Seattle is not only one of the coolest cities in the country, it’s also home to some very cool companies—businesses that go one better in providing positive work environments, plus the perks and benefits that encourage, recognize, and reward outstanding performance. As any HR professional will tell you, this kind of corporate coolness is what enables companies to attract, motivate, and retain top talent for the long term. If you’re looking for ways to increase your company’s “cool factor”, take a look at these top 10. To find out what other companies have been award the O.C. Tanner Cool Culture Award visit www.octanner.com.
Expedia, Inc. of Bellevue, scores consistent coolness kudos forhaving a corporate culture allowing employees to achieve a healthywork/life balance. The company is also known for providing arelaxed, casual work environment that encourages individuals totake initiative and fosters collaboration.
At SEOmoz’s Pike Place headquarters in Seattle, SEO stands for “SeriouslyEnergized Office.” From indoor rock climbing to ping-pong tournaments to Wii dancecompetitions, scavenger hunts, and more; SEOmoz is big on rewarding its hardworking employees with a myriad of health-minded perks. And when it comes tobenefits, such as salaries comparative to Microsoft and Google, three weeks paidvacation, flex time, and a killer 401K plan, SEOmoz has it all. In fact one employeedescribes the company’s benefits package as “almost embarrassingly generous.”
In terms of employee recognition programs, REI offers two types of peer nominatedawards. The first is the Leadership Award where the CEO, Sr. VP’s, and 12 otherleaders who receive the award, travel to New Mexico to connect as a group and talkabout what it means to be a leader. The second is the Anderson Award where 125recipients below management level are recognized for their contributions with a trip tothe REI campus in Seattle. There they meet leaders and enjoy a true REI experiencethrough kayaking, boating, biking, and numerous other outdoor activities.
Nintendo of America offers its employees deep discounts on Nintendo games,hardware, and merchandise, plus plenty of perks such as free corporate suite ticketsto Mariners, Sounders, and Seahawk games. In a relaxed, friendly work environmentwith open communication, leaders make sure every department is dialed in to thecompany’s goals and objectives. Performance is rewarded through an equitablebonus package, and achievements are recognized at fun corporate eventsthroughout the year. The company also offers employees free classes for careeradvancement along with opportunities to learn Japanese and work in Japan.
As a provider of integrated travel and expense solutions for corporations, Concurscores consistently high employee marks in the areas of work/life balance,corporate culture, management, compensation, and benefits. And with a reputationfor cultivating a family culture in which the role each employee plays in thecompany’s success is continually recognized by a very accessible leadership team,it’s no wonder Concur is considered a very cool and desirable place to work.
Apptio employees receive a generous healthcare and benefits package,including paid time off and reimbursement for extra-curricular activitiesdesigned for professional development. And when it comes to rewardingand recognizing individual achievements, Apptio has implemented theSuperstar Award Program where two superstars are picked by theirpeers every six weeks to receive a cash bonus award plus eligibility forthe yearly Superstar Award, part of which is an all-expense-paid vacationfor two. Apptio also offers many cool perks, including $2,500 referralbonuses and events throughout the year featuring free food and drinks.
Synapse has a relaxed atmosphere that shuns cubicles and encourages opencommunication and collaboration. An indoor rock-climbing wall, plus foosball,and pool tables stand ready to provide interaction and healthy competitionduring brief downtimes—not to mention a fleet of Razor scooters and anarsenal of Lazer Tag guns. Aside from offering generous perks and benefits,Synapse is committed to preserving a cool corporate culture that emphasizeswork/life balance and recognizes and rewards individual and teamachievements.
Groundspeak employees and founders alike enjoy working in an attractivelyappointed corporate office with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. As for perks,there are plenty, including 24 annual days off, free lift tickets for nearby skiingand snowboarding, Xbox access, fully stocked fridges, Friday night poker games,catered meals, generous bonuses, and great health benefits. For a company thatspecializes in finding things, Groundspeak has found a winning formula forattracting great employees.
Zillow prides itself in a casual work environment where employees have afree voice in the collaborative process. Along with competitivecompensation and benefits, Zillow also provides its employees freebeverages, a casual dress code, on-site games, and regularly scheduledsocial events. And the twice yearly “hack weeks”, during whichemployees can work on whatever projects they can dream up are a hugehit.
Amazon benefits are excellent, with individual performance beingrewarded with monetary bonuses. According to employee surveysAmazon encourages career advancement and offers manyopportunities to succeed. Driven by innovation and creativity, thecompany is flexible with its workforce and offers many the opportunityto work from home. Amazon also shows appreciation for its employeesby hosting a number of special events and concerts throughout theyear.
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