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List of American companies offering employees the option of taking a paid sabbatical. The term "sabbatical" simply means "rest from work" or "hiatus" (coming from the Latin word sabbaticus), but it has come to mean the practice of taking an extended leave of absence from an employer. Typically, sabbaticals are taken for a specific project or with a specific goal in mind, thus making them different from simply a vacation or taking 'personal time,' which can be used for just going on a trip or enjoying some leisure time. Sabbaticals are most commonly associated with academics and professors, who may take time off to complete a lengthy research project, write a book or pursue some new line of inquiry. Universities are the most common types of employer to offer extensive paid leave.

But this is not necessarily the condition with all companies. In Europe, and the United Kingdom specifically, the notion of taking a 'career break' as an employee benefit - in which to re-evaluate the course of one's career and even take steps to alter a career trajectory - has become a more common practice. Students are also sometimes given sabbatical time, usually to take a year out of study for travel or personal reflection. This list originally appeared in <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/best_benefits/sabbaticals.html">CNN Money</a> as part of a series on The Best Companies to Work For.

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Alston & Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals

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American Century Investments is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
American Century Investments Financial Services

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American Express is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
American Express Financial Services, Short-Term Business Credit

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Autodesk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Autodesk Software, Prepackaged Software, Geographic Information System

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Boston Consulting Group is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Boston Consulting Group Management Consulting Services

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CDW is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
CDW Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses

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Container Store is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals

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Edward Jones Investments is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Edward Jones Investment banking, Investment

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FedEx is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
FedEx Air Courier Services

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Genentech is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Genentech Pharmaceutical Preparation, Biotechnology

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Goldman Sachs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Goldman Sachs Private equity, Investment banking, Financial Services

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Intel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Intel Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

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Microsoft Corporation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Microsoft Corporation Consumer electronics, Software, Publishing

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Nike, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Nike Fashion accessory, Sports equipment, Clothing

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Perkins Coie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals

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Plante Moran is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals

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PricewaterhouseCoopers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultant, Accounting, Auditing

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Quad/Graphics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals

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QuikTrip is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
QuikTrip Retail

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REI is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals

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Republic Bancorp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Republic Bancorp

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Russell Investments is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
Russell Investments Financial Services

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S.C. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals
S.C. Johnson

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Timberland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Companies Offering Fully Paid Sabbaticals