Eight local companies made this year's list of Fortune Magazine's best 100 companies to work for in 2009.
Among the local groups that made this year's list are:
- D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter (number 21)
- Richmond-based CarMax (31)
- McLean, Va., financial firm Booz Allen Hamilton (51)
- Erickson Retirement Communities of Catonsville, Md. (54)
- MITRE of McLean (66)
- Arlington, Va.-based IT consultant Stanley (70)
- D.C.-based Marriott International (78)
- SRA International of Fairfax, Va. (100)
Fortune cited features like Arnold & Porter's generous amount of paid maternity leave and on-site child care options, Booz Allen Hamilton's hiring of more than 500 workers during the second half of 2008, and SRA International's policy to reorganize company roles to avoid layoffs as reasons they made the list.
Though CarMax announced layoffs of 625 people, Fortune noted a generous severance package of four to 26 weeks' pay.
Erickson climbed up the list thanks to its generosity during Hurrican Ike. Employees whose Houston-area homes were damaged were allowed to temporarily move in to the retirement facility, and the company matched employee contributions for a relief fund.
MITRE, a research non-profit, was included for its terrific retirement plan. Stanley hired hundreds of new employees as revenue soared. And Marriott waives co-pays for most preventative health care.
Topping the list was NetApp, of Sunnyvale, Calif. Other notables near the top of the list are Edward Jones (2), Google (4), Wegmans (5), Cisco Food Systems (6) and Goldman Sachs & Company (9).