More Best Places to Work: Santa Cruz Bicycles

Mountain Bike manufacturer

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Location: Santa Cruz, California
Number of Employees: 72 full- and part-time employees
Digs: A factory housed inside a historical cannery. Next door is a climbing gym.
Culture: The culture is dominated by cycling. Employees work hard and are rewarded with cash bonuses for meeting production goals, but when they aren’t building bikes, they’re training for bike races. Flexible work hours allow the staff to get outside and ride as much as possible. Dogs roam the factory floor and family are frequent guests. The dress code, however, is strict: pants with holes, t-shirts with slogans, and footwear of questionable sensibility or fashion are a must.
Sweet Perks: Annual three-day trip to Downieville, California, for employees and their families. Lots of bike riding, eating, and drinking.
Now Hiring: Wheel assembly and bike assembly

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