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Google lands top spot on Fortune's list of best places to work

Job hunters, rejoice: Fortune has released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, which includes Google and Microsoft.

The Mountain View-based search giant again topped the list, while Microsoft took a step up in the rankings to land at 75, joining other tech companies like Qualcomm (11), Cisco (42), Hitachi (63), and Intel (68).

Last year, Google jumped three spots from number four in 2011 to number one. But what makes Google so great?

According to Fortune, "The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of subsidized massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits."

Sounds like a slice of California employment heaven.

But Google is more than spa treatments and recreational team sports. The company also claimed $37.9 billion (£24 billion) in 2011 earnings.

A company spokeswoman declined to comment on the list, saying only that "we're letting the ranking speak for itself."

Things haven't been all hunky dory for Google lately, though. While the organisation produced Android-based gadgets and self-driving cars, a social network and augmented-reality glasses, it was recently chastised by the FTC over patents and certain search tactics.

Meanwhile, at the 75th best place to work, Microsoft posted 2 per cent job growth, with a total 55,455 US employees, and another 38,835 overseas. The company logged $73.7 billion (£46 billion) in 2011, and boasts a new on-campus health centre with primary care, a pharmacy, a chiropractic clinic, lab tests, and wellness coaching, according to Fortune.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It doesn't take a keen eye to notice that technology kings Apple, Facebook, and Amazon are missing from this year's list, and every other one since as far back as 2006.