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SAS ranks No. 4 in Fortune list of best companies

Glass gleams on the new "Q" Building that Gov. Pat McCrory and SAS CEO Jim Goodnight dedicated on the SAS campus in Cary in this October 2014 file photo.
Glass gleams on the new "Q" Building that Gov. Pat McCrory and SAS CEO Jim Goodnight dedicated on the SAS campus in Cary in this October 2014 file photo. cseward@newsobserver.com

Business software giant SAS ranked No. 4 on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the best U.S. companies to work for.

It was the 12th time that the Cary-based company cracked the top 10, but it fell two spots from last year’s No. 2 ranking.

Google once again topped the list, which was released Thursday.

Cary-based design consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates ranked No. 25 on this year’s list. It jumped 48 spots from No. 73 last year.

SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight subscribes to the theory that happy employees make happy customers.

“Everyone plays a role in making SAS a great place to work — and work with,” Goodnight said in a prepared statement. “That’s why it is so important that we attract, retain and develop the best talent to remain successful.”

SAS boasts that its turnover rate is below 5 percent, compared to the industry norm of more than 16 percent.

Kimley-Horn, which has a presence in Raleigh as well as Cary, plans to consolidate those two offices when it moves its downtown headquarters to downtown Raleigh next year. The company will continue to maintain an office in Durham as well.

“What makes this recognition so special is that two-thirds of our score is based on an employee satisfaction survey,” Kimley-Horn CEO John Atz said in a prepared statement.

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