27. Recreational Equip. (REI)
What makes it so great?
The retailer, which is organized as a co-op and sells top-of-the-line outdoor equipment, has nearly doubled in size since it first appeared on our list in 1998. Last year it began offering health insurance to all part-timers.

Headquarters: Kent, Wash.
Top 3 (of 86) U.S. locations: Kent , Sumner , Seattle
2005 revenue ($ millions): 1,022
Website: www.rei.com
U.S. employees 8,522
Employees outside U.S. 0
New jobs (1 year) 389
% job growth (1 year) 16
% voluntary turnover 10
Applicants 16,925
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 29
Paid sabbaticals? Yes
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 12%
% women 40%
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.