The 100 Best Places to Work in 2013

For our 2013 list of the best places to work in the United States, free ski passes, unlimited vacation time, and exotic trips are just the tip of the iceberg. We found a staggering number of companies that understand the road to success depends on a work-life balance; a healthy, active staff; and a willingness to give back. The best news? Narrowing it down to 100 was the hardest part.

Already know exactly what you’re looking for? This year we’ve also highlighted some of the companies with the best perks, making it easier to meet your match:

Warning: Reading this list from your sad little cubicle will cause you to pack your belongings and kiss those fluorescent lights goodbye.

Outside's 100 Best Places to Work

For our 2013 list of the best places to work in the United States, free ski passes, unlimited vacation time, and exotic trips are just the tip of the iceberg. We found a staggering number of companies that understand the road to success depends on a work-life balance; a healthy, active staff; and a willingness to give back. The best news? Narrowing it down to 100 was the hardest part.

Already know exactly what you’re looking for? This year we’ve also highlighted some of the companies with the best perks, making it easier to meet your match:

Warning: Reading this list from your sad little cubicle will cause you to pack your belongings and kiss those fluorescent lights goodbye.

100. Nei-Turner Media Group, Inc.

Location: Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Number of Employees: 15

Digs: A renovated church a few miles outside of Lake Geneva houses the company’s headquarters.

Culture: Standing boldly with print, Nei-Turner publishes several local magazines and other special publications promoting tourism boards and special events. The lakeside village they call home has over 20 miles of shoreline—perfect for mid-morning company walks or team-building ziplining at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours.

Giving Back: Nei-Turner raises money at their annual Beer & Spirits event for the local Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol, in addition to collecting canned goods for the River Food Pantry and hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross.

Sweet Perk: In lieu of the dreaded company Christmas party, the office takes an overnight trip to a spa.

Hiring: Yes! Digital and Social Media Coordinator

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99. Big Agnes

Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Number of Employees: 37

Digs: A funky red Victorian house with views of Howelsen Hill, the local ski resort

Culture: Big Agnes’s innovative water-repellent down sleeping bags and lightweight tents and pads have won them some of the highest awards in the industry. Considering that employees spend their lunch breaks on top of mountains, their expertise comes as no surprise.

Giving Back: The company supports Leave No Trace with product donations and cash used in the field and for education programs.

Sweet Perk: Employees look forward to midweek company campouts to test product.

Hiring: Yes! Customer and Dealer Services Manager

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98. NatureBridge

Location: San Francisco, California

Number of Employees: 158

Digs: NatureBridge’s downtown office is light, open, and centrally located, but nothing beats the cool red roofs of the company’s lakeside Golden Gate campus.

Culture: NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs in national parks for nearly 600 schools, including overnight science programs in Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and more. Hiking and backpacking are part of everyday responsibilities for national park staff; all workers get to participate in special professional development lunch sessions.

Giving Back: NatureBridge provides nearly $2 million annually in scholarships to students.

Sweet Perk: Full-time staff are eligible to apply for the Matt Baxter and Bishop-Marcus Award, which provides employees with funding to enhance their professional development and pursue a project of their choice.

Hiring: Yes! Field Science Educator, Educator Development Program

(Courtesy of NatureBridge)

97. DryCase, LLC

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina

Number of Employees: 17

Digs: The garage doors of this retired power company building remain open nine months of the year, letting natural light and air waft in.

Culture: The makers of these waterproof, vacuum sealed electronic covers needed something to cover their gadgets while navigating white water or ripping the waves. They put them to good use outside on surf and bike outings during their flex time. Employees wrap up the week by taking turns to act as chef for weekly Friday cookouts.

Giving Back: Product donations go to student entrepreneur programs and local surf charities.

Sweet Perk: Management is known to go crabbing or spearfishing in the morning to bring fresh seafood lunch for the office.

Hiring: Yes! Outside Sales Rep, Part Time Summer Warehouse Staff

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96. Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

Location: New Castle, Virginia

Number of employees: 30

Digs: The main lodge, cabins, full ropes course and zip-line sit on 500 acres in the George Washington National Forest, near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Culture: An adventure camp that grown-ups can join two, employees of Wilderness Adventure get in on three seasons of Virginia’s best hiking, biking, climbing and more, both on and off the clock.

Giving Back: Instructors pass on their outdoor knowledge and Leave No Trace ethics during their Local Adventure Youth Mentoring program

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! Full-time seasonal employees keep their benefits during the off-season, play all winter, and then return to a guaranteed job in the spring.

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95. Two Rivers Marketing

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Number of Employees: 97

Digs: Built near the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers, this renovated 1950s General Motors parts warehouse has retained an industrial feel.

Culture: The internal “online university” keeps new and veteran employees up to date on the latest B2B marketing skills. They have a fun side too: Associates who have been on the team a year or more display framed caricatures on their desks.

Giving Back: As part of their fundraising for Special Olympics Iowa, staff nominate an associate to rappel off of Des Moines’ 345-foot Financial Center.

Sweet Perk: On Amusement Park Day, Two Rivers pays admission fees to Des Moines’ Adventureland for employees and their families.

