SAS ranks second worldwide in list of great places to work

For the third consecutive year, business software company SAS ranked No. 2 as a great place to work on a prestigious list of top global employers.

Cary-based SAS has ranked in one of the top two spots on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list in each of the past five years. It ranked No. 1 in 2012 and was runner-up the other four years.

Other companies with a major presence in the Triangle that made the latest list released Tuesday include: NetApp, No. 4; Cisco, No. 15; and Novo Nordisk, No. 25.

The annual list is compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.

To be eligible for the worldwide ranking, companies must have more than 5,000 employees – including 40 percent outside the company’s home country – and appear on five or more national great-place-to-work lists.

“My job is to provide an environment where (employees) stay enthusiastic and proud of what they do,” SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight said in a statement. “Because when they’re satisfied, our customers are too.”

SAS has 5,412 employees in Cary and 13,700 worldwide. The company’s customers use SAS business intelligence and analytics software to analyze their operations and predict trends.

SAS generated $3.09 billion in revenue last year, which was up 2.3 percent.

Earlier this year, SAS announced plans to build a new building – its 24th – on its Cary campus.