3. Wegmans Food Markets
What makes it so great?
Private grocery chain gets thousands of letters every year from shoppers coveting a Wegmans in their neighborhood. The chain, founded in 1916, now operates in 71 stores in five states.

Headquarters: Rochester, N.Y.
Top 3 (of 93) U.S. locations: Rochester, Buffalo Grove , Syracuse
2005 revenue ($ millions): 3,820
Website: www.wegmans.com
U.S. employees 33,737
Employees outside U.S. 0
New jobs (1 year) 794
% job growth (1 year) 8
% voluntary turnover 7
Applicants 146,593
Most common job (salaried):
Store Department Manager
$47,775
Most common job (hourly):
Customer Service
$26,586
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 40
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 15%
% women 54%
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.