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10 Best Retailers to Work For

03/10/2015
As retail continues its evolution to the customer-centric model it is relying more than ever on its workforce to provide shoppers with the personalized experience they demand. When it comes to customer service a happy employee is a productive employee.

For the 18th consecutive year Fortune has partnered with Great Place to Work to produce the 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Prominent retailers can be found throughout the list which was topped by Google for the sixth time.

Here are the top 10 retailers to make the prestigious list:

Wegman's Food Markets. The family-owned supermarket chain has made Fortune's list every year the media outlet has published the report, improving from the 12th position last year to seventh in 2015. The grocer employs over 43,000 workers, with an average full-time employee salary of $33,000. Fortune ranking: 7.

Nugget Markets. The privately-held, Sacramento-area grocery chain employs over 1,200 workers, 47% of which are female. The grocer improved 10 positions over last year's 36th place finish. Fortune ranking: 26.

The Container Store. The specialty retailer went public in 2013, and thanks to a direct-purchase program, a quarter of its employees own stock in the company. Full-time employees are paid nearly $50,000 a year, double the retail average. Fortune ranking: 27.

QuikTrip. The 700-location convenience store chain added nearly 1,000 jobs last year. The retailer offers its nearly 17,000 workers fully-paid sabbaticals, paid time off for volunteering, onsite medical care facility, and college tuition reimbursement. Fortune ranking: 54.

Whole Foods Market. The upscale organic grocer offers employees a 20% discount, which can be increased to 30% if they enroll in the retailer's healthy lifestyles program. The retailer's commitment to employee health is further evidenced by the discounted gym membership program. Fortune ranking: 55.

L.L. Bean. This marks the Maine-based retailer's third appearance on the list. The retailer has an incredibly low full-time turnover rate of just 3%, and an 11% turnover rate for part-timers. Fortune ranking: 56.

REI. The outdoor apparel and accessories retailer is a perennial member of the list. It offers its employees compressed work weeks, fully-paid sabbaticals, an onsite fitness center, and college tuition reimbursement. Fortune ranking: 58.

Build-A-Bear Workshop. The stuffed-animal retailer is making a push to hire Spanish-speaking employees in stores and call centers. The equal-opportunity employer workforce is currently made up of 32% minorities. Fortune ranking: 59.   

Publix Supermarkets. The employee-owned chain makes this ranking every year, but dropped a few spots from last year's 75th place finish. The average base salary for hourly employees at the grocer is just shy of $26,000. Fortune ranking: 81.

Zappos.com. The Amazon-owned Zappos has made the best places to work list seven times. The footwear retailer offers employees a relaxed, fun atmosphere and allows workers the freedom to self-direct their work. Fortune ranking: 86.