The 2015 Best Places to Work
Check out all the categories in this year's Best Places to Work program.
Here you'll find the complete ranking of companies in this year’s Best Places to Work package:
1. GroundFloor Media (Denver)
Public relations firm GroundFloor Media, based in Denver, offers strategic communications and crisis management services to companies big and small. The office features an open layout, a “playroom” with beanbags, and a big communal lunch table.
2. Drake Cooper (Boise)
The execs at Boise-based ad firm Drake Cooper trust their creatives and directors to work long hours (when they have to). In return, the office is dog friendly, and people can collaborate around the beer fridge or take a meeting while biking through Boise’s nearby greenbelt. Another perk: Employees and management make the effort to ensure PTO is actually time off—if possible, email and calls are banned when an employee is out.
3. Ergodyne (Saint Paul)
St. Paul–based company Ergodyne builds protective gear for workers in transportation, construction, and manufacturing. It fosters fitness and wellness challenges among its 43 workers—competitions in weight lifting, running, and stress reduction—and rewards them with cash bonuses. That’s on top of half-day summer Fridays, staff happy hours, and company parties.
4. Spawn Ideas (Anchorage)
Employees at Anchorage-based ad agency Spawn Ideas get $250 a year to cover outdoorsy expenditures like gear and race entrance fees, short summer Fridays to take advantage of the long Alaska days, and company-wide outings to the local trampoline gymnasium. The office even comes equipped with sweeping views of the Cook Inlet.
5. CauseLabs (Denver)
The 17 workers for Denver-based CauseLabs are scattered around the globe, so the tech company fosters over-the-Web collaborations in which employees play games together. The tech firm provides high-tech help in the form of apps and social media guidance to nonprofits and other do-gooders.
6. Young & Laramore (Indianapolis)
Advertising firm Young & Laramore creates print, digital, and TV ads from its headquarters inside a renovated 1920s schoolhouse in Indianapolis. Employees are allowed to bring in their dogs to the office, which was rated “one of the world’s coolest” by Inc. magazine.
7. Nemo Design (Portland)
Portland-based agency Nemo Design has created ad campaigns for big names like Nike and Converse since its founding in 1999. Every week, the firm rents out an indoor skate park for lunch, invites whoever they feel like, and blows off steam on the ramps and rails. The company is near the Willamette River, and employees can take out the company boat every evening.
8. Stance (San Clemente)
The office of San Clemente, California–based sock maker Stance is a modern jumble of shipping containers surrounding a basketball court. The company’s 130 employees are also treated to an in-house skate bowl, a golf simulator, and a full gym staffed with a personal trainer.
9. The Trade Desk (Ventura)
Southern California–based Trade Desk, which was founded in 2009, is pioneering a new model of online advertising by helping agencies buy and manage display and social media campaigns online. The office is near the beach and offers surfboard storage for employees, balance boards to relieve stress, and even the occasional taco party.
10. TDA_Boulder (Boulder)
Ad shop TDA_Boulder does everything from TV ads to logo redesign and packaging. At the end of the year, profits are divvied up among TDA’s 20 employees in the form of bonuses to the tune of 10 to 20 percent of base salary.
11. Pellucid Analytics (Boulder)
Boulder-based Pellucid Analytics helps financial firms make data visual–laden pitchbooks for all manner of deals—and bosses are doing everything they can to nurture an exciting office community. Every other week, the startup, founded in 2011, holds Board Game Friday where lunch devolves into competitive gaming, and there are constant table tennis tournaments, an indoor soccer team, powder days, and more.
12. BrainStorm (Orem)
Utah-based software education firm BrainStorm gives each of its 65 employees $50 per month to donate to anyone in need. It also has an in-house “Culture Club” responsible for organizing staff events like dodgeball games and other company outings.
13. Cloud Elements (Denver)
Denver-based Cloud Elements makes sure companies’ apps effectively utilize the cloud. But the tech company has a focus on the outdoors: In winter, the 40-person crew will take off for ski Fridays, and group hikes are the norm in summer. There’s a foosball table in the office for stress release and an ugly sweater party at Christmas. Plus, random bonuses and rewards—like all-expenses-paid outdoor excursions or brewery tours—are handed out for good performances.
14. Realeflow (Parma Heights)
Realeflow, a tech company that creates software to make real estate agents’ lives easier, believes in rewarding good work. For instance, if the company meets new-user goals, the whole 27-person team takes the day off and heads to a local amusement park. The Parma Heights, Ohio–based office isn’t a bad place to spend time, either, with scheduled dog days, a Nintendo Wii in the lounge, and half-day Fridays in summer. Plus, the team has been known to frequent the local bowling alley and laser tag arena.
