SAS has once again made Fortun'es annual “100 best companies to work for” list. SAS has appeared on the prestigious list all 10 years it has been published, logging six top-10 ratings.
This year, SAS also appeared on the lists for companies with the best child care, healthcare benefits and work/life balance programmes.
“Our continuing presence on the Fortune list shows that employees are our most important asset,” says Jeff Chambers, vice-president: human resources at SAS.
“We go to great lengths to minimize life’s distractions however and wherever we can. It is not altruism. It just makes good business sense.”
SAS employees are unusually loyal.: annual turnover is about 4% in an industry in which 20% is the norm.
The 2006 SAS employee survey found SAS workers are proud of the work they do and believe their work contributes to SAS’ success.
To keep satisfaction high, CEO Jim Goodnight convened an employee committee representing all major SAS divisions. Its mission: to help executives understand employee issues.
“Satisfied, committed employees lead to quality software and services, which leads to loyal customers,” Chambers says.
Complete rankings and accompanying stories appear in the Jan. 22 issue of Fortune and are currently available at www.fortune.com.
In 2004, SAS’ consistent appearance on the list earned the company a membership in the magazine’s Hall of Fame, whose 22 inductees have appeared on every list since 1998.
Much has changed in the US workplace over the past decade. Back in 1998, 18 companies on Fortune's list offered telecommuting; today 82 do. Only 28 companies on the list offered domestic partner benefits; now that number is 70.
Competition to get on the list has intensified: This year 446 companies vied for a slot, up from 161 in 1998.