100 Best Companies to Work For 2019: HQ Outside Washington

These companies with full-time Washington employees were voted Best Companies to Work For.
  • HOME SWEET HOME. Hayden Homes President Steve Klingman, center, standing behind the sign, with, from left, Gina Donangelo, Rees Wasney, Mike Moore, Patti Murphy and Ben McGerty.
HOME SWEET HOME. Hayden Homes President Steve Klingman, center, standing behind the sign, with, from left, Gina Donangelo, Rees Wasney, Mike Moore, Patti Murphy and Ben McGerty.

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‘Built on trust and cooperation’
Location: Redmond, Oregon | Washington Employees: 47
Homebuilder Hayden Homes LLC has delivered some 16,000 homes to underserved smaller markets in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

The company was launched in Redmond, Oregon, some 30 years ago and has built new-home communities across eastern Washington — in the Yakima, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla areas.

In addition to delivering affordable houses to homebuyers, the company also delivers a range of perks to its employees, including a 401(k) match; wellness benefits; affordable health-plan options; two days of paid time off for community giving; quarterly bonuses, plus an annual profit-sharing bonus; and a new-home purchase discount of $35,000.

“A great place to work is one where we have relationships built on trust and cooperation, have the appropriate tools and support to be at our best, and go home fulfilled by the work that we do,” says Steven Klingman, Hayden Homes president. “Our team members deserve to enjoy coming to work, to feel appreciated and to be treated like family.”

Klingman adds that a majority of the company’s employees own a Hayden Home, which he describes as an “endorsement” of not only the quality of the homes, but also of the company’s “strength of purpose.”

Through its nonprofit affiliate First Story, Hayden also has provided homeownership opportunities and financial support for dozens of low-income families in the Pacific Northwest. The company donates a portion of the sales price on each home it builds to the nonprofit, and also provides a 100 percent match for employee contributions to the nonprofit. More than 80 percent of the company’s employees contribute to the cause.

“Employees [at Hayden] thrive in a positive, family-style work environment with limitless potential for personal growth,” says one Hayden employee on the nomination form. “They value the company’s philanthropic programs and have a sense of giving back to the community.”

Portland, Ore. | Financial Planning Firm For Medical Professionals | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 15
“Finity is always giving back to its team members in new positive ways each year. Most recently, they are now able to offer a match on the 401(k).”

Scottsdale, Ariz. | Provider Of Website Domain Registry Services | Washington Office: Kirkland | Employees: 265
“GoDaddy in Kirkland has accumulated some of the best technical talent in the area. Employees are trusted, respected and given real opportunities to make an impact.”

St. Louis | Financial-Services Provider | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 1,210
“Edward Jones has an incredible training and support system. They offer very competitive pay, great benefits and bonus/reward programs to keep you motivated.”

San Francisco | Provider Of Sales-Management Software | Washington Office: Bellevue | Employees: 800
“The culture at Salesforce was ‘baked into’ the company at its very start. Salesforce continues to invest heavily every year to maintain that culture, even as the company grows at a torrid pace.”

Chicago | Business- And Technology-Consulting Firm | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 105
“They provide an incredible environment for young people to grow their skills, while combining that with an excellent workplace culture and events that help solidify relationships among coworkers.”

Portland, Ore. | General Contractor | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 125
“My coworkers make this company for me. They’re dedicated, helpful, hardworking, competent and fun. Walsh strongly supports its workers through compensation, training, communications and access.”

San Mateo, Calif. | Data Warehousing Company | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 32
“Open channels of communication, transparency, autonomy — the work is interesting and great benefits.”

Westminister, Colo. | Cybersecurity Adviser | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 63
“Fully stocked kitchens with high-tech coffee machines, couches, arcade games, etc. Throughout the office, I’ll find displays showing slides from corporate events to random workplace silliness.”

San Mateo, Calif. | insurance Brokerage | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 32
“People come here ready to work and feel motivated by the nurturing culture. The company seeks to share profits through competitive salaries and bonus opportunities.”

New York City | Global Public Relations Firm | Washington Office: Seattle | Employees: 22
“The benefits are great and people use all of them — paid paternity leave; family/pet care; volunteer time; fitness/wellness benefits. Plus, the learning opportunities are awesome.”

The nominating process for the 100 Best Companies to Work For starts in September and runs through December at seattlebusinessmag.com. Winners are recognized in the July issue of Seattle Business and at a gala celebration in late June at the Washington State Convention Center that attracts more than 1,300 attendees. For more information on the program, contact Ariana Taylor at ariana.taylor@tigeroak.com.

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