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Rank: 14th best large company
Years on the list: 1
Sure, employees for one of the Northwest’s most ubiquitous mattress companies — did you just sing the jingle in your head? — can get tickets to see anyone from Kiss to Kenny Chesney at the major concert venues sponsored by Sleep Country USA. But there’s much more to Sleep Country than rock and roll or country music that makes it a great place to work.
“We are an employee-owned company, so everyone is involved, enabled and really empowered to make the decisions that make us a great company,” says Gina Davis, director of branding for Sleep Country.
Among a long list of standard benefits for employees, Sleep Country hosts regular company gatherings, pays staff for two days’ worth of community service each year and offers extensive training for anyone looking to advance or improve.
“If we have employees who are struggling, you don’t get rid of them,” Davis says. “You help them. We give a lot of support to employees to help make them successful.”
The company also prides itself on its Sleep Country Foster Kids program, a community service program aimed at supporting the more than 20,000 foster children who call the Northwest home. Davis says every employee gets involved in it somehow, whether it’s a driver delivering donated clothes or Christmas presents or a salesperson accepting donations in a store.
“That has become a great program that really brings everyone together,” Davis says.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER
The “polar vortex” of 2014 seems to have finally thawed and we believe this change in weather will bring more sunshine to the U.S. economy as well.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
BY MARK BLAINE | OB BLOGGER
The publisher of the Emerald Media Group moves on, leaving a cutting edge media group that depends on business acumen for its survival.
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