15. Zen Planner (Highlands Ranch)
Zen Planner is a software company in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, that creates online management tools specifically for the fitness industry for tasks like scheduling, automated billing, and website marketing—in an office with a view of the Rockies. The company organizes annual ski trips and barbecues, free healthy lunches every Friday, beer tastings, salsa-making competitions, and frequent extracurricular activities like stand-up paddleboarding.
16. TeamSnap (Boulder)
This Boulder-based tech company creates software to make running a team—be it your kid’s soccer squad or your frat bro’s kickball crew—way easier. As such, TeamSnap treats its 61-person team well. Employees are allowed to work from anywhere and receive unlimited PTO. Each year, the whole company makes a trip to Steamboat, Colorado, for teambuilding, ultimate Frisbee, and capoeira. And, of course, TeamSnap fields a softball team each year.
17. Zozi (San Francisco)
San Francisco–based Zozi is an online-booking software company for tour, activity, and event providers in 90 countries. Staffers enjoy lunchtime patio yoga, the company running club, the $400 per quarter in “Zozi credits” to book travel or buy discounted gear from the likes of The North Face and GoPro, and the $1,000 annual professional development budget.
18. AmeriCan Adventures (Santa Rosa)
Santa Rosa, California–based AmeriCan is a continental outfitter that offers trips ranging from seven days in the Southwest to a three-week cross-country journey in search of Americana. Each of its 27 employees who visit national parks get $500 stipends and five extra paid days off, plus $2,000 to spend on industry-related education.
19. Ecology Project International (Missoula)
Missoula, Montana–based Ecology Project International helps get local youths active in conservation by connecting them with area field scientists in five countries: Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Ecuador (the Galapagos), and the United States. The company pays for its 28 employees to travel around the world on “employee familiarization trips.”
20. Cloud 9 Living (Boulder)
Cloud 9 Living, based in Boulder, sells “experience gifts” in 51 cities nationwide, ranging from Ferrari racing to whitewater rafting. Its 16 employees enjoy a quarterly “experience day” in which they go zip-lining or snowmobiling or hot-air ballooning.
21. FullContact (Denver)
FullContact says it wants to Dropbox-ify your address book. Or, in non-tech speak, it wants to make sure your contact list stays up to date and syncs across all your devices. But this Denver-based company of 61 employees sees the benefit of putting down the smartphone every once and awhile and encourages its employees to take vacations “off the grid”—or at least away from email. Plus, the office comes equipped with a gym, shower, bike storage, and space for lunchtime yoga. And if the stress of coding indoors is too much, the team takes off Friday afternoons for Frisbee in the park.
22. The Honest Kitchen (San Diego)
The Honest Kitchen produces all-natural, human-grade, whole-food meals for cats and dogs. Rather than sitting in a conference room to brainstorm ideas, team members at the San Diego office often head outside for a 20- or 30-minute “walking meeting” with their pups.
23. Bluetent (Aspen)
Bluetent’s offices are in the middle of the Rockies—in Carbondale, Colorado—and with that prime location comes some quality outdoors time. The 37 employees at this digital ad agency go on weekly hiking and biking trips and often fly-fish together. The team also started a winter “Up Hill” club: Employees meet at the base of a local mountain every Tuesday and Thursday for an early morning skin or snowshoe hike up the hill, then get in some downhill skiing before work starts. The indoors aren’t too bad at Bluetent, either: Offices come furnished with reclaimed wood and a fully stocked microbrew fridge.
24. Peaksware (Boulder)
Peaksware makes software that helps people train for things—everything from marathons to musical instruments—so it makes sense that its Boulder-based office comes equipped with a high-end gym and a recording studio. Endurance sports are baked into the office culture—lunchtime bike rides have been known to spontaneously brake for push-up contests—and it’s the kind of place where plenty of the company’s 109 employees’ personal bests are displayed on a whiteboard in the kitchen. The company also organizes less strenuous events, like food truck lunches, concert raffles, cookouts, and beer Fridays.
25. VictorOps (Boulder)
Boulder-based VictorOps makes software for people who work at the intersection of development and IT. Its office comes fully stocked with all the goodies that come with being an Internet startup, including a house shuffleboard table, a kegerator, and a rooftop barbecue area. Plus, the boss’s love for everything involving tech and flight means that quadcopters often buzz around the 32-employee office.
