The 10 Best Companies to Work For

Fortune magazine recently came out with their top 100 companies to work for. The rankings are based on employee satisfaction and employment longevity, which interestingly enough don’t appear to depend on the best pay, but rather the best perks and consideration for employee needs.

So what does it take to get into one of these coveted companies? It depends on what the organization is looking for at the time you’re seeking a job. However, if you do your homework, and study up on these top 100, you may find that your major expectedly fits in nicely with one or more of these company cultures and/or future goals. To see if your career happiness is just a job interview away, let’s take a look at the top 10 best companies on the list and what they might be searching for in the way of people with college degrees.

  1. SAS
  2. Based in North Carolina, and ranked number one two years in a row, SAS produces analytics software and provides similar services to clients. The employee perks at SAS are huge—affordable onsite child care, onsite healthcare, a beauty salon, a gym, just to name a few. How can they afford all that when other companies are struggling? Because SAS is the world’s largest privately held software company. That means they don’t have to answer to stockholders or a board of directors.

    Which college majors should apply: computer science, information systems, marketing, sales, business administration or management, international business, software design, technical writing

  3. Boston Consulting Group
  4. This is probably the ONLY financial company that was able to avoid layoffs when the economy tanked. Not only that, BCG had its biggest growth spurt (and hired a record number of employees at top salaries) in 2010. Plus, BCG supports charitable causes through its Social Impact Practice Network, which helps those in global need.

    Which college majors should apply: finance, information systems, marketing, sales, business administration or management, international business, humanities, communications, English and writing

  5. Wegman’s Food Markets

  6. A supplier of healthy foods (i.e., gluten free, lactose free, vegan, etc.) Wegman’s cares just as much about the health of its employees as it does its customers, and gives perks to its employees to encourage them to walk at least 10K steps a day and eat at least five cups of fruits and veggies daily. Plus, they provide free health screenings and vaccinations.

    Which college majors should apply: nutrition science, health services, retail marketing, retail management, Internet marketing, organizational management, finance, information systems, communications

  7. Google
  8. Google has long been famous for their free food in the cafeteria, gym services, a climbing wall, etc. But probably the biggest perk in the last year is that Google gave every one of its employees at least a 10% pay raise. Impressive, considering most other companies are still trying to figure out how NOT to cut the pay of the employees they can’t afford to lay off.

    Which college majors should apply: computer science, information systems, information technology, Internet marketing, sales, business administration, international business, software design, technical writing and blogging.

  9. NetApp

  10. A data storage company, NetApp’s revenue grew 33% last year allowing them to be one of the best-paying employers around, in ANY industry. And like Google, they offer free food to their employees, including round-the-clock espresso drinks (NOT to be confused with just plain coffee).

    Which college majors should apply: computer science, information systems, information technology, Internet marketing, sales, business administration, international business, software design, technical writing and blogging.

  11. Zappos.co

  12. A shoe retailer now part of Amazon.com, Zappos.com offers its employees free lunches, free vending machine snacks, free life-coach services, company-sponsored fun employee activities, etc.

    Which college majors should apply: retail marketing, retail management, Internet marketing, organizational management, business administration, sales finance, information systems

  13. Camden Property Trust
  14. An apartment management firm based in Houston. The biggest employee perk Camden Property Trust offers is that employees can rent furnished apartments for as low as $20/night in vacation destinations like San Diego, Orlando, and Austin.

    Which college majors should apply: real estate sales and management, Internet marketing, organizational management, business administration, sales, finance, travel services, retail housing

  15. Nugget Market
  16. A California-based grocery chain, Nugget Market’s management encourages employee participation in team building and product knowledge by giving daily monetary incentive bonuses that range from $20 to $1500. Plus, every employee gets 10% off their entire grocery bill.

    Which college majors should apply: nutrition science, retail marketing, retail management, Internet marketing, organizational management, finance, information systems, communications

  17. Recreational Equipment (REI)
  18. Aside the fact that everyone who works at REI gets 50-75% off name brand outdoor equipment and clothing, after 15 years of service employees get to take a four-week PAID sabbatical, and then get to do the same thing every five years. Sign me up!

    Which college majors should apply: outdoor science, environmental engineering, physical education, retail marketing, retail management, Internet marketing, organizational management, business administration, sales finance, information systems

  19. DreamWorks Animation SKG
  20. Free movie screenings, free meals, free yoga classes, monthly company-paid parties. Plus, any employee of DreamWorks SKG can pitch a movie idea to the head guys. Fun perk: Hollywood celebs occasionally stopping by for meetings.

    Which college majors should apply: Art design, creative writing, film and video production, screenwriting, media arts, recording arts, computer science, information technology, Internet marketing, business administration, international business

As you can see, this year’s top 10 is an eclectic blend that cuts across many industries, ranging from retail food chains to a Hollywood studio. Even if your major is not listed above, it’d still be worth checking out these companies’ websites, just to see what career opportunities they offer. What have you got to lose? (Besides the possibility of working at a really cool place.)

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