@NathanG - I worked at a company that had a very positive, caring culture. It was something that they stressed in their new employee orientation, and it was a commitment that they actively carried out.
Managers really cared about you. If you ask me, it’s from the top down. It starts with the executive. If it doesn’t start there, nobody else is going to carry the ball.
A company’s mission statement should give you a clue as to what they’re like. One famous example is Google and their motto, “Do no evil.” Of course that’s very abstract; if you dig deeper you’ll find out what they mean by that. You have to decide if you buy into the motto, or if…you’re an evil doer. If you’re the latter, then obviously you shouldn’t apply.