The 30 Best Places to Work

Enlightened companies seek ambitious individuals who work hard, think big, and crave life-affirming careers, lunchtime bike rides, and soul-expanding travel


Five years ago, we embarked on a mission to find American companies that truly believe in work-life balance. We sought out successful businesses that allow people to pursue ambitious careers but also spend time with their families, give back to their communities, and fulfill their passion for adventure. And we found them. Lots of them. In 2008, we celebrated 30 in the first list of Outside’s Best Places to Work. By 2010, so many quality companies applied that we were compelled to name 50. This year our research partner, Best Companies Group, was adamant: there were 100 amazing applicants that deserved recognition. And we agreed.

Below, you'll find our top 30 picks for the best places to work in 2012. To read about the rest, check out our list of 70 More Best Places to Work.

1. ReadyTalk
2. Natural Habitat Adventures
3. Seeley Lake Elementary School District
4. MercuryCSC
5. New Belgium Brewing
6. Dero Bike Racks
7. Blue Tent Marketing
8. Clientek
9. Strava
10. ZaneRay Group
11. Realeflow
12. Clif Bar
13. BrainStorm
14. Restoration Services
15. Beach Cities Health District
16. River Design Group
17. Country Walkers
18. Max Borges Agency
19. The Honest Kitchen
20. Goal Zero
21. Paradigm Group
22. TrackVia
23. USANA Health Sciences
24. Rally Software
25. Groundspeak
26. Drake Cooper
27. Ecology Project International
28. Nerland Agency
29. Salt Communications
30. Hanson Dodge Creative

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