To MBA or not to MBA?

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Will Weinig believes a master’s degree in business administration from Washington State University Vancouver will give him an edge in the international hospitality and tourism industry. An MBA, says the German-born 24-year-old, will improve his marketability, enrich his knowledge of business theory and give him a distinctively American credential in a competitive global job market.

An estimated 3,400 others studying at 15 public and private institutions in Washington state see it more or less the same way: An MBA is a career plus, worth the investment in time and money, not only for the degree but also for the network of classmates, faculty and alumni that comes with it.

The money part, however, can be daunting. Average annual tuition per student ranges from $10,000 at WSU Vancouver to more than $40,000 for certain specialty MBAs at Seattle University and the University of Washington.

For the schools—large and small, public and private— MBA programs are big business. In Washington, these programs generate estimated tuition revenue of more than $70 million a year. And that amount doesn’t include room, board and other student costs. But rising tuition, changing corporate hiring strategies and weakened postgraduate salaries have some wondering about the ongoing value of an MBA. That perception, combined with stiff competition for qualified students, declining full-time MBA enrollment and rising operating costs, presents challenges for the state’s graduate business school administrators where MBA programs are typically self-supporting.

“It is taking more effort to attract students to your institution,” says Marilyn Gist, associate dean of the highly ranked graduate programs at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics. “Students are reluctant to take on more debt at the graduate level.”

Meanwhile, fewer students are applying to the many available seats in full-time MBA programs. Bloomberg Businessweek reported last year that 62 percent of full-time, two-year programs noted a decline in applications.

To better compete, many schools are redesigning their curricula, expanding specialty programs, offering more parttime, night-school and online classes and shortening the length of course work for certain degrees so students don’t have to take as much time from their busy schedules to complete their degrees.

Gist says Seattle University is customizing its programs to fit the needs of its students. The Albers School offers a “bridge” MBA program for younger students without work experience and is preparing to roll out some hybrid MBA course work that blends classroom and online study. Gonzaga University in Spokane also has a hybrid MBA program that combines online studies with classroom experience. “I don’t see us offering a total online program,” says Jinny Piskel, Gonzaga’s director of the Graduate School of Business. “Our competitive market advantage is in the value-added classroom experience.”

As competition intensifies, it is becoming increasingly important for schools to find a place in national rankings. Gonzaga was pleased to land a spot in U.S. News & World Report’s list that ranked its part-time MBA program 73rd best in the nation. Seattle University’s full-time Leadership Executive MBA was ranked 19th in the nation by U.S. News. The evening school at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business placed No. 15 and a specialized MBA in accounting placed No. 18.

U.S. News scored the Foster School’s traditional MBA program an impressive 23rd in the nation, while The Economist scored it 34th in the world. A strong job placement record of 96.8 percent was a factor in those rankings, says Assistant Dean Dan Poston. In hopes of breaking into the exclusive U.S. News “Top 20 Business Schools” list, the Foster School recently reduced the number of students accepted into its program. That raises the quality of the average student accepted as well as their average test scores.

During the worst of the recent recession, Washington State University dropped its on-campus MBA program at the main campus in Pullman while maintaining branch campus offerings. The business faculty then decided to ramp up its online-only MBA. That effort was rewarded this spring with a No. 1 national ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

With 160 students, the online program is five years ahead of enrollment projections, says Cheryl Oliver, WSU director of graduate programs. Most students (60 percent) are from the Northwest, with others in the military overseas, some in the Middle East, Japan and South Africa. “It may not be realistic given the market, but we would like to see this program grow into the thousands,” Oliver says. “When you’ve got the No. 1 online program, it matters.”

Meanwhile, WSU is relaunching its oncampus MBA program in Pullman this fall, she says.

As tuitions soar, student debts rise and jobs remain scarce, there has been a reassessment of the value of the MBA. “Smaller paychecks await newly minted MBAs, especially from less prestigious schools,” The Wall Street Journal reported recently. “There are officially too many MBAs,” added The Atlantic. In 2011, 126,214 students earned MBA degrees in the United States, up 74 percent from 2000-2001. More than 600,000 people now hold an MBA from American institutions.

