SOURCE: BrightScope


September 17, 2013 08:00 ET

BrightScope Announces the Top 25 San Francisco Area-Based Companies With the Best 401k Plans

List Newcomer Dodge & Cox Sweep Longtime Bay Area Darlings Google Inc., Dolby Laboratories, Inc., and Yahoo! Inc.

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) -  BrightScope (, a leading provider of independent financial information and investment research, today announced the Top 25 companies in the San Francisco Bay Area with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets.

BrightScope obtains an increasing amount of its data directly from plan sponsors and record keepers, and augments these primary sources with data from publicly available sources such as the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission. By analyzing and interpreting this data, BrightScope provides unprecedented transparency into the 401k industry.

"Spanning across industries from tech and financial to pharmaceuticals and entertainment, the plans on this year's list show the breadth of quality in the SF Bay Area," said Dan Weeks, Co-Founder of BrightScope. "Plan ratings have increased across the board, as plan sponsors continue to improve offerings and maximize the chance of their teams' future financial security."

Noteworthy findings in the 2013 Top 25 San Francisco 401k Plans list include:

  • First Appearances: Dodge & Cox (# 1), Elan Pharmaceuticals (# 2), Yahoo! Inc. (# 15), LSI Corporation (# 16), Visa Inc. (# 23), Juniper Networks, Inc. (#24) and Avago Technologies, Inc. (# 25) enter the rankings this year
  • Greatest Leap: Cooley, LLP rocketed 16 spots from #25 up to #9 this year
  • Largest Drop: Bechtel Corporation slid 10 spots from #3 to #13
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $151,329
  • 94.77% is the average participation rate for plans on the list
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $8,605; the median is $8,047
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $11,665; the median is $11,858

Top 25 San Francisco Bay Area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:

Company - Plan Name - BrightScope Rating

1. Dodge & Cox - Dodge & Cox Profit Sharing Plan & Trust - 89.24

2. Elan Pharmaceuticals - Elan 401(k) Savings Plan - 88.06

3. SVB Financial Group - SVB Financial Group 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Plan - 87.03

4. Google Inc. - Google Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan - 86.99

5. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Retirement Savings Plan No. 1 - 86.85

6. Chevron Corporation - Chevron Employee Savings Investment Plan - 86.65 

7. Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.- Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. 401(k) Plan - 86.57

8. Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC - LLNS 401(k) Retirement Plan - 86.50

9. Cooley, LLP - Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP Salary Deferral and Profit Sharing Plan - 86.17

10. Dolby Laboratories, Inc. - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Retirement Plan - 86.13

11. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Retirement Plan - 85.99

12. MedAmerica, Inc. - 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan for Employees of MedAmerica, Inc. - 85.85

13. Bechtel Corporation - Bechtel Trust & Thrift Plan - 85.70

14. Cisco Systems, Inc. - Cisco Systems, Inc. 401(k) Plan - 85.67

15. Yahoo! Inc. - Yahoo! Inc. 401(k) Plan - 85.54

16. LSI Corporation - LSI Corporation 401(k) Plan - 85.49

17. Infineon Technologies North America Corp. - Infineon Technologies Savings Plan - 85.39

18. Cadence Design Systems, Inc. - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. 401(k) Plan - 85.03

19. Altera Corporation - Altera Corporation Savings and Retirement Plan - 84.95

20. Applied Signal Technology, Inc. - Applied Signal Technology, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Plan - 84.90

21. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC - WSGR 401(k) and Profit Sharing Plan - 84.69

22. Xilinx, Inc. - Xilinx 401(k) Plan - 84.55

23. Visa Inc. - Visa 401(k) Thrift Plan - 84.44

24. Juniper Networks, Inc. - Juniper Networks, Inc. 401(k) Plan - 84.43

25. Avago Technologies Inc. - Avago Technologies U.S. Inc. 401(k) Plan - 84.36

The BrightScope Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. By analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm calculates a single numerical value for each 401k plan. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement. 

About BrightScope
BrightScope is a financial information company that brings transparency to opaque markets through independent research and analysis. Delivered through web-based software, BrightScope data drives better decision-making for individual investors, corporate plan sponsors, asset managers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors. The BrightScope Rating™, developed in partnership with leading independent 401k fiduciaries, reviews more than 200 unique data inputs per plan and calculates a single numerical score which defines plan quality at the company level. In April 2011, the company launched BrightScope Advisor Pages™, the first comprehensive and publicly available directory of financial advisors designed to help consumers discover information and conduct due diligence on wealth management professionals. BrightScope also markets a suite of data analytics software products to Fortune 1000 companies, asset managers, broker-dealers, financial advisors, and other market participants. Public ratings for nearly 50,000 retirement plans as well as rating definitions, criteria and methodologies, and information on nearly 600,000 financial advisors and nearly 40,000 advisory firms are available for free at

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