More Best Places to Work: The Republic of Tea

Purveyor of premium teas

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Location: Novato, California
Number of Employees: 100
Digs: The building is a former Army and Air Force airplane hangar with offices and cubicles designed by a Feng Shui architect.
Culture: From the calming Feng Shui design of the office to a commitment to exercise, the Republic’s culture is a healthy one. Each employee is fitted with a new pair of athletic shoes every year and is encouraged to head outside every day, where the staff takes advantage of the nearby trails. In addition, many employees stretch it out in Wednesday evening Yoga classes. The kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks and a staff nutritionist helps employees dial in their eating habits.
Sweet Perks: Employees take annual educational trips to tea-producing countries such as India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and South Africa. Highlights include plucking tea, visiting tea gardens, meeting the generations of tea farmers, as well as exploring the region.

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