PayScale Inc. closes its office during the week of July 4 to give employees their own “Independence Week.” The Seattle-based compensation research company also hosts weekly happy hours and pays for employee bus passes. Not surprisingly, PayScale is one of Seattle Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
This is the 30th year Seattle Business magazine has honored Washington companies for creating positive workplace cultures. The companies nominate themselves and their employees then respond to a survey administered by the research firm Fieldwork Webwork. Responses remain anonymous and companies are scored across 10 major categories determined by a quarter century of market research. Those categories are corporate culture; executive leadership; responsibility and decision-making; benefits; workplace environment; communication; training and education; hiring and retention; performance standards; and rewards and recognition.
The scores earned by companies across all 10 categories are combined to reach an average score. Companies are ranked across four major groups:
• Small Companies (15-49 full-time Washington employees).
• Midsize Companies (50-150 full-time Washington employees).
• Large Companies (150-plus full-time Washington employees).
• Companies With a Headquarters Outside of Washington.
From perks to team-building to communicative leadership, these companies motivate employees and connect to customers. As one employee at Seattle content-creation startup Hero Sports wrote: “Don’t tell my boss I like him.” He most certainly already knows.