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It’s been a rough year, the kind of year that makes CEOs wonder about their career choices and causes human resources executives to pray for miracles. But, even in the tough times, some companies never seem to miss a beat. It’s as if they thrive under adverse conditions, as if maybe they know the economy isn’t always going to be going gangbusters and that it would be prudent to have a contingency plan. As a result, management is prepared, employees are engaged. From small to large and east to west, these are the Best Companies to Work For. Companies like last year’s Hall of Fame inductee, MoneyTree Inc., which continues to top our survey among midsize companies. And The Everett Clinic, which approaches the art of communication with clinical precision. These companies and the 98 others on our list take pride in investing and reinvesting in human capital, knowing that satisfied employees are motivated employees.

Top 100 Companies List (pdf download)

Large Company Winners

Midsize Company Winners

Small Company Winners

Nonprofit Company Winners

Large Company Headquartered Outside Washington Winner


TOP 100 WINNERS (ranking by category)

Nonprofit Companies:

Valley Medical Center
Career Path Services
Pacific Medical Centers
Washington Technology Industry Association
Housing Resources Group
United Way of King County

Small Companies:

The CashLINQ Group
Buckland & Taylor Ltd.
Brightlight Consulting
Modern Dental Laboratory USA
Cook Security Group
206 Inc.
Adams & Associates/ADD Staffing
CFO Selections
Artitudes Design
Stratos Product Development
FSX Inc.
HPG (parent of Health Advocacy Strategies)
Ogden Murphy Wallace
Pentad Solutions
Noetix Corporation
Piraeus Data
Berntson Porter & Company
Bergstrom Aircraft
Wexley School for Girls
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MCM, A Meisenbach Company
Transportation Solutions
Conifer Specialties
TTF Aerospace
Pacific Continental Bank
Puget Sound Health Partners
IMCO General Construction

Idea Entity Corporation
Playhouse Design Group
BuzzBee Company
RealCom Associates
Brighton Jones
Chermak Construction
Chef'n Corporation
McKinley Irvin
Vista Engineering Technologies
Columbia River Carbonates
Soundair Aviation Services
Meier Architecture • Engineering
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Cornerstone Advisors
Paladino and Company
Red Arrow Logistics

Midsize Companies:

Baker Boyer National Bank
The Legacy Group
Sprague Pest Solutions
Concur Technologies
Slalom Consulting
ING Direct
Family Home Care & Hospice
Columbia Hospitality
Riverview Community Bank
Greenpoint Technologies
Evergreen Home Loans
Seed IP Law Group
Dade Moeller
Rhapsody International
Astronics AES
Super Supplements
Sleep Country U.S.A.
Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery
InCyte Pathology
CellNetix Pathology & Labs

Large Companies:

The Everett Clinic
F5 Networks

Columbia Bank

Proliance Surgeons

Large Companies Headquartered Outside Washington:

West Monroe Partners
Weber Shandwick
Grant Thornton

Bright Idea: Labor Saver

Bright Idea: Labor Saver

Forget email. Shyft Technologies makes shift swapping easy.

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.