SAS, Quintiles make multinational best place to work list

Posted October 28, 2011

— Two Triangle firms cracked the top 25 in the first World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list as judged by the Great Place to Work Institute.

SAS, the world’s largest privately held software firm, based in Cary, finished second.

In each of the last two years, SAS has been declared the top firm in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Quintiles, the world’s biggest life sciences services company, took the 25th spot.

Several other international firms with a major presence in the Research Triangle Park area and North Carolina also made the list.

Microsoft, which has an operation in Charlotte, beat SAS for the top spot.

The Institute is best known for its annual U.S. list of best places to work. The international list’s top 25 was culled from a field of 350 multinational companies based in 45 countries.

NetApp and Cisco, which are large employers in the Triangle, placed third and sixth respectively.

Google finished fourth. Its North Carolina presence includes a large data center in Lenoir and also has a software development office in Chapel Hill.

Novo Nordisk placed 24th. It operates a large insulin production plant in Clayton.

“These 25 companies demonstrate the power of cultural consistency,” the Institute said.

“The 25 world’s best multinationals clearly demonstrate the main attributes of a great workplace — a place where you trust the people you work for, have pride in what you do, and enjoy the people you work with,” added Otto Zell, director of International List Management, . “These companies have the courage and confidence to build the kind of workplace where you achieve organizational objectives with employees who give their personal best and work together as a team or family — all in an environment of trust.”

The top 25:

1. Microsoft

2. SAS

3. NetApp

4. Google

5. FedEx

6. Cisco

7. Marriott

8. McDonald’s

9. Kimberly-Clark

10. SC Johnson

11. Diageo

12. American Express

13. Medtronic

14. Intel

15. Hilti

16. 3M

17. Telefonica

18. National Instruments

19. Mars

20. Accenture

21. Roche

22. Novo Nordisk

23. Coca-Cola

24. Atento

25. Quintiles


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  • americaneel Oct 28, 2011

    bcde...Just split it down the middle and call it 23rd. Now you can sleep tonight, dont have to fret over it the rest of your life.

  • josman27510 Oct 28, 2011

    No Wal-mart?? Haha

  • confederateyankee Oct 28, 2011

    NetApp, which finished 3rd multi-nationally (and #5 in the US) has about a thousand employees in RTP, in a complex right across the street from Cisco.

    Might want to update your article, WRAL.

  • smegma Oct 28, 2011

    care to name it Dark_Horse? we won't tell anyone.

    my vote would be AT&T most terrible

  • Dark_Horse Oct 28, 2011

    I'd love to see the bottom 25.
    I saw another list where a local company is listed as one of the worse places to work by the employees.

  • LovemyPirates Oct 28, 2011

    When you do things right, you get recognized. Good job!

  • JustAName Oct 28, 2011

    Maybe instead of giving new tax incentives to other companies, the people promoting the state could just point out this list and how many of the top 25 have offices or are HQ'd here.

  • seankelly15 Oct 28, 2011

    YouMakeItSoEasy - "ahhhh just more sas stroking."

    ahhhhh just more envy.

  • batcave Oct 28, 2011

    The reason SAS gets stroked is because they deserve it, don't hate em cuz they are beautiful.

  • Screw WrAl Oct 28, 2011

    ahhhh just more sas stroking.