Hiring: Yes! Public Relations Writer, Marketing Insights Director, Media Business Lead, Multimedia/Videographer

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94. Spectra Logic

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Number of Employees: 437

Digs: Employees often use company cruiser bikes to travel between campus buildings, which are decorated with brushed stainless steel and bright colors.

Culture: Spectra Logic provides tape and disk-based data backup for everyone from NASA to National Geographic. Staff take advantage of the campus volleyball court during monthly summer BBQs, battling it out for corporate domination.

Giving Back: Spectra Logic employees raised funds to build a rural village school in Laos through Room to Read, an organization that furthers primary education in Asia and Africa, in honor of a fellow employee that was killed in a bicycle accident.

Sweet Perk: Twice a week, Spectra’s CEO brings in his personal trainer to run free classes over lunch hour.

Hiring: Yes! Software Engineers, Director of Manufacturing, Enterprise Sales Representatives, Director of Human Resources, and more

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93. First Green Bank

Location: Mount Dora, Florida

Number of Employees: 60

Digs: A koi ponds winds in and out of the platinum LEED certified building, which features a “green wall” festooned with plants.

Culture: Employees’ green ideas are strongly encouraged via their Mission Minded Award, given to the employee that has incorporated their sustainable mission into their everyday life. Staff members build team unity through events like 5Ks and paintball matches.

Giving Back: Employees volunteer at the community garden at South Lake Hospital; veggies produced there are given to local non-profits.

Sweet Perks: Workers can get a zero-percent interest rate on loans for fuel-efficient cars, solar panels, or sporting equipment over $1,000.

Hiring: Yes! Customer Service Representative (Ormand Beach)

(Steven Burr Williams)

92. Clearlink

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Number of Employees: 1,122

Digs: Open floor plans and 3D wall art are hallmarks of Clearlink’s offices, and the overall design of their call center in Orem, Utah earned the company the 2012 ENR Mountain States Best Project in Interior Design/Tenant Improvement.

Culture: Managing monster ad campaigns from companies like AT&T and Verizon is a demanding job. Clearlinkers relax with company-sponsored Ski Utah passes and daily tee times, as well as an annual retreat to Las Vegas.

Giving Back: Last year employees donated 8,650 lbs of clothing to Big Brother Big Sister and over 15,000 cans of food to the local food bank.

Sweet Perk: Every year, four top-performing employees earn an all-expense-paid, seven-day trip to anywhere in the world for them and a guest.

Hiring: Yes! Marketing, Finance/Operations/HR, Sales

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91. BDO USA, LLP/Mikunda, Cottrell & Co.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Number of Employees: 107

Digs: A building in Anchorage's Midtown district, close enough for an evening summer hike in the Front Range of the Chugach.

Culture: In between Bagel Wednesdays and Donut Fridays, the company provides audit, attest and financial statement preparation services throughout the state. It’s a typically high-stress line of work, so the company encourages staff to play outside with a community-events page, which posts information on various outdoor activities happening around town.

Giving Back: Once a month, employees are welcome to wear jeans on Fridays in exchange for a $5 donation to a local charity. The company matches the funds collected.

Sweet Perk: During tax season, the busiest part of the year, a masseuse is provided on site to help alleviate stress and promote overall well-being.

Hiring: Yes! Senior Associates

*Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. is now owned by BDO USA, LLP

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90. Aspen Skiing Company

Location: Aspen, Colorado

Number of Employees: 919

Digs: Employees can use cruiser bikes to get to the different offices clusters at each of the company’s four mountains.

Culture: The operators of four world-class ski mountains—Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands—have attracted skiers and snowboarders from around the world for 60 years. Weekly themed ski days, dogs in the office, and discount gear keep staff and guests engaged and happy.

Giving Back: Each year the employee-run Environment Foundation donates more than $200,000 to projects protecting the local environment.

Sweet Perk: To kick off the season, employees learn about new products available to guests while chowing down and listening to live music by a bonfire on top of the mountain.

Hiring: Yes! Mountain Operations, Hospitality

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89. Mercury Payment Systems

Location: Durango, Colorado

Number of Employees: 705

Digs: In 2014 MPS will move from their current office park to their own 58-acre Gold LEED certified Mercury Village on the Animas River.

Culture: This payment processing company works with resellers and developers to create customized, integrated point-of-sale solutions. The team-building budget brings staff together on rafting, skiing, and ziplining trips, while the seven-mile Animas River Trail is perfect for a midday getaway.

Giving Back: Last year, employees volunteered over 7,100 hours during normal work time through the Employee Volunteer Program.

Sweet Perk: Weekly chair massages and chiropractic adjustments melt away stress.

Hiring: Yes! Sales, IT, Customer Support (Denver and Durango)

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88. Industrial Revolution, Inc.

Location: Tukwila, Washington

Number of Employees: 21

Digs: The office, warehouse and manufacturing space are located in the heart of the Puget Sound region.

Culture: Conservation is king at this privately owned manufacturing group, which produces top-shelf knives and outdoor equipment . Employees take turns monitoring the company’s green practices, which includes a lunchroom equipped with all recyclable materials.

Giving Back: The outdoors support Industrial Revolutions, and they support the outdoors by giving to Leave No Trace, Big City Mountaineers, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the Pacific Science Center

Sweet Perk: Each employee gets a yearly $5,000 education allowance.

