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SAS, Google Named 1st, 2nd Best Companies to Work For

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Software company SAS took top spot.

According to CNNMoney, search engine giant Google is the second best company to work for in the world.

When ranking the current top 25 workplaces on the planet, CNNMoney particularly praised Google, who were ranked at number 4 on the list in 2011, for its coaching services. It offers a "CareerGuru" program where 43 senior leaders deliver career coaching to employees. Such gurus are available in 14 offices around the globe.

Since its launch in 2009, more than 900 engineers have partaken in a service known as "EngAdvisors". Google engineers can discuss their issues and concerns with the company's senior engineers.

Google is also known for its competitive salary offered to software engineers -- the company offers an average base salary of $128,336.

Google receives 61 times as many job applications as it has existing jobs. However, its popularity wasn't able to beat off competition from software firm SAS. The company increased its position by one place from second place last year to be named the best company in the world to work for. SAS provides business analytics software, as well as services to corporate and government consumers.

SAS took over the No.1 spot partly due to the accessibility of its leaders. All of the company's employees are invited to a "Conversations Over Coffee," which is breakfast meetings hosted by CEO Jim Goodnight on a monthly basis; employees are able to discuss any topic they wish.

Elsewhere, data storage provider NetApp retained its number 3 spot on the list. The firm regularly hosts orientation meetings in order to introduce new employees to the senior management team.

Microsoft, meanwhile, settled for fifth place, with the software giant helping women interested in working in technology. A DigiGirlz Day event is hosted by the company where female high-school students are able discuss technology with Microsoft employees.

 

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    Thomas Creel , November 15, 2012 9:29 AM
    i wana wor there 11!!
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    greghome , November 15, 2012 9:37 AM
    For a second there, I thought serving for the British special forces was one of the best jobs in the world :lol: 
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    freggo , November 15, 2012 10:35 AM
    greghomeFor a second there, I thought serving for the British special forces was one of the best jobs in the world


    Great job, fantastic perk but the 'early retirement program' sucks :-)
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    Kryan , November 15, 2012 12:18 PM
    Where does Apple place? Thumbs up for the first person to find that info and link it.
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    billybiff , November 15, 2012 12:43 PM
    well if apple treats it staff like its customers then they will all be crawling around with nappies on lol
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    Sakkura , November 15, 2012 1:52 PM
    SAS a software firm? Now I know how Scandinavian Airlines System can avoid bankruptcy - sue!
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    Kryan , November 15, 2012 1:55 PM
    why am I being downvoted? It's Apple fanbois, scared to see how far down their church ranks? Or idiots who confused my statement to mean I expect apple to be higher up?

    sigh.
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    Sakkura , November 15, 2012 3:15 PM
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    why am I being downvoted? It's Apple fanbois, scared to see how far down their church ranks? Or idiots who confused my statement to mean I expect apple to be higher up?

    sigh.

    Might be people who think Apple should not be mentioned in a thread about good companies to work for.
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    mavikt , November 15, 2012 3:51 PM
    Kryanwhy am I being downvoted? It's Apple fanbois, scared to see how far down their church ranks? Or idiots who confused my statement to mean I expect apple to be higher up?sigh.


    I would also like to see that just out of curiosity. What I've gathered from previous Apple top management it was working under the device: "There can be only one", which usually isn't good for team spirit. It worked for the Highlander though he was immortal...
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    Anonymous , November 15, 2012 5:40 PM
    I don't know ... It's all subjective ... Neither of these companies offers a job far, far North were the nature is wild, hunting is prevalent and you own a couple hundred of your paradise acreage ... while offering competitive salary ... I'll stick with the company I work for :-D
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    Kami3k , November 15, 2012 5:45 PM
    Jim Goodnight is one badass CEO.
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    Kryan , November 15, 2012 11:53 PM
    Lynx cI don't know ... It's all subjective ... Neither of these companies offers a job far, far North were the nature is wild, hunting is prevalent and you own a couple hundred of your paradise acreage ... while offering competitive salary ... I'll stick with the company I work for :-D


    Who do you work for, and do they need a highly skilled speech/language analyst and/or interpreter?!?! (with a degree from ze Germanland, no less!)
    ...because sign me up for that!
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2012 6:19 AM
    Newsflash: bored people working at internet companies spam CNNMoney surveys. No wonder these two won. If you have thousands of people idling behind computer screens all day, what else are they going to do? Make a competent smartphone OS? lol!