More Best Places to Work: KEEN Footwear

Footwear, bag, and sock manufacturer

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Location: Portland, Oregon
Number of Employees: 170
Digs: Employees work in an office with an open floor plan and work areas designed to spur creativity—desks and furniture made with repurposed materials, like reclaimed wood, and there are community boards where people can share ideas. The heart of the office is the “great room,” a shared space stocked with games, musical instruments, and areas to relax and eat. There is also indoor bike parking and showers.
Culture: Keen, which makes hybrid shoes, consistently promotes a “hybrid” culture within the office. “We never take ourselves too seriously, but we take what we do very seriously,” as the company puts it. And indeed, fun on the job is part of the culture—a daily 10-minute “recess” to get outside and play, frequent games such as corn hole in the great room or, when the mood strikes, piano, guitar, and the drum sessions.
Sweet Perks: Every summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the company closes the office at 3:00 for “Hybrid Fridays,” where employees are encouraged to get outside. To encourage them even further, the company provides items like bikes, stand-up paddleboards, and maps in the office so people can go directly from working to playing in the big outdoors.
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