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    21. Container Store

    Container Store
    Rank: 21 (Previous rank: 36)
    What makes it so great?
    The storage products retailer, a stalwart of this list, has ramped up its already rigorous training: First-year full-time employees now get a minimum of 263 hours. It's also known for high pay -- full-time sales clerk salaries average $44,000.
    Headquarters:
    500 Freeport Parkway
    Coppell, TX 75019
    2009 revenue ($ millions): 523
    Website: www.containerstore.com
     
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    Employees  
    U.S. employees 3,338
    Employees outside U.S. 606
    Jobs  
    New jobs (1 year) -28
    % job growth (1 year) -3%
    % voluntary turnover 8%
    Applicants 49,520
    Job openings (as of 1/7/11) N.A.
    Pay Avg. annual pay*
    Most common job (salaried):
    Store Sales
    $44,355
    Most common job (hourly):
    Distribution Center
    $33,442
    Benefits  
    Paid sabbaticals Yes
    Onsite child care No
    Health  
    100% health-care coverage No
    Onsite fitness center No
    Subsidized gym membership No
    Work-life  
    Job sharing program No
    Compressed workweek No
    Telecommuting No
    Diversity  
    % minorities 27%
    % women 66%
    Has nondiscrimination policy
    that includes sexual orientation?
    Yes
    Offers domestic partner benefits
    for same-sex couples?
    Yes
    Professional training  
    Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 100**
    Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 100**
    From the Feb. 7, 2011 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 2009 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees, except job openings, which are worldwide.
    * Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
    ** Company offers 263 hours of training for first-year, full-time employees and 100 hours of training for second-year, full-time store employees.
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