100 Best Companies To Work For 2021: Large

Creating a positive corporate culture goes beyond just perks
 
 
  • Creating a positive corporate culture goes beyond just perks
  • Creating a positive corporate culture goes beyond just perks
  • Creating a positive corporate culture goes beyond just perks
The Icertis team bonds on the water: Sequoyah Electric employees and their families volunteer together; the Wyze team celebrates big wins.

LARGE: 150-plus employees in Washington state

1.Nintex USA Inc., software, Bellevue Workers at this company, which produces workflow automation software, enjoy endless snacks, an espresso bar and frequent social events. During the height of the pandemic, snacks were sent to homes. Virtual events included cooking demonstrations with Michelin-star chefs and wine tastings.

2.Parametrix, engineering, Seattle October is Employee Ownership Month at the 100% employee-owned firm. Parametrix names an employee owner of the year from each office, region and across the entire company. Parametrix says its stock distribution plan consistently exceeds industry benchmarks. Fun events include team lunches and happy hours and a virtual talent show that raises money for charity.

3.Edward Jones, financial services, St. Louis, Mo. In each region, a financial adviser and branch office administrator win the Ted Jones Spirit of Caring Award (named for the late son of the founder) for exemplifying the values, culture and spirit of giving back. Peers choose winners, who receive medallions embossed with Jones’ image. The company operates about 20 offices in Washington state.

 4.Icertis, software, Bellevue Icertis engages and rewards employees with a three-tier recognition program. The first, “Shoutout,” enables employees to send short notes of recognition to their peers. The second is an award focused on reinforcing company culture and values, and the third, the “Superbuilder” awards, recognize employees nominated by their managers for superior performance.

5.MG2, architecture, Seattle MG2’s mantra is “people make place.” The 50-year-old firm has a robust DEI initiative with a five-year timeline that involves all staffers. It emphasizes sustainable design practices and invests in staff development through leadership training, coaching programs and free LinkedIn Learning courses. Staff events include happy hours, movie nights, ping-pong tournaments and Mariners games.

6.Logic20/20, consulting, Seattle Regular direct mail gifts from the company revolve around snack boxes, family activities, gardening supplies and crafts. Events include boat outings, barbecues, happy hours and holiday parties. Spirit weeks and regular celebrations feature food and holiday activities around Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and more.

7.Evergreen Home Loans, financial Services, Bellevue Walk into the office and you’re likely to see workers unwinding by playing ping-pong or pinball. On Halloween, there’s a costume party. Fortune magazine this year ranked the firm No. 3 for Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance and No. 7 for Best Workplaces for Millennials.

8.Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co., Enumclaw To say that this 124-year-old co-op plans for the future would be an understatement. Company leaders say their goal is to build a 500-year-old company where “our children’s children” can work there. The culture is referred to as the “MOE Family.” Core values were developed in conjunction with professional development organization of the Disney Institute.

9.Axia Home Loans, financial services, Bellevue Workers at the 100% employee-owned company are called “Axians.” Its employee recognition program is called “pillar of the quarter” and it offers “pillar points,” a peer recognition program that rewards employees with cash. Axia was founded in 2007.

10.Sequoyah Electric LLC, construction, Redmond This is the eighth consecutive year Sequoyah Electric employees have voted the company onto the Best Places list. The company hosts jobsite lunches, an annual Winterbash employee appreciation party, a charity golf tournament, an annual adopt-a-family program and organizes outings focused on giving back to the community.

11.Exxel Pacific, construction, Bellingham Exxel Pacific has corkboards at each jobsite for employees to post personal pictures. During its annual ESOP month, the company pulls teams together to do fun activities and learn more about being employee owners.

12.Edifecs, software, Bellevue Edifecs builds culture by encouraging workers to recognize team members’ accomplishments. Its gratitude campaign allows employees to continually express their gratitude for one another or the company, and its spot bonus program and e-card platform helps workers connect with their colleagues.

