Those company gyms, gourmet food, massages and other perks aren't the key to a great workplace, according to "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since 1997.Fortune's
For the second year in a row, software firm SAS ranked No. 1. SAS also ranked high in the list by Glassdoor.com.
Among the companies on the Fortune list:
From the start we have had a strong representation from Silicon Valley. But high-tech doesn't have a lock on this list as some are virtual 24/7 sweatshops (despite the great bennies).
Instead, they stress that a great work environment starts at the top and it happens because senior management has made it a priority. Zappos seems to be the most-often-mentioned company in that regard, with one of its core values to "create fun and a little weirdness." The just-released report by Booz Allen Hamilton on retaining federal workers, which I wrote about Friday, also focuses on a systematic retention program to match worker needs with the agency mission. But beyond just wanting to keep employees as worker bees, senior management at the top companies in the rankings, write Moskowitz and Levering, truly care about their employees and find ways to show it.
She echoes some of the issues mentioned in the Booz Allen Hamilton report, issues that tech, in particular, can leave women (and minority men) feeling like outsiders. At the best companies, she writes: