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The Best of the Best

By Steve Jones,

Today's editorial was originally pubished on June 26, 2007. It is being re-run today as Steve is traveling. 

Of the best of the best, sir! (remember that one?)

Where's the best place to work? Here's the list from Computerworld for 2007. I'm not surprised that a few of these companies (University of Miami, Quicken Loans) were in last year's list. After all, if you're a great company, you should be able to maintain that in the short term.

What's more interesting, is that in the various lists (Best overall, Diversity, Benefits, etc.) is that a number of companies show up multiple times. For example, the University of Miami shows up in 4 of the 5 top tens. With the weather, maybe that's the place to be.

I'm not sure I'd use this list as a way to seek out a job, but I'd certainly check it if I were applying somewhere because it shows that there are people that like the company. That's important since I'm of the opinion that the people you work with and their attitudes are extremely important to having a good term of employment.

But most important is that you need to find the best fit for you. I interviewed with Pulte Homes (#69) a few years ago (2002?) and wasn't impressed with the people. In fact, I wouldn't have wanted to work there. Maybe things have changed since then, but I know I'd be wary of going back there as the culture didn't seem to fit me.

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