We all love lists - it makes it easier to process information - and for you, that's research on great companies. Along with Fortune's 100 Best Companies, they have created the Top 25 Best Companies to Work For that are Hiring (each having on average 700 openings at the beginning of the year). While these 25 are from across the US, the following "sublist" is for those with job openings and offices in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley/East Bay areas. Here they are along with their rank in the Top 100:
At number 5 is NetApp based in Sunnyvale, CA.
At number 20 is Cisco.
At number 24 is WholeFoods Markets.
At number 51 is Santa Clara, CA based Intel.
At number 63 is Deloitte.
At number 65 is San Jose based Adobe.
At number 85 is Booz Allen Hamilton.
At number 86 is KPMG.
At number 90 is CH2MHill.
At number 98 is Starbucks.
And at number 99 is Accenture.
Career Snippet: All the tips given by the recruiters in the article are spot on and are worth noting. But what you're doing now with starting your research is a great step. Know exactly what you're looking for, know the company that you want to work for - the kinds of services, products, and their company culture and identify how you connect to that. Be able to clearly identify and articulate your relevant experience and achievements to the services and culture of the company. Most importantly, your story should have specifics: specific examples, numbers, details.