26. GeoEx (San Francisco)
GeoEx, in San Francisco, offers trips in more than 70 countries. Its 55 employees take advantage of twice-weekly in-house yoga classes, a cocktail cart that periodically appears in the office, and a worksite in Presidio National Park on San Francisco Bay that affords remarkable out-the-door adventure opportunities.
27. Foothold Technology (New York)
New York City–based Foothold Technology works with more than 900 human service providers of every size and type across the country—mental health agencies, substance abuse centers, homeless shelters—to create and manage electronic health records for underserved populations. Employees receive comped gym memberships, free lunch deliveries, and generous off-site work opportunities.
28. Southwest Michigan First (Kalamazoo)
The perks at this Kalamazoo, Michigan–based economic development advising agency center around families. The company puts on Frozen screenings for employees’ kids at a local theater and hands out tickets to shows like Wicked. The agency’s 24 employees are encouraged to take advantage of their flextime to ensure they can show up for their kid’s soccer games or help set up for the school play. For the agency, the five Fs—Fitness, Finance, Faith, Family, and Food—come first.
29. Sterling-Rice Group (Boulder)
“Wellness” is a key idea at Sterling-Rice Group, a Boulder-based branding agency. In addition to offering yoga classes, bikes on site for borrowing, and Friday massages, the company wants to keep its 90 employees physically and emotionally healthy. Sterling-Rice hosts health clinics throughout the year that focus on biometrics screenings and health-risk assessments, presents classes on healthy meal planning, and makes a mindfulness consultant available to ensure everyone is centered. But the firm also cares about financial wellness: 401(k) management, financial planning, and credit and mortgage scoring are all offered free to employees.
30. Carmichael Lynch (Minneapolis)
This Minneapolis-based ad shop likes to maintain a healthy “work/outside life” balance. That means offering bikes to borrow, yoga classes on the roof, and two company Subarus that employees can rent for weeklong excursions. In summer, the rooftop becomes a stage when the firm brings in local up-and-coming musicians for private concerts. And once a year, everyone on the 215-person team brings their family to the CEO’s rural Minnesota farm for petting zoos, tractor rides, and more live music.
31. Slice of Lime (Boulder)
Boulder-based Slice of Lime, a user-experience design agency for Web and mobile apps, employs 15 people, all of whom seem sublimely happy, thanks to staff hikes and camping trips, a $2,500 education fund, and orders to spend 20 percent of their time on passion projects. A monthly peer-voted award grants the highest achiever with a skydiving trip to Moab or a chance to race a sports car.
32. ReWork (New York)
At recruiting firm ReWork, 15 staffers in offices in New York City, Boulder, and Denver help socially responsible companies hire the right people for the job. Working here means flexibility—staffers get 30 days to work remotely, plus 30 days of vacation—as well as team rock-climbing excursions, walking meetings, and full-staff happy hours via video conference between the offices.
33. MERCURYcsc (Bozeman)
MERCURYcsc, a boutique advertising agency in Bozeman, Montana, specializes in crafting authentic branding for companies in the travel and outdoor industries. The company’s 20 staffers are treated to travel vouchers, company ski days, and flexible hours, plus an in-office slackline and a communal cruiser bike for running errands.
34. Namaste Solar (Boulder)
In 2011, Namaste Solar became an employee-owned cooperative, meaning all 111 staffers now have stock options. The company, a major installer of residential and commercial solar power systems in Colorado and elsewhere, has solar-powered, LEED-certified offices in Boulder and Denver. It prides itself on transparency (even salaries are disclosed) and giving back (staffers get four volunteer days per year, and 10 percent of profits are donated to local charities like homeless shelters or the Humane Society).
35. New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins)
Fort Collins–based beer maker New Belgium Brewing is owned by its 640 employees, who have access to on-site volleyball courts, a cyclocross track, and an in-house gear shed. One year on the job earns an employee a new cruiser bike, five years earns a free trip to Belgium, and ten years wins a worker a four-week paid sabbatical.
36. Tendril (Boulder)
Tech startup Tendril offers cloud-based software for personalized home-energy solutions—basically, it helps customers have greater control over their utilities and energy use. The 95 employees at this Boulder-based company receive unlimited time off and a monthly wellness stipend that covers ski passes, plus twice-a-year company retreats to cool destinations like hiking trails and hot springs.
