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8. Recreational Equipment (REI)

Recreational Equipment (REI)
Rank: 8 (Previous rank: 9)
What makes it so great?
The adventure-gear ­retailer scaled new heights last year with its first Manhattan store. Outdoor-loving employees take advantage of sabbaticals, free equipment rentals, and hefty discounts on merchandise.
Headquarters:
6750 South 228th Street
Kent, WA 98032
2010 revenue ($ millions): 1,659
Website: www.rei.com
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Employees  
U.S. employees 10,466
Employees outside U.S. 0
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) 420
% job growth (1 year) 12%
% voluntary turnover 5%
Applicants 86,946
Job openings (as of 1/2/12) 154
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
$103,112
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
$27,924
Benefits  
Fully paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care No
Health  
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership No
Work-life  
Job sharing program No
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities 15%
% women 44%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 46
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 37
From the Feb. 6, 2012 issue
Notes:
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2010 or latest fiscal year. All data are from July 2011 and based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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