More Best Places to Work: Brooks Sports

Running-shoe and apparel manufacturer

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Location: Bothell, Washington
Number of Employees: 249
Digs: Several office buildings on a site overlooking North Creek Trail, which connects to the 27-mile Burke Gilman Trail, allowing employees to get out for regular runs and rides throughout the day. In the main building, there is a bistro that serves lunch four days a week, and a second building that houses the fully-stocked gym—treadmills, bikes, free weights, flat screen televisions, lockers, bike racks, and a ping pong table.
Culture: As you can imagine, the office is buzzing with energy and fit people who are passionate about running. Everyone works hard, but there are plenty of opportunities to head to the gym. Employees can be seen wearing anything from a dress shirt and dress pants to a pair of running capris. On Fridays, the company organizes “run parties,” where employees go out for a run together, then come back to the bistro for a themed party ('80s, Toga, Fiesta, etc.) with free food and drinks.
Sweet Perks: The Passport Plus Program, which rewards employees with a free dinner at Seattle’s trendy Teatro Zinzanni restaurant if they compete in at least three organized races and volunteer at one running event each year.

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