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SAS ranks #3 on 2001 list

SAS Institute, the world's largest privately held software company, ranks #3 in FORTUNE magazine's 2001 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. SAS is one of only two companies to be among Fortune's top ten all five years that the list has been published.

"2001 was a difficult year in a lot of respects," said SAS CEO and Chairman, Jim Goodnight. "But SAS stood by its employees and customers and they in turn stood by the company," Goodnight continued. "As a result, we not only made it through a tough time together but we are stronger and better positioned for even greater things in the years to come."

While an economic downturn and political instability forced many companies to trim budgets and staff in 2001, SAS not only hired more employees but also posted revenue growth for the 25th consecutive year. SAS nearly doubled the size of its U.S. sales force in 2001 and continues to hire additional staff in both its sales and research and development operations. Goodnight expects the investment in people to pay dividends for both SAS and users of its business intelligence software for years to come.

Edward Jones, the St. Louis-based stockbroker, topped FORTUNE's annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Rounding out the top five are The Container Store (No. 2); SAS Institute (No. 3); TDIndustries (No. 4); and Synovus Financial (No. 5). The complete rankings and accompanying stories appear in the February 4, 2002 issue of FORTUNE, and are currently available at

The 100 Best Companies to Work For are chosen from an ever-growing pool of candidates. This year 279 companies applied, up from 234 last year. Two-thirds of the score is based on how randomly selected employees respond to the Great Place to Work Trust Index, a survey instrument measuring the quality of workplace culture. The remainder of the score is based on the evaluation of company responses to the Institute's Culture Audit. Of the 100 companies on the list, 20 were not on the list last year, while 28 have been on the list since its inception five years ago.

About SAS:
SAS provides software and services that enable customers to transform data from all areas of their business into intelligence. SAS solutions help organisations make better, more informed decisions and maximise customer, supplier, and organisational relationships. Solutions from SAS, the world's largest privately held software company, are used at more than 37,000 business, government and university sites around the world. Customers include 98 of the Fortune 100 and 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies. For 25 years, SAS has been giving our customers The Power to Know(tm). For more information, visit

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