The 100 Best Places to Work: 50-26
Location: Boise, Idaho
Digs: Originally built in 1867 as a grocery store, Balihoo’s office retains the original brick walls, with repurposed touches like desks made out of old doors.
Culture: A marketing software maker with clients such as New Balance, Zumba Fitness, and ACE Hardware, Balihoo takes dog appreciation to a new level. Each conference room in the building is named after an employee pooch, while the company-wide Pawsitive Project affords each employee 48 hours of paid community service time.
Giving Back: $5,000 in grant funds for community service activities are available for employees each year. Workers have used funds to go on service trips abroad and tackle projects within the community.
Sweet Perk: Each fall, staff trek out to Camp Balihoo at the CEO's mountain cabin to enjoy good food, campfires, and singalongs.
Hiring: Yes! Account Coordinators, Special Projects Coordinator, Managing Editor, Directors of Regional Sales, and Software Developers
49. The Mission Continues
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Number of employees: 28
Digs: TMC occupies the first floor of the historic Art of Living Building, a refurbished, 110-year-old brick factory updated with contemporary furniture and wood floors.
Culture: This nonprofit is committed to empowering post-9/11 veterans by placing them in six-month volunteer postings at community organizations. Staff members enjoy exemplary leadership: CEO and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens was Outside's Reader of the Year in 2009.
Giving Back: As part of the job, nearly every staff member leads one of 100-plus community-service projects each year.
Sweet Perk: Greitens and president Spencer Kympton run “Perseverance Training” days throughout the year, working with staff to reach their own personal fitness goals.
Hiring: Yes! Development Coordinator, Salesforce Administrator (St. Louis), Development Associate (NYC)
48. Natural Habitat Adventures
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of employees: 32
Digs: Located just outside of town, the NHA office lounge enjoys up-close mountain views and is outfitted with a foosball table, guitars, and a few office dogs.
Culture: The world’s first 100% carbon-neutral tourism company has been leading trips all over the planet for the past 28 years. In the field, NHA’s professional naturalist guides help travelers explore the planet’s most revered natural places, while at home, staff enjoy free ski passes, an on-site fitness center, and parties on the company pontoon boat.
Giving Back: NHA has donated over $100,000 worth of trips to nonprofits supporting sick children, conservation initiatives, or education.
Sweet Perk: Employees earn Patagonia Points, redeemable for free gear and apparel, for biking, walking, carpooling or taking public transportation to and from work.
Hiring: Not currently, but always searching for the best adventure-travel employees
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Number of employees: 37
Digs: The sweet back patio looks out over the Chugach Mountains, and fresh Alaskan salmon swim the river just three miles up the road.
Culture: Spawn is an ad agency, but otherwise it’s about as far from Madison Avenue as you can get. The creative staff and account managers here represent top local and national brands such as United Way and the University of Alaska, with enough time left over bike or run on the adjacent Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
Giving Back: Spawn hosted a local poster show called HOME which used work from local artists to raise money for Alaskan families at risk for homelessness.
Sweet perk: All-staff outings include ski trips to Alyeska Resort and fishing expeditions on the Kenai River.
Hiring: Yes! Administrative Assistant, Account Manager (Juneau)
*Formerly Nerland Agency
46. River Design Group
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Number of employees: 17
Digs: The Whitefish office is a renovated log home sitting on five acres of woods and open meadows, including a garage for field equipment and side yard for dogs.
Culture: River Design Group has successfully removed dams from some of America’s most prominent rivers. It’s become a tradition for employees to compete in the Annual RDG "Glacier Challenge," a six-sport event in Whitefish that includes road cycling, running, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking.
Giving Back: RDG makes annual donations to local organizations including the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Whitefish Lake Institute, and the Children's House Montessori School.
Sweet Perk: The Whitefish office offers a flexible "powder days" schedule to employees in the winter so they can hit the slopes.
Location: Berkeley, California
Number of employees: 202
Digs: Backroads turned the asphalt yard of this old cement contractor into a green space, complete with barn and courtyard.
Culture: Backroads’ trip designers specialize in dreaming up the best biking, hiking, walking and multisport trips for families, singles, and solo travelers. Bike tours around San Francisco and food trucks in the courtyard for lunch are just two ways that their hard work pays off.
Giving Back: On Earth Day, Backroads employees and their families removed more than 400 pounds of garbage from San Francisco Bay's shore near headquarters.
Sweet Perk: The entire company is invited on the four-day Annual Staff Bike Ride, which takes place in a different exotic destination each year.
