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5. Genentech (DNA)
What makes it so great?
Legendarily perk-heavy biotech firm (doggie day care; onsite farmers' market) bumped up 401(k) match in 2007 (100% up to 5% of pay).

Headquarters: South San Francisco, CA
2006 revenue ($ millions): 9,284
Website: www.gene.com
U.S. employees 10,842
Employees outside U.S. 4
New jobs (1 year) 871
% job growth (1 year) 9
% voluntary turnover 6
Applicants 251,296
Most common job (salaried):
Research Associate
$85,880
Most common job (hourly):
Senior Manufacturing Technician - BioProcess
$60,138
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 160
Paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care Yes
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 44%
% women 50%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
From the February 4, 2008 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 2006 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 full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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