Top 10 ranking: No. 4 for retention This Cary, N.C.-based software company holds international appeal for its employees. SAS hosts annual global workshops at its U.S. headquarters, with high attendance from its U.S. IT staff, who get to meet the international IT people that they've worked with remotely. In fact, the company delivered more global IT projects in the past year than any other time in its history. Fun for all SAS offers several new programs each year to draw out the sports, gardening, cooking or craft enthusiast in everyone, from the annual family picnic to anniversary celebrations, sports leagues and photo contests. The company's newest building is state of the art and has given IT staffers the opportunity to work on projects outside their day-to-day routines, such as the installation, setup and automation of video walls; programming for a touch-screen room-scheduling system integrated into the email and calendar system; the creation of systems for room automation and digital signage; the design of customer kiosks; software development for a new event management system; and a point-of-sale system for the cafe. Tech treats The company has several initiatives under way, including rolling out social networking, tablet computing and smartphones. IT employees evaluate, configure and set policies for these new technologies. The CEO Award of Excellence recognizes employees who go the extra mile and exceed expectations, and divisional awards recognize and reward consistent, exceptional performance and behavior throughout the year.