CEO Dr. Goodnight, shown here with employees at SASís headquarters.
Rank: 1 (Previous rank: 20)
What makes it so great?
One of the Best Companies for all 13 years, SAS boasts a laundry list of benefits -- high-quality child care at $410 a month, 90% coverage of the health insurance premium, unlimited sick days, a medical center staffed by four physicians and 10 nurse practitioners (at no cost to employees), a free 66,000-square-foot fitness center and natatorium, a lending library, and a summer camp for children.Headquarters: 100 SAS Campus Dr.
The architect of this culture -- based on "trust between our employees and the company" -- is Jim Goodnight, its co-founder, and the only CEO that SAS has had in its 34-year history.
Some might think that with all those perks, Goodnight was giving away the store. Not so. SAS is highly profitable and ranks as the worldís largest privately owned software company. Turnover is the industryís lowest at 2%.
Cary, NC 27513
2008 revenue ($ millions): 2,300**
Is SAS a great employer, or what?
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