Business software giant SAS ranks second on Fortune magazine’s latest list of the best U.S. companies to work for, marking the 11th time that SAS has cracked the top 10.

For the second consecutive year, SAS ranked No. 2 behind Google in the Fortune list. SAS also ranked No. 2 among the world’s workplaces in the ranking compiled in November by the Great Place to Work Institute.

SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight believes that worker satisfaction and customer satisfaction go hand-in-hand.

“We have spent decades perfecting a culture and work environment that encourages creativity by addressing the day-to-day stresses and concerns that employees inevitably bring to work,” Goodnight said in a prepared statement.

The privately held company boasts that its employee turnover rate is 3.6 percent, compared with an industry average of more than 15 percent.

SAS has made Fortune’s annual list of the top U.S. workplaces every year since the ranking debuted in 1998.

Cary-based design consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates ranked No. 73 on the Fortune list.

Companies that are based elsewhere but have a major concentration of employees locally that made the list include: NetApp, No. 33; Cisco, No. 55; and Novo Nordisk, No. 72.

Staff writer David Ranii

Join the Discussion

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service