Best Companies to Work For In 2014

Google grabs the top slot yet again on Fortune list

By AOL Jobs Staff

In its 17th year, Fortune's highly anticipated list of best workplaces in the country presents a valuable resource for job seekers who are looking for more than just a paycheck. With the help of The Great Place To Work Institute, Fortune surveyed 252,000 employees at 257 firms to rank the companies based on management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. (Learn more about the selection process here.)

Some of the companies offer great (and sometimes unusual) benefits, including healthcare, work-life balance opportunities and even bicycles and fitness incentives. What's more, almost every company is hiring!

1. Google

Google offeres Employees Free Bicycles
Getty ImagesA Google employee rides his new Google branded bicycle in London, England.
Previous Rank: 1
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $50,175
Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Why Google is so great: The tech giant keeps its employees happy by offering them unusual perks that range from free bikes to death benefits (a guarantee that if an employee should die, his or her spouse will receive half of the deceased worker's salary for ten years). Google's stock price rose above $1000 in 2013, a boon for Googlers, who are all stockholders, as CNNMoney reported.

Employee Review: "Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc. etc."*

Find a job at Google.

2. SAS

APChief Executive Mats Jansson speaks during a news conference at the SAS headquarters in Stockholm.
Previous Rank: 2
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $2,870
Headquarters: Cary, NC

Why SAS is so great: Work-life balance is a priority at the software developer. Its onsite health center is open to employees and their family members, and 95 percent of the company's workers said it's easy for them to take time off to take care of family members, according to CBS News.

Employee Review: "Sound company. Best soft benefits are when you work at the main "campus" (HQ) in Cary NC."*

Find a job at SAS.

cnn/made in africa
FlickrCEO and president Rich Lesser at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013.
Previous Rank: 4
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $3,700
Headquarters: Boston, MA

Why The Boston Consulting Group is so great: The global management consulting firm is a top employer of graduates from MIT, Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and others. In 2012, newly recruited grads received total compensation packages of up to $195,000. Working Mother magazine has rated the company as one of the best companies for working mothers.

Employee Review: "Working at BCG provided me with the opportunity to work with some of the smartest, most talented people I have ever come across. Between the high-level, interesting problems and the top-tier clients, BCG is a fantastic place to work."*

Edward Jones Investments, aka Star Inc.
FlickrAn Edward Jones Investments location that was nominated for the 2008 Lorain County Beautiful Award in Ohio.
Previous Rank: 8
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $5,027
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO

Why Edward Jones is so great: Turnover at the financial services firm is at an industry low of 8 percent, reported CNNMoney. J.D. Power and Associates has named the company "Highest in Investor Satisfaction" for eight years, most recently in 2013.

Employee Review: "After finishing my first year at Edward Jones, I truly feel like this is the best company to work for. My pay was tremendously higher than I thought it was going to be in the first year. I love the fact that you have your own BOA, set your own hours, and win diversification trips by the hard work you do."*

Find a job at Edward Jones.

APAn employee works while standing on his desk at the Quicken Loans corporate campus in Livonia, Mich.
Previous Rank: 13
Annual Revenue ($ millions): N.A.
Headquarters: Detroit, MI

Why Quicken Loans is so great: In 2013, Quicken became the largest mortgage lender in the United States. It was already the largest national online mortgage lender. Its workforce fell in the years that immediately followed the financial crisis, but the company has amassed a staff of 10,000 since it moved its headquarters to Detroit in 2010.

Employee Review: "Amazing culture. You will make friends. The company REALLY cares about contributing to Detroit."*

Find a job at Quicken Loans.

Switzerland Roche Genentech
APGenentech researcher Mark Nagel works on an experiment in a research laboratory at Genentech headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif.
Previous Rank: 36
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $14,778
Headquarters: South San Fransisco, CA

Why Genetech is so great: The biotech giant offers generous time off to its employees. The company provides a leave of absence for "a number of circumstances, including family care, maternity leave and medical conditions" and a full paid sabbatical every six years. Genentech has been on Fortune's best 100 companies list for 16 consecutive years.

Employee Review: "Advancement opportunity, they listen to employees, paid sabbatical every six years."*

Find a job at Genentech.

APCEO Marc Benioff at the end of New York Stock Exchange trading at a rally in downtown San Francisco as workers and supporters throw beach balls in the air.
Previous Rank: 19
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $3,050
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Why is so great: The cloud computing innovator added 1,264 new hires in 2013, doubling its workforce from 5,000 to 10,000, reported CNNMoney. When he started the company, CEO Marc Benioff created the Salesforce Foundation, to which he pledged to "donate 1% of equity, 1% of his employees' time, and 1% of his product to improving communities around the world," according to the company website.

Employee Review: "Colleagues are not just intelligent and insightful, they are generally genuinely nice. It seems to be part of the culture there, at least in the division I was in. Virtually everyone seemed happy in their work and satisfied with how they were treated by the company."*

Find a job at

8. Intuit

Intuit CEO Brad Smith Interview
Getty ImagesIntuit CEO Brad Smith.
Previous Rank: 22
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $4,150
Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Why Intuit is so great: The software company offers its 8,500 employees benefits including up to $650 a year for gym membership, swimming lessons, basketball-league fees and Pilates classes, reported CNNMoney. Intuit has ranked among the "World's Most Admired Companies," another Fortune list.

Employee Review: "One of the best companies in Silicon Valley both from a Work Life balance and in tune with the technology perspective."*

Find a job at Intuit.