Still, many say the need remains. “We see endless MBA bashing in the national media because these stories will be read,” says John Byrne, founder and regular contributor to Poets&Quants.com, a website geared toward MBA students, potential students and graduate business schools. “That’s because the MBA remains a highly popular degree … and a degree where people immediately want to measure the outcomes. But simply measuring the money you earn at graduation or three months after graduation is not the full story.”

As earning an MBA has become more expensive and salaries have flattened, the return on investment has fallen. Ten years ago, an MBA would typically triple a person’s income. Now, it more likely doubles one’s income, but it’s still a pretty good return. While the number of applicants at two-year programs has declined, the quality of enrollees at the top schools remains high.

“Even if you only attend a school among the top 50, you have a degree that still separates you out of the pile,” says Byrne. “An MBA tells people you are ambitious for your career and for yourself, even if the degree is from a program no one has heard of.”

Increasingly, students are using the MBA not to turbocharge their existing careers, but to move into a completely new field. “Someone may be coming out of the military who wants to move into the private sector or a schoolteacher may want to work in marketing,” explains the UW’s Poston. To address those needs, he says, the UW, which has a total enrollment of about 750, is now offering an array of degrees with special areas of emphasis such as global executive, technology management, culture and values, and international development. Seattle U and Gonzaga both offer programs in health care management.

“It’s not an easy market to compete in,” says Jerry Goodstein, MBA program faculty director at WSU Vancouver. “We have to be very thoughtful about how we value and differentiate our program.” One way schools are responding to student needs is by providing more flexibility. “MBA students want convenience and less time away from their families,” says Tate White, assistant director of graduate studies in business at Whitworth University in Spokane. “When you have a job and a family, adding MBA study on top of that is challenging.” At Whitworth, there are 40 students in the MBA program and they attend only evening classes one or two times a week.

But do MBAs really help students find a job? Charles Mah, a top recruiter at Redmond-based Concur Technologies, thinks so. Concur, an integrated travel and expense management software business, uses an internship agreement with the University of Washington to gain access to MBA students. “Our goal is to broadly hire innovative talent, not just MBAs,” says Mah, “then make sure we provide the right mentoring with competitive pay.”

Mah himself is considering pursuing an MBA. “I’m looking at an international focus or an executive MBA,” he says. “With an MBA, you get business planning skills, analytics and innovation development from conception to reality.”

Karen Montague, who earned an MBA from the UW 27 years ago, says when she received her degree there was no question of its value. “I’m sure my first job off er came because I had just gotten an MBA,” says Montague, who has worked for Weyerhaeuser and Eddie Bauer. Today, she says the value of the MBA may not be as self-evident but that “for most, it’s a good notch in your belt.”

The current economic recovery could do more than anything else to help restore the luster of the MBA. Kurt Kirstein, dean of the School of Management at City University, which boasts one of the largest MBA enrollments in the Puget Sound region, is optimistic that demand for MBA degrees across all platforms will continue to increase as the economy improves. “We saw enrollment at the start of the recession take a big jump, then drop off ,” Kirstein says. “We had 100 students finishing the program and only 80 new ones starting. Now enrollment is rebounding.”

Meanwhile, German-born Will Weinig, the MBA student at WSU Vancouver, is glad to be in the United States getting a graduate degree. His next step is to land a business internship, he says. “I’m open to where that might be … the U.S. or Europe,” and he’s sure the MBA will improve his chances.

 

MBA PROGRAMS IN WASHINGTON

Washington’s accredited Master’s in Business Administration programs, listed in order of total enrollment. (Tuition prices vary with student in-state residency or military status and full- or part-time coursework.)