13.Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc., professional services, Kent The company flies in all out-of-state employees for its annual appreciation party, covers the cost of airfare and lodging for a night, and reimburses all rideshare costs for local employees. It also regularly hands out spot bonuses to employees who exceed expectations, both internally and with clients. 

14.Numerica Credit Union, financial services, Spokane Valley The $4.1 billion organization serves more than 160,000 members throughout Eastern and Central Washington and Northern Idaho. Celebrations are planned by the Numerica Experience team and include multiple holiday events, virtual celebrations and in-person gatherings such as barbecues, karaoke, on-location happy hours supporting a local brewery and wine shop, cake decorating challenges and bingo.

15.Bridge Partners, consulting, Seattle The company, whose offices are on land owned by the Duwamish Tribe, participates in the tribe’s “Real Rent” program, which asks people who live and work in Seattle to make payments to the tribe so it can be compensated for the taking of its land, resources and livelihood. For fun, Bridge Partners holds interactive virtual sessions like music-themed discussion and trivia breakout rooms. All-firm celebrations feature prizes, cash and the opportunity to have lunch with the CEO.

16.The Spur Group, consulting, Bellevue The company annually recognizes 11 formal holidays and five mental health days. Most employees get at least three weeks off. It gives all workers a paid week off the last week of the year. Its annual Spark Tank competition – modeled after “Shark Tank” – pits employees against each other to offer improvements to the firm. Each year, employees offer serious and humorous ideas and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

17.Prime 8 Consulting, Bellevue No shop talk is allowed at Prime 8’s two regular weekly virtual drop-in watercooler sessions. Its speaker series – not specific to work – has tackled mindfulness, nutrition and climate change. Employees receive $250 Visa gift cards and companywide recognition for outstanding performance.

18.Panda Restaurant Group, Rosemead, Calif. The philanthropic arm of the business, Panda Cares, has raised more than $107 million for food, funding and volunteer services to children’s organizations, school and disaster-relief efforts. It holds a biannual leadership conference where managers gather to celebrate high achievers and milestones. The conference has been held in Hawaii, San Diego and, most recently, San Francisco. Washington state has about 50 Panda Express locations.

19.Astronics AES, electrical power systems manufacturing, East Aurora, N.Y. Astronics partners with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for recruiting and has a formal ADA accommodation process for employees with mental or physical limitations. Its local offices are in Kirkland. “The pandemic was particularly hard for aerospace companies and I think winning this award is a testament to our awesome people and leadership,” President Jon Neal says.

20.Kidder Mathews, commercial real estate, Seattle The company hosts several annual events to bring everyone together, including the Big Hitters Awards to honor employees and top producers. It celebrates birthdays, holds baby showers and barbecues, and offers employees an array of game options, including ping-pong, foosball and cornhole. Each office boasts an interactive common area where staffers can watch TV, read, nap or meditate.

21.Wyze Labs Inc., electronics technology, Kirkland Wyze Labs surprises workers with a surprise Friday off and also offers weekly doughnut sessions. It spotlights successes in its monthly newsletter, has a Slack appreciation channel and provides a swag bag of its key products to part-time employees and interns.

22.Healthcare Resource Group, insurance, Spokane Valley Employees and teams are frequently given gift cards for a job well done or goals accomplished.  Shoutouts are emailed company-wide to recognize employees who receive internal and external praise. Founded in 1994 and employee-owned since 2005, HRG also hosts Fido Fridays, when employees bring their dogs to work.

23.Aero-Flite Aerial Firefighting, aviation and Aerospace, Spokane The company offers paid time off for those whose assignments take them to remote work locations away from home. It rewards employees with tickets to the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs. Twice-yearly barbecues and weekly doughnut Fridays satisfy food cravings.

24.Pushpay, donor management, Redmond The Pushpay Playbook teaches employees about the company’s history, culture, values and strategies. Wins are celebrated officewide, with weekly value awards that highlight progress toward shared goals. Pushpay this year launched Culture Amp, an engagement strategy that combines employee feedback and measures benchmarks that the company says predicts and prevents turnover.

 

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