9. Robert W. Baird & Co.

Mark Dicanio (C) of Robert W. Baird & Co
Getty ImagesRobert W. Baird & Co. trader Mark Dicanio writes an order just before the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.
Previous Rank: 14
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $961
Headquarters: Milwaukee, WI

Why Robert W. Baird & Co. is so great: The subsidiary of Baird, an international, employee-owned financial services firm has 2,600 employees, 13 percent of whom have been at the company for over 15 years, according to CNNMoney. The company also caps its hourly associates' workweek at 37 ½ hours and leads several philanthropic initiatives.

Employee Review: "Hidden gem; a positive culture that is unique on Wall Street."*

Find a job at Robert W. Baird & Co.

DPR Construction/FacebookDPR Construction employees.
Previous Rank: 15
Annual Revenue ($ millions): $2,544
Headquarters: Redwood, CA

Why DPR Construction is so great: The employee-owned construction contractor has an exhaustive list of clients that include Facebook, Pixar and AT&T. Workers gave CEO Doug Woods a 100% approval rating on Glassdoor.

Employee Review: "Fantastic co workers, great PTO/vacation policy compared to the remainder of the industry, good pay, and freedom/resources available to always look for a better way to do something!"*

Find a job at DPR Construction.

Find job opportunities at each of the Best Companies to Work For by clicking on company name.


Company Name

No. of U.S.

Job Growth

11 Camden Property Trust 1,784 -6.2%
12 Wegmans Food Markets 43,564 3.3%
13 David Weekley Homes 1,052 32.5%
14 Burns & McDonnell 3,817 6.8%
15 Hilcorp 1,106 9.3%
16 CHG Healthcare Services 1,599 16.3%
17 USAA 25,143 8.4%
18 Southern Ohio Medical Center 2,401 4.8%
19 Baptist Health South Florida 13,818 -1.7%
20 Ultimate Software 1,717 18.7%
21 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants 8,135 9.9%
22 W.L. Gore & Associates 6,314 1.2%
23 Plante Moran 1,870 18.3%
24 Scripps Health 12,779 4.7%
25 Atlantic Health System 8,510 0.8%
26 NuStar Energy 1,257 -16.1%
27 ARI, Automotive Resources International 1,411 10.4%
28 The Container Store 4,089 7.9%
29 Rackspace Hosting 4,107 16.1%
30 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 3,759 2.6%
31 Baker Donelson 1,247 1.8%
32 Qualcomm 17,731 16.3%
33 NetApp 8,012 6.6%
34 World Wide Technology 2,060 14.3%
35 OhioHealth 15,266 4.2%
36 Nugget Market 1,151 6.8%
37 JM Family Enterprises 3,678 -1.5%
38 1,421 13.4%
39 WellStar Health System 11,347 3.6%
40 Alston & Bird 1,628 -1.2%
41 Perkins Cole 1,999 4.2%
42 Stryker 11,068 3.5%
43 Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 6,758 -1%
44 Whole Foods Market 71,930 15.4%
45 Goldman Sachs Group 13,629 2.3%
46 Houston Methodist 13,711 6%
47 Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America 1,647 -7%
48 QuikTrip 14,002 6.9%
49 TEKSystems 3,476 10%
50 FactSet Research Systems 1,862 0.3%
51 Chesapeake Energy 11,779 12%
52 Credit Acceptance 1,304 11.5%
53 Mayo Clinic 44,297 1.1%
54 CarMax 18,106 12%
55 Cisco 36,437 0.6%
56 Devon Energy 3,582 1.7%
57 Marriott International 107,184 7%
58 Aflac 4,758 5.2%
59 PCL Construction Enterprises 1,434 10.6%
60 Bingham McCutchen LLP 1,286 -5.8%
61 Deloitte 45,928 6.3%
62 Meridian Health 9,977 4.7%
63 Build-A-Bear Workshop 3,330 -2.1%
64 General Mills 16,101 -3.7%
65 PricewaterhouseCoopers 36,164 5.7%
66 National Instruments 3,227 6.5%
67 American Express 26,812 -0.5%
68 Roche Diagnostics 4,125 -2.5%
69 Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) 10,389 -3.2%
70 Autodesk 3,116 -0.1%
71 Umpqua Bank 2,397 1.6%
72 Novo Nordisk 5,143 26.8%
73 Kimley-Horn and Associates 1,745 10.6%
74 Darden Restaurants 192,023 -1.9%
75 Publix SuperMarkets 157,592 1.9%
76 Mars 11,468 4.3%
77 Bright Horizons Family Solutions 15,362 1.8%
78 Ernst & Young 29,391 9.1%
79 Discovery Communications 2,895 -2.2%
80 KPMG 21,609 -0.5%
81 Arnold & Porter 1,385 -0.2%
82 TDIndustries 1,785 7.5%
83 Adobe Systems 5,802 6.3%
84 Intel 49,833 3%
85 Capital One 40,252 11.9%
86 Microsoft 57,642 3.7%
87 Sheetz 13,992 7.7%
88 Teach For America 2,027 21.7%
89 Nordstrom 60,003 -3.5%
90 Accenture 36,590 11.1%
91 Four Seasons Hotels 12,648 -0.6%
92 The Cheesecake Factory 33,618 0.6%
93 Hyland Software 1,660 25.2%
94 Mercedes-Benz USA 1,853 3.9%
95 Hyatt Hotels 36,638 -2.9%
96 Navy Federal Credit Union 9,735 15%
97 EOG Resources 2,376 4.9%
98 Hitachi Data Systems 2,395 8%
99 Kiewit Corporation 20,989 -1.1%
100 Cooley 1,513 5.5%


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