NetApp Tops Google

4:10 PM -- I'm again slow at acknowledging Fortune's 100 Best Companies To Work For, which came out late last week. As usual, Silicon Valley and the tech world had a good showing.

The reign of terror is over for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), which falls from the top spot to No. 4 this year. The new champion is NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), the former No. 14 that apparently got elevated once it let people golf on the front lawn. NetApp doesn't offer a paid sabbatical (which would threaten its No. 1 status in my book) but it does have a compressed workweek option.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) holds its ground at No. 6, although I still wonder if all that collaboration is going to lead to overworked employees. Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) clocks in at No. 16, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) at No. 38.

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) put out a press release boasting about its No. 84 ranking.

Not related to Silicon Valley, but amusing: Check the comments section for a testimony that Build-A-Bear HQ is no fun.

Now, getting back to that sabbatical thing. If you want a company with fully paid sabbaticals and onsite child care and 100 percent healthcare coverage ... you're screwed. Check for yourself.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

OneMoreByte 12/5/2012 | 4:13:13 PM
re: NetApp Tops Google I find it surprising that NetApp is ranked Number One. I've heard more than one complaint about NetApp being less than sympathetic WRT personal issues.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:13:11 PM
re: NetApp Tops Google The rankings are based partly (but not entirely) on a survey of 400 random employees - so that's very interesting. 400 would seem like enough to catch any systemic problems. or maybe Fortune tallied up enough reasons to override those problems.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:12:09 PM
re: NetApp Tops Google Wellll.... for 6% of the staff, it's no longer the best place to work.

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