Fortune Lists 6 Firms Among Best Workplaces

The best employers are in California. Well, at least if you believe Fortune Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.? The list will be published in Fortune’s Jan. 23 issue, expected to hit newsstands Jan. 16. Or read it now (via Legal Reader).

Six law firms made the list in 2006, among them Morrison & Foerster, Bingham McCutchen, Nixon Peabody, Perkins Coie and Arnold & Porter, all of which have Bay Area offices.

The other law firm making the list, Atlanta-based Alston & Bird, doesn’t have local offices.

It’s MoFo’s third time on the list. The firm, ranked No. 88, first appeared on Fortune’s list in 1998.

MoFo was noted for “paying well.? According to the magazine, the average salary is $172,000 for associates, $60,334 for legal secretaries and MoFo funds every employee’s 401(K) account with 5 percent of total compensation.

Bingham McCutchen ranked No. 82 and was recognized for “feting the non-lawyer population with staff-appreciation week and gift baskets for new babies (70 a year) and weddings (60 last year).?

Bingham made the list in 2005, and former McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, which merged with Bingham Dana in 2002, also made the chart in 2000 and 2001.

Nixon Peabody (No. 49 on the list) got high marks for diversity; and Perkins Coie (No. 48) offers staff incentives, among them roundtrip airline tickets and gift certificates, according to the magazine.

Arnold & Porter, No. 54, got praises from Fortune for being “socially responsible.?

Among the other California companies making the list this year were Amgen, Autodesk, Cisco Systems, Genentech, Granite Construction, Hot Topic, Intel, Intuit, Network Appliance, Nugget Markets, Qualcomm, Standard Pacific, Vision Service Plan and Yahoo.

—Marie-Anne Hogarth

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