Best companies to work for

Fortune's annual list doesn't have a single company headquartered in L.A. The closest is Thousand Oaks-based Amgen, which ranked 40th (three weeks vacation after first year, plus 17 paid holidays). Seven other companies with L.A. County locations (but not HQ'd here) get mentioned, including the law firm Arnold & Porter, the Four Seasons hotel, IKEA, Medtronic, Yahoo, American Fiedelity Assuarance and Vision Service Plan . Here are the top 10 - read 'em and weep:

1. Google
2. Genetech
3. Wegmans Food Markets
4. Container Store
5. Whole Foods
6. Network Appliance
7. S.C. Johnson & Son
8. Boston Consulting Group
9. Methodist Hospital System
10. W.L. Gore & Associates

Full list

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Mark Lacter created the LA Biz Observed blog in 2006. He posted until the day before his death on Nov. 13, 2013.
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