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'100 Best Companies to Work For': Google, DreamWorks in top 20

January 20, 2012|By Amy HubbardAmy on Google+
  • DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg, pictured in 2005, is one reason workers at the Glendale, Calif.-based company are content, a new ranking says.
DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg, pictured in 2005, is one reason… (Joe Cavaretta / Associated…)

Fortune has come out with its list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," and California-based firms claim six out of the top 20 spots, including No. 1, Google.

Notably, one of the reasons Google made it into the top spot was because "everything was up at Google last year," including revenue, profits and hiring, the magazine said. Still, revenue reportedly was lower than expected in the fourth quarter, and on Thursday Google's stock fell nearly 60 points in after-hours trading.

According to the magazine's ranking, employees are thrilled with the company and its perks, including bocce courts and a bowling alley in the New York office.

NetApp, in Sunnyvale, Calif., ranked sixth, due in part to huge bonuses for workers under the data storage firm's pay-for-performance program. For DPR Construction, in Redwood City, it isn't extra cash but extra caring that apparently makes workers happy there. According to Fortune, employees "feel listened to."

DreamWorks Animation, in Glendale, ranked 14th, and it's because Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg makes himself available to staff and personally welcomes new hires, the magazine said. Some of those hires could very well be from USC, where he is a beloved figure after a gift last year to help finance and equip the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation.

At the dedication of the animation center in June, Katzenberg told a faculty member: "Just keep sending me magicians" -- in other words, new hires to welcome.

At No. 16 is Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in San Francisco, where fun and prizes keep workers happy.  There's the "Housekeeping Olympics" as well as a $10,000 best-service employee prize.

TurboTax maker Intuit, in Mountain View, is No. 19. Why? Four hours of free time per week for employees to do their own projects and a general culture that is said to foster innovation.


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