8 Best Companies newcomers

From ESOPs, onsite fitness centers and tuition reimbursement to vacation prizes, here are some of the ways eight companies have created great workplaces -- and why they're debuting as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Sheetz

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  • 2014 Best Companies rank: 87
  • Number of employees: 13,992
  • Annual revenue: $6.3 billion

The convenience store chain values longevity and rewards staff for years on the job. Employee service award recipients are recognized for five-year milestones with a two-day stay at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. They can bring a guest and enjoy bingo, fishing, golfing and horseback riding, and at night are treated to presentations from top executives and entertained by comedians, such as Lewis Black. Employees with 20 or more years of service receive two extra days with meals, drinks and resort activities included. Every Sheetz employee who clocks 1,000 hours in a calendar year becomes an owner of the company through its stock ownership plan. Currently, 9% of the company is owned by employees.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 16 2014 06:38 AM ET
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