 

NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS

University of Washington

Foster School of Business, Seattle; Milgard School of Business, Tacoma; UW Bothell School of Business

Puget Sound enrollment: 750

Annual Tuition: $12,500 to $40,170

MBA areas of emphasis: technology management, international development policy, executive, leadership, global executive

Websites: foster.washington.edu; tacoma.uw.edu/milgard-school-business; bothell.washington.edu/business

 

City University of Seattle

Puget Sound enrollment: 786

Annual tuition: $11,016 to $22,788 (online and in-class options at Bellevue, Everett, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma)

MBA areas of emphasis: technology management, accounting, finance, sustainable business, project management, change leadership, global management, human resource management, global marketing

Website: cityu.edu

 

Seattle University

Albers School of Business & Economics

Enrollment: 650

Annual tuition: $37,344 to $40,800

MBA areas of emphasis: leadership executive, entrepreneurship, health leadership, executive, accounting, business valuation, sustainability

Website: seattleu.edu/albers

 

WGU Washington

College of Business

Washington ENrollment: 612

Annual Tuition: $6,500

MBA Areas of Emphasis: management and strategy,

health care management, IT management

Website: washington.wgu.edu

 

Washington State University

College of Business

Enrollment: 350 (including online, Tri-Cities, Spokane and Vancouver)

Annual tuition: $11,736 to $30,000

MBA areas of emphasis: accounting, finance, hospitality and tourism, information systems, management, marketing, organizations, health care management, international business

Website: gradschool.wsu.edu; vancouver.wsu.edu/mba

 

Gonzaga University

Graduate School of Business

Spokane enrollment: 260

Annual tuition: $28,710

MBA areas of emphasis: American Indian entrepreneurship, health care management, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship

Website: gonzaga.edu

 

Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Puget Sound enrollment: 125

Annual tuition: $27,720 to $31,717

MBA areas of emphasis: sustainable systems, sustainable business management

Website: bgi.edu

 

Western Washington University

College of Business and Economics

Bellingham-Everett enrollment: 115

Annual tuition: $15,718 to $25,692

MBA areas of emphasis: accounting, general business administration, international business, marketing, operations management, finance, management, management information systems

Website: cbe.wwu.edu.mba

 

Seattle Pacific University

 School of Business and Economics

Enrollment: 104

Annual tuition: $17,055 to $27,288 (evenings and weekends only)

MBA areas of emphasis: finance, human resource management, information systems management, international business, management, social and sustainable business, technology management

Website: spu.edu

 

Eastern Washington University

College of Business and Public Administration

Cheney enrollment: 100

Annual tuition: $11,360 to $13,925

MBA areas of emphasis: finance, information technology

Website: ewu.edu/cbpa

 

St. Martin’s University

School of Business

Enrollment: 85

Annual tuition: $14,760 to $32,740 (evenings and weekends only)

MBA areas of emphasis: accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing

Website: stmartin.edu/gradstudies

 

Pacific Lutheran University

School of Business

Tacoma enrollment: 65

Annual tuition: $19,458 to $29,187 (evenings only)

MBA areas of emphasis: management, technology-innovation, health care, entrepreneurship and closely held business

Website: plu.edu/busa

 

Whitworth University

School of Global Commerce & Management

Spokane enrollment: 32

Annual tuition: $13,015 to $16,097 (evenings only, accelerated format)

MBA areas of emphasis: general business administration, international management

Website: whitworth.edu

 

FOR-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS

Argosy University

College of Business

 Enrollment: 22

Annual tuition: $21,630

MBA areas of emphasis: accounting, extended fundamentals of management, fundamentals of management, global business sustainability, human resource management, information systems, international business, management, marketing, nonprofit management, organizational management, service sector management

Website: argosy.edu

 

University of Phoenix

School of Business

Puget Sound enrollment: Unavailable

Annual tuition: $11,865 to $39,960

MBA areas of emphasis: marketing, energy management, global management, health care management, project management, technology management, accounting, human resource management

Website: phoenix.edu

 

NOTABLE EXECUTIVES WITH AN MBA

Raymond Conner

CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

MBA, University of Puget Sound

 

