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14. Recreational Equipment
Recreational Equipment
Rank: 14 (Previous rank: 12)
What makes it so great?
This consumer co-op that attracts active, outdoorsy employees has grown from 10 stores in 1985 to 110 today. CEO Sally Jewell identifies its chief competitor as an "increasingly sedentary lifestyle that leaves adults and children with little time for outdoor recreation."
Headquarters: 6750 South 228th Street
Kent, WA 98032
2008 revenue ($ millions): 1,435
Website: www.REI.com

Is Recreational Equipment a great employer, or what?
Recreational Equipment stats
U.S. employees 8,640
Employees outside U.S. 0
New jobs (1 year) -203
% job growth (1 year) -6%
% voluntary turnover 8%
Applicants 24,602
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2010) 89
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
Paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care No
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 12%
% women 42%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 58
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 47
From the Feb. 8, 2010 issue
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 2008 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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