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Each year Fortune compiles its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Based largely on employee surveys, this list is significant for all those who are not just looking for a job, but also a great experience at work.

We’ve listed the top ten of Fortune’s 2011 list below. This year eight of the top ten companies from last year were able to maintain there exclusive ranking. The two new additions are companies you’ve likely heard of before; they’re online shoe retailer Zappos.com and outdoor product purveyor Recreational Equipment (REI)

So without further adieu, here are the top ten companies to work for…


01. SAS
Rank: 1 (Previous rank: 1)
What makes it so great?

A 14-year veteran of this list, the software firm takes the top spot for the second year running.

Its perks are epic: on-site healthcare, high quality childcare at $410 per month, summer camp for kids, car cleaning, a beauty salon, and more it’s all enough to make a state-of-the-art, 66,000-square-foot gym seem like nothing special by comparison.

This year, strong employee feedback sent its numbers even higher. Says one manager: “People stay at SAS in large part because they are happy, but to dig a little deeper, I would argue that people don’t leave SAS because they feel regarded seen, attended to and cared for. I have stayed for that reason, and love what I do for that reason.”

2009 revenue ($ millions): 2,310


02. Boston Consulting Group
Rank: 2 (Previous rank: 8)
What makes it so great?

The consulting giant not only avoided layoffs in the downturn, but hired its largest class of recruits ever in 2010.

They’re drawn by the firm’s generous pay and a commitment to social work: Its Social Impact Practice Network (SIPN) offers a chance to work with the U.N. World Food Program and Save the Children, while BCG pulled its consultants off client projects to provide on-the-ground support in Haiti following the earthquake.

The company jumps up from no. 8 last year.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 2,750


03. Wegmans Food Markets
Rank: 3 (Previous rank: 3)
What makes it so great?

This customer-friendly supermarket chain cares about the well-being of its workers, too. This year, 11,000 employees took part in a challenge to eat five cups of fruit and vegetables a day and walk up to 10,000 steps a day for eight weeks.

Another 8,000 took advantage of health screenings that included a flu shot and H1N1 vaccine all covered by Wegmans.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 5,193


04. Google

Rank: 4 (Previous rank: 4)
What makes it so great?

The search giant is famous for its laundry list of perks including free food at any of its cafeterias, a climbing wall, and, well, free laundry.

Last year, with revenue up more than 20%, Google sweetened this already rich pot of perks by giving every employee a 10% pay hike. Googlers can also award one another $175 peer spot bonuses last year more than two-thirds of them did so.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 23,651


05. NetApp
Rank: 5 (Previous rank: 7)
What makes it so great?

It was a rebound year for the data-storage firm (no. 1 in 2009), as revenues jumped 33% and it hired hundreds of new employees.

Hourly executive assistants make $76,450 a year here, supplemented by a bonus of $21,917.

Employees also enjoy perks like free fruit on Tuesdays, free bagels and cream cheese on Fridays, and free espresso all the time.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 3,931


06. Zappos.com
Rank: 6 (Previous rank: 15)
What makes it so great?

The online shoe retailer makes a big leap from no. 15 to no. 6 this year.

Now part of the Amazon.com family, the company’s quirky, happy culture remains: Employees enjoy free lunches, no-charge vending machines, a full-time life coach on hand, and “create fun and a little weirdness” as one of the company’s guiding tenets.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 1,190


07. Camden Property Trust
Rank: 7 (Previous rank: 10)
What makes it so great?

The Houston-based apartment management firm weathered the recession as employees pitched in to trim $6 million in costs, largely by renegotiating contracts and reducing pay.

One team sent a scrapbook to the CEO to show how much they love the company, while another planned
and organized a “flash mob” dance routine for leaders’ benefit.

One popular perk: Staffers can rent furnished apartments for $20 a night in locations like Orlando, San Diego, Denver and Austin for use on personal vacations.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 624


08. Nugget Market
Rank: 8 (Previous rank: 5)
What makes it so great?

Rallies are an everyday event at this nine-store Northern California supermarket chain, where management uses a big flat screen computer monitor in each store to deliver important information about products, messages from the leadership team, employee awards, and pump up the troops.

Employees who watch diligently can be rewarded with bonuses that range from $20 to $1,500. Universal perk: everyone receives a 10% discount on store purchases.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 288


09. Recreational Equipment (REI)
Rank: 9 (Previous rank: 14)
What makes it so great?

After 15 years of service, employees at this adventure gear retailer are entitled to a four-week paid sabbatical; after that, they can take one every five years.

Employees also receive 50%-75% discounts on full-price REI branded apparel and equipment, free rental of equipment like skis and kayaks, and an annual gift of REI gear.

A separate Challenge Grant program provides up to $300 worth of gear to employees that participate in a challenging outdoor adventure (one cycled 500 miles across Iowa).