Keith Krach

CEO, DocuSign

MBA, Harvard University

 

Carol Nelson

Director, Washington State Department of Revenue

MBA, Seattle U, Albers School of Business & Economics

 

Jeffrey Newgard

CEO, Yakima National Bank

MBA, Washington State University

 

Mark Pigott

CEO, Paccar

M.S. in Business, Stanford University

 

Bradley Tilden

CEO, Alaska Airlines

MBA, UW Foster School of Business


NOTABLE EXECUTIVES WITHOUT AN MBA

Steve Ballmer

CEO, Microsoft

B.A., Mathematics/Economics, Harvard University

 

Jeff Bezos

CEO, Amazon.com

B.S., Computer Science & Engineering, Princeton U.

 

Melanie Dressel

President & CEO, Columbia Bank

B.A., Political Science, University of Washington

 

Jason Herman

CEO, Allyis

Ph.D., English, Univeristy of Arizona

 

John Oppenheimer

President & CEO, Columbia Hospitality

B.A., Urban Affairs/Political Science, U. of Puget Sound

 

Howard Schultz

Chairman and CEO, Starbucks

B.A., Communications, Northern Michigan University

 

B.A., PolitiCAl sCienCe,
universitY of WAshington

 


100 Best Companies to Work For 2016: The Complete List

100 Best Companies to Work For 2016: The Complete List

It’s back! The list that every company wants to be on.
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The results you see here are based on confidential employee surveys as well as a company’s level of employee participation. For example, if a company scores well in the 10 categories described below but has low employee participation, it doesn’t do as well in the rankings as a company with similar scores and a much better participation rate.

The research firm Fieldwork Webwork compiles and ranks the detailed responses of thousands of employees who rate their firms anonymously in these categories: benefits, communication, corporate culture, hiring/retention, executive leadership, performance standards, responsibility/decision making, rewards/recognition, training/education and workplace environment.

The list notes the category or categories in which each company has scored highest. 

Small Companies
(15 to 40 employees)

1. Adler Giersch PS
Top category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 19
adlergiersch.com
Personal-injury law firm with offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett and Kent.

2. Provisional Recruiting + Staffing
Top category: Work Environment
Location: Spokane
Employees: 15
provisional.com
Recruiting and staffing firm specializing in the financial, commercial, health care and technology sectors.

3. PICR Inc.
Top category: Work Environment
Location: Vancouver
Employees: 18
picr.com
On-demand marketplace designed to make finding and booking a professional photographer convenient.

4. Board & Vellum
Top category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 20
boardandvellum.com
Architecture firm focusing on custom residential, retail, commercial and multifamily projects.
Read more about Board & Vellum here.

5. Evergreen Beauty College
Top category: Executive Leadership
Location: Everett
Employees: 35
evergreenbeauty.edu
Nationally accredited cosmetology school providing training at campuses in Everett, Bellevue and Renton.

6. Parker Staffing Services
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 24
parkerservices.com
Staffing firm hiring for administrative, customer service and clerical roles in the Puget Sound region.

7. Kinetic Sports Rehab
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 35
kineticsportsrehab.com
Hybrid clinic blending traditional physical therapy, sports chiropractic and sports medicine.
Read more about Kinetic Sports Rehab here.

8. Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs PLLC
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 23
sgfslaw.com
Law practice emphasizing resolution of complex business disputes via trial, arbitration and mediation.

9. Amaxra Inc.
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Redmond
Employees: 25
amaxra.com
Microsoft Gold Certified partner helping businesses with Office 365 solutions, including email and SharePoint. 

10. Zumobi
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 30
zumobi.com
Media company that partners with top brands to publish apps and provide mobile advertising.

11. Sustainable Interiors
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Fife
Employees: 20
sustainableint.com
Provider of flooring and other interior finishes in seven Western states.

12. UpTop
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 31
uptopcorp.com
User-experience design firm specializing in research for websites, mobile apps and other digital products.

