9. Parliament

Design and Advertising Agency

LOCATION: Portland, OR
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 17
BEST PERKS: Alternative work environment, Fitness, Swag
HIRING? Yes! parliamentdesign.com

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Parliament is a full-service multidisciplinary creative agency that specializes in creating powerful experiences for its clients, which range from global juggernauts to scrappy new enterprises. The company knows its greatest asset is its passionate crew of world-class talent—designers, writers, strategists, dreamers, and, of course, consumers who work in all media with complete integration in mind.

COMPANY CULTURE
A beautiful, internationally recognized space designed by the founder and creative director. Smart, funny, seriously talented people. Free lunch on Fridays. Special events the last Friday of every month reserved for having fun and nothing else: bowling, video games and pinball, cash-prize board-game competitions, renting out theaters for cult-movie screenings, bike rides, you name it. Need to reset your brain? Wander the office and you’ll find a pool table and an Xbox and Kinect hooked up to a large-screen projector.

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
All staff are awarded generous, equal year-end bonuses and annual raises. There are internal design competitions in which all are encouraged to participate, employees vote for the winners, and small cash bonuses are a typical reward. Every year staff enjoy a three-day weekend retreat to destinations like the Oregon coast and resorts in the Pacific Northwest. And after seven consecutive years of employment, staff are awarded a two-week all-expenses-paid trip to anywhere in the world. 

FITNESS BENEFITS
An on-site gym is available, and commuting by bike or alternative transportation is highly encouraged. Almost a third of the staff commutes via bicycle during the warmer months.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Parliament donates generously to Mercy Corps and the Portland Rescue Mission and often provides pro bono creative work to local small businesses.

GREEN INITIATIVES
The office was built using reclaimed lumber from century-old barns exclusively, all of it finished with beeswax. Recycling is a priority. The company covers half the cost of a monthly alternative-transportation pass.

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