2009 revenue ($ millions): 1,455


10. DreamWorks Animation SKG
Rank: 10 (Previous rank: 6)
What makes it so great?

The creators of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda are lavished with free breakfast and lunch, movie screenings, afternoon yoga, on-campus art classes and monthly parties.

CEO Jefferey Katzenberg still takes time to call job candidates to encourage them to join.

Any DreamWorker can pitch a movie idea to company executives — and can take the company-sponsored “Life’s A Pitch” workshop to learn how best to do it.

2009 revenue ($ millions): 725

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By AOL Jobs Contributor    for  Fortune 100 companies

Following is the complete list 100 top companies to work for in 2011: 
 
Top 100
Rank Company Job
growth
U.S.
employees
1 SAS 3% 5,629
2 Boston Consulting Group 2% 1,713
3 Wegmans Food Markets 6% 39,255
4 Google N.A. N.A.
5 NetApp 9% 5,455
6 Zappos.com 37% 1,843
7 Camden Property Trust 0% 1,719
8 Nugget Market -2% 1,240
9 Recreational Equipment (REI) -1% 9,380
10 DreamWorks Animation SKG 10% 1,994
11 Edward Jones 2% 35,987
12 Scottrade 19% 2,884
13 Alston & Bird -12% 1,611
14 Robert W. Baird 5% 2,406
15 Mercedes-Benz USA -3% 1,657
16 JM Family Enterprises -2% 3,688
17 USAA -1% 21,889
18 Stew Leonard’s -7% 1,991
19 The Methodist Hospital System 2% 11,298
20 Cisco 3% 36,612
21 Container Store -3% 3,338
22 DPR Construction -7% 1,073
23 Goldman Sachs 7% 13,154
24 Whole Foods Market 3% 52,915
25 Umpqua Bank 18% 2,154
26 Plante & Moran -4% 1,478
27 CHG Healthcare Services -5% 1,124
28 Bingham McCutchen 7% 1,607
29 Quicken Loans 4% 3,179
30 NuStar Energy 4% 1,419
31 W. L. Gore & Associates 1% 5,770
32 Chesapeake Energy 10% 8,529
33 Qualcomm 2% 12,520
34 QuikTrip 5% 10,936
35 Genentech 3% 11,464
36 Southern Ohio Medical Center 18% 2,276
37 Scripps Health 5% 11,847
38 PCL Construction -4% 1,323
39 American Fidelity Assurance -1% 1,495
40 Balfour Beatty Construction 37% 2,079
41 Devon Energy -10% 3,508
42 Baptist Health South Florida 5% 12,249
43 Shared Technologies -3% 1,192
44 Intuit -3% 6,475
45 TDIndustries -11% 1,429
46 Johnson Financial Group -4% 1,259
47 Novo Nordisk -1% 3,340
48 Build-A-Bear Workshop -7% 4,250
49 American Express -3% 26,329
50 Baker Donelson 1% 1,127
51 Intel -1% 42,694
52 Salesforce.com 15% 2,725
53 Four Seasons Hotels N.A. 11,729
54 Atlantic Health 5% 7,418
55 Perkins Coie 2% 1,726
56 Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company 11% 1,269
57 Aflac 0% 4,400
58 General Mills 1% 16,803
59 Hasbro -4% 3,055
60 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta -1% 6,521
61 Mayo Clinic -1% 41,068
62 OhioHealth 4% 12,529
63 Deloitte -1% 38,493
64 FactSet Research Systems 3% 1,355
65 Adobe Systems 18% 4,788
66 EOG Resources 5% 1,811
67 Publix Super Markets -1% 141,217
68 Stryker -2% 8,389
69 Mattel -2% 5,161
70 S.C. Johnson & Son -1% 3,310
71 Marriott International -4% 106,280
72 Microsoft -4% 53,410
73 PricewaterhouseCoopers -4% 28,168
74 Nordstrom 19% 49,447
75 Arkansas Children’s Hospital 2% 3,776
76 Gilbane -9% 1,761
77 Ernst & Young -7% 23,102
78 SRC/SRCTec 9% 1,054
79 National Instruments -1% 2,545
80 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -1% 3,557
81 CarMax 3% 13,436
82 Teach For America 10% 1,236
83 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants 6% 6,735
84 Bright Horizons Family Solutions -4% 13,737
85 Booz Allen Hamilton 9% 23,294
86 KPMG -5% 19,892
87 Men’s Wearhouse -1% 14,548
88 Meridian Health -8% 8,004
89 Brocade Communications Systems 8% 3,112
90 CH2M Hill -12% 13,486
91 The Everett Clinic 4% 1,633
92 Rackspace Hosting 14% 2,405
93 J. M. Smucker -4% 4,157
94 Aéropostale 7% 16,589
95 Morningstar 14% 1,224
96 MITRE 2% 6,686
97 Darden Restaurants 21% 167,537
98 Starbucks -5% 103,425
99 Accenture 4% 31,000
100 W. W. Grainger -3% 13,699                                        

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