($ millions): 82,162
Website: www.valero.com
U.S. employees 18,730
Employees outside U.S. 4,782
New jobs (1 year) 1,865
% job growth (1 year) 12
% voluntary turnover 23
Applicants 114,208
Most common job (salaried, nonretail employees):
IS Specialist
$86,915
Most common job (hourly, nonretail employees):
Technician IV
$84,141
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 85
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage Yes
% minorities 38%
% women 37%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 issue
Footnote:
1Non-retail employees
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.