RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – SAS Institute continues to live up to its reputation as a good place to work according to a new list of best employers..

For its inaugural list of “America’s best Employers by State,” Forbes listed the Cary-based business software firm as the top employer to work for in North Carolina.

Other regional giants like Duke Energy and Cisco Systems followed close behind in the recently published list.


Launched in 1976, SAS has grown from $138,000 in revenue to more than $3 billion. It has nearly 14,000 employees, more than 5,000 of which are based at a growing campus in Cary.

But there were also some lesser-known companies that made the list, such as Earth Fare (8) and Vidant Health (13). The Wake County Public School System also made an appearance in 25th spot.

In total, 67 companies were ranked in North Carolina featuring a solid mix of higher education, healthcare and technology.

“Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees in our first-ever ranking of America’s best employers by state,” the website says.

A few weeks back, WRAL TechWire did a similar list of sorts, researching 50 regional companies or those with large operations here, and what employees has to say about their bosses and companies.

While both SAS and Cisco make the list, the results differ slightly to the Forbes’ list.

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Pendo ranked first with a score of 4.9, while Cisco came in third and SAS seventh.

Red Hat, RTI International, Epic Games also came in ahead of SAS.

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