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12. Recreational Equipment (REI)
Recreational Equipment (REI)
Rank: 12 (Previous rank: 34)
What makes it so great?
All employees are eligible for subsidized health-care coverage. Eligible workers receive an automatic 5 % yearly contribution to a retirement plan.
Headquarters: 6750 South 228th Street
Kent, WA 98032
2007 revenue ($ millions): 1,342
Website: www.rei.com
Employees  
U.S. employees 9,780
Employees outside U.S. 0
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) 368
% job growth (1 year) 11%
% voluntary turnover 10%
Applicants 28,392
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009) 85
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
$92,298
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
$24,527
Benefits  
Paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care No
Health  
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Work-life  
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities 12%
% women 41%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 58
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 49
From the February 2, 2009 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 2007 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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