The 100 Best Places to Work: 25-1
25. The ZaneRay Group
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Number of Employees: 21
Digs: An open workspace that looks out over the Whitefish Mountain Range.
Culture: You can blame your online shopping binges on ZaneRay’s wizard e-commerce web designers, who’ve revamped the sites of brands like online powerhouses like Horny Toad and Nixon Watches. Employees make good use of their flexible work schedules to enjoy rafting, skiing, and endless trails, within 20 minutes of the office.
Giving Back: ZaneRay sponsors several local youth sports teams as well as a high-school job-shadowing program.
Sweet Perk: ZaneRay and Montana Ski Company partnered to create a set of customized wood-core skis, which are kept at the office for staff or clients to use whenever they like.
Hiring: Yes! Java Developers, Web Interface Developers
24. Rally Software Development Corp.
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of Employees: 393
Digs: The new headquarters are outfitted with Energy Star appliances, compost, and motion sensors, and enjoy views of the Boulder Flatirons.
Culture: The company’s dry work developing software to improve businesses’ efficiency is offset by their appreciation for juvenile team-building: Think go-kart racing, ghost tale bus tours, and miniature golf outings. Interested employees can also take (at no cost to them) regularly held public speaking, leadership, and collaboration courses.
Giving Back: The company’s Rally For Impact program gives one percent of employee time, one percent of product, and one percent of the company's equity to community environmental and social causes.
Sweet Perk: The employee with the most volunteer hours each quarter is given a gift certificate and recognized at the All-Hands company meeting.
Hiring: Yes! Legal, Sales, Accounting, Engineering, HR, and more
23. Coast Law Group LLP
Location: Encinitas, California
Number of Employees: 23
Digs: At this law firm, which is within walking distance of the coast, the surfboard-stuffed gear room gets utilized as much as the conference room.
Culture: Like Point Break with brains, CLG’s lawyers spend their time protecting the environment, sports, and businesses of southern California through their “community-conscious” practice.
Giving Back: The firm works pro bono for a local organization that protects women and children from domestic abuse.
Sweet Perk: “Board meetings” often take place just past the breakers atop pro-deal surfboards, available at discount to all employees and spouses.
22. Global Works
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of employees: 21
Digs: When staff aren’t leading snorkeling, kayaking or trekking with their guests on trips, the nearby trails of Mount Sanitas beckon on lunch breaks.
Culture: The bilingual trip leaders at this community-service and language-focused travel provider for students make for an exceptionally diverse workforce. This past year, staff took groups of high school students on community service and language trips to five continents.
Giving Back: The goal of the Global Works Community Fund, which the company just started, is to provide scholarships to 40-50 high school students each year who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the company’s trips. In the meantime, Global Works offers partial scholarships and tuition discounts for those in need.
Sweet Perk: Staff grow and chow down on strawberries, tomatoes, and herbs from the garden.
Hiring: Yes! Trip leaders for summer 2014
21. Training Peaks
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of Employees: 48
Digs: The open floor plan of the new North Boulder office is perfectly suited for the company’s growing workforce and their dogs.
Culture: Workers at Training Peaks, which develops software that manages workouts for endurance athletes and coaches, make frequent use of their employer’s products. If you’re struggling to keep up with the shaved legs of your fellow developers on daily workout rides, you may need a few hours in the Pain Cave, the office’s fully equipped workout room.
Giving Back: Training Peaks’ cycling-obsessed co-founders are major supporters of Bicycle Colorado, the state’s biggest advocates for cycling rights and safety.
Sweet Perk: The Pain Cave not doing it for you? Pick your gym with the company’s $1,200 annual fitness reimbursement.
Location: San Francisco, California
Number of Employees: 47
Digs: The Presidio Thoreau Center for Sustainability, an old military hospital in the city’s Presidio neighborhood
Culture: Whether you’re a David Livingstone or a desk jockey, there’s a department for you at this pioneering adventure-travel agency. Between excursions, staff take advantage of cheap in-office yoga and meditation classes at UCSF.
Giving Back: GeoEx donates to over 30 nonprofits in the destinations they visit, ranging from conservation efforts to student scholarships.
Sweet Perk: Every quarter, employees nominate one outstanding peer to enjoy a free plane ticket for travel anywhere in North America.
