We've announced our annual “Best Places to Work” list. Of the 50 selected companies, Natural Habitat Adventures, New Belgium Brewing, and Clif Bar & Company claimed the top spots. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 27, 2010. Outside's "Best Places to Work" list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group.
The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees' enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement.
"These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they're all following the same enlightened path," said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. "They're successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive."