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The 2009 Top 34 Medium Companies to Work For in Oregon

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Archives - March 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009


Companies with 50 TO 249 employees worldwide
2009 2008 Company
Benefits and Compensation
Work Environment
Decision Making and Trust
Performance Management
Career Dev and Learning
Employer Benefits Survey
2 31 Sparling Portland 82.5 95.1 92.7 88.4 88.7 82.4 529.79
Electrical engineering/tech. consulting sparling.com

No. 2 Medium Company: Sparling
At Sparling, a technology engineering and design consulting firm in Portland, leaders have created a "Day On" program that allows employees to volunteer in their communities for one day out of the year and still get paid. It's great philanthropy and also a great team-building when employees volunteer together. "Our long-term goals are clearly communicated, including business and cultural goals," says one employee. "The teamwork this fosters makes it a great place to work." Employees often must work overtime to make sure a project is completed. But the company promotes a healthy work-life balance by paying full overtime to salaried staff who work more than 40 hours in a week. Last fall the company, which has been a 100 Best winner for four years, also began offering on-site life strategies workshops for employees. One upcoming workshop: how to survive the financial crisis.

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