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Google ranked best workplace

Not surprisingly, Google is ranked the No. 1 place to work in the United States by Fortune.

Why? Well, start with the free food, the "college-like atmosphere," the lap pool, free laundry facilities, child care, and the bring-your-dog-to-work policy, among a host of other perks. And then there's the $485.65 share price. (The San Francisco Chronicle reports that by one estimatemore than 900 Google employees became millionaires when the company went public in 2004.)

Another Bay Area company, Genentech, is ranked second, falling from first place in the ranking last year. And Yahoo, Google's chief rival in Web search, is ranked 44th.