[2009 Best Places to Work in San Francisco] What Happened to Barclays Global Investors?

Rankings for the 2009 Best Places to Work in the SF Bay area were released by the San Francisco Business Times this past week.

Genentech, as it goes through integration by acquirer Roche, returned in a bittersweet move to its former Number One ranking in the large employer (1,501+ category), followed by Brocade Communications.

San Francisco Business Times: 2009 Best Places to Work - Large Employers
San Francisco Business Times: 2009 Best Places to Work – Large Employers

San Francisco headquartered Barclays Global Investors tumbled out of the top ten after being ranked at Number One in 2008. No word in the rankings where BGI placed, or if they had participated in the survey this year. [Self disclosure: I worked with BGI and encouraged them to to participate in their first survey in 2006.]

Also dropping out of the top ten were Deloitte LLP, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. Sun was recently acquired by Oracle Corporation.

Along with missing from the 2009 Best Places to Work rankings, BGI’s Local Leadership roster been strangely absent its usual listing of key US based leaders, such as H. Mike Williams who was formerly on that list.  Similar to many other financial institutions BGI layed off approximately 8% of its employees earlier this year.