37. Adaptive Sports Center (Crested Butte)
The Adaptive Sports Center, a Crested Butte, Colorado–based nonprofit offering a variety of outdoor activities to people with disabilities, gives each of its 16 employees a year-round pass to the local ski resort—so they’re rarely confined to a desk. Morning skin-ups, after-work runs, and weekly chili dinners are all part of the company’s work hard, play hard culture.
38. Organic Valley (LaFarge)
LaFarge, Wisconsin–based Organic Valley is essentially a giant co-op that creates certified organic products sourced directly from its 1,800 farmer-owners across the country. The company features regular company dinners, an on-site gym, an employee garden, a mile-loop walking path, and bikes to check out and ride at lunch.
39. Geocaching (Seattle)
Seattle-based Geocaching has guided 10 million users around the world toward 2.7 million mini-treasure chests. Employee benefits include free catered lunches four days a week, a “keg squad” of five who keep the office kegerator flowing with fresh craft beer, meetings on Lake Union, and a requirement that each employee spend at least a few hours of work time each month geocaching.
40. SolidFire (Boulder)
SolidFire builds innovative flash-memory storage systems for cloud service providers and large enterprises. With upwards of 270 employees at its Boulder headquarters, the company will soon open an even larger office on Boulder’s Pearl Street. SolidFire offers employees $150 a month for not driving to work, plus on-site bike tune-ups, running and hiking clubs, and regular lunches with CEO and founder Dave Wright.
41. Montana Wilderness Association (Helena)
The Helena, Montana–based Montana Wilderness Association was founded in 1958 and helps preserve the state’s wild heritage. Each of its 23 workers gets personal “trail days,” and the company hosts an annual four-day staff backpacking trip.
42. ReadyTalk (Denver)
You can easily work from home for ReadyTalk utilizing the tech company’s streamlined audio and Web conferencing tools. But why would you when the Denver headquarters has on-site yoga, beer kegs, hula-hoop contests, and a Nerd Lounge with Wii and Xbox? The 165 employees get tuition reimbursement, paid time off for charity work, and $300 a year to cover race entry fees.
43. Cornerstone OnDemand (Santa Monica)
Cornerstone OnDemand provides cloud-based software solutions to help companies manage and recruit employees. Its staffers—all 1,057 of them—are treated like real talent, with unlimited vacation, catered breakfasts, and an in-house yoga studio, theater room, and arcade at the LEED-certified headquarters in Santa Monica, California.
44. The Frontier Project (Richmond)
Companies looking to reinvent themselves, solve a problem, or craft their messaging look to the Frontier Project, a strategic consulting firm out of Richmond, Virginia, that offers services including negotiation, event design, content creation, and more. Its 34 employees come from diverse professional backgrounds, from designers to economists, and have access to weekly physical training sessions, a staff book club, and couches in lieu of desks.
45. Ontraport (Santa Barbara)
If the catered meals, Pacific Ocean views, morning meditation sessions, and half-day Fridays aren’t enough to lure you, the diversity of the work you’ll do at Ontraport will. The Santa Barbara, California–based company, which began in a backyard yurt in 2006 and today has 107 employees, helps entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and automate their companies through a business and marketing platform.
46. Evoke at Entrada (Santa Clara)
Evoke at Entrada is a therapeutic wilderness program that places adolescents, young adults, and families dealing with personal struggles, such as mood disorders, depression, and substance abuse, in an outdoor setting for clinical treatment and adventure therapy. The field instructors, therapists, and psychologists who lead these out-in-the-wild camping sessions follow an eight-days-on, six-days-off schedule and can bring their dogs to work.
47. CCY Architects (Basalt)
Sustainability is the core principle of Basalt, Colorado–based CCY Architects, which designed one of the country’s largest passive-heated buildings. The firm’s annual employee wellness package can go toward anything from an Aspen Mountain ski pass to weekly yoga classes to kayaking lessons.
48. Hawaii Forest & Trail (Kailua-Kona)
Hawaii Forest & Trail, based in Kailua-Kona, leads nature tours on Hawaii’s Big Island. Its 50 employees enjoy health insurance (rare in the Hawaiian tourism industry) and comped passes for various outdoor tours.
49. G Adventures (Toronto)
Toronto-based G Adventures offers small-group trips in more than 100 countries. Staff enjoy a rooftop “partio” with hammocks and Wi-Fi to work outside; free ice cream; transit and gym reimbursement; and an annual $2,000 allowance to put toward a trip offered by the company, plus another $750 for airfare.
