updated 04:00 pm EST, Mon January 26, 2009
Fortune best employers lis
Apple has again failed to make a list of the best American companies to work for, according to Fortune. In its 2009 compilation, the top company is named as brokerage firm Edward Jones, which has managed to avoid any ties to the credit crisis and during 2008 hired 698 new financial advisors in the first 10 months. In the upcoming year, the firm is said to be building a headquarters expansion for 500 more people.
Jones displaces Apple ally Google, which had remained in the top position for two consecutive years. The company now resides in fourth place, as a result of slowed hiring, and fewer perks such as annual ski trips. Photoshop and InDesign maker Adobe has meanwhile jumped from 40th to 11th place, with commendations for its "humane treatment" of 600 workers moved out of the company. Another large gain is ascribed to Microsoft, which has risen from 86th place to 38. The company is said to keep "morale budgets" for fun excursions, though the appeal of the company may be dubious following 5,000 job cuts.
Apple has not held a position in the top 100 employers list since 2006, despite having reached 337th place in Fortune's 2008 Global 500 rankings, and the number one position in 2008's most-admired list.