Cary-based SAS, a perennial member of best places to work lists, is No. 2 on the latest global rankings for multinational firms.

Google, which maintains a huge data center in Western North Carolina and a software office in Chapel Hill, is No. 1.

Three other tech firms with a big Triangle presence, also crack the list.

NetApp finished third, Cisco ninth and EMC 18th.

Microsoft, which has a major operation in Charlotte, finished sixth.

The “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” list is compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.

SAS was second to Google a year ago as well and has made each of the past four rankings as first or second. 

“Our employees are creating life-altering software solutions that have a global impact, and our culture motivates them to be more creative and productive. Because we eliminate unnecessary distractions and help relieve everyday stresses, our employees are happier, healthier and proud of the difference their work makes,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight.

The Workplace Institute ranked SAS as No. 2 on each of its last two USA rankings as well.

“Two-thirds of a company’s workplace culture assessment is based on the employee survey; one-third is based on the company’s policies and practices, as measured in the Culture Audit,” the Institute says.