Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conducted an extensive employee survey across corporate America. Two thirds of a participating company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie.
The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs, and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.
No 1 - SAS
This year SAS take the number one spot for a second year running. The software firm has an impressive list of benefits including: on-site healthcare, high quality childcare at $410 per month, summer camp for kids, car cleaning, a beauty salon, and more.
No 2 - Boston Consulting Group
Up from last year’s number 8, the consulting giant managed to avoided layoffs in the downturn and hired its largest class of recruits ever in 2010. The firm not only offers generous pay but it also has a commitment to social work: Its Social Impact Practice Network (SIPN) offers a chance to work with the U.N. World Food Program and Save the Children. Last year BCG pulled its consultants off client projects to provide on-the-ground support in Haiti after the earthquake.
No 3 - Wegmans Food Markets
This customer-friendly supermarket chain cares about the well-being of its workers, too. This year, 11,000 employees took part in a challenge to eat five cups of fruit and vegetables a day and walk up to 10,000 steps a day for eight weeks. Another 8,000 took advantage of health screenings that included a flu shot and H1N1 vaccine -- all covered by Wegmans.
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