56. Granite Construction (GVA)
What makes it so great?
The construction firmís employees applaud CEO Bill Dor­ey, who ìisnít afraid to admit he doesnít know something.î Thereís no salary cap, but Doreyís salary is only ten times that of many heavy-construction-equipment operators.

Headquarters: Watsonville, Calif.
Top 3 (of 130) U.S. locations: Watsonville , Reno , Sacramento
2005 revenue ($ millions): 2,600
U.S. employees 4,662
Employees outside U.S. 0
New jobs (1 year) 114
% job growth (1 year) 7
% voluntary turnover 12
Applicants 15,500
Most common job (salaried):
Most common job (hourly):
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 40
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage Yes
% minorities 31%
% women 14%
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.