50. Colle + McVoy (Minneapolis)
Colle + McVoy is a creative agency in Minneapolis that handles everything from advertising to brand design. Its 240 employees specialize in modernizing brands and enjoy perks like office happy hours and yoga classes.
51. Hanson Dodge Creative (Milwaukee)
In a building housing an in-house cafe and gym in the heart of Milwaukee’s hopping Historic Third Ward, the 67 employees at Hanson Dodge Creative work with Burton, Trek, Thule, and Wolverine, among others, to engage consumers with cutting-edge strategies and tech.
52. RightScale (Santa Barbara)
Headquartered less than a mile from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, California, RightScale pioneered the cloud computing space (that is, managing and storing digital assets) and is a leading U.S. tech employer of 132 people. But as the staff mantra goes, “We take our work, but not ourselves, seriously.”
53. Team One (Los Angeles)
At Team One, a 406-employee branding agency in Los Angeles, you can work with underdogs and heavyweights, among them Icelandic, the Ritz-Carlton, and Lexus. You can also take part in Do Good Fridays, which allow employees to do hands-on volunteer work or donate goods or money to a different nonprofit each month.
54. Charles Cunniffe Architects (Aspen)
Aspen-based Charles Cunniffe Architects specializes in green buildings—the type that run on photovoltaic solar collectors and geothermal systems. Its employees enjoy flexible hours, particularly during powder days.
55. United by Blue (Philadelphia)
Apparel maker United by Blue, based in Philadelphia, was founded on philanthropic principles: Removing garbage from the ocean, using sustainable materials, and generally encouraging its 25 employees to support charities and foundations are keys to its mission. Workers are rewarded with company camping trips and in-house DIY workshops on skills like bookbinding and kombucha brewing.
56. Haberman (Minneapolis)
This 46-person Minneapolis marketing and communications agency prides itself on modern storytelling. And fun is in the company DNA: Prior to founding Haberman, the husband-and-wife duo of Fred and Sarah Haberman owned an adventure travel outfitter and led trips to places ranging from the Boundary Waters to the Himalayas. They maintain work-play balance by, among other means, allotting employees paid time to work on the company vegetable farm 45 minutes outside the city. Fresh produce is then delivered to the office for staffers to take home.
57. Uproar PR (Orlando)
Based in Orlando, Uproar focuses on growing a brand’s audience as well as driving sales via smart, targeted strategies and social media. The 34-person staff trends young, which is one of the reasons the company’s annual Caribbean cruise is a popular perk.
58. Beach Cities Health District (Redondo Beach)
The mission of the Beach Cities Health District, in Southern California, is simple: Improve the overall health and wellness of everyone—from babies to teenagers to the elderly—living in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach. Employees enjoy ample vacation time, lots of group volunteer opportunities (like working with the Special Olympics), and “purpose” workshops designed to promote greater professional satisfaction.
59. C1S Group (Dallas)
Dallas-based construction company C1S Group renovates existing commercial buildings to make them eco-friendly. After workers wrap a particularly difficult project, they’re rewarded with generous comp time. Employees are also treated to regular happy hours and an annual crawfish boil.
60. Avid4 Adventure (Boulder)
Boulder-based outdoor summer camp operator Avid4 Adventure offers its year-round employees unlimited time off as long as they get their work done during the summer high season. Plus, each of its 15 workers receive “anniversary gifts” ranging from $600 to round-trip airfare to a stipend to spend a month anywhere in the world.
61. Brewers Association (Boulder)
The Brewers Association, based in Boulder, represents 3,800 small and independent craft brewers nationwide. Its office includes a bar with three beers on tap, one of which is brewed by association employees.
62. The Mission Continues (Washington)
This St. Louis–based nonprofit helps veterans find new ways to engage with a cause or purpose when they return to civilian life. For the organization’s 41 employees and the “platoons” of vets they organize, this can mean working to reduce child hunger in one city or to eliminate chronic veteran homelessness in another.
63. Inntopia (Stowe)
A leader in the central reservations field, Inntopia books trips and vacation packages for what you might call “good people to know”: tour operators, resorts, and activity providers around the world. Based in picturesque Stowe, Vermont, the firm offers its 29 employees some of the best adventure terrain in New England outside their front door.
64. MyRounding Solutions (Denver)
As long as you get your job done at MyRounding Solutions, a digital health company offering software that helps nurses and hospital administrators manage their rounds (hence the name), you’re free to hightail it out of Denver whenever you want. Plus, the company’s 23 employees lead weekly team runs and bike rides, take ski trips throughout the season, and play games like Ping-Pong, pool, and Xbox in the office.
