Google lost the best workplace crown to NetApp, after holding the Fortune title of "Best Company to Work For" in Fortune Magazine's annual Top 100 list for two years. Google dipped to the fourth place, being surpassed by brokerage firm Edward Jones and management consulting firm Boston Consulting.
Silicon Valley insiders speculated the sag in Google's status could be related to cost-cutting measures such as the cancellation of an annual ski outing for the northern California Internet giant's snow-loving employees.
The magazine noted that Google attracts 770,000 job applicants yearly, despite having done away with "frills" such as afternoon tea.
Fortune praised NetApp for a "legendary egalitarian culture" and down-to-earth management ethos.
Rather than business plans, workers at the company specializing in data management and computer storage draft "future histories" describing their visions for coming years, according to Fortune.
Worker benefits reportedly include paid days for volunteer work, cash to supplement adopting children and medical coverage for family members with autism.