Hiring: Yes! Customer Service Specialist, Operations Staff (Warehouse/Manufacturing)

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87. OCSC Sailing

Location: Berkeley, California

Number of Employees: 65

Digs: A 50-yacht fleet and clubhouse with views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the San Francisco Bay.

Culture: At this sailing school and adventure-travel company, staff break up their voyages with company lectures and fitness classes. If the perfect mix of city and sea isn’t enough, staff for OCSC Adventures lead trips and safaris as far as Tanzania, Antarctica, and Turkey.

Giving Back: Five percent of the company’s gross Adventure Travel income goes to WILD AID, an organization committed to ending the illegal wildlife trade.

Sweet Perk: Staff take advantage of free sailing lessons and access to the full fleet, as well as a designated stipend for international vacations.

Hiring: Yes! Sales/Management, Customer Service Representative, Yacht Service Tech

(Martin Sundberg)

86. Smartwool

Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Number of Employees: 93

Digs: This refurbished airport turned Smartwool headquarters features welcoming, "mountain modern" furniture, a ping pong table. and low-energy lighting, heating, and cooling systems.

Culture: It’s in the company’s best interest to get employees familiar with their technical merino outdoor apparel, so staff enjoy free ski passes or an “activity pass” to the fitness pursuit of their choice. Staff and teams who exemplify the company’s value of affecting positive change in the world are nominated to win the annual SmartWool Pinnacle Award, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize.

Giving Back: The company community gardens produces food for local families in need.

Sweet Perk: During the summer, employees leave work at 3 p.m. on Fridays for a two-hour bike ride, followed by happy hour at a local joint.

Hiring: Yes! Representatives (Field Service)

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85. Adventure Life

Location: Missoula, Montana

Number of Employees: 19

Digs: The company’s headquarters sports a large and frequently used break room, which hosts pilates and other group workouts.

Culture: Staff at this eco-travel company crushed it in Missoula’s Commuter Challenge two years in a row by sustainably commuting to work more than any other small business in town. The company sends employees to scout out trips as far away as Brazil, Alaska, and the Arctic.

Giving Back: The Adventure Life Grant Program gives back $10K annually to grassroot projects in countries Adventure Life visits.

Sweet Perk: The company’s Pursue Your Passion reimbursement gives back 50% of costs spent on race entries, gym memberships, or other activities.

Hiring: Yes! Bookkeeping Assistant

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84. Leisure Trends Group

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Number of Employees: 51

Digs: Situated right off Boulder Creek and the nearby bike path, this office on stilts is easily accessible to bikers, runners, and the occasional kayaker commuter.

Culture: LTG helps brands like Mountain Hardwear, Columbia Sportswear, Kelty and strategize sales through consumer research, retail marketing intelligence, and customer relationship marketing services. Pro-deals, office ski passes, and subsidized Boulder EcoPasses to the regional bus system guarantee staff can enjoy all Boulder has to offer.

Giving Back: LTG matches an employee’s individual donation or cash equivalent of volunteer time up to $100.

Sweet Perk: Employees can earn or compete for the Industry Gear Prize Closet, a shopping spree in the office trade closet, containing items ranging from hats and sunglasses to backpacks and tents.

Hiring: Yes! Senior Research Analyst, SQL Database Analyst, Sales and Marketing Assistant, and Fall interns

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83. Europa Sports Products

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Number of Employees: 370

Digs: The highlight of the office is a 3,000-square-foot gym is bulging with a variety of strength training equipment, including a powerlifting area and tractor tires.

Culture: When they’re not pushing paper, these national distributors of sports are busy getting ripped. Among the benefits: a full-time fitness and wellness coordinator who is a former strength coach for the Charlotte Hornets.

Giving Back: Europa gives time and support to the Walk for Diabetes Awareness, Toys for Tots, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Sweet Perk: The company holds raffles for free tickets to every home NFL and NBA game.

Hiring: Yes! Application Development Analyst, Brand Manager, Functional Fitness Sales Consultant, National Accounts Manager, Web Data Specialist, and more

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82. Backbone Media

Location: Carbondale, Colorado

Number of Employees: 27

Digs: The highlight of Backbone’s open and airy office lies in the basement gear room, stocked floor to ceiling with the latest and greatest gear and apparel from Backbone's 50-plus client brands.

Culture: As the leaders in marketing for outdoor companies and tourism destinations around the world, this year’s staff press trips include cat skiing in British Columbia, ski touring in Italy, and trail running in the Wasatch. Besides Carbondale, the company has offices in Denver and Wyoming.

Giving Back: Backbone provides pro bono work for Big City Mountaineers, Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Protect Our Winters, among others.

Sweet Perk: After three years of employment, employees receive $500 to use towards the purchase of any of their clients' products.

Hiring: Yes! Interns

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81. Pacific Market International

Location: Seattle, Washington

Number of Employees: 98 in the U.S., plus another 90 internationally

Digs: The company’s fourth-floor office looks out over Elliott Bay and across to the Olympic Mountain Range.