Hiring: Yes! Trip Leader Hiring and Training Coordinator, Italy Trip Development Coordinator, Winter Trip Development Coordinator, Guest Services Consultants, Trip Consultants, and more
44. Pellucid Analytics
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of employees: 16
Digs: The building off the Pearl Street mall is filled with 30-inch personal monitors, a retro arcade table and 80-inch TV with Nintendo Wii.
Culture: Investment banking technology company Pellucid pushes employees to unplug with a monthly education and active lifestyle allowance. Table-tennis-happy employees compete for the Ping Pong Champion belt, which is frequently and proudly worn around the office.
Giving Back: Pellucid donates their old furniture to a school in Brooklyn.
Sweet Perk: The athletically inclined play on Pellucid’s fully-sponsored indoor soccer team, Pellucid FC.
Hiring: Yes! Senior Full Stack Developer, Senior Front End Developer, Systems Administrator, QA Manager, UX Designer, Business Analyst
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Number of employees: 76
Digs: The sustainably built main campus at this 225-acre outdoor learning center includes a canopy tower, suspension bridge, organic garden, art studio, and two tree houses.
Culture: Along with the 25 to 30 University of Washington graduate students that live and work on campus each year, IslandWood teaches 4,000 elementary school students about the natural world through their School Overnight Program, as well as offering experiences for other children and adults through their community programs. Even office staff enjoy lunch-time hikes, meetings outside, and views of deer in the meadow.
Giving Back: During the school year, IslandWood's education team leads the "Make a Difference" project, supporting schools that undertake student-driven service learning projects in Seattle neighborhoods.
Sweet perk: On days off, staff take advantage of IslandWood’s six miles of stream-crossed trail through the company’s second-growth forest.
Hiring: Yes! Event Sales Associate, Event Assistant
Location: Golden, Colorado
Number of employees: 59
Digs: The six-acre site houses corporate offices alongside the warehouse, home to their million dollar knife testing facility.
Culture: Spyderco’s knives may look unusual, but they’ve won awards for their ergonomically innovative designs. The husband and wife team that started the company in 1976 has kept the family feeling, hosting company picnics and including a health and wellness newsletter with every paycheck.
Giving Back: Fifty custom-made Tan Native knives get donated every month via lottery to soldiers deployed overseas.
Sweet perk: Staff take lunch breaks on the 35 miles of trail near the office.
Hiring: Yes! Manufacturing and Production Staff
Location: San Francisco, California
Number of employees: 70
Digs: Walk through the office mezzanine, primarily used for bike trainers and yoga classes, and the Race Bib Wall of Fame to Strava Stadium where the company holds team meetings and product releases.
Culture: There’s always time for a ride or a run at Strava, makers of the ubiquitous social fitness-tracking app. Staff flip regular office policies on their head with on-the-clock playtime, including winding down the week with monthly “Fancy Fridays.”
Giving Back: Last November, Strava created Marathon for Sandy Relief, donating $10 to the Sandy relief effort for each Strava user who ran 26.2 miles in a single session, any day from November 4 to 11, up to a maximum of $10,000.
Sweet Perk: Employees enjoy 25 days of paid time off right off the bat.
Hiring: Yes! Engineers, Product Manager, Visual Designer, UX Designer, and more
40. Outlaw Partners
Location: Big Sky, Montana
Number of employees: 15
Digs: Just outside the two-story office, staff enjoy weekly team yoga in the shadow of 11,166-foot Lone Mountain.
Culture: Free ski passes, outdoor gear, and gym passes are handed to the employees that work at this boutique marketing video, and media firm. Between powder days and dog walks, staff members go on all-expense paid weekend getaways, with homework to write about their experience for Outlaw’s publications.
Giving Back: The Outlaws donate money, volunteer hours, and pro bono work to the Big Sky Community Corporation, a non-profit organization that acquires, promotes, and maintains parks and trails in Big Sky.
Sweet Perk: All employees are eligible to receive complimentary gear to test and review for the company-owned magazine and newspaper.
Hiring: Yes! Account Manager
39. C3 Presents
Location: Austin, Texas
Number of employees: 127
Digs: Signed guitars and photos of screaming fans line the walls on the 21st-floor offices in a downtown high rise.
Culture: Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza, heavyweights in the live-concert world, have organizers at C3 to thank for their continued excellence. Hard work doesn’t go unappreciated by management, who are known to give out thank you gifts such as massages or musical instruments.
Giving Back: During the holidays, the company will match 100% of an employee’s donation to a charitable organization.
Sweet perk: SXSW falls right in C3’s backyard, and staff are encouraged to check out new talent using their complimentary wristbands.
38. Santa Cruz Bicycles
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Number of employees: 79
Digs: The minty smell is only just wearing off of the company’s new showroom, formerly a Wrigley’s Gum factory.
