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9. Recreational Equipment (REI)

Recreational Equipment (REI)
Rank: 9 (Previous rank: 14)
What makes it so great?
After 15 years of service, employees at this adventure gear retailer are entitled to a four-week paid sabbatical; after that, they can take one every five years.

Employees also receive 50%-75% discounts on full-price REI branded apparel and equipment, free rental of equipment like skis and kayaks, and an annual gift of REI gear.

A separate Challenge Grant program provides up to $300 worth of gear to employees that participate in a challenging outdoor adventure (one cycled 500 miles across Iowa).

Headquarters:
6750 South 228th Street
Kent, WA 98032
2009 revenue ($ millions): 1,455
Website: www.rei.com
 
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Employees  
U.S. employees 9,380
Employees outside U.S. 0
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) -43
% job growth (1 year) -1%
% voluntary turnover 5%
Applicants 44,192
Job openings (as of 1/7/11) N.A.
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Retail Store Manager
$92,211
Most common job (hourly):
Retail Sales Specialist
$27,008
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 No
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities 13%
% women 43%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 56
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 43
From the Feb. 7, 2011 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 2009 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees, except job openings, which are worldwide.
* 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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