65. Thumbtack (San Francisco)
Thumbtack connects consumers to local pros for virtually every imaginable need, from home improvement to events to wellness. Its 304 employees, headquartered in San Francisco, benefit from an in-house culinary team and $5,000 conference stipend, among other perks.
66. Renters Warehouse (Bloomington)
Bloomington, Minnesota–based Renter Warehouse manages 6,000 properties in the Twin Cities and another 11,000 nationwide, providing assistance on everything from accounting services to full-service property management. It’s one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.
67. N2 Publishing (Wilmington)
N2 publishing, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, serves 500 cities across 47 states with monthly local news publications. It handles every aspect of production, from advertising and sales to design and delivery. Employees receive two weeks off toward the end of the year in addition to their typical time off.
68. Mondo Robot (Boulder)
A creative digital agency based in Boulder, Mondo Robot builds websites for cool companies big and small, from Whistler Blackcomb to Spot Brand Bikes. Not surprisingly, the staff of 36 tends to seek out good times outside of work as well, hence this sentence in every posting for an open position: “We rock websites, games, strategy, bikes, motion, tequila, video, code, logos, tacos, mobile, music, new identities, IPAs, and sweet Colorado pow.”
69. Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (Sausalito)
This 22-year-old creative firm operates with one golden rule: Work hard and check your ego at the door. That gives the 117 employees at this full-service advertising agency, which handles creative direction, strategic planning, media, analytics, and production, the leeway to dream up big ideas for top clients, like Mini’s K-9 Showroom, which features puppy cams that tour the car from a dog’s perspective. With free Wednesday yoga classes and the hills and bays of Sausalito out the door, it’s no wonder the company fields a strong competitors for Escape from Alcatraz.
70. Ryan Solutions (Edwards)
In the shadow of Beaver Creek Resort and practically on the banks of the Eagle River, this Edwards, Colorado–based tech firm has 17 employees who handle database marketing and customer relationship management services for about 75 ski resorts and a growing list of golf, beach, and hotel destinations. The firm’s M.O. is to work hard, then get out the door to ski in Vail or Beaver Creek on a powder day, fly-cast for rainbow trout on the Eagle River, or crush each other on a road or mountain bike—the Strava data doesn’t lie.
71. SmartWool (Steamboat Springs)
Merino apparel maker SmartWool supplies its 65 employees with season passes to Steamboat Ski Area in Colorado (near the company’s headquarters) and mandates a powder day whenever it snows more than six inches. Workers also get short summer Fridays and are encouraged to participate in company-hosted athletic competitions.
72. McGarrah Jessee (Austin)
From the print ad to the mobile app to the retail experience, this Austin, Texas–based advertising and PR firm builds a 360-degree emotional connection between people and brands like Yeti Coolers, Costa Sunglasses, and Shiner Beer. Equipped with showers and a rooftop deck, the office, a quarter-mile from Lady Bird Lake, is set up for employees who want to maximize outdoor time, like the Friday afternoon “Bike2Swim,” in which the 108 staffers are invited to bike over to Barton Springs and cannonball into the cool water before stopping off at a food truck for lunch.
73. Backroads (Berkeley)
Founded in 1979 as a cycle-tour company, Berkeley-based Backroads has since expanded to include hiking and multisport itineraries. But its 221 employees are still passionate cyclists: Every Tuesday and Thursday, a 30-mile post-work group ride climbs 2,500 feet into the Berkeley Hills—good training for the upcoming staff ride in Tuscany. The guides may get the glamour job, but office staff gets an extra week’s worth of vacation and trip credit to experience any trip on the Backroads roster.
74. VAVi Sport & Social (San Diego)
San Diego–based VAVi Sport & Social is the West Coast’s largest sports and social club. The company organizes more than 600 coed adult sports leagues throughout San Diego and owns a few different national event series, like the Wipeout Run. Employees get loads of freebies: gym memberships, concert tickets, unlimited sandwiches at a local deli, their names on club VIP lists, and an abundance of healthy snacks and beverages.
75. Eagle Creek (Carlsbad)
Luggage maker Eagle Creek, based in Carlsbad, California, encourages its staff of 47 to test products on weekend adventures, has an in-house meditation room, and offers employees funds for Kiva microloans to support small businesses around the world. It also offers workers paid days off for community service projects.
