12. NetApp
NetApp
Average total pay: $143,077
For: Member of Technical Services Software*
Best companies rank: 6

When NetApp had its biggest growth-year ever, its employees shared in the success. From 2010 to 2011, sales jumped 30% and passed the $5 billlion mark. As a result, the data storage provider handed out $164.5 million in bonuses, its second-highest incentive reward ever.

Managers are also granted the discretion to award spot bonuses to their direct reports for performance above and beyond the call of duty. During NetApp's last fiscal year, spot bonuses rose 22% to $1.3 million.

The company's Patent Award Program recognizes each employee patent recipient with a bonus of $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the number of named inventors. 470 employees received awards in 2011 totaling $850,054. Multiple patent recipients receive 100 shares of stock for every three original patents, along with a commemorative trophy.


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By Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 24 2012: 2:54 PM ET
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