72. Medtronic (MDT)
What makes it so great?
Every year around the holidays, employees gather to hear patients whose lives were improved or saved by Medtronic devices tell their stories. CEO Art Collins calls it ìour most important meeting of the year.î

Headquarters: Minneapolis
Top 3 (of 226) U.S. locations: Minneapolis, Northridge, Memphis
2005 revenue ($ millions): 11,300
U.S. employees 21,648
Employees outside U.S. 11,833
New jobs (1 year) 1,657
% job growth (1 year) 8
% voluntary turnover 8
Applicants 112,649
Most common job (salaried):
Engineer
$89,985
Most common job (hourly):
Assembler
$34,144
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) N.A.
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 24%
% women 46%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 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 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.