Top 10 ranking: No. 6 for retention, No. 4 for benefits IT employees at this Cary, N.C.-based software company know the thrill of working on cutting-edge technology. Collaboration efforts between the IT and R&D teams have helped create technology that supports green initiatives, sustainability efforts and disaster relief analysis. The IT organization also uses technology to improve the efficiency of internal business partners's processes. IT employees have opportunities to work on projects with the newest technologies, such as virtualization tools, cloud platforms and grid computing. Customized work schedules: The company offers a variety of flexible scheduling options to give employees the freedom to perform their jobs in the manner that works best for them. Most flexible schedules are worked out between individuals and their managers. The turnover rate at SAS is just 2%; in comparison, the industry standard is approximately 22%. The list of reward and recognition programs is long: The IT group offers the Exemplary Performance Award, a quarterly, peer-driven honor, and the Key Club Award, another peer-driven award, for employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. The Key Club Award winner is recognized with movie tickets, a massage or merchandise from the company store. A companywide award called the CEO Award of Excellence celebrates the achievements of SAS employees in all departments. An IT newsletter features, among other things, reports about employee success stories, introductions to new employees and announcements of birthdays, births, anniversaries and marriages. The IT group also maintains "brag boards" to recognize good performances. Social events for IT employees include a yearly chili cook-off and department lunches and dinners.