4. Boa Technology

Footwear-technology designer

LOCATION: Denver, CO
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 50
BEST PERKS: Alternative work environment, Fitness, Swag
HIRING? Yes! boatechnology.com

Boa Technology designs a closure system that can be used on snowboard boots, trail-running shoes, light hikers, ski boots, arm braces (medical), hats, backpacks, and just about anything that needs to be closed or adjusted.

COMPANY CULTURE
When you walk into Boa Technology, you can’t help but realize it’s a really cool environment. A friendly dog may come up to greet you along with a Boa employee giving you a sincere welcome. Bikes are often scattered throughout the office, ready for a lunchtime ride. If things get a little stressful, a quick walk along the river that backs our building will usually do the trick.

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
We have several yearly outings, all based on having fun and building team chemistry. We bowl, golf, attend baseball games, etc. We also have a yearly profit-sharing bonus. All full-time employees are eligible.

FITNESS BENEFITS
Probably the most unique thing that Boa does is have a weekly health and exercise check in. There is no pressure, just encouragement, to live a healthy life. We have a lunch-and-learn where an outside speaker comes in and helps us focus on new ideas for health and wellness. We also offer employees a health-and-wellness bonus, $500 per employee per year to be used for activities to keep them moving: ski passes, race fees, health-club memberships, etc. Bike-storage areas are set aside so employees can take a ride when they want or need to. There are also walking and riding paths along the river.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
We helped clean up the Butterfly Pavilion, a habitat for a new butterfly area, we purchase turkeys for Thanksgiving and donate them to the Denver Rescue Mission, and we collect toys for underprivileged kids at Christmas.

GREEN INITIATIVES
We recycle all of our paper products and anything else that is recyclable. We use low-volt bulbs and recycle old ones. Our desks are made out of recycled wood (and are really cool!).

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