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Heather Stewart, Di Lewis, Sarah Ryther Francom

December 1, 2011

  • Contribution to HSA accounts
  • Wellness program and Corporate Games
  • Stocked break room
  • Recognition program



  • Size: Small
  • Employees: 44

Creating an environment that pushes everyone to do his or her best has worked out well for Rain, a fast-growing mobile and web software company. Employees say they love their jobs because they have the freedom to excel without micromanagement and are given many opportunities to collaborate and grow. “I’ve worked several other places and I’ve never had this much access to management. They are very friendly and approachable. They work with us on a personal level,” says one employee.

Rain’s management team is committed to its employees’ personal and professional growth. The company holds weekly training sessions and sends many employees to industry conferences throughout the year. Rain also offers numerous benefits, including a robust health plan in which the company contributes $1,500 to each employee’s HSA. The company also offers generous paid time off and recognizes employee performance with gifts and year-end bonuses.

  • Weekly training
  • Year-end bonuses
  • Foosball table and video game room
  • Pro bono work opportunities



  • Size: Small
  • Employees: 64

SIRE Technologies has the basics covered with generous health benefits, flexible scheduling and telecommuting opportunities, gym memberships, and employer 401(k) contributions. But the company is also committed to furthering the growth and development of employees through paid certification training and internal product training.

Along with annual performance reviews, managers help employees map out professional goals for each year and suggest skills and training to help them reach those goals. Workers are also provided with laptops, remote connections and up-to-date software to maximize productivity at home or on the road.

“I have never before worked for a company that has trusted its employees and their opinions as much as SIRE does. I go into meetings with ideas and objectives and always come out of those meetings with a feeling of satisfaction knowing that they were considered and well received,” says an employee. “We are encouraged to enhance our skills regularly, and we are encouraged to stretch our thinking often,” adds another.

  • Telecommuting opportunities
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Gym memberships
  • Monthly breakfasts



  • Size: Medium
  • Employees: 155

Flexibility is one of the best parts of working for Axiom Financial, according to employees. They appreciate the ability to balance family and personal time with work schedules. Good coworkers and a sociable atmosphere also make work a good place to be.

The company offers health, vision and dental benefits, and makes contributions to employee health savings accounts. It also offers additional contributions if employees work on certain wellness goals. And benefit premiums are discounted for those who are tobacco free.

Continuing education and training are important to Axiom. The company provides in-house continuing education, discounts to outside continuing education and paid time off for training and licensing courses. It also holds company-wide training on a monthly and quarterly basis by region.

Axiom likes to recognize employees’ hard work with monthly, quarterly and annual awards for top employees. Service awards are also given to employees on various milestone years with the company.

  • 401(k) match
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Performance-based incentives
  • Generous vacation and paid time off



  • Size: Medium
  • Employees: 466

CLEARLINK CEO Phil Hansen believes it’s important to take care of the people making the company successful. In that spirit, the company offers traditional perks like health benefits (free to employees) and vacation time. But CLEARLINK goes one step further by offering one-of-a-kind benefits that keep employees motivated throughout the daily grind. Almost half of employees go on free trip to Mexico or Las Vegas every year and the top two or three employees win an all expenses paid trip for two to a destination of their choice.

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