Fortune 1000 rank: 310
Best Companies rank: 16
No. of U.S. employees: 109,873
Most common salaried job (Avg. Pay):
Store Manager ($43,598)
What makes it so great? The java king steamed ahead in 2006, adding 28,000 jobs globally. Though 85% of "partners" (Starbucks-speak for employees) are part-timers, they're still eligible for full benefits if they work 240 hours a quarter.