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|Wednesday, March 01, 2006|
Presenting the Best
What makes a winner? To find out, just look to Weston Dealerships and U.S.Cellular, the small and large companies that took the top spot in this year’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon. They got there by providing excellent benefits, a worker-oriented culture and myriad ways to learn and grow. The rankings of these No. 1 companies and the rest of the Best were determined through confidential employee surveys and a benefits report completed by a company representative.
100 Best facts and figures for 2006:
Who participated in the survey
Roughly 40% of employees surveyed identified themselves as non-supervisory, while only 2.7% were senior execs or owners. At small companies though, bosses held larger sway, 6.5% of those surveyed.
“High school” or “other” is the
As reported in the benefits survey, 32% of senior managers are women, compared to 64% of employee survey participants. About 90% of employees said they were white, compared to 87% of senior management.
The perks: Everybody loves ’em
What have you done for me lately?
Wellness is now the hot benefit. It’s a no-brainer for employers trying to head off larger health care costs down the road and competing for workers in the LOHAS (Life of Health and Sustainability) demographic, as marketers term those people who value physical fitness and environmental ethics.
Industry, region and ownership
Service industries lead the charge of companies making the list this year: Banks, credit unions and other financial companies are the biggest group on the list, followed by staffing firms.
Training for the future
As employers ready for baby boomer retirements by training the next generation of managers and skilled workers, it’s not only large companies that are getting innovative about education. The company “university” is a popular trend among big companies. Small outfits are bringing the university to the office. Cascade Employers Association in Salem brings in faculty from Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Business for a mini-MBA program. At Cintas, employees with initiative at any level of the organization can take online training that prepares them to move up in the company.
More companies are opting for paid time-off plans vs. traditional vacation/sick leave. Among the most liberal with time off is Performance Health Technology in Salem, which offers a total of five weeks for beginning employees. Point B Solutions allows employees to work as much as they want, bill for their hours and take time off as they please. About half of the companies on the list offer sabbaticals. Autodesk in Tualatin gives six weeks off every four years.
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Produced by the Oregon Business marketing department
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Produced by the Oregon Business marketing department
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