43. MiresBall

Advertising and public relations firm

LOCATION: San Diego, CA
NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS:
32
BEST PERKS:
Alternative work environment, Flex time, Swag
HIRING? No. miresball.com

MiresBall is a West Coast–based brand agency. From its headquarters in San Diego, the firm develops the strategy, narrative, and visuals to help companies, from innovative start-ups to established global leaders, communicate with clarity and authenticity.

COMPANY CULTURE
A healthy work-life balance is a key to the company’s success, helping to motivate employees, foster collaboration, and produce high-quality work. An annual camping trip, picnics at the beach, and the company kickball team offer employees and their families frequent opportunities to socialize outside the office. The office itself is bright and airy, with casual meeting spots designed to encourage creativity scattered throughout. With its collegial approach, the firm offers employees a variety of opportunities to contribute to high-profile client assignments.

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
Despite the weak economy, the firm has maintained a generous performance bonus program available to all employees, with bonuses based on annual ratings. Also, the firm regularly enters design competitions to garner outside recognition for employees’ work, including recent awards from the American Graphic Design Awards and the Rebrand 100.

FITNESS BENEFITS
Comprehensive benefits packages provide medical and dental care, life and disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and retirement savings. To encourage physical fitness, the company sponsors an employee kickball team. Employees have the flexibility to plan their work schedule around their outdoor commitments, from training for marathons to tennis leagues to hiking trips.

FLEXTIME
No one complains if employees leave a bit early to pick up their kids or come in a few minutes late after a medical appointment—or because they were out surfing. The firm recognizes that employees can generate big ideas outside of traditional business hours, not to mention outdoors.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
The agency provides turkeys to a local charity and decorates a neighborhood shelter with fresh Christmas trees and other décor during the holiday season. In addition, the company performs a variety of pro bono and volunteer projects in the studio throughout the year. The firm has also contributed to humanitarian efforts abroad by funding a reforestation project in the Sano-Gomala village of Nepal. The 16,000 trees now protect the village school from landslides.

GREEN INITIATIVES
The firm encourages employees to recycle at work and home, while purchasing sustainable materials and supplies whenever possible. The firm’s office design incorporates reclaimed barn wood, energy-efficient lighting, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

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