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12. Osprey Packs

Cortez, CO


From the Company

Outside editors excerpted this information from the Employer Questionnaire submitted to the Best Companies Group.

From its humble beginnings building custom backpacks and sleeping bags in Santa Cruz, California, to its current recognition as an industry leader, Osprey has always flown its own course. Our mission is to create innovative, high-performance gear that reflects a love of adventure and a devotion to the outdoors and the environment. Based in Cortez, Colorado, Osprey has more than 35 years of technical pack-making and design experience.

Osprey strives to achieve a healthy work-life balance by providing Team Members with a floating "powder day" holiday, allowing people to time this day off with a big snowstorm.

Discount ski passes are offered to Osprey employees, and all employees were awarded bikes in 2007. There are company-supported daily stretch and walking breaks, as well as lockers, bicycle parking, and shower facilities offered to every Team Member. Plus our unique location near world-class trail systems allow for trail runs and biking direct from Osprey Headquarters. Osprey pays for rec center and outdoor pool passes, allowing free access to these facilities. We also offer free and discounted ski passes at Telluride Ski Resort and Osprey Outings Team organizes several free, multi-day outdoor trips per year, including ski hut trips, river rafting, climbing or cycling trips.

The Osprey Volunteer Incentive Program allows every Osprey Team Member eight paid hours per year to volunteer either on company-organized volunteer projects or on approved volunteer projects under their own volition. Osprey also encourages its Team Members to go above and beyond, building a true culture of volunteerism. 2009 saw the program complete eight separate and varying volunteer projects, donating approximately 240 hours of community service.

Our Sustainable Transportation Initiative pays $1 per day, encouraging Team Members to walk, run, or bike to work.

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