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Rank: 22nd best medium company
Years on the list: 1
If a brewing company in Oregon that makes bold beers with names like Total Domination and Tricerahops, that sponsors the three-day Mountain Bike Oregon festival, and that has plans to install a rock-climbing wall, bar and outdoor courtyard at its new office in Eugene sounds like a good place to work, that’s probably because it is.
“I love my job and really try to build that spirit here for everyone,” says Nikos Ridge, co-founder and CEO of Ninkasi Brewing Company.
Part of the fun for Ninkasi’s 75 employees is spending time in a brewery, putting in the hours but also unwinding with a pint and some co-workers afterward. Employees also get to be part of brewer dinners and special events, such as a New Year’s party that Ninkasi sponsored, and the home brewers among the crew are also invited to learn from Ninkasi’s staff brewers.
In addition to a new profit-sharing plan unveiled in late 2012, the company offers standard employee benefits as well as a smartphone — monthly service included — for everyone.
Ninkasi has grown rapidly in its nearly seven years, and plans are to continue expanding. The brewer is shooting for 90,000 barrels this year, up from 67,000 in 2012, and total production capacity will grow from 100,000 currently to 290,000 in the near future. While there has been some concern about how that growth could change the working environment, Nikos says the company will continue doing right by its workers.
“As we’ve grown, we’ve been able to do even more positive things for our employees,” he says. “That’s important to us, because as a company, we’re nothing more than the collective output of our staff.”
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex fast changing business environment.
Update: We checked in with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who offers his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Thursday, June 12, 2014
BY ANDREA DURBIN | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Last week, the Obama administration took an important and welcomed step in the effort to protect the health and well-being of all Oregonians by limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Friday, June 06, 2014
BY KATIE AUSBURGER | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
Friday, June 13, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST BLOGGER
This article summarizes the key considerations a building owner must keep in mind when thinking about leasing to a medical marijuana dispensary.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2013, Gallup published a poll showing that 70% of U.S. employees were “disengaged” in their jobs, costing companies $450-$550 billion a year in poor performance.
Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
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