More Best Places to Work: First Green Bank

Financial institution

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Location: Mt. Dora, Florida
Number of Employees: 49
Digs: A new 12,000-square-foot headquarters, which is currently undergoing LEED Platinum certification for the innovative green design elements—koi ponds which feed into the building, 320 square feet of living walls (plants) that improve indoor air quality, 60 solar panels on the roof, and massive amounts of natural light. On the second floor: a fully-stocked gym.
Culture: It’s a professional environment (it’s a bank after all) but managers work constantly with their staff to make hours as flexible as possible. Employees also have free use of the gym during the workday, so they can train before, during, or after work, and the bank pays a trainer to come in twice weekly. To encourage employees to stay fit, the company even goes further, providing each employee with a $500 annual stipend for race or league registration fees.
Sweet Perks: Employees can get a 0 percent interest on a car loan—provided the vehicle gets over 30mpg. same thing with home remodeling: 0 percent interest on alternative-energy upgrades.

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