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Austin company tops national list of best places to work

Austin company tops national list of best places to work

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Gary Keller, co-founder and chairman of the board, Keller Williams Realty. Courtesy of Keller Williams

With mild weather, great-looking residents and ample employment opportunities, we always knew that the Lone Star State was the place to live. 

But a recent report by WorkplaceDynamics reveals that it's also an unbeatable place to work: Eight of the top 10 companies on its National Top 150 Workplaces 2013 are Texas-based. 

Austin-based Keller Williams Realty ranked No. 9 on the list. Austin was also represented by St. David's HealthCare at No. 33 Whole Foods Market at No. 42.

 The list of top workplaces also reflects the strength of the Texas economy — with eight out of the top 10 and 30 of the top 150 headquartered in the state.

The National Top Workplaces were determined based on feedback gathered through anonymous, objective surveys sent to 1.7 million American workers in collaboration with 30 major publishers, the results of which were aggregated and ranked. 

"This year's list reflects the strength of America's petroleum exploration and production industry which is going through a significant growth spurt. Oil and gas placed four companies in the 2013 top 10," concludes WorkplaceDynamics. 

"The list also reflects the strength of the Texas economy — with eight out of the top 10 and 30 of the top 150 headquartered in the state."

Three of those top 10 are located in the Dallas area: The Container Store (based in Coppell) at No. 2, Park Place Dealerships (in Dallas-Fort Worth) at No. 4, and Pioneer Natural Resources (Irving) at No. 6. 

The Houston area had a number of high-ranking businesses as well. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., headquartered in The Woodlands, ranked No. 3 on the national list, up from No. 4 last year; EOG Resources, an independent oil and gas company, ranked No. 5; and Mattress Firm ranked No. 7. 

NuStar Energy in San Antonio closed out the top 10. The No. 1 spot on the list went to Quicken Loans in Detroit.

Other Texas companies in the top 150 include TransCanada Corporation in Houston; Encompass Home Health Inc.; Insperity; Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union; Cash America International Inc.; Cook Children's Health Care System; Texas Health Resources; Denbury Resources Inc.; AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group; Rackspace Hostin Inc.; Interstate Battery System of America; Wood Group Mustang; Statoil; Spectra Energy Corp.; Security Service Federal CU; Harlandale Independent School District; San Antonio Water System; Notable Energy Inc.; Kinder Morgan; and Mesquite Independent School District.