Culture: These manufactures of the classic Stanley thermos have been going green for over 25 years. Twice-weekly fruit delivery and annual participation in bike to work month (along with the rest of the year) bolster their efforts.

Giving Back: PMI gives the greater of $50,000 or 1% of its net profits to organizations supporting children, education, and the environment.

Sweet Perk: The company enjoys quarterly outings around town, where the employees enjoy a suite at a Mariners game, food and drinks at a local bar, or ice cream served on the deck.

Hiring: Yes! Director of Sales

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80. Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners

Location: Sausalito, California

Number of Employees: 150

Digs: The company’s open office space was built in an old shipyard, and overlooks the boats and harbor of Richardson Bay.

Culture: The advertising experts at Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners never shy away from a challenge, professional or athletic. The company has breathed fresh air into brands like Mini Cooper and Columbia Sportswear, and sponsors a staff Escape From Alcatraz triathlon team. When employees feel like getting out on the water, they can rent kayaks from a local outfitter on the company’s dime.

Giving Back: In addition to donating presents and basic needs to local families during the holidays, BSSP does pro bono work for Raise the River the Marin County Bike Coalition, and more.

Sweet Perk: Their Indian Summer Concert series from August to October features free music, food and beer trucks in the company parking lot.

Hiring: Yes! Integrated Media Supervisor

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Number of Employees: 540

Digs: A bike test track runs through the engineering and product management function areas, located on the top floor of this loft-style building in Lincoln Park.

Culture: SRAM’s team builds some of the highest-quality bike components on the market, and most employees get to work on two wheels. The company provides workers with amenities like showers and tuning benches for quick repairs.

Giving Back: SRAM is an affiliate of World Bicycle Relief, a not-for-profit that has distributed 145,960 bicycles in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sweet Perk: To get experience with the global team, employees are often sent to one of SRAM’s 16 worldwide locations.

Hiring: Yes! Design Engineer, Advanced Product Quality Engineer, CAD Technician, and more.

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78. Tough Mudder

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Number of Employees: 156

Digs: The new downtown office space will include an obstacle design lab and a media room for content development.

Culture: Mental grit, strength, and camaraderie are essential for this hit obstacle race series, and the values extend to the staff. Employees can compete in an annual business plan contest to win prize money for their own entrepreneurial ideas and Tough Mudder University, their internal professional development program, keeps them up to date.

Giving Back: Tough Mudder has raised $5.6 million dollars on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sweet Perk: How does a whopping 25 days of vacation per year, plus holidays, sound?

Hiring: Yes! Director of Technology, Race Director, Business Analyst, and more

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77. Rocky Mountain Institute

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Number of Employees: 71

Digs: The Boulder office has industrial touches, a large central kitchen, and garage door that opens to a back patio complete with cafe-style seating.

Culture: The nonprofit RMI researches and consults with businesses on how to pull away from their reliance on coal and oil. No surprise, then, that this is one of the greenest offices you’ll find. Healthy lunches are provided daily, and staff at the Snowmass office run, ski, and hike on the 900-acre land conservancy they call home.

Giving Back: Outside of its work, RMI doesn’t have any charity programs, though it encourages employees to volunteer on their own time.

Sweet Perk: The employee housing adjacent to the Snowmass office enables employees visiting from Boulder to stay the weekend and ski or hike.

Hiring: Yes! Consultant (Electricity/Solar Focus), Research Librarian, Mechanical Engineer Consultant

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76. C1S Group, Inc.

Location: Dallas, Texas

Number of Employees: 16

Digs: Inside, project artwork lines the walls. Outside, a basketball net makes it easy for staff to break for a pick-up game.

Culture: In between re-purposing existing square footage to maximize production for their industrial clients, staff make time for crawfish boils, volunteer days, and training time for the Dallas Marathon.

Giving Back: As part of the Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service, C1S put on a Garden Clean-Up Day for a local elementary school. The kids learn how to work compost piles, plant seeds, and talk about recycling and pollution.

Sweet Perk: Employees get access to the company travel service for personal vacation planning.

Hiring: Yes! Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Designer, and Construction Manager

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75. Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Number of Employees: 12,011

Digs: With 35 Georgian-style-inspired buildings and 140 acres, CEC has the camaraderie of a college campus.

Culture: The second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., CEC’s monster staff has plenty of energy of their own. Staff sports teams take advantage of the plethora of grass, and summer concerts in the park feature local bands and allow employees the chance to enjoy the summer weather..

Giving Back: Chesapeake has the largest corporate mentoring program in Oklahoma. Now starting its 19th year, mentors meet weekly one-on-one with more than 500 students to help with homework and serve as positive role models.

Sweet Perk: The epic fitness center offers about 100 classes per week, as well as a rock climbing wall, Pilates machines, cardio, indoor pool, steam rooms, and racquetball, basketball and sand volleyball courts.

Hiring: Yes! Clerical/Administrative, HR, Finance, Accounting, Information Technology and Geoscience, Engineers, Field Hands, Truck Drivers and Machinists

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74. Renter's Warehouse

Location: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Number of Employees: 72

Digs: The 15,000-foot office has an in-house theater for presentations.

Culture: In between golf leagues and catered lunches, employees at this property-management company make time to take care of the grunt work all over Minnesota.

