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January 21, 2013

Google Best Employer Fourth Year Running, Fortune Finds

Google is No. 1 on Fortune’s 2012 ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list.

The search engine firm is not the only technology titan to make the list, although none of the other big names: Apple, Facebook or Microsoft even cracked the top 50.

Microsoft placed 75th while Apple and Facebook did not rank at all.

The search engine king, headquartered in Mountain View, CA, takes the ‘Best Companies’ crown for the fourth time in a row.

According to Fortune, Google is not afraid to drop some dough to ensure its employees are healthy and relaxed. The company doled out 100,000 hours of subsidized massages in 2012.

“New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits,” the website reads.

The company, which employees 34,311 people, also offers on-site child-care, a subsidized gym membership, has a job-sharing program and allows telecommuting.

No. 2 on the list is SAS, a privately held data analytics firm, that “takes creativity seriously,” reads the Fortune website. “One employee cites SAS’s ‘creative anarchy’ as conducive to innovation. New this year: an organic farm for SAS’s four cafeterias.”

The firm, obviously, is modeled on CEO Jim Goodnight’s philosophy: “Treat employees like they make a difference and they will,” reads the quote on the company website.

The other technology companies to make the Fortune list are:

•  Qualcomm, No. 11.

•, No. 19.

• Intuit, No. 22.

• Rackspace Hosting, No. 34.

• Cisco, No. 42.

• Hitachi, No. 63.

• Intel, No. 68.

• Microsoft, No. 75.

Fortune’s list differs greatly from that of LinkedIn, which released The 100 Most InDemand Employers last October.

Taking the top four spots were Google in first followed by Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. Twitter was No. 14 on the list.

“Using our massive professional data set, LinkedIn has identified which companies are most attractive to potential candidates,” wrote LinkedIn business analytics senior manager Michael Li in a blog post.

Although Google placed first on both Fortune’s and LinkedIn’s lists, the two lists had little else in common. Fortune’s list ranked companies according to what they had to offer their workers, whereas LinkedIn’s listed the most sought after companies to work for.