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5. Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor

Ogden, UT


From the Company

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

Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor (ASWO), with its brands Salomon, Atomic, and Suunto, is the world's leading manufacturer of winter and outdoor products. ASWO's core sports are alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, trekking, trail running, and diving.

The casual atmosphere of our company enables team members to feel at ease and comfortable in the environment in which they work. A healthy work environmentlife is supported by our "open-door" policy. Team members and leadership are able to go to each other, at any time, with any issue without feeling shut out or unimportant. Many meetings include using the company bikes in the summer months. The benefit of no mandatory overtime also increases morale. ASWO is located just 30 minutes from various ski resorts. Close by, prolific hiking and biking trails offer opportunities for team members to enjoy non-motorized sports and our products. Bouldering fields, various crags, and the awesome mountains create the perfect environment for rock climbing.

Summer hours begin in May and continue through August. Team members flex their time worked during the week to receive Friday afternoons (or an alternative day) off. The philosophy behind the summer-hour program is to enhance team members' outdoor experiences. ASWO encourages the team to get into the environment by hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, diving, and golfing—and utilizing the ASWO sports brands' products. Snow days are also provided for the team members. On these days, team members have the opportunity to spend their "paid" hours outside. Many go skiing or riding. Flex time is also provided to team members to take time off for family needs or community projects.

Fitness is very important to the companyteam members. On-site locker/shower facilities are available to ease the transition from outdoor recreation to work. Bikes and helmets are available for use after hours, on weekends, or during lunch. Skiing and snowboarding equipment, wrist-top computers, and heart-rate monitors are available for all employees. All team members are eligible to receive a company-paid Salomon Center Gold's Gym Membership. A minimum use of three times per month is required to maintain the pass. Discounted passes are also offered to team members' families.

ASWO's social responsibility is just as important as being the world's leading sports equipment company. Initiatives that ASWO partakes in include the Ogden Nature Center, Weber Pathways, Boy Scouts, Vertical Challenge, High Adventure Mountain Film Festival, and the Sustainable Ogden Committee, among others.

ASWO products, when created, developed, and manufactured, are geared toward responsible solutions. These are part of the different "sustainable" initiatives that we have launched to help protect the environment: bamboo layers in skis and snowboards, organic fibers in apparel, shoe boxes out of recycled cardboard, and recycled rubber for footwear. Every desk has a blue recycling bin. On-site glasspaper/cardboard/plastic/tin/aluminum recycling bins are provided. And as a Visionary partner in Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky Program, ASWO purchases credit that develops energy from wind power sources.

Team members have the opportunity to nominate others for a Team Member of the Quarter award. The winner receives a $200 certificate for Amer Bucks, money to be used to purchase our products. Once a year, team members have the opportunity to nominate a co-worker for Team Member of the Year. Team members are nominated based on their performance and how they follow our values—determination to win, team spirit, fair play, and innovation. The winner receives a $1,000 certificate in Amer Bucks, a parking spot for the year, eight hours of flexible time off, and their photo is displayed on the ASWO Wall of Fame bulletin board.

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