Giving Back: The company regularly donates to Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Sweet Perk: Quarterly contests for sales staff, such as most management deals sold or agent of the month, reward employees with gift cards up through $5,000 cash bonuses.

Hiring: Yes! Leasing Agents, Maintenance Coordinator, Executive Assistant, Franchise Support Coordinator, Director of Marketing, Accounting

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73. Coverity Inc.

Location: San Francisco, California

Number of Employees: 300

Digs: Coverity’s modern offices are located in two buildings around the China Basin neighborhood, a quick jaunt from the waterfront and AT&T Park.

Culture: Coverity’s computer scientists are experts at protecting businesses and brands from software failure. When they aren’t saving the world from impending technological crisis, employees enjoy local treats like free Giants tickets and bay cruises. Many work from abroad, clocking in from as far as India, New Zealand, and Australia.

Giving Back: Coverity sends employees on sporadic volunteer trips, such as sending the entire Calgary R&D team to the town of High River in Alberta, Canada, to help clean up after the intense flooding there.

Sweet Perk: The Coverity Learning Salon brings in notable outside speakers including, novelists, Broadway actors, and Hollywood director Jerry Zucker.

Hiring: Yes! Development Team Lead, Solution Architects, Software Engineers, Regional Sales Managers, and more

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72. Honey Stinger

Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Number of Employees: 42

Digs: Race souvenirs, and signed jerseys line the cubicle walls of this mountain-town office.

Culture: Employees test their honey-based energy products (most of which are organic) while running, mountain biking, or hiking minutes up the road on the local singletrack. Guests need to look sharp to avoid tripping on any stray skis, bikes, or dogs.

Giving Back: Honey Stinger donates money to Routt County Riders, a chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association, and supports Partners in Routt County, a youth mentoring program that pairs adults with at-risk youths.

Sweet Perk: Commuter points, earned by taking alternative transportation to work, can be swapped in for days off. Fifty commuter points equals one day of extra vacation.

Hiring: No

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71. Brooks Sports, Inc.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Number of Employees: 490

Digs: While the new office is constructed for 2014, staff are parked up at “Camp Brooks” in Seattle’s U-District, an office building with Technicolor-painted walls and moose heads hanging over the lodge-style fireplace.

Culture: Lovers of all running activities and gear, Brooks aims to keep customers running faster, longer, and happier with expertly-designed running shoes and gear. Brooks holds regular themed Friday Run parties (e.g. toga party, mustache dash) in the Spring and Summer.

Giving Back: The Run B'Cause program lends support in the form of in-kind product donations and employee volunteer hours to charitable organizations and events that promote healthy living..

Sweet Perk: Brooks' Passport Plus program challenges employees to complete at least three races and one volunteer event each year in order to win a fancy dinner for two at Seattle's Teatro Zinzanni

Hiring: Yes! Learning & Development Manager, Senior Systems Analyst, Senior Footwear Designer, Apparel Productions Planer, Guru, and more

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70. The Republic of Tea

Location: Novato, California

Number of Employees: 98

Digs: The company’s office in a decommissioned Air Force hanger was designed with Feng Shui principles in mind.

Culture: These purveyors of premium tea promote employee health and wellness through in-office yoga, designated walking breaks, and a staff nutritionist.

Giving Back: Republic of Tea has donated over $1 million to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer prevention and research.

Sweet Perk: The company’s “Ministers” go on educational trips to tea suppliers and landmarks around the world.

Hiring: Yes! Minister of Culture (Director of Human Resources), Minister of Financial Analysis (Financial Analyst/Accountant), Sales Promotion Coordinator for Té Tiempo (new Hispanic tea brand), Operations Manager

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69. Horny Toad Activewear

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Number of Employees: 34

Digs: This remodeled UC Santa Barbara building on the Riviera offers views of downtown and the Channel Islands.

Culture: Much like the activewear they produce, the office environment at Hornytoad is casual, comfortable, and ready for adventure. Staff members put their sustainable threads through the wringer, wearing them during staff bike rides and in-office cook-offs.

Giving Back: Horny Toad partners with the Planet Access Company, an organization that provides training and jobs for developmentally disabled adults. PAC crewmembers also get to enjoy outdoor excursions, paid for by PAC proceeds and grant money from Horny Toad.

Sweet Perk: Monthly staff bonding excursions include organic cooking classes, stand up paddleboarding, and trips the zoo.

Hiring: Yes! Wholesale Sales Specialist

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68. Quality Bicycle Products

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

Number of Employees:672

Digs: QBP’s epic central warehouse features an array of solar panels, enough bike parking for hundreds of employees, and a gently curving glass curtain wall that floods the facility with natural light.

Culture: This massive wholesale distributor supplies bikes and bike parts for over 5,000 dealers, but the efficiency doesn’t stop there. The company composts 33% of waste, reused over 70% of the debris from the warehouse the new facility is built on, and in 2013 will attempt to map its entire carbon footprint.

Giving Back: QBP helps Free Bikes 4 Kidz give away 5,000 bikes every holiday season to needy kids in the Twin Cities, in addition to providing process efficiency, bike mechanic labor, and enough bike parts to help refurbish their bikes.

