12. TRX

Fitness-products manufacturer

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 146
BEST PERKS: Flex time, Fitness, Community & environmental support
HIRING? Yes! trxtraining.com

At TRX, our mission is to democratize world-class training. We are committed to helping our customers achieve peak physical condition by creating exceptional physical-training products and exercise programs that trainers, athletes, the military, fitness facilities, and exercise enthusiasts around the world can use anywhere. Our product line is changing the way athletes train for sports, the military trains for combat, and trainers and exercise instructors train their clients. TRX is most recognized for pioneering Suspension Training body-weight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability simultaneously. The company recently added Rip Training products to its functional training arsenal for developing explosive power and rotational movements. To learn about our product offerings, visit trxtraining.com

COMPANY CULTURE
We are a work hard–play hard fitness and training company, so everyone loves being surrounded by colleagues that adhere to a healthy lifestyle. They love the employee-only group workouts at noon every day and the fact that it’s normal to sit (on a stability ball) at their desks and conduct business dripping with sweat from the group workout. They love the fun, youthful, fitness-minded culture and enjoy working with their fellow employees—so much so that they commonly choose to spend time with them outside of work, doing sports or simply hanging out.

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
We conduct an annual performance review of all regular full-time and part-time employees. Employees are evaluated on performance, contribution to company performance, and alignment with F.A.C.E.U.P. (our internal values). Annual bonuses are awarded based on the score of this assessment. We offer spot bonuses to employees who go above and beyond all expectations in their overall performance or on a specific project. Many employees have generous company stock-option grants as part of their compensation plan.

We give quarterly F.A.C.E.U.P. awards. F.A.C.E.U.P. is an acronym for our company values (Fun, Authentic, Competitive, Effective, United, Physical). These awards go to employees who live these values to the highest degree and are the model of how to incorporate our values into both professional and personal life.

We have an internal HR portal where we highlight employees who have gone above and beyond to live our values and exceed performance expectations. At our weekly all-hands meetings, we recognize staff members with a cool story or a worthy tale.

We have a monthly in-office celebration (on our office roof deck, with fabulous 360-degree views of San Francisco) where we relax (and sometimes compete), welcome new hires, celebrate birthdays, and acknowledge company accomplishments.

FITNESS BENEFITS
Our state-of-the-art employee-only New Training Center (NTC) is located on the top floor of our worldwide headquarters. There are sweeping views of the Bay Bridge, part of the downtown skyline, and the San Francisco Bay. This 1,000-square-foot spot is the single most coveted in the building. Employees are invited and encouraged to make working out a priority and schedule work time around exercise. The NTC is open to employees at any time of the day or night and also offers organized group functional-training classes using TRX Suspension Trainers, Rip Trainers, jump ropes, medicine balls, and kettle bells throughout the day. These classes are conducted by either our own highly trained programming staff, by our education staff, or by local TRX instructors. It’s common to use employee workouts as a venue to verify programming concepts and new TRX moves.

The facility also features two Concept2 rowing machines, a Power Plate, bike trainers, and a fully stocked locker room.
The original TRX Training Center (TTC), located ten blocks away from our offices, features more than 50 classes a week to the general public, but employees are allowed to sign up for free. This is a 2,400-square-foot space dedicated to functional training with an emphasis on Suspension Training. The TTC is equipped with towels, showers, lockers, and highly trained instructors leading the classes.

We have free personal trainers on staff, and employees can also take advantage of free body-composition analysis and exercise tracking.

Each new hire is encouraged to learn the benefits of our product offerings and are given a TRX Suspension Trainer, Rip Trainer, and instructional DVDs for getting started. We encourage people to get outside and get on the TRX. We encourage group outings to take our product outside and work out together on trees, fences, and monkey bars to engage other fitness enthusiasts and break up the workday.

We provide an annual stipend for races, community events, and more. We have fresh fruit delivered every morning and a steady supply of raw almonds and energy bars, and we have a fully outfitted kitchen where employees can cook their own healthful meals.

FLEXTIME
We also allow flexible hours for competitive athletes to train in the morning or afternoon. We often have world-class athletes in the office and head out to train with them during the workday.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
TRX was founded by a U.S. Navy SEAL squadron commander. So as part of our community-service initiatives, we donate $5 from every online sale of the TRX FORCE Kit (our flagship product, geared specifically to military and first-responder segments) to the TRX Fund. The Fund provides equipment, training, and ongoing education to injured military service members and challenged athletes. Last year, in observance of Veterans Day, we doubled that donation for the month of November.

We work with a multitude of volunteer and nonprofit groups, including the AIDS Life Cycle, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and the Livestrong foundation, offering free training classes and discounts on product at our training facility in San Francisco.

We sponsor our employees who want to participate in races in their own communities supporting their preferred organizations.

GREEN INITIATIVES
Our TRX Training Center was built using recycled materials throughout the construction process. We have low-flow showerheads and high-pressure toilets that save about 86,000 gallons per year. We have recycling throughout the office, including blue bins by everyone’s desk. We use recycled paper in our printers, and we compost. We have removed all PVC plastic from our product packaging, which is now made from 100 percent postconsumer waste and recyclable materials. Our training guides and collateral materials are printed on 100 percent recycled paper. With our current printing, we have saved more than 4.1 million BTU, and ten trees, and prevented 1,217 gallons of wastewater flow, 321 pounds of solid waste, and 632 pounds of greenhouse gases.

We have a large bike room and offer more bike racks than parking spots. Our office location is within walking distance of 20 percent of employees’ homes.

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