76. G5 (Bend)
This Bend-based company specializes in digital marketing for apartments, self-storage, and senior living. With an office downtown near Drake Park, most employees walk or bike to work and practice office-sponsored yoga or play ultimate Frisbee at lunch. Walking business meetings are encouraged, as is walking the dog—the employees’ 49 canines and one honorary cat have their own page on the G5 website. In summer, Fridays are for taking off at 1 p.m.
77. Max Borges Agency (Miami)
Hard chargers, heed this: This Miami-based leading consumer electronics and technology PR firm executed a full-distance triathlon at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show for its client Polar. It makes sense considering one of the stated goals for its 59 employees is to “seek opportunities to help clients crush competitors.” With a gym and showers in the office and the triathlon training capital of Key Biscayne just down the road, there are plenty of opportunities to crush office mates, too.
78. Superfeet Worldwide (Ferndale)
Ferndale, Washington–based Superfeet makes over-the-counter custom insoles for your shoes and is an employee-owned company. One percent of the company’s revenue goes to nonprofits, and workers receive paid days off to work on community service projects.
79. Foundant Technologies (Bozeman)
Bozeman-based Foundant creates software for people or organizations that fund nonprofits. The company’s inspiring clients are a huge reason the 33 employees, many refugees from Fortune 500 corporations, love working here. The company’s flexible philosophy also helps. Employees are encouraged to take long weekends for ultimate Frisbee competitions, endurance events, or playtime in the surrounding mountains and receive an annual $1,000 stipend to reimburse expenses while on vacation.
80. The Mountaineers (Seattle)
A nonprofit built around its passion for the outdoors, Seattle-based Mountaineers has been teaching classes, taking trips, and publishing how-to and where-to guidebooks for the past 100 years. The majority of its 38 employees work out of a dog-friendly “clubhouse” in Magnuson Park that has two climbing walls, a bouldering area, and a naturalist center and is a just a five-minute walk to Lake Washington and a dog park. Community-minded job-seekers, take note: The most essential task of a Mountaineers staff member is to support its tireless volunteers.
81. Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)
Eugene, Oregon–based brewery Ninkasi Brewing Company doesn’t just make tasty beer. Its 105 employees also do river cleanups, build houses with Habitat for Humanity, and support a demonstration farm on the MacKenzie River that supplies them with subsidized organic produce. The brewery features a rock-climbing wall, patio bar, and twice-weekly massage therapy.
82. The ZaneRay Group (Whitefish)
The 25 employees at this Whitefish, Montana–based Web design and e-commerce software development firm know work-life harmony. They work for a company that offers good benefits, flexible schedules, and the same diversity and challenge that one would find at a firm in a major metro area, but they live at the gateway to Glacier National Park at the foot of Whitefish Mountain Resort. Morning powder runs, lunchtime trail runs, and after-work mountain bike rides tip the scales in ZaneRay’s favor.
83. Petzl America (Salt Lake City)
Outdoor gear maker Petzl, based in Salt Lake City, offers an in-house bouldering area and a 55-foot-high climbing wall to its 56 employees. Staffers get discounted ski passes, a loaner gear closet, and lots of paid time off.
84. IDX Broker (Eugene)
This company based in downtown Eugene, Oregon, creates integrated real estate search software, customizable listing search utilities, and management tools for real estate blogs and websites. If that sounds complicated, it should, which is why the “freedom to fail within a collaborative environment” is appreciated by the 48 employees who work here, says one executive. The more practical reason to love this place is that as long as the work is done well, IDX Broker higher-ups are happy. For employees, this translates to highly flexible hours and a culture that allows entire departments to walk down to Killer Burger for a power lunch, no questions asked.
85. First Green Bank (Mount Dora)
First Green Bank adheres to strict environmental standards at each of its five Florida locations and encourages others to do the same. The company offers discounted interest rates for customers (commercial and residential projects) that use solar panel systems or follow green building criteria. The company also supports local farms and promotes community service among all of its employees. Extra cool: The company also offers an on-site gym and a 401(k) match up to 6 percent.
86. Fuse (Burlington)
With clients like Mountain Dew and Burton Snowboards, it’s no surprise that Fuse, a marketing agency that targets teens and young adults through sports, music, and fashion, has a cool, creative culture. Employees receive a free season ski pass, paid time off to volunteer with a charity of their choice, access to a fitness facility complete with a half-pipe and communal stand-up paddleboards, and bikes to use throughout the day. Plus, people who make it to the five- or ten-year mark can expect an incredible bonus. (One employee received a heliboarding trip.)
