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Best Companies To Work For

Heather Stewart, Di Lewis, Sarah Ryther Francom

December 1, 2011

Add in the funky, often impromptu, parties, plus the company’s relaxation lounge, smoking cessation programs, happy hours and retreats, and it’s easy to see why employees love working at the Salt Lake-based company. One employee, when asked what other benefits could be offered, joked, “At this point maybe my own personal bathroom. Other than that, CLEARLINK provides so much for me and my family.”

  • Telecommuting opportunities
  • Zen Den to promote relaxation
  • 100 percent healthcare coverage
  • Performance-based compensation

 

EDWARD JONES

  • Size: Medium
  • Employees: 130

Edward Jones maintains that rewarding performance is key to employee productivity, success and happiness. The company offers five methods of compensation: commissions, bonuses, profit sharing, trips and potential partnerships. Though all compensation forms work to motivate employees, the company’s partnership track serves as a vital retention tool and is one of the industry’s most unique partnership plans. “The limited partnership opportunity truly generates a one-for-all and all-for-one culture,” says Elise Goldstein, consultant at the company.

Edward Jones also remains committed to a positive work/life balance. “Ask associates to describe the Edward Jones culture and you’ll hear again and again the word ‘family,’” says Goldstein. “If you work at Edward Jones, you’re automatically in the family. And this family is a caring one. At Edward Jones, family comes first. Work/life balance is not a benefit, it’s the culture.”

One employee sums it up: “I love the environment at work—it is what I love the most. It’s like a family here.”

  • Profit sharing
  • Flexible schedules
  • Annual employer-paid trips
  • PTO to volunteer

 

EQUITABLE LIFE & CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY

  • Size: Medium
  • Employees: 140

When it comes to working for Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company, there’s a lot to love. Perhaps that’s why the only complaint employees had was that there is such low turnover that few positions open up. With monthly birthday parties, potlucks, holiday parties, weekly meals and treats, employee appreciation gifts and other events, employees tend to stick around.

Equitable Life & Casualty offers other programs to help employees in every part of their life. The company provides wellness programs and encourages employees to be healthy in other ways, like paying Weight Watchers fees. It offers a holiday fund program every year, where employees can put a portion of their paycheck into a separate fund and get the money in November.

Many employees mention how much they love the service projects the company does. “We are currently sewing quilts to take to a retirement home this winter. The quilts are set up in the breakroom so everyone is able to help. Equitable is a great environment,” says one employee.

  • Weekly treats and meals
  • Solitude Lounge with library
  • Wellness incentives
  • Holiday bonuses

 

FUTURA INDUSTRIES

  • Size: Medium
  • Employees: 220

Each employee at Futura Industires is encouraged to strive for excellence—in and outside of the office. One employee explains, “The company strongly encourages employees to better themselves both professionally and personally. This company does everything it can to help the employees feel listened to and appreciated.”

Kara Olsen, executive administer, says a positive company culture is centered on how employees are treated. “This type of environment is achieved by simply treating people the way each person wants to be treated: valued, respected and trusted,” she says.

Another aspect that makes Futura Industries a Best Company to Work For is its innovative onsite healthcare clinic. “We have our own internal medicine physician, Dr. Donna Milavetz. She doesn’t work anywhere else—this clinic and our people are her passion! It is open to all employees and their families,” says Olsen. The company also offers smoking cessation plans—so far, 15 employees have successfully stopped smoking.

  • Telecommuting opportunities
  • On-site medical clinic
  • 401(k) contribution
  • Community involvement opportunities

 

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