What does Acuity, a nationally recognized company specializingin property and casualty insurance, with $1 billion in annualrevenue have in common with Google, Wegman’s Food Markets andGenentech? Its employees rated it as one of the best companies towork for, earning it the number three spot on the 2015 list of100 companies, just behind Google (No. 1) and the BostonConsulting Group (No. 2).

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This is Fortune’s 18th year of partnering with Great Place to Work to conduct the survey. Accordingto Fortune, Google ranks No.1 for the sixth time, and 16 newcompanies make impressive debuts, including Acuity (No. 3), Twitter(No. 24), and Riot Games (No. 13).

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According to Great Place to Work, Acuity’s employees describethe company as “generous.” The employees use the word to describethe company’s charitable endeavors as well as its employeebenefits. A look at the benefits shows a company committed toemployees: no limit on tuition reimbursement, no cap on paid sickdays for full time employees, and a 401(k) plan with c companycontribution of 8% of pay every quarter. All this plus a “fun” workenvironment results in full-time turnover of only 1%.

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USAA and Nationwide also make the list

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USAA, which provides insurance to active duty military andveterans, also helps its employees with a major concern of allworking parents: reliable child care. The company has child carecenters at its four major posts (San Antonio, Phoenix, Tampa andColorado Springs) — and all these centers are accredited by theNational Association for the Education of Young Children. Accordingto Great Place to Work, many employees say helping customers, whohave sacrificed for their country, provides a true sense ofsatisfaction. They also enjoy the company’s many unique perks, froma cash bonus at the holidays equal to two weeks of salary towellness programs and summer camps for kids.

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Employees still find Nationwide on their side, earning thecompany the No. 95 spot on the list. Nationwide employees can takeadvantage of free, confidential credit counseling services as wellas talk to professional “life resource counselors” who help withchallenges ranging from finding an electrician to looking forassisted living arrangements for aging parents. According to GreatPlaces to Work, employees said that they “love being able to getout in the community and support their favorite causes,” especiallybecause they can get paid time off for their volunteer work. Theyalso appreciate that the company invests in their development, andhelps them find the right fit.

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How the survey was conducted

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Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the resultsof the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a randomsample of employees from each company. This survey asks questionsrelated to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility,overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is basedon responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailedquestions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-endedquestions about hiring practices, methods of internalcommunication, training, recognition programs, and diversityefforts.

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To nominate your company for the 2016 list, go togreatplacetowork.com/learn-what-it-takes

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Rosalie Donlon

Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU PropertyCasualty360.com. You can contact her at [email protected].