Just because you’re out of work and looking for a job doesn’t mean you have to settle for whatever comes along.

In fact, according to Fortune magazine, the top 26 best companies to work for have at least 700 openings each, totaling nearly 137,000 available jobs.

While we don’t have the time or the room to list all 26 here, we do have space for the top five.


The best company in the country to work for -- and this is the second year in a row it holds that title -- is SAS, a leader in business analytics software and services and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

Based in Cary, North Carolina, SAS has been on the Fortune best 100 companies for 14 years. What makes it so great? Its perks are incredible. Here are a few:

  • On-site healthcare
  • High quality childcare at $410 per month
  • Summer camp for children of employees
  • Car cleaning
  • Beauty salon
  • State-of-the-art, 66,000-square-foot gym

According to one SAS manager, people stay at SAS in large part because they are happy, but to dig a little deeper, I would argue that people don’t leave SAS because ‘they feel regarded -- seen, attended to and cared for.”

Boston Consulting Group

Company number two is the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which rose in the ranks from number eight last year. It scored points this year by avoiding job cuts during the downturn and hiring its largest class of recruits ever in 2010. They were attracted by the firm’s generous pay and a commitment to social work.

For example, its Social Impact Practice Network (SIPN) offers a chance to work with the U.N. World Food Program and Save the Children. BCG even pulled its consultants off client projects to provide on-the-ground support in Haiti following the earthquake.


If you don’t mind harsh winters, you might enjoy working at the number three company, Wegmans Food Markets, headquartered in Rochester, New York. Wegmans was number three last year as well. This is a customer-friendly supermarket chain that cares about the well-being of its employees.  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. You can fill out an application at www.wegmans.com


Number four is a perennial favorite, Google, which was number four last year too. The search giant is famous for its perky perks including free food at any of its cafeterias, a climbing wall and free laundry. Last year, with revenue up more than 20 percent, Google gave every employee a 10 percent pay increase. Employees can also award each other $175 peer spot bonuses, which more than two-thirds of them did last year. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California.


Rounding out the top five is NetApp, a data storage firm that just hired hundreds of new employees after revenues jumped 33 percent. Last year this Sunnyvale, California, company was ranked number seven but the year before in 2009 it ranked number one.

One reason is the high wages employees earn. An hourly executive assistant makes $76,450 a year, supplemented by a bonus of $21,917. Employees also enjoy perks like free fruit on Tuesdays, free bagels and cream cheese on Fridays, and free espresso all the time.

You can find the complete list of the 100 Best Companies To Work For here.