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Highest pay
Salaried employees at these Best Companies enjoy the highest average compensation.
Company Average
annual pay*
Bingham McCutchen $211,017
Arnold & Porter $194,575
Alston & Bird $190,135
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Best companies by state
These states are headquarters for the highest number of America's Top Employers.
State No. of top employers
California 13
Texas 13
New York 9
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Job growth
Quicken added jobs at the fastest rate last year, but FedEx added the most jobs total: 10,187.
Company % job growth
Quicken Loans 68%
Google 60%
Healthways 42%
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Best benefits
These companies have the best benefit options.
Child care: Arkansas Children's Hospital
Telecommuting: Cisco Systems
Work-life balance: Edward Jones
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How we pick the 100 best
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work for, Fortune partners with Great Place to Work Institute® to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Of some 1,500 firms that were contacted, 407 companies participated in this year's survey. Nearly 100,000 employees at those companies responded to a 57-question survey created by the Great Place to Work Institute®, a global research and consulting firm with offices in 30 countries. More

100 Best Companies to Work For 

States
California
Adobe Systems San Jose (HQ) 1,962
Adobe Systems San Francisco 744
Alcon Laboratories Irvine 618
American Century Investments Mountain View 108
American Fidelity Assurance Ontario 44
Arnold & Porter Los Angeles 113
Bingham McCutchen San Francisco 351
Cisco Systems San Jose (HQ) 16,336
eBay San Jose (HQ) 3,970
FactSet Research Systems San Mateo 91
Four Seasons Hotels Beverly Hills 1,342
Four Seasons Hotels Carlsbad 955
Genentech South San Francisco (HQ) 8,027
Genentech Vacaville 937
Genentech Oceanside 589
Google Mountain View (HQ) 6,103
Granite Construction Watsonville (HQ) 575
Granite Construction Sacramento 384
Intuit Mountain View (HQ) 1,630
Intuit San Diego 1,217
Marriott International San Francisco 5,699
Mattel El Segundo (HQ) 1,854
Microsoft Mountain View 1,460
Network Appliance Sunnyvale (HQ) 2,274
Nordstrom San Diego 1,558
Nordstrom San Francisco 1,227
Nugget Markets Woodland (HQ) 322
Nugget Markets Davis 281
Nugget Markets Roseville 166
Qualcomm San Diego (HQ) 8,488
Qualcomm Campbell 259
Russell Investments San Francisco 36
S.C. Johnson & Son Fresno 75
Scottrade San Diego 16
Scripps Health San Diego (HQ) 9,863
Vision Service Plan Rancho Cordova (HQ) 1,668
Vision Service Plan Long Beach 15
Yahoo Sunnyvale (HQ) 4,252
Yahoo Burbank 1,204
Yahoo Santa Monica 446
From the February 4, 2008 issue
Notes: Only the 3 biggest offices for each Best Company are displayed.
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.
Best Companies in California
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Best Places to Live in California
  Population
Claremont 35,900
Clayton 11,400
Coronado 25,900
El Dorado Hills 22,200
Grand Terrace 13,200
Granite Bay 24,800
La Mirada 48,600
La Palma 16,100
Moorpark 33,700
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