The Fortune Best Companies list is out for 2009, and even in this economy some of them are even hiring. If you are looking for a job, this list might be a good place to start seeing as how they are on the list of the best companies to work for in 2009. What makes a best company? The rankings take into account pay, benefits, work-life programs, diversity, availability of training, among some other items. Take a look at the top 10 for this year, and then click through to see the rest of the list. If I ever had to go back to a corporate gig, I would definitely check some of these out first in my job search!
1. NetApp – Employee enthusiasm for the legendary egalitarian culture helped catapult NetApp to No. 1 after six years on our list.
2. Edward Jones – Jones hired 698 new financial advisors in the first ten months of 2008 and is building an addition to its St. Louis headquarters for 500 new employees.
3. Boston Consulting – Management consultant has increased recruitment of minorities and offers first-class health insurance.
4. Google – While the company still attracts 777,000 applicants a year, hiring has slowed, and Google recently cut frills like afternoon tea and an annual ski trip.
5. Wegmans – Employees could buy gift cards of up to $250 at a 10% discount to help with food costs; Wegmans is also rolling out free yoga classes at each of its stores.
6. Cisco – CEO John Chambers is focusing on collaborative efforts to give employees more say in decision-making.
7. Genentech – Implemented retention bonuses and severance ranging from 18 to 52 weeks’ pay for anyone terminated after a merger.
8. Methodist Hospital – Methodist broke ground on $2 billion in construction in 2008, filled 300 new jobs, and awarded merit pay raises of 3%.
9. Goldman Sachs (Seriously?) – Wall Street survivor turned itself into a bank holding company in September and laid off some 3,000 people across the globe by year-end.
10. Nugget Market – Sales have yet to slump at this crazy-fun supermarket chain, which in 81 years has never had a layoff.
Do you work for any of these companies? And if so, are they all they are cracked up to be? Click here for all 100 of the best companies.