Who wouldn’t want to work for the best of the best, the top of the heap, the cream of the crop? (Ok, you get the idea.) That’s why we do the research and list the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Washington.

Posted: Jun, 26 2017

There are many benefits to workplace wellness programs, ranging from improved employee health, to controlled healthcare costs, to easier recruitment and retention of employees. 

Steve Vissotzky, managing director of Hyatt Olive 8 and Grand Hyatt Seattle, says the hospitality leader is open around the clock. And not just for guests. “In our 24/7 business,” Vissotzky says, “our doors are always open to our guests and … to our colleagues. We have an open-door policy and colleagues are encouraged to speak to anyone at any level within the organization.”

Although health care is serious business, Accolade — a health care concierge for employers, health systems and health plans — doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not uncommon for product releases and birthdays to be celebrated with mariachi bands or magicians. And once, says Elizabeth Napolitano, Accolade’s EVP of human resources, the company’s engineers hacked into the white noise, replacing it with a livelier playlist. “It’s our fun way of working together that separates us from other companies,” she says.

An online marketplace for entrepreneurs, Bonanza offers a benefits package that’s comparable to other technology companies that tend to be a lot bigger. Employees don’t pay monthly premiums for health care. They receive generous stock options, as well as three weeks of vacation and another week or two of holidays. On top of that, they also have “Work from Home Wednesdays,” monthly massages and free lunch twice a week. Wait. There’s more. 

Sustainable Interiors is a small business, but its benefits package includes a SIMPLE IRA in which the company matches employees’ contributions dollar for dollar up to 3 percent of their salary. The interior-finishes contractor also offers incentives similar to commission-based sales. “If a project engineer is finding ways to capture change orders,” says Sustainable Interiors Principal/Owner Dana Pittman, “they get a certain percentage of that because it’s saving us money, it’s protecting the client and it’s making the project go well.”

Axon’s discretionary paid time off is built around a simple concept, says VP of People Operations Gretchen Mastellon. “We hire adults and we want to treat them like adults. … We pride ourselves on hiring the best and brightest, so we want to give them leeway in managing their own schedules.” Axon, which designs and produces technology, devices and resources to assist law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, also offers its employees river-rafting trips to the Grand Canyon each summer.

Committed to contributing to humanity through high-impact artificial intelligence research and engineering, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, or AI2, often finds itself competing for talent with companies such as Google and Amazon. So it designed its own long-term incentive program, which CEO Oren Etzioni calls “AI2 stock.” “Our stock isn’t traded on the NASDAQ because we aren’t a public company,” he explains. “Instead, we tie the components of the stock to our success on our annual goals.