Each year, Fortune magazine scrutinizes hundreds of companies, surveying employees and reviewing each company's stated philosophy, employee handbooks, and other materials to find America's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2011.
Not all of the companies listed are headquartered in Charlotte, but some are. Each company listed does at least have a presence in Charlotte, most notably in the fields of law, retail, finance and child care.
All information is taken from Fortune's Top 100 list.
Alston & Bird
13th best company to work for in the nation, this almost 120-year-old law firm is a heaven for parents. For a decade, the law firm has had its own child-care campus a block away from its offices. The facility was expanded this year and now provides day care to 110 children, with subsidized rates for parents in lower-salaried ranks. The firm also provides three months' paid leave for new moms, adoption benefits up to $7,000, special parking for pregnant moms, onsite child care, and a "maternity closet" to recycle clothing.
Balfour Beatty Construction
British-owned builder of hospitals, universities, symphony halls, and the Pentagon 9/11 memorial wins praise from employees for minimizing layoffs during the recession. Says one: "BBC has gone over and beyond to keep its employees working."
Starbucks usually makes this list, but barely did this year, clocking in at number 98. The company does provide good benefits, especially for part-timers seeking health insurance. 2011 was a bounce-back year for the coffee giant, but CEO Howard Schultz refused investor pressure to dial back on health care costs.
Now in its 110th year, upscale specialty retailer continues to live by its one-sentence doctrine: "Use good judgment in all situations."
After two tough years, the used-car retailer rebounded in 2010, hiring 1,200 new employees and awarding the highest bonuses in its history.
End-of-year parties are a tradition at the chain of 1,213 men's clothing stores and leading tuxedo-rental service. (Naturally, they're black tie).
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Any employee at this operator of 585 child-care centers can share his praise for co-workers through an internal employee website.
Employees enjoy a range of legendary perks including dry cleaning, a Wi-Fi-enabled shuttle service, and valet parking at some buildings.
When business slowed last year and some associates couldn't get enough hours to qualify for insurance, leaders changed the policy.
Diversity is a big focus at the largest U.S. accounting firm: A third of its employees are nonwhite, the highest percentage of the Big Four.
Interested in the rest of Fortune's Top 100 Companies to Work For? Read the rest of the list.