Best Big Companies To Work For

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Fortune best companies to work forWhich companies made Fortune's "Best Companies To Work For" list this year? Here are the top 10.

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2012 Fortune 500 rank: 73

2012 Best Companies rank: 1

No. of U.S. employees: 18,500

Most common job title and/or function: N.A.

Avg. annual compensation for that job: N.A.

Everything was up at Google last year -- revenue, profits, share price, paid search clicks, hiring -- and so, too, was employee love; the search giant climbed three slots in our ranking to reclaim the top spot. The reason? Employees rave about their mission, the culture, and the famous perks of the Plex: bocce courts, a bowling alley, eyebrow shaping (for a fee) in the New York office. Then there's the food: some 25 cafes companywide, all gratis. Wrote one Googler: "Employees are never more than 150 feet away from a well-stocked pantry."

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 474

2012 Best Companies rank: 6

No. of U.S. employees: 6,887

Most common job title and/or function: Member of Technical Staff Software

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $143,077

The data storage firm's pay-for-performance program triggered huge bonuses last year when revenues shot up from $3.9 billion to $5 billion. Employees received payouts of up to 31 percent of their salary.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 377

2012 Best Companies rank: 15

No. of U.S. employees: 1,512

Most common job title and/or function: Terminal Manager

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $90,094

The company has never had a layoff, pays 100 percent of its workers' health insurance premium, and matches 401(k) contributions up to 6 percent of pay. It also lends the corporate jet to employees in times of crisis.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 178

2012 Best Companies rank: 23

No. of U.S. employees: 13,353

Most common job title and/or function: Engineer, Staff

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $132,000

The mobile-telecom firm has long been known for a culture that fosters innovation and encourages diversity; it also boasts a perk-filled campus with one of the most extensive recreational facilities on our list.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 232

2012 Best Companies rank: 28

No. of U.S. employees: 3,286

Most common job title and/or function: Engineer

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $178,305

In March the company began moving into a new 50-story tower, the tallest building in the state. When planning the new building, management incorporated employee requests, including a coffee shop and a dry cleaner.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 264

2012 Best Companies rank: 32

No. of U.S. employees: 60,213

Most common job title and/or function: Associate Store Team Leader

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $80,199

Occupy protesters might look kindly at the nation's biggest natural-foods grocer, since it caps salaries of executives at 19 times the average full-time salary. Co-founder John Mackey's 2006 pay reduction to $1 a year is still in effect.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 51

2012 Best Companies rank: 46

No. of U.S. employees: 44,209

Most common job title and/or function: Component Design Engineer

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $133,826

The chipmaker moves people to new positions every 18 to 24 months, on average, to encourage them to explore new fields. (New hires are told, "Welcome to your next five jobs.")

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 217

2012 Best Companies rank: 57

No. of U.S. employees: 108,939

Most common job title and/or function: Event Manager

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $50,056

The hotel giant works hard to create opportunities to move its employees upward: More than 3,000 managers started in hourly jobs.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 95

2012 Best Companies rank: 60

No. of U.S. employees: 27,235

Most common job title and/or function: Manager-Finance

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $113,880

AmEx employees stay for the long haul. Turnover is a low 7 percent for full-timers, 9% for part-timers; 16 percent of its U.S. workforce has been there 20 years.

2012 Fortune 500 rank: 242

2012 Best Companies rank: 61

No. of U.S. employees: 52,431

Most common job title and/or function: Sales Department Manager

Avg. annual compensation for that job: $49,500

The average wage for retail salespeople is $12 an hour; at Nordstrom it's $19.18. With commissions, some make more than $200,000 a year.

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