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Henderson’s Zappos.com listed among best places to work

Listed at No. 15, Zappos.com only company based in Southern Nevada to make Fortune’s list

A day in the life of Zappos.com (1-23-2009)

Fashion buyer Jennifer Sidary snaps a photograph of coworkers walking by her desk at the corporate offices of Zappos.com in Henderson. The online retailer's relaxed, fun-loving and close-knit family atmosphere has won over employees, investors and industry watchers alike. Launch slideshow »

Zappos.com of Henderson, the innovative online apparel and footwear seller, is ranked No. 15 in Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For list” — up from No. 23 when it debuted on the list last year.

Zappos.com, which last year was acquired by Amazon.com, is the only company based in Southern Nevada on the list in Fortune’s Feb. 8 issue.

Fortune reported Zappos.com has some 1,300 employees, down 323 in one year.

It said the company’s benefits include 100 percent health care and a compressed workweek.

Fortune wrote: “Now an Amazon.com subsidiary, the online retailer has vowed to maintain its zany culture. CEO Tony Hsieh and COO Alfred Lin held an all-hands meeting after the deal was announced, telling employees they would each receive a Kindle and a retention bonus equal to 40 percent of their annual salary, with 20 percent paid this past December and 20 percent next December.”

A few Las Vegas-area employers that are based outside of Nevada are also on the list.

They include: Edward Jones, Camden Property Trust, Recreational Equipment, Whole Foods Market, Scottrade, Ernst & Young, Nordstrom, CarMax, Four Seasons Hotels, Men’s Wearhouse, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Marriott International, FedEx and Starbucks Coffee.

Zappos.com said Thursday in a statement that it continues to be driven by core values including “deliver ‘WOW’ through service,” “embrace and drive change” and “create fun and a little weirdness.”

Also, “be adventurous, creative and open-minded,” “pursue growth and learning,” “build open and honest relationships with communication,” “build a positive team and family spirit,” “do more with less,” “be passionate and determined” and “be humble.”

To pick the 100 Best Companies, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct an extensive employee survey.

No. 1 on the 2010 list is North Carolina-based software company SAS.

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