23. Vision Service Plan
What makes it so great?
Employees may not get stock options (the eye-care-benefits company is a nonprofit), but the company contributes up to 15% of pay to their 401(k) plans and covers 95% to 100% of health-insurance premiums.

Headquarters: Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Top 3 (of 26) U.S. locations: Rancho Cordova , Columbus , Long Beach
2005 revenue ($ millions): 2,225
Website: www.vsp.com
U.S. employees 1,968
Employees outside U.S. 0
New jobs (1 year) 55
% job growth (1 year) 3
% voluntary turnover 10
Applicants 12,627
Most common job (salaried):
Application Developer III
Most common job (hourly):
Customer Service Representative II
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 92
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 30%
% women 68%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
From the January 22, 2007 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 2005 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 salaried and hourly employees.