The World's 10 Best Places to Work

The World's 10 Best Places to Work

The World's 10 Best Places to Work

1. SAS Institute
CEO Jim Goodnight hosts monthly "Conversations Over Coffee" with employees, in which any topic is fair game.

How would you like to work for a huge global company where the CEO hosts regular coffee sessions in which you can really speak your mind? Or another business that sets aside a week for volunteerism? Or a third that grants six-week sabbaticals to employees, during which it's perfectly OK to do absolutely nothing? Believe it or not, these organizations exist--and they're thriving. They're among the best-known brands on the planet and are at the top of Great Place to Work's annual "World's Best Multinational Workplaces List." Some names among the top 10 are tech-focused, but others aren't. One, which claims the title of "world's leading premium drinks" business, sells Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Guinness. Whatever their industry, these companies have built a reputation that puts them in the driver's seat for getting the best talent. The top 25 on the list receive, on average, 11 times the number of job applications than they have employees. To qualify for consideration, companies must have appeared on at least five national "Great Place to Work" lists and have at least 5,500 employees worldwide, with at least 40 percent working outside the corporate home nation.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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