Fortune magazine has tallied the 100 best companies to work for in 2014 and 17 California firms made the list. Five of the top 10 are based in California—and one heads the list.
The survey ranked search engine/tech giant Google as the best company to work for in 2014. Great benefits and people practices set it apart. Examples: Since all employees are shareholders, the rise in the Mountain View company’s stock price to over $1,000 benefited everyone who works there. Google donates $50 to charity for each five hours an employee volunteers.
Other Bay Area firms filled the top 10. Biotech giant Genentech came in at No. 6 nationally. Surveyors noted employees’ passion for individual patients who benefit from their drugs. At No. 7, cloud computing firm Salesforce.com has seen its workforce double in the past two years. No. 8, software-firm Intuit, provides generous fitness incentives for its employees. Finally, DPR Construction, one of the nation’s largest general contractors, took the 10th spot. It earned kudos from its employees for its open-office floor plan, energy-efficient office buildings and no-title business cards.
Other California employers making the list: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Scripps Health, Qualcomm, NetApp, Nugget Market, Cisco, Auto Desk, Adobe Systems, Intel, The Cheesecake Factory, Hitachi Data Systems and the Cooley corporate law firm.