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SAS, Google among 100 'best companies' to work for

The recession and high jobless rate have left most of us happy to have just about any job, even if it has meant accepting a cut in pay, hours, benefits or rank.Depending on your perspective, then, the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list is either a hopeful reminder that there are still fantastic companies out there, or a chance to be jealous of what others enjoy.The list, released Thursday

The recession and high jobless rate have left most of us happy to have just about any job, even if it has meant accepting a cut in pay, hours, benefits or rank.

Depending on your perspective, then, the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list is either a hopeful reminder that there are still fantastic companies out there, or a chance to be jealous of what others enjoy.

The list, released Thursday, again gives software firm SAS its top ranking. The company earns its spot thanks to benefits such as low-cost, high-quality day care, a lavish gym and on-site health care.

Boston Consulting Group ranked No. 2 for things like avoiding layoffs during the downturn and its commitment to social work.

But neither of those companies offers a "goals coach," as Zappos.com does.

Other unusual perks: Chesapeake Energy has a fitness center with spray tanning, Kimpton Hotels offers day care for employee pets and DPR Construction has wine bars in its 17 offices.

Here is the complete top 10:

  1. SAS
  2. Boston Consulting Group
  3. Wegmans Food Markets
  4. Google
  5. NetApp
  6. Zappos.com
  7. Camden Property Trust
  8. Nugget Market
  9. Recreational Equipment (REI)
  10. DreamWorks Animation SKG

For the complete list of the 100 companies, pay levels and unusual perks, check out the full report.