Google named 2nd best company to work for in the world

The search giant took second place among the top global workplaces, according to a new report. It was beaten only by software company SAS.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
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Google is the second best company to work for across the world, at least in the opinion of CNNMoney.

Ranking the top 25 global workplaces, CNNMoney praised Google for its coaching services. The company offers a "CareerGuru" program in which 43 of its senior leaders provide career coaching to employees. These gurus are available in 14 offices around the world.

Google engineers can also discuss issues and concerns with senior engineers known as "EngAdvisors." More than 900 engineers have taken advantage of this program since it launched in 2009, CNNMoney said.

Currently, Google gets 61 times as many job applications as it has existing jobs. Last year, the company ranked No. 4 on the list.

But software company SAS took the top spot among the 25 candidates, up from second place last year. Located in North Carolina, SAS provides business analytics software and services to its corporate and government customers.

The company rose to first place in part because of the accessibility of its leaders, CNNMoney said. All employees are invited to attend "Conversations Over Coffee," monthly breakfast meetings hosted by CEO Jim Goodnight in which any topic is up for discussion. SAS's working conditions have led to a low voluntary turnover rate of only 2.6 percent.

Data storage provider NetApp maintained its No. 3 spot on the list. The company holds regular orientation meetings to introduce new employees to upper management.

Microsoft took fifth place, cited by CNNMoney for its efforts to help women interested in working in technology. The company hosts a DigiGirlz Day event in which female high-school students can discuss the technology field with Microsoft employees.

Other tech players on the list included Autodesk, Intel, and Cisco.