19. Human Movement
Location: Louisville, Colorado
Number of Employees: 41
Digs: A renovated old barn, located in historic Old Town Louisville, one block from the Boulder County mountain bike trail system.
Culture: There’s no happening too big or too small for event organizers Human Movement, the proud parents of the Ugly Sweater Run and Oktoberfest Denver. Staff take advantage of optional (but strongly encouraged) powder days and company snowmobiles before hitting the office bar.
Giving Back: Human Movement sponsors free community movie nights in the park in Louisville throughout the summer.
Sweet Perk: Staff members get nearly a month of paid vacation in January.
Hiring: Event Coordinators, Road Warrior Event Staff, Sales/Marketing/PR, and more.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Number of employees: 658
Digs: More than 89 percent of the landscape surrounding this 350,000-square foot building has been replaced with rocks, mulch, trees, and low-water plants.
Culture: Voted one of the healthiest places to work in 2012 by Greatist, this health and nutrition company’s staff use and live by their health and nutrition products. Company-sponsored intramural sports teams, fun runs, and Tuesday massages keep the focus on wellness front and center.
Giving Back: The USANA True Health Foundation provides critical supplies to those in need around the globe.
Sweet Perk: The fully-equipped onsite gym includes CrossFit classes, a rock wall, and a personal trainer.
Hiring: Yes! Business Analyst, Marketing and Communications, Service Representatives, Event Production Manager, and more.
17. New Belgium Brewery
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Number of employees: 484
Digs: Employees cool their heels with free post-shift beer before hitting the campus volleyball court, running nearby trails, or going on a bike ride.
Culture: Working at New Belgium is like going to Beer Disneyland. Each employee is awarded part ownership of the company when they’ve been there a year, giving them an incentive to strive for excellence.
Giving Back: New Belgium will donate $760K to communities in 30 states this year through its grants program, which donates $1 for every barrel of beer sold.
Sweet Perk: Stick it out for a year you get a custom cruiser bike. Stick it out for five years, and you’ll be sent to Belgium, one of the world’s most innovative beer hubs.
Hiring: Yes! Category Analyst, Health & Safety Specialist, Beer Rangers, Sales Managers, and Chain Account Managers
16. Red Frog Events
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Number of employees: 80
Digs: Serious meetings take place over a conference table made of 50,000 legos, and a slide-equipped tree house is a center of the office.
Culture: The explosion in popularity of adventure racing is largely due to Red Frog, the event planners behind Warrior Dash and the Great Urban Race. To relieve stress, staffers are encouraged to attend group exercise classes, as well as sample their own races.
Giving back: Red Frog has fundraised over $5 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennessee.
Sweet Perks: Employees get a yearly budget to participate in events besides those that Red Frog puts on.
Hiring: Yes! VP of Marketing, Event Coordinator, Graphic Designer, Customer Service Manager
Location: Parma Heights, Ohio
Number of employees: 26
Digs: Employees get to custom-paint the walls of their offices, which ring a central “living room” filled with couches, a TV, and video games.
Culture: Realeflow’s main product, Realeflow Investor, is an online platform for customer management, primarily for real estate investors. Employees are rewarded for their hard work with company trips to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Cancun.
Giving Back: Realeflow’s Greenhabbing initiative promotes the construction and renovation of environmentally friendly housing.
Sweet Perk: Employees camp, fish and hike on the company’s newly acquired 100-acre apple orchard, open to all staff year-round.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Number of Employees: 39
Digs: There’s plenty of room between the spray-painted walls of this office in Denver’s hip LoDo neighborhood.
Culture: Staff spend their days patiently guiding luddites into the world of online apps, earning them well-deserved unlimited vacation time, free lunch Fridays, and the occasional paintball war.
Giving Back: Trackvia’s employee-run Action Committee donates their time to local charity events, such as the Tour de Cure Colorado.
Sweet Perk: The Personal Scholarship fund supplies staff members with a $500 stipend to pursue any non-work related activity of their choice.