13. C+C
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 35
cplusc.com
Social marketing and public relations firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, Boston and Washington, D.C. 

14. Level 11
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 24
level11.com
Technology services and software product engineering firm developing cloud-based platforms.

15. Echodyne Corporation
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 23
echodyne.com
Startup developing metamaterials-based, high-performance radar for drones, robots and self-driving cars. 

16. Altriva Solutions
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 15
altriva.com
Professional services firm specializing in customer relationship management solutions. 

17. Spare5
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 16
spare5.com
Collector and disseminator of data gleaned through crowdsourced information provided by smartphone users. 

18. Tri-Digital Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 28
tri-digital.com
Digital media services firm specializing in capture of content from live events and distribution for later use. 

19. The Resource Group
Top Category: Executive Leadership; Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Renton
Employees: 20
resgroup.com
Developer of software for financial management, accounting and enterprise resource planning. 

20. Prime Team Partners
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 15
primeteampartners.com
Staffing firm specializing in placing technology professionals. 

21. Outreach
Top Category: Communication; Corporate Culture
Location: Seattle
Employees: 25
outreach.io
Startup providing automation tools that help sales representatives operate more efficiently. 

22. Fierce Inc.
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 32
fierceinc.com
Leadership development and training company.

23. ClassifiedAds.com
Top Category: Communication
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 15
classifiedads.com
Free classified advertising site serving the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, India, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.K. 

24. Humanix Corporation
Top Category: Executive Leadership; Work Environment
Location: Spokane Valley
Employees: 15
humanix.com
Largest independent recruiting and staffing firm in the Inland Northwest. 

25. Atlas Informatics
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 34
atlas.co
Maker of Atlas Recall, a personal search engine that makes finding content across multiple devices easier.

26. Fresh Consulting
Top Category: Communication
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 39
freshconsulting.com
Web design and development agency. 

27. Full Beaker Inc.
Top Category: Corporate Culture
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 15
fullbeaker.com
Lead-generation and management company specializing in leads driven through internal technology. 

28. Image Source
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 30
imagesourceteam.com
Full-service branded merchandise and apparel agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midsize Companies
(41-100 employees)

1. RedCloud Consulting
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 45
redcloudconsulting.com
Boutique management consulting firm. 

2. American Income–Altig
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 93
altig.com
Agency representing American Income Life Insurance Co., with affiliate offices in 18 states and seven provinces.

3. CardTapp
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 48
cardtapp.com
Builder of customized apps for salespeople in the mortgage, real estate and insurance sectors. 

4. Bizible
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 60
bizible.com
Software-as-a-service provider helping online marketers determine “what’s working.”

5. Realself
Encouraging stories of transformation.
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 100
realself.com
Online resource for sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dentistry and other elective treatments. 
Read more about RealSelf here. 

6. Pacific Capital Resource Group Inc.
Top Category: Performance Standards
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 60
pcrg.com
Financial services firm serving business owners, professionals and families. 

7. Prime 8 Consulting
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 99
prime8consulting.com
Management consulting firm centered on eight core values. 
Read more about Prime 8 Consulting here. 

8. Caiman Consulting
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Redmond
Employees: 48
caimanconsulting.com
Management consulting firm that focuses on solving business and technology problems.

9. Gravity Payments
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 83
gravitypayments.com
Credit card payment processing company. 

10. AIM Consulting
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 65
aimconsulting.com
Consulting company focused on strategizing and executing end-to-end technology solutions. 

11. Artefact
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 57
artefactgroup.com
Technology product design and development consulting firm defining next-generation products and user experiences. 

12. SkyKick
Top Category: Corporate Culture
Location: Seattle
Employees: 80
skykick.com
Worldwide provider of cloud management solutions for information-technology clients. 

13. L4 Digital
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 68
l4digital.com
Designer and developer of user-experience products across multiple digital platforms.

14. OAC Services Inc.
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 60
oacsvcs.com
Services firm with expertise in project and construction management and forensic architecture/engineering. 

