4. Container Store
What makes it so great?
Storage retailer pays sales employees 50% to 100% above industry average. Nearly one-tenth of all employees take advantage of ìfamily friendlyî shift, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowing for school dropoffs and pickups.

Headquarters: Coppell, Texas
Top 3 (of 38) U.S. locations: Coppell, New York , Houston
2005 revenue ($ millions): 441
U.S. employees 2,866
Employees outside U.S. 500
New jobs (1 year) 119
% job growth (1 year) 14
% voluntary turnover 19
Applicants 36,505
Most common job (salaried):
Store Sales
$42,630
Most common job (hourly):
Distribution Center
$30,508
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 241
Paid sabbaticals? Yes
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 30%
% women 63%
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.