Culture: Now in its 20th year in business, SCB’s crew continues to create some of the most innovative, lightweight mountain bikes around. Employees get plenty of time to sample the product, thanks to flexible work hours that allow them to grab daytime rides.
Giving Back: The company works with Santa Cruz’s Project Bike Trip, now in its fourth year, to teach free bike mechanics classes at six local high schools. Santa Cruz also played a key role in developing a citywide program to recycle hard plastics, allowing it to recycle 90% of packing materials.
Sweet Perk: Employees design their personal dream bike at a steep discount.
Hiring: Yes! Production, Sales, Production and Wheel Building, Warehouse
37. Shine United
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Number of employees: 33
Digs: An upcycled wood gymnasium floor and bleachers add a modern look to this old livery building.
Culture: Abundant light and the promise of summer Fridays give staff at this advertising agency the inspiration to dream up creative campaigns for high-profile clients like Winston Fly Rods, and Jones Soda.
Giving Back: Shine donates to a children's program in Guatemala called Outreach for World Hope, which aids kids in need of food, school supplies, and medicine.
Sweet Perk: Shine covers 100% of health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
Hiring: Yes! Account Executives, Account Supervisor, Digital Developer, Senior Copywriter, Senior Designer, Digital/Web Producer, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Number of employees: 40
Digs: The Kickernick, a 19th-century brick and timber building with floor to ceiling windows.
Culture: Since the mid-90s, founders Fred and Sarah Haberman have focused their marketing agency on promoting pioneering groups trying to change the world. The agency works hard to put employees on projects that align with their interests, including environmental justice, health and wellness campaigns, and the sustainable foods movement.
Giving Back: One of Fred Haberman’s entrepreneurial offshoots, Urban Organics, will soon provide fresh produce and fish in the city while supporting the community through local jobs.
Sweet perk: Free veggies are delivered from the Dude Ranch, the company’s personal farm and CSA.
Hiring: Yes! Account Supervisor, Urban Organics Contract General Manager, Web Programmer, Interns
35. Ecology Project International
Location: Missoula, Montana
Number of employees: 17
Digs: A century-old building equipped with rooftop solar panels along the riverfront trail in downtown Missoula.
Culture: In between organizing life-changing field ecology classes for high school students in Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Mexico and more, staff are known to hold meetings on office-owned inner tubes floating down the Clark Fork.
Giving back: In 2012, EPI students volunteered 1,660 service hours to Yellowstone-based organizations alone.
Sweet Perks: Employees can take off powder days, with or without advance notice.
Hiring: Yes! Communications Manager, Costa Rica Administrative and Finance Coordinator, Mexico Program Manager
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Number of employees: 17
Digs: Employees can make lunch in the community kitchen and enjoy views of Mount Greylock from the office patio.
Culture: For nearly 30 years, Overland has provided young adults with outdoors, service, language and writing programs. Overland experiences and lasting relationships are just as much a part of life for staff members, who together enjoy skating breaks at Williams College, spring bike rides, and office dinner and movie nights.
Giving Back: In 2002 Overland launched the Reading & Recreation Program, a free summer program in Williamstown for elementary school students.
Sweet Perk:Staff are sent to scout hiking and cycling trips to Thailand, Chamonix, and California, to name a few.
Hiring: Yes! Summer Program Leaders
33. Boa Technology
Location: Denver, Colorado
Number of employees: 68
Digs: Downtown Denver’s TAXI building caters to entrepreneurial creative companies, who bounce around ideas while swimming in the pool made of recycled shipping containers.
Culture: Renowned athletes like Gretchen Bleiler rock Boa’s baby, a steel lace closure system used in athletic footwear, medical equipment and prosthetics. The company brings in speakers to share new health ideas for monthly “wellness check-in” lunches, and employees unwind with runs and rides along the riverside path out back.
Giving Back: 100% of their “Reel Pink” line profits are sent to Boarding for Breast Cancer.
Sweet perk:Employees get to work with the prototype team to “Boa-ize” their own footwear and products on Personal Prototyping Fridays, which occur every other Friday.
