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19. Shared Technologies
Shared Technologies
Average total pay: $123,590
For: Sales Rep*

Best Companies rank: 18
Headquarters: Coppell, TX

This installer of data and telephone systems managed to avoid layoffs in 2008 by playing defense: People who left were not replaced, senior managers gave up their bonuses, and CEO Tony Parella cut his salary 50%.

Technicians and sales reps are paid $75,000 a year on average, with bonuses more than $8,000 for techs, and more than $54,000 a year for reps. Shared Technologies prides itself on responding to employee requests: Among benefits added in recent years as a result of employee input: five days of paid parental leave (for new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents), $5,000 adoption aid, $5,000 for in-vitro fertilization, doubling of tuition aid to $5,000 a year, and a 60% discount on gym memberships.

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Last updated February 05 2009: 1:03 PM ET
*Most common salaried job

An earlier version listed an incorrect pay number for Chesapeake Energy. The correct amount is $120,576, not $178,108, which moves Chesapeake from #7 among top payers to #24. The rankings have been adjusted accordingly.
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