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The Best Employers On The Fortune 500: Report

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/18/2012 10:28 am

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Does your employer serve free lunch and have bocce ball courts? Google does. Perhaps part-time workers at your company receive health insurance and stock awards. They do at Starbucks.

These are just a sprinkling of the "perks" offered by companies that scored high on Fortune's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, which was tabulated based on the results of a survey conducted in partnership with the Great Place to Work Institute.

Though the survey results were based on a variety of factors such as pay scale and hiring practices, Google's famous perks might have helped the company take the top spot on Fortune's list.

Besides the free lunches, the internet giant also matched employee contributions to favorite charities, handed out raises to celebrate company profits and even offered an on-site bike repair specialist for employees that got a flat tire on their way to work, according to a CBS report from last year.

More young professionals wanted to work for Google in 2011 than any other company, a survey conducted by Universum -- an consulting firm specializing in employer branding -- found, according to the Wall Street Journal.

As one of the most profitable companies on the Fortune 500, Google might have an incentive beyond making employees happy. A recent draft paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that perks are utilized as a means to enhance productivity.

CNN Money took a look at 2012's Fortune 500 list, which was released earlier this week, and analyzed which of the world's most profitable companies also made Fortune's list of best companies. Here is CNN Money's list of the best employers on the Fortune 500:

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  • 20. Darden Restaurants

    Restaurant operator that owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster <br> Fortune 500: 342 | Best Companies: 99

  • 19. CarMax

    Used car retailer <br> Fortune 500: 279 | Best Companies: 91

  • 18. Stryker

    Medical devices and equipment manufacturer <br> Fortune 500: 308 | Best Companies: 80

  • 17. Mattel

    Toy company <br> Fortune 500: 388 | Best Companies: 79

  • 16. Publix

    Supermarket chain <br> Fortune 500: 106 | Best Companies: 78

  • 15. Aflac

    Supplemental insurance provider <br> Fortune 500: 128 | Best Companies: 77

  • 14. Microsoft

    Computer software and online services company Fortune 500: 37 | Best Companies: 76

  • 13. Starbucks

    Coffeehouse chain <br> Fortune 500: 227 | Best Companies: 73

  • 12. EOG Resources

    Oil and gas company <br> Fortune 500: 263 | Best Companies: 72

  • 11. General Mills

    Food products company <br> Fortune 500: 181 | Best Companies: 63

  • 10. Nordstrom

    Department store chain <br> Fortune 500: 242 | Best Companies: 61

  • 9. American Express

    Financial services corporation <br> Fortune 500: 95 | Best Companies: 60

  • 8. Marriott International

    Hotel chain <br> Fortune 500: 217 | Best Companies: 57

  • 7. Intel

    Semiconductor chip maker <br> Fortune 500: 51 | Best Companies: 46

  • 6. Whole Foods Market

    Supermarket chain <br> Fortune 500: 264 | Best Companies: 32

  • 5. Devon Energy

    Natural gas and oil producer <br> Fortune 500: 232 | Best Companies: 28

  • 4. Qualcomm

    Telecommunications company <br> Fortune 500: 178 | Best Companies: 23

  • 3. NuStar Energy

    Oil and gas company <br> Fortune 500: 377 | Best Companies: 15

  • 2. NetApp

    Data management company <br> Fortune 500: 474 | Best Companies: 6

  • 1. Google

    Internet company <br> Fortune 500: 73 | Best Companies: 1

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