Hiring: Always accepting resumes; send an email to Boa
Location: Charleston, South Carolina Number of employees: 88 Digs: Staff can be seen riding Razor scooters from office to office in this renovated grocery store. Culture: At this maker of online marketing software for real estate professionals, staff aren’t expected to keep glued to the screen. The bosses make sure there’s time for boot camp breaks and Friday evening happy hours which include live music and an office bar with local seasonal beers on tap. Giving back: Employees get their hands dirty on local projects, from maintenance on the Palmetto Trail to Habitat for Humanity builds on some of Charleston’s historic homes. Sweet Perks: If Fido gets too frisky indoors, release him into the on-premise dog park to play with some pals. Hiring: Yes! Designers, Software Engineers
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Number of employees: 240 Digs: This ad agency’s loft-like office in the warehouse district has hosted happy hours, yoga classes, and, occasionally, weddings. Culture: Feels like a trendy New York ad and PR agency, hold the ego. Open cubicles and workstations negate any sense of hierarchy, while speaker series, fitness classes, and shiatsu massages keep everyone balanced and motivated. Giving back: Volunteers marketing help to multiple social nonprofits, including Share our Strength, which fights childhood hunger in America. Sweet Perks: Nothing helps spin the creative wheels like the office beer bike, which comes stocked with beer, wine, and the occasional tequila. Hiring: Yes! Senior Brand Strategist, Art Director, Copywriter, Associate, Account Director, and Interactive Associate Creative Director
30. The Honest Kitchen
Location: San Diego, California
Number of employees: 25
Digs: Two and four-footed employees occupy the brick halls of the refurbished old Wonderbread building in San Diego’s East Village.
Culture: The office of this human-grade dog and cat food producer has about as many dogs as people, which makes for an abundance of birthday parties. The company’s penchant for holding “walking meetings” means that canine team members get plenty of exercise.
Giving Back: The Pawlanthropy program gives a percentage of profits to a different charity each month.
Sweet perk:Employees indulge in monthly chair massages and get reimbursed up to $40 per month for fitness classes.
Hiring: Yes! Reseller Marketing/Channel Manager, Customer Insights Specialist, New York City Sales Rep, Chicago Sales Rep
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Number of employees: 36
Digs: A suite in a modern office park, just two blocks from bustling Pearl Street and the Boulder Creek running path.
Culture: This technology company’s main product, Sphero, is a smartphone-controlled robotic ball that can be used as video gaming tool or for a tricky game of fetch with the dog. Staff members bring that sense of play to work on Hack Fridays, when they’re free to work on any creative project they want.
Giving Back: Orbotix employees are key participants at the Expanding Your Horizons conference, inspiring girls to reach their potential in science and technology.
Sweet perk:Food and trivia are on the menu at weekly all-staff lunches with the CEO.
Hiring: Yes! Director of Manufacturing, Computer Vision Engineer, 3D Game Developer
Location: Panama City, Florida
Number of employees: 160
Digs: The company’s spacious bayside office will get a little posher in August with the addition of a spanking new workout room and wellness and nutrition classes to go with it.
Culture: Located within spitting distance of Panama City’s sugar-sand beaches, iSirona produces healthcare software that allows clinicians to access more accurate medical data, quicker. Employees manage their own health during breaks by shooting pool in the on-site game room.
Giving back: iSirona’s jocks and nerds alike all find their ways to give back, from rocking out the Emerald Coast MudRun, a fundraiser for orphans in Ukraine, to sponsoring a high school robotics team.
Sweet Perks: Employees practice their angling on all-staff cruises to the Bahamas or trips to Jamaica.
Hiring: Yes! Integration Specialist, Scrum Master, Software Engineer, Clinical Analyst, Director of Product Management, Quality Assurance Engineer, Quality Control Engineer
Location: Bend, Oregon
Number of employees: 20
Digs: High ceilings soar over employee-made wood and steel desks, while the office deck looks out over the Cascades.
Culture: All employees at stainless-steel water-bottle manufacturer Hydro Flask are eligible for the company’s profit-sharing program, so they have plenty of incentive to work hard. Tuesday and Thursday lunches are designated for group outings like hiking, climbing, or biking.
Giving Back: Five percent of the net profit for each bottle purchased goes to charity—customers can visit Fivepercentback.org to pick exactly where their money goes.
Sweet perk: Employees earn financial rewards for biking, carpooling, or even telecommuting to work.
Hiring: Yes! Customer Service Representative, VP of Marketing
26. Riot Games
Location: Santa Monica, California
Number of employees: 888
Digs: Standing desks, Aeron chairs, and balancing balls are spread across this open office. Upstairs, the PC cafe offers a plethora of video game systems for employees to better hone their skills.
Culture: This video-game company's’ Anti-Lazy Club, an employee-led fitness group that meets twice weekly for open-air circuit workouts, keeps staff surprisingly unstuck to their screens at this computer game developer, creator of the widely-played League of Legends. Rioters also enjoy monthly potlucks, board games nights, and an open paid time off policy.
Giving Back: Last year, 100% of proceeds from sales of character skins were donated to Make-A-Wish, raising nearly $500,000.
Sweet Perk: The entire staff (and their significant others) will visit the Caribbean on this year’s company retreat.
Hiring: Yes! Art, Legal, Writing, Technical Operations, and many more