100 Best Companies to Work For 2014

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The beauty of Seattle Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work  For awards program is that it is based on extensive employee surveys. Firms that make the list get there because the people who work at those businesses like their jobs, their bosses and their benefits. The 14 companies profiled on the pages that follow are the best of the best, which means they scored highest in the surveys. 

The research firm Fieldwork Webwork used the employees’ detailed responses to determine each company’s score in 10 categories, including such vital areas as communication, executive leadership, corporate culture and workplace environment. On page 44, following the profiles of our top honorees, is the official list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For separated into five classifications: small firms of 30 or fewer employees; midsize, 31 to 99 employees; large, 100 or more employees; nonprofits and firms headquartered outside Washington. Congratulations to all!

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Top category winners

SMALL COMPANIES

1st Place (tie):  Milepost Consulting, Seattle, milepostconsulting.com

1st Place (tie): Artitudes Design, Issaquah, artitudesdesign.com

2nd Place: Provisional Recruiting & Staffing, Spokane, provisional.com

MIDSIZE COMPANIES

1st Place: Smartsheet.com, Bellevue, smartsheet.com

2nd Place:Prime 8 Consulting, Kirkland, prime8consulting.com

3rd Place: Level 11, Seattle, level11.com

LARGE COMPANIES

1st Place: Redfin, Seattle, redfin.com

2nd Place: Zillow, Seattle, zillow.com

3rd Place: Evergreen Home Loans, Bellevue, evergreenhomeloans.com

NONPROFITS

1st Place: Verity Credit Union, Seattle, veritycu.com

2nd Place: Bellwether Housing, Seattle, bellwetherhousing.org

COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED OUTSIDE WASHINGTON STATE

1st Place (tie): West Monroe Partners

1st Place (tie): ACME Business Consulting, Seattle, acmebusinessconsulting.com

2nd Place: Walsh Construction, Seattle, walshconstructionco.com

Bright Idea: Labor Saver

Bright Idea: Labor Saver

Forget email. Shyft Technologies makes shift swapping easy.
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New legislation requiring Seattle businesses with 500 or more employees to schedule workers’ hourly shifts two weeks in advance will be a boon to some, but it could complicate the lives of many workers and employers.

Seattle startup Shyft Technologies has created a free smartphone app that simplifies the tangled dance of schedule shuffling by making it easier for employees to swap shifts and for bosses to get shifts covered on short notice. 

The app notifies all staffers automatically when open shifts are posted. Swaps can be approved right on the app. By matching in real time the hours when workers are available with the hours employees need work done, the app creates a more efficient market.

A worker or manager can easily add a bonus as an incentive to fill a shift on short notice, says

Shyft CEO Brett Patrontasch. “It’s a lot easier than email,” he observes. Meanwhile, workers can quickly change their availability status if they want to make more money or free up more time.

The Shyft app uses a combination of geolocation, financial transactions, machine learning and big data analytics to determine availability and pricing. The goal is to create an on-demand workforce that has more control over schedules while providing employers with the fluidity to operate efficiently.

As of late September, more than 12,000 Starbucks baristas, 3,500 Old Navy staffers and 7,500 McDonald’s employees were using Shyft’s app.

Founded in Toronto, the startup moved to Seattle in February to participate in the three-month Techstars mentoring program. This past summer, Shyft obtained $1.5 million in funding from Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group and other investors.