Sweet Perk: Instead of a typical sabbatical, long-time employees can take paid leave to promote bicycling by working with their non-profit of choice.

Hiring: Yes! Vendor Sales Manager, Brand Sales Manager

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67. Camelbak

Location: Petaluma, California

Number of Employees: 135

Digs: The office is located by a 165-acre wetlands park, which features a two-mile circular trail and a one-mile trail ideal for running, biking, or birding.

Culture: Employees make time from designing the world’s most iconic hydration packs to stop at the snack station, take a spin on the company bikes, or take a stress management or meditation class through the Bak to Health wellness program.

Giving Back: CamelBak associates donate their time annually to the Sonoma County Trails Council by maintaining and building trails in local and state parks.

Sweet Perk: On CamelBak Vendor Day, health and fitness product and service vendors gather onsite, and employees can purchase gear at a discount.

Hiring: Yes! Accounts Payable Specialist and Online Marketing Coordinator

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66. Amer Sports Winter and Outdoor

Location: Ogden, Utah

Number of Employees: 125

Digs: Originally a canning facility, the building was revitalized in 2006 and now houses the company offices as well as an auditorium with theater-style seating.

Culture: The marketers behind big-name brands like Salomon, Atomic, and Suunto have sent product to 33 countries over the past six years. Employees use their discounts to outfit themselves for everything from the company’s annual ski day to 50K nordic ski races and polar bear plunges in the frozen Pineview Reservoir.

Giving Back: Amer Sports financially supports local outdoor organizations that cater to young people with disabilities, such as the Youth Winter Sports Alliance.

Sweet Perk: The company Wellness Focus Group helps team members improve their mental and physical well-being, most recently with an onsite health food store.

Hiring: No

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65. Deschutes Brewery

Location: Bend, Oregon

Number of Employees: 418

Digs: Brewery tour-goers and workers alike enjoy views of the winding Deschutes River and kick back in the “satellite office,” Deschutes’ local pub.

Culture: This brewery gets its flavor inspirations from its surroundings, so its only right that the company celebrated its 25th anniversary with a bike ride from Black Butte to Mirror Pond. Last year, Deschutes supported music and their river namesake through Deschutes River Recordings, where brewery customers nominated river-themed songs and the brewery teams up with artists to pick a favorite to be performed and recorded on the banks of the river.

Giving Back: Deschutes pledged to return one billion gallons of water—their main resource—to the Deschutes River each year.

Sweet Perk: Staff spread the good word by working and attending beer festivals throughout the year, including The Great American Beer Festival.

Hiring: Yes! Production Brewers, Sales Account Specialist

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64. Siriusware Inc.

Location: Taos, New Mexico

Number of Employees: 61

Digs: This 200-year-old adobe retired clergy residence, just off of the historic Taos Plaza, contains five kiva fireplaces and a courtyard with fruit trees and flowers.

Culture: As creators of ticketing and admissions systems for ski areas, amusement parks, and museums, the company makes sure staff get in on the fun. Annual kickball tournaments, a $250 healthy-activity stipend, and frequent mountain-bike trips lets staff members get their piece of the pie.

Giving Back: Siriusware financially supports local nonprofits such as the Taos Community Auditorium, the Taos Youth Hockey Association, and the Field Institute of Taos.

Sweet Perk: For the annual staff roundup, employees travel to Taos, New Mexico for a week of learning, team building, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and good food.

Hiring: No

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63. Namaste Solar

Location: Boulder and Denver, Colorado

Number of Employees: 80

Digs: The furniture in Namaste’s Gold LEED office is made from 95% recycled materials.

Culture: The office’s zero-waste policy means that employees focus on composting or recycling materials, which makes sense for a company based around solar energy. Harmonious office relationships are highly valued, though the office’s “Fun Committee” does encourage pranks.

Giving Back: Twenty percent of annual profits go back to the community via donations to local nonprofits or free solar systems and installation.

Sweet Perk: Employees who earn industry licenses or certificates can see a bump in their paychecks.

Hiring: Yes!Business Administrator, IT Systems Administrator, Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Commercial Sales

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62. Sterling-Rice Group

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Number of Employees: 109

Digs: The company’s Boulder office features a full kitchen, 360-degree views of the mountains, 3-D printing capabilities, and a courtyard that transforms into an ice rink in the winter.

Culture: Marketing is notoriously demanding work, and Sterling-Rice tries to keep employee stress levels down with monthly yoga classes, Friday massages, and regular all-company recesses where the group provides a catered lunch, a variety of outdoor activities, and raffle prizes.

Giving Back: Sterling-Rice provides pro bono services and cash to the Family Learning Center, Community Foundation, and Community Food Share.

Sweet Perk: The culinary team regularly hosts events to discuss national and global food trends, bringing in examples from local bars & restaurants.

Hiring: Yes! Copywriter, Senior Developer, Culinary Intern, Innovation Intern, Senior Art Director, Interactive Art Director, Managing Director/Relationship Leader, Creative Director, Relationship Managing Director (Contract Position-East Coast), Analytics Associate, Research Analyst, Marketing Manager

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61. Hanson Dodge Creative

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Number of Employees: 59

Digs: An open office in the heart of Milwaukee’s artsy Third Ward.