15. Tecplot Inc.
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 41
tecplot.com
Maker of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists. 

16. Guidant Financial
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 89
guidantfinancial.com
Creator of innovative financing solutions for people seeking to start businesses with their retirement funds. 

17. OfferUp
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 70
offerupnow.com
Online marketplace where people can buy and sell goods and services locally in a safe environment. 

18. Aduro Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 87
adurolife.com
Designer of employee experiences for employers, brokers and health systems. 

19. The Spur Group
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 80
thespurgroup.com
Consulting firm that works with technology companies and suppliers on sales, marketing and channel innovations. 

20. Brighton Jones
Top Category: Corporate Culture; Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 64
brightonjones.com
Wealth management and financial planning firm. 

21. Loft9 Consulting
Top Category: Training/Education
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 56
loft9consulting.com
Management consulting firm offering business analysis, project management and process improvement.

22. Puget Sound Bank
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 51
pugetsoundbank.com
Commercial bank dedicated to meeting the needs of small and midsize businesses. 

23. Stratos Product Development
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 88
stratos.com
Design and strategy consultancy specializing in medical products and consumer electronics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Companies
(More than 100 employees)

 1. BitTitan
Making work comfortable.
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 105
bittitan.com
Provider of cloud solutions that simplify and improve IT functions. 
Read more about BitTitan here. 

2. Logic20/20
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 120
logic2020.com
Business and technology consulting firm.

3. Zillow Group
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 965
zillow.com
Online database providing estimated home values and other real estate and rental information. 

4. Qumulo
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 112
qumulo.com
Builder of products that store, manage, retrieve and curate data. 

5. Evergreen Home Loans
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 370
evergreenhomeloans.com
Direct lender providing home loans and related services in seven Western states.

6. Nintex
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 130
nintex.com
Maker of workflow automation software, with more than 5,000 customers in 90 countries. 

7. DataSphere Technologies
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 260
datasphere.com
Helps small businesses grow through mobile and online advertising and marketing. 

8. Whitepages
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 132
whitepages.com
The leading provider of personal and business contact information in North America. 

9. Rational Interaction
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 121
rationalagency.com
Strategy-driven, full-service digital advertising/marketing agency. 

10. Olympia Federal Savings
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Olympia
Employees: 108
olyfed.com
Financial institution for 110 years, with eight offices in Thurston and Mason counties.

11. Baker Boyer Bank
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Walla Walla
Employees: 165
bakerboyer.com
Washington state’s oldest bank, with offices in Walla Walla, Kennewick, Yakima and Milton-Freewater (Oregon). 

12. Expedia Inc.
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 3,000
expediainc.com
Online travel company featuring brands such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity and Trivago. 

13. Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bothell
Employees: 113
alderbio.com
Clinical-stage company developing monoclonal antibody therapeutics. 

14. Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Enumclaw
Employees: 387
mutualofenumclaw.com
Insurance company providing property/casualty coverage in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona.

15. Society Consulting
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 178
societyconsulting.com
Largest independent analytics consulting company in the United States. 

16. Rover.com
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 122
rover.com
Online community where people can find dog sitters, dog walkers, dog daycare, etc. 

17. Limeade
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 139
limeade.com
Technology company creating platforms to inspire workers to improve their health and performance. 

18. Inrix
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 140
inrix.com
Global software-as-a-service business providing services and apps pertaining to road traffic. 

19. Columbia Hospitality
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 387
columbiahospitality.com
Hospitality consulting company specializing in management of conference centers and boutique hotels. 

20. PayScale
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 250
payscale.com
Compiler of the world’s largest real-time database of salary and compensation profiles 

21. Family Home Care
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Liberty Lake
Employees: 115
fhccares.com
Provider of in-home health care services to residents of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. 

22. Possible
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 200
possible.com
Digital advertising, marketing and creative design agency with offices around the world. 

23. Pitchbook
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 220
pitchbook.com
Research firm providing data to the private equity and venture capital sector. 
Read more about Pitchbook here. 

