46. Nixon

Watch and accessories manufacturer

LOCATION: Encinitas, CA
Alternative work environment, Flex time, Swag
HIRING? YES! nixonnow.com

Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty board-sports and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in more than 65 countries, Nixon’s product range has grown to include select men’s and women’s soft goods, leather goods, and custom headphones.

We have created a collaborative atmosphere when it comes to developing products, projects, and processes. It doesn’t matter if you have been here ten days or ten years, the best idea wins. We invest in our workforce whether it’s developing personal education, elevating the tools we use to get our jobs done, or creating fun events our employees can use to build relationships with each other and burn off steam. We have an open-door policy and monthly all-hands meetings on the first Friday of every month. We allow pets in the office.

If employees are going for a surf, skate, run, or any workout activity, there is a locker room for them to change clothes, shower, and secure valuables. Employees can borrow surfboards or skateboards to surf or skate locally. Bikes and boards were given to every employees as a year-end gift to promote local transportation—a healthy alternative to driving.

We have a company snowboard trip where we close our office on Friday and hire buses to take employees and significant others snowboarding for the weekend. Transportation, lodging, food, and use fees are completely covered by Nixon.

Flexible hours are given to accommodate school events, taking a family member to the doctor, etc. Employees who have demonstrated commitment to the workplace have been allowed extended leave time from work when they have identified opportunities to develop their personal goals.

Rob Machado is a sponsored athlete of Nixon’s and his organization, the Rob Machado Foundation, is focused on supporting and initiating environmental initiatives with local grammar schools. Nixon contributes by supporting two fundraising events each year: a local kids’ surf contest and a local golf charity event. Nixon contributes more than $10,000 a year in financial support to our local community.

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