Culture: Trusted by Trek, Ragnar Relay Series and Thule with their advertising needs, Hanson Dodge encourages employees to stay active on and off the clock with P90X workouts, yoga classes and company-sponsored sports teams.

Giving Back: Milwaukee’s brand-new bike share has Hanson Dodge in part to thank: Staff put together an art show to sponsor the project, which launched this past summer.

Sweet Perk: The company sponsors their own personal Ragnar run, open and free to all employees.

Hiring: Yes! Account Executives, Interactive Designer, and Digital Marketing Manager

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60. Groundspeak

Location: Seattle, Washington

Number of Employees: 72

Digs: The glass doors of the lobby welcome geocaching enthusiasts from around the world who have come to find the headquarters' geocache, a literal treasure chest containing a logbook for enthusiasts to sign and trackables to take as souvenirs.

Culture: The company behind the world’s largest outdoor treasure hunt is staffed by professional creators of fun. Employees enjoy free unlimited ski or snowboard tickets and, yes, frequent geocache outings.

Giving Back: The company encourages employees to “Cache In Trash Out” and pick up litter while geocaching, often sponsors events that combine treasure hunting with trail maintenance and trash clean-up.

Sweet Perk: Free catered lunches, bagel Fridays, and a fully-stocked kitchen keep everyone’s blood sugar at productive levels.

Hiring: Yes! Senior Developer

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59. Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Location: Goleta, California

Number of Employees: 1,254

Digs: Coming soon: a brand new four-building campus with a 5,000-square foot rotunda, to be used for performances and lectures.

Culture: Deckers’ in-house corporate-responsibility department directs the company’s environmental, human-rights, and community initiatives. The shoe-crazy marketers provide cruiser bikes and paddleboards for staffers who want to hit the beach for breaks.

Giving Back: Employees can earn their charity of choice $1,000 by either volunteering 100 hours of their time, or buying a hybrid vehicle.

Sweet Perk: Weekly massages

Hiring: Yes! Global Marketing Director (UGG), National Sales Manager (UGG), Director of IT, Sr. Product Development Manager (UGG)

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58. Infinite Energy

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Number of Employees: 347

Digs: A walking trail winds around the four main campus buildings, a stone’s throw from Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

Culture: Friday Frenzy CrossFit-style classes have employees of this natural-gas and energy supplier flipping tires and hauling sledgehammers in neighboring Kanapaha Park. The rewards are sweet: Last year’s holiday party gave out $100,000 in prizes.

Giving Back: The company’s designated Impact Team organizes and raises funds for groups to run and walk for charity throughout the year.

Sweet Perk: The company sponsors employee ski and bike days.

Hiring: Yes! Software Developer, Customer Service, IT

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57. Smith Optics

Location: Ketchum, Idaho

Number of Employees: 74

Digs: Windows encircle both the first and second floors of this three story building.

Culture: Founded in 1965 by an orthodontist turned ski bum, Smith’s scientific approach to sports helmets, glasses and goggles have earned them a reputation for innovation. The gear room filled with kayaks, bikes and skis, and nearby Sun Valley Ski Resort, makes it easy for staff to stay connected to their core market.

Giving Back: Smith supports athletes with disabilities through Higher Ground Sun Valley and Wounded Warriors.

Sweet Perk: The company sponsors employee ski and bike days.

Hiring: Yes! Demand Planner, Multimedia Planner, Consumer Services Representative (Clearfield, UT), Network/Systems Administrator, Web Developer

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56. Mindbody

Location: San Luis Obispo, California

Number of Employees: 643

Digs: With the Santa Lucia Mountains just out the door, employees are known to take frequent lunchtime hikes.

Culture: Staff growth, personal and professional, is encouraged at this business management software provider headquartered on California’s Central Coast. Employees attend in-office fitness classes, confidence building seminars, and nutrition workshops in between monthly back patio parties.

Giving Back: Mindbody’s software, in use throughout the wellness industry, has a built-in option for customers to donate to a charity when they book their health, beauty, or fitness appointment.

Sweet Perk: Employees get their veggies from Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA, which picks up weekly on-site.

Hiring: Yes! UX Designer, Wellness Partner Account Manager, Executive Assistant, Sales Representatives, Customer Service Representatives, and more

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55. Salt Communcations

Location: Portland, Oregon

Number of Employees: 31

Digs: The Portland office is in the center of Jackson Tower and overlooks Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as “Portland’s Living Room.”

Culture: Frequent company meetings in Sun Valley re-energize the staff that make up this full service marketing and communications agency. In addition to professional improvement through leadership workshops, the company created Run Like a Mother, a program that coaches female employees (later expanded to the general public) to participate in 5Ks up to full marathons.

Giving Back: Salt founded LEAP, a program to help disabled, distraught, or disadvantaged teens. This year, Salt Employees will mentor kids during five-day wilderness therapy programs.

Sweet Perk: The company pays for friends and family of employees to take raft trips with company-owned outfitter Orange Torpedo Tours.

Hiring: Yes! Media Relations Manager, Account Supervisor, Production Manager

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54. NOLS

Location: Lander, Wyoming

Number of Employees: 194

Digs: The 40,000-square-foot building is within 30 minutes of world-class limestone climbing and bouldering.

