More Best Places to Work: Olu Kai

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Location: Irvine, California
Number of Employees: 49
Digs: Bright, open, two-story office building with various workplace items trying to foster creative, like a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard for brainstorming sessions and a fire pole that extends from the top to bottom the floor.
Culture: Casual—jeans, T-shirts, shorts, and, of course, sandals. Flexible—eight hour days, but with no stress on starting or ending times. Fit—the usual midday yoga classes plus a Thursday afternoon boot camp. Philanthropic—each year the company holds it Ho’olaule’a festival in Maui, a celebration of ocean lifestyle and community spirit, and all OluKai staff can attend.
Sweet Perks: Also, roughly four times each year the company hosts an outing—lawn bowling, scavenger hunts by boat, Angels’ baseball games—for employees plus two or three beach days per year, when the company closes for the day and the staff heads out surfing, SUPing and barbecuing.
Now Hiring: Marketing Manager and Customer Service Rep

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