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Four tech firms crack top 10 for perks, pay and positive culture; SAS tops list

For the second year in a row, North Carolina-based business software vendor SAS has been selected by Fortune magazine as the best company to work for.

SAS is one of four technology companies among the top 10 in Fortune's list, which can be seen in full here.

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The others in the top 10 are search giant Google (No. 4), data storage vendor NetApp (No. 5) and Internet shoe retailer Zappos.com (No. 6).

Networking equipment vendor Cisco Systems ranked No. 20.

Fortune gives a nod to SAS's "epic" perks -- including "on-site healthcare, high quality childcare at $410 per month" and a "state-of-the-art, 66,000-square-foot gym" -- before quoting one company manager: "People stay at SAS in large part because they are happy, but to dig a little deeper, I would argue that people don’t leave SAS because they feel regarded -- seen, attended to and cared for." SAS has more than 5,600 U.S. employees.

Google, which also was ranked No. 4 last year, got high marks for perks such as free food and laundry, as well as its recent across-the-board 10 percent pay hike.

Silicon Valley-based NetApp moved up to No. 5 from No. 7 on the basis of a recent hiring spree and generous pay that can allow hourly executive assistants to make nearly $100,000.

Speaking of money, Salesforce.com (ranked No. 52 overall) topped all companies for highest pay to salaried employees. Senior account executives average $318,000 annually.

No. 6 Zappos.com moved up from last year's No. 15 spot on the strength of its "quirky, happy culture," according to Fortune. Perks include free lunches and vending machine items as well as a full-time life coach on the premises of the company's Henderson, Nev. headquarters.

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