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Comcast
Cox Communications
Is big necessarily better? Sometimes. We
got dozens of enthusiastic entries from
Comcasters who praised cable's Papa
Bear for its advancement programs, including
Steve Burke's brainchild, Comcast
U, where employees learn new areas of the business.
The company had held more than 15K employee training
events by the end of Q2 and most of Comcast's
leaders come from internal promotions. In terms of
atmosphere, a common theme seems to be " corporate,
but fun. " As a Texas employee noted, " This company
really works and plays hard. "
In addition, Comcast continues to offer signiicant
perks, including free cable, tuition reimbursement, 401K
match (up to 4.5% of salary), an employee stock purchase/stock
options program, numerous mentoring initiatives
and many other beneits. As one happy employee
said: " I attended a conference and founder Ralph Roberts
asked folks to raise their hand if Comcast was not their
irst job. Once he counted the hands, he simply said,
'You're home now... Welcome! " That says it all.
Discovery
It's never a
tough call to include
Discovery
here, especially
because it
continues to offer the same
impressive slate of perks
and advantages that have
put it in our Top 10 since
we started compiling this
list. Working at Discovery
equals association with a
big content company blazing
into the future under
ever-moving CEO David
Zaslav. Its headquarters is
in the economically healthy
D.C. area. And with Oprah
developing a network, isn't it
only a matter of time before
all employees get a free car?
OK... maybe that's not going
to happen, but Discovery's
focus on employees is truly
unique.
Not only does its MentorNet
program foster professional
development, but
Fox Networks
Imagine a workplace with an on-site
daycare center, a car wash, a hair salon,
a shoe repair shop, a dry cleaner, a gym
and, as of just recently, even a fullservice
dentist. Now imagine a Learning
and Development Center with classes
ranging from " Managing Dificult Conversations "
to " Creative Communication. "
How about a philanthropic outreach program
where employees can volunteer up
to 40 hours per year on company time?
Or a place where the top legal execs are
minority women: (EVP/General Counsel
Rita Tuzon and SVP/Associate General
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other perks include tuition
reimbursement, a $1,500
employee referral program,
a generous 401K match (up
to 3% of salary; 50% for
the next 3%). In addition to
wellness centers at its Silver
Spring and NYC locations,
Discovery's headquarters
has a childcare center with
room for 102 kids, from
infants to pre-schoolers. The
company also offers national
childcare support through
Counsel Claudia Teran)? Well, this
place actually exists, sunshine. And
it's called Fox Networks. That's
not all. Fox sponsors numerous
other employee programs, including
the " X Awards, " in which managers can
hand out bonuses of $25 to $500 to top
performers, referral bonuses and tuition
reimbursement. These beneits continue
despite the economic downturn.
And Fox has avoided signiicant layoffs.
But beyond the programs and perks is
the work environment itself. Says one
employee: " Creativity and risk-taking are
rewarded. Employees are encouraged to
September 2010
Bright Horizon's Back-Up
Care Program, providing
24/7 access to emergency
in-home childcare or eldercare.
Flex time options are
available. Need exercise?
How about a commuting
reimbursement of up to
$350 toward the purchase of
a bicycle, $100 annually toward
athletic shoes, a $60/
month transit subsidy and
even car-sharing services?
Sign us up.
Not only is Cox one of the best places for
customer care and diversity, it's also one
of the best places to work. Perhaps Cox
knows something that many others have
forgotten: Happy employees equal happier
customers. It's no wonder. A recent employee survey
indicated near-perfect scores in areas like company
culture and exec engagement. Among Cox's beneits
are career development initiatives that match employee
aspirations and values to business needs (simple yet brilliant),
a company-funded pension and 50% 401K match,
Dependent Care reimbursement including elderly care,
Weight Watchers at Work and-who'd a thunk it?-fresh
fruit in break rooms. Fresh fruit? Watch out, Snickers!
Cox's call centers offer child care. The San Diego
center even has a state-of-the-art facility. And in Hampton
Roads, VA, Cox offers a childcare subsidy of 25%/child
to employees making less than $60K. A virtual call center
initiative in AZ allows employees to work from home. Cox
offers tuition reimbursement, mentoring and other support
for those who want to work hard and move up.
X-CITED: Fox managers can dole out bonuses.
voice ideas and opinions. The executives
let you run your own deals without
micromanaging you. " Sounds good.
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