SAS is the best company to work for – again.

Fortune magazine puts SAS at No. 1 on its “100 Best Companies To Work For” list in a repeat of an honor bestowed on the Cary-based company last year.

“This year, strong employee feedback sent its numbers even higher,” the magazine said in its report, which was issued early Thursday.

“Says one 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. I have stayed for that reason, and love what I do for that reason.’ “

SAS had made the list 14 times – every Fortune report. The privately held company’s many benefits being among the reasons.

“Its perks are epic: on-site healthcare, high quality childcare at $410 per month, summer camp for kids, car cleaning, a beauty salon, and more – it’s all enough to make a state-of-the-art, 66,000-square-foot gym seem like nothing special by comparison,” Fortune reported.

Jim Goodnight, chief executive officer and co-founder of SAS, takes great pride in the company’s workforce.

“This high honor rounds out a tremendous year for us at SAS,” he said in a statement. “We delivered more software in 2010 than ever before in our history and grew our work force by 2.4 percent. Our employees are the lifeline of our success. As we enter our 36th year of business, we look forward to continuing our deep investment in employee satisfaction, wellness and creativity.”

SAS says its employee turnover rate is 2.6 percent compared to the software industry norm of 22 percent.

The Fortune report is compiled in partnership with the Great Place to Work Institute, which conducts work force surveys. More than 300 companies participated this year.

Two thirds of a company’s ranking is based on the employee survey.

The remaining third is based on a company’s data provided to the Great Place to Work Institute’s Culture Audit.

Two other companies with presences in the Triangle made the top 10l.

NetApp, which operates a major campus in Research Triangle Park, placed fifth.

Google, which has a software operation in Chapel Hill and maintains a huge data center in Lenoir, placed fourth.

Cisco, which also has a huge RTP operation, placed 30th.

QualComm, Intuit and Novo Nordisk were ranked in the top 100 as well.

The top 10 companies:
1. SAS
2. Boston Consulting Group
3. Wegmans Food Markets
4. Google
5. NetApp
7. Camden Property Trust
8. Nugget Market
9. REI
10. Dreamworks

Read the full report here.

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