Clif Bar & Company

Berkeley, CA, 226 Employees

THEY NEED THOSE ENERGY BARS! And how. Clif offers its 182 Berkeley employees 32 fitness classes a week in an on-site gym/studio, supports two and a half hours per week of on-the-clock workouts, and reimburses up to $350 for race fees. Two full-time staff trainers provide one-on-one sessions and coordinate with the company's wellness manager to create constantly evolving athletic programs; this spring, one trainer gave dawn-patrol surfing lessons. "We ask people what they want," says Clif's strength-and-conditioning coach, Stephanie Wu, "and management encourages us to give it to them."
ASK JEEVES: A "concierge service" includes on-site car washing and haircuts, and subsidized take-home organic dinners. Dogs and kids are welcome anytime.


Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of all-natural and organic foods and drinks, including the organic certified CLIF® BAR energy bar, delivering Nutrition for Sustained Energy®, and LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®. Committed to sustainability, Clif Bar & Company works diligently to reduce its footprint on the planet from the field to the final product.

Employees may opt to work a "980" schedule. In a 9/80 schedule, employees work 80 hours in nine days and take every other Friday off. This schedule assumes 9.5 hours worked Monday through Thursday and eight hours worked on every other Friday. On a case-by-case basis with manager approval, employees may occasionally work from home.

Employees enjoy an on-site, fully equipped fitness facility, which includes danceyoga studio, a massage room, showers, and towel service. Clif Bar offers employees a menu of 32 complimentary fitness classes per week, including spinning, yoga, Pilates, boot camp, circuit training, and seasonal classes such as ski conditioning. Employees enjoy free personal training and receive 2.5 hours of paid workout time per week. We offer nutritional counseling; life coaching; subsidized massage services; an annual health fair with preventive health screening tests and info on holistic health options; wellness seminars on topics like healthy eating, stress and holistic health; and athletic event reimbursement up to $350 a year.

Our "concierge services," paid for by employees, include on-site car washing once a week; organic take-home dinners three nights a week; organic vegetable delivery; on-site haircuts; and laundrydry-cleaning pickup and drop-off. At the office, children (and dogs) are always welcome. We also have a private room for nursing moms complete with nursery-inspired decor.

We have recycling bins throughout the office for paper, glass, and aluminum, and employees have desk-side recycling bins. We reuse packing materials and plastic wrap, and offer on-site battery and electronic recycling. We have compost bins in each of our kitchens and "worm bins" in our warehouse. Through these efforts, Clif Bar has diverted approximately 70 percent of our waste from local landfills.

Employees volunteer at the organizations of their choice for as many hours as they like. In 2008, Clif Bar contributed more than 5,000 hours to community service and has an employee-participation rate of 98 percent. Beyond local efforts, Clif selects and sends volunteers to nonlocal special development projects—India, Poland, Romania, and, for the past two years, New Orleans.

Clif Bar & Company believes that people should come to work as their "whole selves" and encourages employees to not only bring the professional expertise to their daily responsibilities but also to their authentic selves—their values, their uniqueness, and their passions. This allows us to connect on an emotional level to the company's Five Bottom Lines—Sustaining our People, Sustaining our Community, Sustaining our Business, Sustaining our Brands, and Sustaining the Planet.

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