87. Nei-Turner Media Group (Williams Bay)
Media company Nei-Turner is housed in a high-ceilinged renovated church in the village of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Geneva. Its 15 employees can work from home one day each week and get half-day summer Fridays. There’s also an annual staff trip to Las Vegas.
88. Toad&Co (Santa Barbara)
Apparel maker Toad&Co, based in Santa Barbara, California, takes its 75 employees on group camping trips, hosts grilled-cheese smackdowns, and has cocktail hours on Friday afternoons. Community service has also become an integral part of the company’s identity: Employees work with adults with disabilities, volunteer at soup kitchens, and rebuild bikes.
89. Two Rivers Marketing (Des Moines)
With access to local trails right out their door, employees of Two Rivers Marketing, a business-to-business advertising and public relations agency, can often be found running, walking, or biking near the office together on branded vintage bicycles. There are also showers and lockers on location, plus a break room with table tennis, pool, and arcade games.
90. Shine United (Madison)
Known as “Shiners,” the people who make up advertising, design, and interactive agency Shine United have plenty of reasons to work hard. They receive bonus checks throughout the year, can potentially “own” a part of the company based on performance after two years of employment, have 100 percent of their health insurance covered, and enjoy summer Fridays and two weeks of vacation around the holidays (on top of ten days vacation to start).
91. Carbon Media Group (Bingham Farms)
A digital media brand that targets outdoor enthusiasts through multiple platforms, including more than 500 websites and popular streaming service CarbonTV, the Carbon Media Group really knows its niche. The company hosts quarterly adventures, like trips to shooting ranges, ice fishing, and canoeing, and offers employees a fully loaded game room and unlimited paid time off.
92. Aspen Skiing Company (Aspen)
Going to work is a whole lot easier when your “office” is one of four world-class mountains (Snowmass, Aspen, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands) in the Rockies. One of the last remaining independently owned and operated ski resorts, Aspen Skiing Company provides its employees with free ski passes, free fitness and yoga classes, and a solid health plan.
93. Usana Health Sciences (Salt Lake City)
Usana is a nutritional supplement and health care product maker and supplier based in Salt Lake City. It provides its 746 employees with a basketball court, beach volleyball court, climbing wall, cardio and strength equipment, and two on-staff personal trainers.
94. Sphero (Boulder)
Robotics developer Sphero, based in Boulder, offers its 92 workers flexible work hours and awards for creative thinking at weekly staff lunches. Its office is also packed with Xbox stations, Frisbee golf, and Nerf guns, and staffers can drive an electric car down the halls.
95. Deschutes Brewery (Bend)
Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, is located along the banks of the Deschutes River, a world-class fly-fishing stream. Its employees enjoy 300 miles of mountain bike trails and, in winter, nearby skiing or snowboarding.
96. Spyderco (Golden)
Known for its ergonomically designed folding knives, Golden, Colorado–based Spyderco provides its 90 workers with gym memberships and regular fruit deliveries. Since the company is based near mountains and streams, employees get out for midday trail runs and whitewater paddles.
97. Audley Travel (Boston)
For wanderlusts looking to see the world through work, Audley Travel is the place to be. The tour company creates luxury vacations and tailor-made trips for its clients. As an employee, you receive discounted rates for personal travel, free trips for top performances, and one-month familiarization trips to your country of specialty.
98. North Carolina Outward Bound School (Asheville)
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with campuses in the Florida Everglades, the Outer Banks, and Patagonia, the North Carolina Outward Bound School teaches its students (many of whom are grant funded) activities like rock climbing, mountaineering, and sea kayaking, while throwing in important life skills along the way. Staff members get sweet deals on outdoor gear, performance-based gifts, and seasonal bonuses.
99. Infinite Energy (Gainesville)
Infinite Energy competes with other suppliers to provide natural gas in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York and electricity in Texas. When an employee refers someone to the company, he or she receives one percent of that new worker’s first-year salary as a bonus. Other perks include an on-site gym with a full-time personal trainer, weekly chair massages, and eight hours of paid volunteer time to serve during the workday.
100. Skullcandy (Park City)
Many of the benefits that come with working at lifestyle and performance audio brand Skullcandy revolve around the company’s Park City location. Employees receive season ski passes, access to two gyms within walking distance of the office, group powder days (that is, permission to come in late after it snows), and weekly “Skull Fit” and running workouts hosted by the CEO. They also get 12 PTO days and work closely with local nonprofits.