Top 10 rankings: No. 7 for career development Tying compensation to employee performance is a priority at this Chicago-based financial services firm, which owns the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. All employees are paid competitive salaries and strong performers get bonuses. Employees at the director level and above are recognized with annual grants of restricted stock. CME's Excellence Award program recognizes employees' outstanding contributions with discretionary bonuses; in 2013, 50% of those awards went to IT employees. And through its Employee Innovation program, CME awards cash bonuses to employees whose innovations receive U.S. patents.