Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.
In past years, Outside has highlighted 50 outstanding companies. This year, Best Companies Group determined that there were so many top-quality applicants that the list needed to be expanded. Outside editors agreed, and doubled the size of the list.
“We know we are incredibly fortunate to live and work in a place as amazing as Hood River. The mountains surround us and the Columbia River is just right next to our brewery. We are always grateful for the spectacular views that frame our days. We live in one of nature’s most amazing playgrounds, with sailing, biking, snowboarding, hiking everywhere you look. On top of all this we are actually lucky enough to be making some world class beers for a living. Thank you Outside Magazine for acknowledging what all of us employee owners know – Full Sail is a great place to work,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s Founder and CEO.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies,” says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. “They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they’re providing—free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office—result in a more productive and engaged staff.”