Hiring: Yes! System Administrator, Customer Support, Solution Architect
13. BrainStorm, Inc.
Location: American Fork, Utah Number of employees: 35 Digs: A car dealership-turned-movie-theater-turned-office, with bright-colored walls and enviable views of the Wasatch Front Range. Culture: Foosball and a full Xbox game room/theater help staffers at this software training company blow off steam after teaching us laypeople how to use Microsoft Office. The office culture club keeps employees on their toes with indoor soccer, spin classes, and kickball teams. Giving back: A corporate giving committee doles out donations throughout the year. During the holidays, employees receive $100 to donate to a cause of their choice. Sweet Perks: Monthly staff outings include flag football and tube floats down the Provo River. Hiring: Yes! Senior Manager, Direct Sales; Freelance Software Training Services, Freelance Technical Writer; Intern, Product Development
12, Fuse LLC
Location: Burlington, Vermont Number of employees: 31 Digs: An old wool mill with modern trimmings, like employee-painted murals and a private skate ramp. Culture: As a youth marketing agency, Fuse LLC's mission is to bridge the gap between the young and hip and clients like Harley Davidson and Mountain Dew. Staff members gather post-work for canoe trips and moonlight snowshoes. Giving back: Fuse offers discounted services to outdoor-related nonprofits such as Boarding for Breast Cancer and DoSomething.org. Sweet Perks: The company celebrates staff anniversaries with customized gifts, like a new scooter or a skateboarding vacation to Barcelona. Hiring: Yes! Creative Group Director, Brand Strategy Account Manager, IT Assistant, Interns
11. Drake Cooper LLC
Location: Boise, Idaho
Number of employees: 28
Digs: A former warehouse decked out with upcycled decor, like recycled steel faux walls and whiteboards made from glass shower doors.
Culture: Clients range from tourism and non-profits to local breweries and vodka distilleries at this advertising firm in downtown Boise. The on-the-clock yoga and workout classes mean you could be sweating alongside the CEO, and nearby trails make it easy to squeeze in a lunchtime ride or hike.
Giving Back: Through its Dream Big program, Drake Cooper offers a year of pro bono services to one non-profit.
Sweet Perk: On Summer Fridays, employees get afternoons off.
Hiring: Yes! Associate Creative Director/Art Director, Sr. Application Developer
10. The Grauer School
Location: Encinitas, California Number of employees: 36 Digs: An outdoor campus that includes five coastal acres with two acres set aside for a native wildlife corridor. Culture: Outside of its rigorous academic program, this small private prep school sends its staff and 150 sixth- through twelfth-grade students all over the planet; recent trips include Tanzania, Cuba, and Hawaii. A virtually unlimited budget for supplies lets teachers dream big with class projects. Giving back: The school plays guardian to local ecological reserves including the San Diego Lagoon, the San Diego Botanical Gardens, and several local beaches. They’re also the longest-running tester of San Diego’s ocean water quality. Sweet Perks: Teachers (and students) may write proposals for humanitarian or ecologically focused trips worldwide. Hiring: No, but accepts resumes year-round
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of employees: 65
Digs: Their Gold LEED-certified building is office-less: The CEO and interns alike share the same open workspace and Whole-Foods-stocked kitchen.
Culture: Gnip is the exclusive provider of social data for Tumblr, WordPress, and more. A stocked bar, kegerator, and staff Whiskey Club make it easy to toast to their success.
Giving Back: Gnip sponsors the Boulder Nordic Club, who groom parks to make way for Boulder’s skiing masses.
Sweet Perk: The annual Big Boulder conference offers yoga classes, hikes, and bike rides for attendees and staff.
Hiring: Yes! Business Development Representative, Channel Sales Director, Data Scientist, Director of Product Marketing, and more
8. Blue Tent Marketing
Location: Carbondale, Colorado Number of employees: 34 Digs: Loft ceilings soar above workstations made of recycled barn wood. Outside, trails stretch to Glenwood Springs and the top of Mount Sopris. Culture: On-site employees at this Internet marketing company enjoy rafting lunch breaks and an office fridge consistently stocked with free brews. Giving back: Blue Tent offers discounted rates for non-profits and donates a limited amount of free marketing to groups each year. Sweet Perks: Flex days allow employees to take advantage of their discounted Aspen ski passes after powder dumps. New this year, an office-adjacent Park and Ride shuttle service goes straight to the slopes. Hiring: Yes! Drupal Programmers, Project Managers, Writers, SEO Experts
7. Beach Cities Health District
Location: Redondo Beach, California
Number of employees: 60 full-time
Digs: The entire second floor of this retired hospital turned preventative care facility is a fitness and health center, complete with free weights and yoga classes.
Culture: The staff’s enthusiasm for health and wellness drew over 400 people to their first community Zumba class of the year. BCHD volunteers are called on for an infinite number of community duties, from teaching youth nutrition workshops to driving elderly residents to the grocery store.
