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100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

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The most important factor in selecting companies for this list is what employees themselves have to say about their workplaces. Some 46,526 randomly selected employees from 304 candidate companies filled out an employee-opinion survey (the Great Place to Work Trust Index, an instrument created by the Great Place to Work Institute in San Francisco). Nearly half of them also gave us written comments about their workplaces. Each candidate company also filled out a questionnaire detailing its people policies, practices, and philosophies. We evaluated each company on both the employee surveys and the company questionnaires, with the employees' opinions accounting for two-thirds of the total score. If you think your company should be on this list, send us a brief explanation at 100best@greatplacetowork.com.

-- Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz



Rank Company Job Growth* U.S. Employees
1 J.M. Smucker  Moderate 2,585
2 Alston & Bird  Moderate 1,450
3 Container Store  Moderate 1,832
4 Edward Jones  Moderate 27,092
5 Republic Bancorp  Moderate 1,360
6 Adobe Systems  Negative 2,368
7 TDIndustries  Negative 1,393
8 SAS Institute  Moderate 4,927
9 Wegmans  Moderate 28,561
10 Xilinx  Moderate 2,037
11 CDW  Moderate 3,694
12 W.L. Gore  Moderate 4,012
13 Quicken Loans  High 1,669
14 Third Federal S&L  Moderate 1,065
15 Genentech  Moderate 6,110
16 Milliken  Negative 10,000
17 Vision Service Plan  Negative 2,072
18 Plante & Moran  Negative 1,167
19 JM Family Enterprises  Negative 3,232
20 Synovus  Moderate 11,822
21 Bronson Healthcare  Moderate 2,902
22 Pella  Moderate 7,412
23 S.C. Johnson & Son  Negative 3,381
24 REI  Moderate 6,346
25 Microsoft  Moderate 36,665
26 Griffin Hospital  Moderate 1,193
27 Sterling Bank  Negative 1,140
28 Cisco Systems  Negative 24,622
29 SEI Investments  Zero 1,651
30 Stew Leonard's  Moderate 1,794
31 American Fidelity Assurance  High 1,333
32 Valero Energy  Negative 17,033
33 Amgen  High 9,263
34 Starbucks  High 60,447
35 Mayo Clinic  Moderate 37,151
36 American Express  Negative 43,477
37 VHA  Negative 1,389
38 Mitre  Moderate 4,997
39 HomeBanc Mortgage  High 1,091
40 SRA International  High 2,545
41 Goldman Sachs Group  Negative 11,610
42 Arnold & Porter  Moderate 1,473
43 Baptist Health Care  Zero 4,151
44 Hot Topic  Moderate 5,471
45 American Cast Iron Pipe  Negative 2,426
46 Intel  Negative 49,015
47 Whole Foods Market  High 25,052
48 Network Appliance  Negative 1,791
49 Monsanto  Negative 6,824
50 Timberland  Negative 2,116
51 Baptist Health South Florida  Moderate 9,093
52 Fannie Mae  Moderate 5,011
53 QuikTrip  Moderate 6,462
54 Memorial Health  High 3,668
55 Qualcomm  Moderate 5,382
56 First Tennessee  High 11,781
57 AFLAC  High 3,726
58 Scooter Store  High 1,361
59 Alcon Laboratories  Moderate 6,026
60 St. Luke's  Moderate 6,805
61 Nvidia  High 1,531
62 Continental Airlines  Negative 36,283
63 National Instruments  Moderate 2,020
64 General Mills  Negative 19,602
65 ARUP Laboratories  High 1,555
66 Four Seasons Hotels  Zero 11,982
67 American Century Investments  Negative 1,871
68 Valassis  High 1,625
69 Eli Lilly  Moderate 22,130
70 Merck  Negative 33,071
71 Arbitron  Zero 1,113
72 Intl. Business Machines  Negative 140,859
73 Robert W. Baird  Negative 2,187
74 Medtronic  Moderate 18,820
75 Ukrop's Super Markets  Negative 5,500
76 Barton Protective Svcs.  Moderate 12,526
77 Duncan Aviation  Negative 1,754
78 Intuit  Negative 6,064
79 Harley-Davidson  Moderate 8,180
80 Bright Horizons  Moderate 12,368
81 Procter & Gamble  Negative 37,491
82 MBNA  Negative 21,838
83 Northwestern Mutual  Moderate 4,382
84 Marriott International  Negative 105,663
85 A.G. Edwards  Negative 16,482
86 Men's Wearhouse  Moderate 7,249
87 Perkins Coie  Negative 1,424
88 Hyperion Solutions  High 1,752
89 AstraZeneca  Negative 11,940
90 Granite Construction  Moderate 4,110
91 Texas Instruments  Negative 17,087
92 Washington Mutual  High 60,757
93 Paychex  High 8,855
94 International Data Group  Negative 1,585
95 Principal Financial  Negative 13,402
96 FedEx  Zero 175,592
97 Ernst & Young  Zero 23,399
98 Publix  Negative 121,534
99 Nordstrom  Zero 40,319
100 Simmons  Moderate 2,948
Footnote: Job growth rating is based on percentage of new jobs created in one year. 10% and above is considered High, 0% to 10% is Moderate, 0% growth is called Zero, and Negative represents any job growth percentage below zero.
N/A: Not available.
U.S. Employees: Includes part-timers as of time of survey.
Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover: Full-time only.
Average annual pay: Yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of professional or technical employees and production or service employees. Data from summer 2003.
2002 revenues: or latest fiscal year.
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