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    9. Recreational Equipment (REI)

    Recreational Equipment (REI)
    Rank: 9 (Previous rank: 14)
    What makes it so great?
    After 15 years of service, employees at this adventure gear retailer are entitled to a four-week paid sabbatical; after that, they can take one every five years.

    Employees also receive 50%-75% discounts on full-price REI branded apparel and equipment, free rental of equipment like skis and kayaks, and an annual gift of REI gear.

    A separate Challenge Grant program provides up to $300 worth of gear to employees that participate in a challenging outdoor adventure (one cycled 500 miles across Iowa).

    Headquarters:
    6750 South 228th Street
    Kent, WA 98032
    2009 revenue ($ millions): 1,455
    Website: www.rei.com
     
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    Is REI a great employer, or what?
    Employees  
    U.S. employees 9,380
    Employees outside U.S. 0
    Jobs  
    New jobs (1 year) -43
    % job growth (1 year) -1%
    % voluntary turnover 5%
    Applicants 44,192
    Job openings (as of 1/7/11) N.A.
    Pay Avg. annual pay*
    Most common job (salaried):
    Retail Store Manager
    $92,211
    Most common job (hourly):
    Retail Sales Specialist
    $27,008
    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 No
    Compressed workweek Yes
    Telecommuting Yes
    Diversity  
    % minorities 13%
    % women 43%
    Has nondiscrimination policy
    that includes sexual orientation?
    Yes
    Offers domestic partner benefits
    for same-sex couples?
    Yes
    Professional training  
    Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 56
    Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 43
    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.
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