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Google Tops List of 100 Best Companies to Work For

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It’s that time of year again when you get to feel bad for not having a job in an office that’s outfitted with an indoor putting green, includes foot massages in the health plan, and has instituted Snuggie Fridays. That’s right, Fortune Magazine has just come out with its annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list. So let’s all get our envy on and see what exactly it is we’re missing...again.

After getting edged out of the top spot for the last three years, Google (GOOG) has reclaimed the number one position. The Six Flags (SIX) of corporate America, Google’s compound is headquartered in sunny Mountain View, California, complete with bocce ball courts, bowling alley, gym, pool, ping pong tables, Guitar Hero station, hallways filled with exercise balls and bicycles...

Ugh, must we go on?

Along with these over-the-top perks, Google employees simply love their mission, the company culture and, one has to assume, their shares of stock in a company with a 2010 revenue that’s a hacky sack’s throw from $30 million.

Coming in at number two for the second year in a row is global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Based in the beautiful Bean Town neighborhood of Beacon Hill, the company matches its healthy salaries -- averaging $139,000 per year -- with generous (and required) downtime. An unheard of concept in the 24/7 world professional consulting, BCG forces its workers to cut themselves off completely during vacations and that means no checking voicemail or even email.

But tsk-tsk, SAS. Slipping this year from the tippy top of the heap is the Cary, North Carolina based software giant. But I’m willing to bet your 6,046 employees will forgive this drop to number three given the subsidized Montessori child care, unlimited sick time, free health care center, intramural sports leagues and 66,000-square-foot gym you provide. SAS has been on the Fortune list for the past 14 years.

Rounding out the rest of the top ten are Wegmans Food Markets, Edward Jones, NetApp (NTAP), Camden Property Trust (CPT), Recreational Equipment Inc, CHG Healthcare Services, and Quicken Loans.

When it comes strictly to pay, the physicians working at number 36 on the list, Southern Ohio Medical Center, take the money prize with annual salaries averaging $490,647. At a distant second are the associates who practice law at Bingham McCutchen (ranked 30 overall) for $228,851 a year.

Conspicuously absent from the list: Apple (AAPL). While competitors at Google, Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) made the cut, apparently the good times are few and far between over in Cupertino. Maybe the new headquarters will turn things around.

For Fortune’s full list of the 2012 Best 100 Companies to Work For, click here.
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