24. Verity Credit Union
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 130
veritycu.com
Credit union founded in 1933 with membership open to anyone who lives or works in Washington state.

25. Prime Electric
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 300
primeelectric.com
Electrical and data-systems contractor founded in 1987.

26. Schuchart/Dow
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 110
schuchartdow.com
A team of builders and craftsmen with a deep appreciation for the opportunity to work with clients and architects to create memorable, unique homes.

27. Harbor Wholesale Foods
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Lacey
Employees: 279
harborwholesale.com
Family-owned food distributor serving convenience stores, universities, restaurants and other institutions since 1923. 

28. EagleView Technologies
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bothell
Employees: 154
eagleview.com
Specialist in automating manual processes such as roof and wall measurements for builders and insurers. 

29. Tune
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 212
tune.com
Software-as-a-service business providing performance analytics to mobile marketers. 

30. F5 Networks
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 1,300
f5.com
Provider of hardware and software products that deliver computer network applications rapidly and securely. 

31. Blueprint Consulting Services LLC
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 180
bpcs.com
Consulting firm providing business management and IT solutions that bridge the gap between strategy and delivery. 

32. Greenpoint Technologies
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 192
greenpnt.com
A Boeing business jet completion center providing interior completions for private clients and heads of state.

 

Companies Headquartered Outside Washington
1. Baird
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 123
bairdoffices.com/seattle
Employee-owned international wealth management firm. Home office: Milwaukee, WI. 

2. GoDaddy
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 148
godaddy.com
Provider of website domain registry services. Home office: Scottsdale, AZ. 

3. Navy Federal Credit Union
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: 10 brances in WA
Employees: 89
Home office: Vienna, VA.
navyfederal.org
Financial cooperative serving members of the military, defense contractors and their families. Home office: Vienna, VA 
Read more about Navy Federal Credit Union here. 

4. Edward Jones
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 1,022
edwardjones.com
Investment and financial services provider. Home office: St. Louis, MO.

5. Grand Hyatt Seattle
/Hyatt Olive 8
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 410
grandseattle.hyatt.com;
olive8.hyatt.com
Luxury hotel properties in downtown Seattle. Home office: Chicago, IL.

6. DOWL
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Redmond/Seattle
Employees: 24
dowl.com
Planning, surveying and civil engineering firm with 25 offices in eight states. Home office: Anchorage, AK.

7. Hulu
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 70
Home office: Santa Monica, CA
hulu.com
Subscription-based streaming TV service. Home office: Santa Monica, CA. 
Read more about Hulu here.

8. COWI North America Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 26
cowi-na.com
Designer and builder of bridges, tunnels and marine facilities. Home office: North Vancouver, B.C.

9. Novo Nordisk
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 71
novonordisk-us.com
Global pharmaceutical and health-care treatment company. Home office: Bagsvaerd, Denmark.

10. West Monroe Partners
Top Category: Work Environment; Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 70
westmonroepartners.com
Business and technology consulting firm. Home office: Chicago, IL.

11. North Highland
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 25
northhighland.com
Global management consulting firm. Home office: Atlanta, GA. 

12. Andersen Construction
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 90
andersen-const.com
General construction contractor. Home office: Portland, OR. 

13. New American Funding
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 95
newamericanfunding.com
Residential mortgage lending company with offices nationwide. Home office: Tustin, CA.

14. Ankrom Moisan Architects
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 98
ankrommoisan.com
Architecture firm whose portfolio encompasses housing, offices, hospitality and retail. Home office: Portland, OR.

15. Astronics AES
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 490
astronics.com
Designer of electrical power systems for aircraft and missiles. Home office: East Aurora, NY. 

16. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Top Category: Training/Education
Location: Seattle
Employees: 580
pwc.com
Provider of accounting and management consulting services. Home office: London, U.K. 

17. Pacific Continental Bank
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 34
therightbank.com
Provider of banking and financial services. Home office: Eugene, OR.