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14. Recreational Equipment
Recreational Equipment
Rank: 14 (Previous rank: 12)
What makes it so great?
This consumer co-op that attracts active, outdoorsy employees has grown from 10 stores in 1985 to 110 today. CEO Sally Jewell identifies its chief competitor as an "increasingly sedentary lifestyle that leaves adults and children with little time for outdoor recreation."
Headquarters: 6750 South 228th Street
Kent, WA 98032
2008 revenue ($ millions): 1,435
Website: www.REI.com

Is Recreational Equipment a great employer, or what?
Recreational Equipment stats
Employees  
U.S. employees 8,640
Employees outside U.S. 0
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) -203
% job growth (1 year) -6%
% voluntary turnover 8%
Applicants 24,602
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2010) 89
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
$85,412
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
$25,810
Benefits  
Paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care No
Health  
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Work-life  
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities 12%
% women 42%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 58
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 47
From the Feb. 8, 2010 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 2008 or latest fiscal year. All data 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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