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MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGONTHE PERKS OF THE 100 BEST
What do the other Top 10 companies have that puts them heads above the others? For starters, there’s the free massage, car repairs, gratis hotel rooms and let’s not forget the chicken enchiladas.
BY JASON SHUFFLER
UNITED HUMAN CAPITAL SOLUTIONS
No. 2 Small Company
If you have a thing for Star Wars, this Lake Oswego-based health-care staffing agency might just be the place for you. New and senior employees participate in the company’s “Jedi Program.”
No. 3 Small Company
Sure, this Portland-based design and marketing firm specializing in technology offers 100% paid health benefits to employees. But maybe even more important to your typical techie and gamer, employees get access to the latest video games. “Our boss is a huge gamer,” says Tom Briggs, a content manager at the company. “It’s in the name of research.”
No. 2 Medium Company
A day of cleaning ambulances and detailing emergency vehicles isn’t usually cited as a great employee benefit. And it certainly isn’t what Kendra Fuller, director of human services for Sparling, would call a traditional employee perk.
No. 3 Medium Company
Offering extensive health benefits to employees is an essential part of business to this Tualatin-based company. After all, many of the company’s 58 employees work in dangerous industrial construction areas. “Our field guys work in harsh conditions. Knowing that they have a health plan for them and their family keeps them focused at work,” says David Rich, chief executive and co-owner of the heating and air-conditioning construction company.
JORDAN SCHRADER RAMIS PC
No. 4 Medium Company
This Lake Oswego-based firm specializing in business legal services knows work hours can be long and stressful, so perks of the job are that much more important to hold onto employees. The firm contributes 12.5% of an employee’s pay to their 401k retirement plan; 3% is the norm for company contributions.
KIMPTON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
No. 2 Large Company
In the grand debate over employee health-care costs and benefits it’s easy to forget about the cherished four-footed members of one’s family. At San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel and Restaurants Group, which operates two hotels and three restaurants in Oregon, employees also have the option to purchase discounted health insurance for their beloved pets. “We are a pet-friendly company,” says Stephanie Pol, director of human resources in Oregon. The company has a director of pet relations to make sure the paperwork goes smoothly.
No. 3 Large Company
When Qualcomm’s Oregon employees took the 100 Best survey late last summer, they had a lot of good things to say about their culture. “Management consists of good humanists and this shows throughout the organization,” said one employee of the San Diego-based wireless technology company. “They realize that happy people make good products.”
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Five years in the making, the Portland Mercado — the city’s first Latino public market — will celebrate its grand opening April 11. A $3.5 million public-private partnership spearheaded by Hacienda CDC, the market will house 15 to 20 businesses in the food, retail and service sectors. It has some big-name funders, including the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and JPMorgan Chase. The project goals are equally ambitious: to improve cross-cultural understanding, alleviate poverty and spur community economic development.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
My daughter turned 18 last week, and for her birthday I got her a Car2Go membership. Not to label myself a disruptor, but it felt like a groundbreaking moment. The two of us, mother and child, were participating in a new teen rite of passage: Instead of handing over the car keys, I handed over a car-sharing card — with the caveat that she not use the gift as her own personal car service.
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