Culture: As a world leader in outdoor education, NOLS staff share their passion for wilderness medicine, mountaineering, and more with students age 14 to 70. Here, employees are more likely to wear Chacos than dress shoes, which better prepares them for frequent post-work climbs or hikes.

Giving Back: Employees worldwide volunteer for community service initiatives including walking dogs for the animal shelter, volunteering at food banks, libraries, and fire services.

Sweet Perk: Staff have full access to the NOLS Rocky Mountain gear shed, which is chock-full of skis and camping equipment.

Hiring: Yes! Marketing Representative, Professional Training Account Manager, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus Facility Assistant, Patagonia Equipment Manager, Patagonia Assistant Director, Rocky Mountain Seasonal Logistics Assistant

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53. Patagonia

Location: Ventura, California

Number of Employees: 761

Digs: The company's LEED-certified headquarters features workout areas for yoga and Pilates classes, as well as a sand volleyball court and easy access to biking trails.

Culture: Outdoor apparel maker Patagonia is famous for taking care of the environment—and its employees. Team members in Ventura can get organic meals at reduced prices in the company's cafe, and can take time off mid-day to surf or spend time with their families under the company's informal flexible work program.

Giving Back: Over 45 tons of clothing have been recycled through the company's Common Threads program since 2005.

Sweet Perk: Patagonia's tuition reimbursement program gives employees up to $500 per fiscal year to help cover their costs at an accredited school.

Hiring: Yes! Creative Director, VP of Marketing, Product Quality Engineers

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52. Zozi

Location: San Francisco, California

Number of Employees: 41

Digs: Employees enjoy happy hour and cornhole on the company rooftop, just six blocks from the bay.

Culture: Zozi’s trip masters partner with celebrity expert guides to spend their days planning adventures such as full-moon kayaking, vineyard touring by bike, or snowboarding Jackson Hole with X Games medalist Travis Rice. The company takes employee ideas seriously via its quarterly Creative Autonomy Days, where employees spend time working on any Zozi project outside their current priorities.

Giving Back: 10% of profits get donated back to the local communities to help with food, clothing, and other initiatives.

Sweet Perk: Upon hitting specified profitability targets, employees receive an all-expense paid vacation and access to the company ski house in Lake Tahoe.

Hiring: Yes! Community and Customer Loyalty, Product Designer, Marketing Manager, Sales Account Executive, and more

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51. The Clymb

Location: Portland, Oregon

Number of Employees: 110

Digs: The lobby opens up to an open office space with high ceilings, skylights, and wooden pillars.

Culture: As you might expect, this private outdoor sale network is staffed by serious gearheads. The company Gear Library is stocked with equipment that employees can check out for a week at a time to get outside, allowing them to take advantage of the neighboring Cascade Mountain Range, the Columbia River Gorge, and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country.

Giving Back: The Clymb raised money for cancer research by sending two teams to a ski relay at Mount Hood.

Sweet Perk: This year The Clymb took 70 employees to Oahu for a one- week “work-ation” as a reward for hitting major goals, paying for activities such as surfing, snorkeling, and paddling.

Hiring: Yes! Marketing Manager (Women’s Division), Assistant Buyer, Buyer/Vendor Manager, Email Marketing Coordinator

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50. Balihoo

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

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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)

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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

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47. Spawn

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

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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.

Hiring: No

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45. Backroads

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

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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

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43. IslandWood

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

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42. Spyderco

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

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41. Strava

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

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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

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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.

Hiring: No

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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

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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

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36. Haberman

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

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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

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34. Overland

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

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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

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32. Boomtown

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

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31. Colle+McVoy

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

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(Chris Peters/Colle+McVoy)

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

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(The Honest Kitchen)

29. Orbotix

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

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(Courtesy of Orbotix)

28. iSirona

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

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(Courtesy of iSirona)

27. Hydroflask

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 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

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(Courtesy of Hydroflask)

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

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(Colin Young-Wolff)

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

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(The ZaneRay Group)

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

(Jim Campbell)

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.

Hiring: No

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(Courtesy of Coast Law Group)

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

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(Courtesy of Global Works)

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.

Hiring: No.

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(Courtesy of Training Peaks)

20. GeoEx

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.

Hiring: No.

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(Courtesy of GeoEx)

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.

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(Courtesy of Human Movement)


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.

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(Courtesy of USANA)

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

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(Courtesy of New Belgium)

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

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(St. Jude Children's Research Hos)

15. RealeFlow

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.

Hiring: No

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(Courtesy of RealeFlow)

14. TrackVia

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

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(Courtesy of TrackVia)

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

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(Courtesy of BrainStorm)

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

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

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(Courtesy of Fuse LLC)

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

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(Courtesy of Drake Cooper)

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

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(Courtesy of the Grauer School)

9. Gnip

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

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(Courtesy of Gnip)

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

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(Courtesy of Blue Tent)

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

(Courtesy of Beach Cities Health District)

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

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(Courtesy of Seeley Lake Elementa)

5. ReadyTalk

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

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(Courtesy of Readytalk)

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

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3. MercuryCSC

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

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(Courtesy of Mercury CSC)

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

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(Courtesy of Zen Planner)

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

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