No layoffs -- ever!

These employers survived the Great Recession while staying loyal to their workers. Meet 15 of this year's Best Companies that, as of mid-January, have never had a layoff.

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At the beginning of the recession, SAS CEO and founder Dr. Jim Goodnight assured employees that there would be no layoffs. He has kept that dictum. Instead, the company, which has never had layoffs due to economic woes, instituted hiring freezes in all but growth roles, such as R&D and sales positions. Plus, there was a company-wide mandate to cut back on travel and expenses by holding conference calls and video conferencing.

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Last updated January 24 2011: 2:57 PM ET
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