By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jan 22, 2008 at 2:28 PM

"Fortune" magazine published its list of 100 best companies to work for in 2008 and three Wisconsin business, one in Milwaukee and two in Racine, made the top 50.

Racine's S.C. Johnson & Son ranked No. 27, Johnson Financial Group, also based in Racine, ranked No. 37 and Milwaukee's Robert W. Baird came in at No. 39.

"Fortune" surveyed nearly 100,000 employees from over 400 different companies and the results were complied based on factors such as best benefits, job growth, turnover, pay and size.

Here's what they had to say about the Wisconsin-based employers.

S.C. Johnson & Son -- What makes it so great? Talk about employee retention: More than half of employees are over age 45, 28 percent have worked here more than 20 years, and 78% more than six years.

Johnson Financial Group -- What makes it so great? Unusual perks here: paid paternity leave (six weeks), graduate tuition reimbursement (up to $10,000 a year), and child-care reimbursement when you travel.

Robert W. Baird -- What makes it so great? They tout the "no-a**hole rule" at this financial services firm; candidates are interviewed extensively, even by assistants who will be working with them.

Google, of course, was voted best. See the rest of the list here.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”