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DreamWorks Animation: Why It's the Only Hollywood Firm on Fortune's Best 100 Employers List

Jeffrey Katzenberg
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UPDATED: The studio ranks 14th on the annual list after coming in 10th a year ago, with employees citing the role of CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

NEW YORK - DreamWorks Animation is the only entertainment industry company on this year's annual Fortune list of 100 Best Companies to Work for, ranking 14th after taking the 10th spot a year earlier.

What makes the company such an attractive employer? "What animates the animators here is the accessibility of CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who welcomes new hires and sends a daily update to the staff," Fortune said. "He makes it feel like 200 people work here, not 2,000," the magazine quoted one staffer as saying.

DWA has 2,151 employees in the U.S. and 10 outside the country, according to Fortune, which added that the firm created 154 new jobs over the past year. Voluntary employee turnover stands at only 5 percent, it pointed out.

"Once again we are honored to get this prestigious recognition," said Katzenberg of the ranking. "Creating the best possible place in the world to make CG animated movies is invaluable to DreamWorks Animation. Having our employees love their work and love coming to work is the highest priority for our company."

There were about 28,000 job applicants with only 90 job openings as of the start of the new year, according to Fortune, which listed such benefits and offers as an onsite fitness center, subsidized gym membership, a job sharing program, telecommuting and fully paid sabbaticals.

Google took the top spot in this year's Fortune ranking after coming in fourth on last year's list.

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