CHICAGO (TheStreet) -- As some companies have been forced to shrink benefits to save money, the ones that continue to reward employees stand out even more. To attract the best and brightest, they offer not only company-matched retirement plans and flexible work schedules, but a variety of creative perks.
Here are the top five companies, divided by industry.
The Tech Powerhouse: Google
Google's corporate culture is the ultimate laid-back-yet-high-achieving Silicon Valley firm. The casual dress code is a given, and you can even bring your dog to work. Pretty much every personal service is available on site at the "Googleplex" in Mountain Valley, Calif., including a hair salon, dry cleaner, laundry machines, fitness center, and doctors and dentists.
For female employees, this consulting and financial advisory firm has one of the best work-life balance programs around. The company's "corporate lattice" model allows women to downshift or ramp up their duties as family obligations allow, without sacrificing their ultimate career goal. Flextime, telecommuting and other work arrangements are customized to meet individual needs.
The company's "Qlife" program offers a variety of support to employees, including referrals to elder and child care, adoption assistance and opportunities for community service during work hours.