2012 100 Best Companies best practices

2012 100 Best Companies best practices

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BY JON BELL

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At Pacific Continenetal Bank in Eugene, Mike Albin and Kloud Nickels find all work and no play is just not the way to keep the IT department humming.
// Photo by Matthew D'Annunzio

For 19 years, Oregon Business has been surveying employers statewide to find out just what it takes to be a great place to work. While it’s always a mix of factors that make some companies more attractive to employees than others, the tendency is often to highlight the more singular, tangible benefits such as massages and paid sabbaticals, lavish soirées and bring-your-pet-to-work days.

While we found plenty of those this year — worm composting bins and company Snuggies to name a few — what stands out even more this time around are benefits that aren’t as easy to define: the uniting influence of a mission, employee independence, executives playing on the same company volleyball team as day laborers.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s best companies to work for — and the mix of benefits that makes them so.