Giving Back: BCHD gives out $40K a year in grants to organizations that work to further the health and wellness of the community.
Sweet Perk: Employees earn fitRewards for attending classes and wellness activities, which can be cashed in for gift cards, massage packages, or personal training packages.
Hiring: Yes! Program Coordinator
6. Seeley Lake Elementary
Location: Seeley Lake, Montana Number of employees: 31 Digs: A wide-open campus on the south side of an old logging town, complete with bike repair shop and bouldering wall. Culture: Students and staff at this pre-K-8 public school break up their rigorous academic schedules with frequent excursions on school-owned bikes, canoes, rafts, and Nordic ski equipment. Classes frequent Glacier National Park, a quick two-hour drive up MT 83. Giving back: The school community center runs year-round gear maintenance workshops, ranger talks, and guided hikes. Sweet Perks: Teachers can be reimbursed for outdoor leadership training classes, including Wilderness First Responder and NOLS courses. Hiring: No
Location: Denver, Colorado
Number of employees: 176
Digs: Ride the bike friendly freight elevator directly to their personal office bike parking in the company’s offices in a Denver high-rise.
Culture: The staff at this audio- and web-conferencing provider knows how to have fun. Hula hoops, Nerf guns, and beer kegs abound in the break-room-turned-nerd-lounge.
Giving back: ReadyTalk’s charitable contributions committee gets $20K a quarter to invest in the non-profits of their choice.
Sweet Perks: Every employee gets $300 per year towards race entry fees, as well as free running gear and cycling jerseys for when they toe the line.
Hiring: Yes! UX Designer, QA Engineer, Software Engineer, Product Strategist
4. Tenacious Holdings/Ergodyne
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota Number of employees: 35 Digs: Near Lake Como, the well-lit renovated building used to be a Northern Pacific Railway repair shop. Culture: Competition is the name of the game at this protective workwear producer. Staff members come together for monthly Dirty Jobs meets The Office-style competitions, ranging from wild game cook-offs to wellness bingo. Their dress code? Wear clothes. Giving back: The employee-run Giving Team organizes the annual 65 Roses Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis which has raked in over $2.5 million. Sweet Perks: Each team gets an activities budget for bonding activities like Twins games or trips to the state fair. Hiring: Yes! Regional Sales Director
Location: Bozeman, Montana Number of employees: 19 Digs: An open workspace in downtown Bozeman Culture: A creative marketing agency that’s done work for the Montana Office of Tourism and ExOfficio, MercuryCSC keeps the mood light with employee art shows and occasional dress-up days. Employees plan their own hours under the company’s flexible scheduling policy. Giving back: MercuryCSC’s 30 Days 23 Ways Holiday Charity Challenge pushes employees to take on a month-long personal improvement project, after which they are rewarded with a donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Sweet Perks: The team regularly gets its hands dirty on biking, rafting, and skiing excursions.. Hiring: Currently no openings but always accepting resumes
2. Zen Planner
Location: Highlands Ranch, Colorado Number of employees: 24 Digs: Dartboards and ping-pong tables decorate the company’s offices in the local Town Center Culture: A management software producer for fitness-related businesses, Zen Planner gives its team plenty of opportunities to play. Yoga instructors and nutrition experts strut the halls, and workers have been known to break for parkour practice. At regular “chug and learn” sessions, employees enjoy free beer while developers talk up the program’s newest features. Sweet Perks: A kid-friendly Van Halen Room is stocked with games and an Xbox for when you bring your children. Hiring: Yes! Web Application Developer, Member Advocate
1. Groundfloor Media
This small PR firm, which services clients including Qdoba and Oskar Blues Brewery, is good at keeping employees around: It had a zero-percent turnover rate in 2012. Work can be done from anywhere, as long as it gets done. The on-site gym with an Apple TV keeps the average blood pressure down, as do the multiple office dogs. Location: Denver, Colorado Number of employees: 15 Digs: A brick storefront in downtown Denver (LoDo), a stone’s throw from Coors Field. Giving Back: Employees can use up to four hours of paid time per month to volunteer in the community Sweet Perk: Every Groundhog Day, the staff embarks on a company-paid trip to spend an evening at a resort, families welcome. Hiring: Not at the time of this writing, but check the Groundfloor Media careers page