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09/29/2016 12:22 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2016

6 Companies With Really Amazing Retirement Plans

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What makes for a great company retirement plan? To start: generous employer matches to a 401(k) plan, a phased-retirement program that lets employees work part-time and still stay eligible for health and other benefits, cash bonuses when the company does well.

One company with a nice retirement plan is oil and natural gas company ConocoPhillips. Since converting its defined benefit pension to a cash-balance plan, it deposits up to 9 percent of monthly pay into the accounts of employees, with the percentage tied to age and years of service.

To find out which other companies offer generous plans, check out BankRate’s list of the the top six companies with great retirement programs.

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