The 100 Best Companies to Work For

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This is the year that separates true best companies from
pretenders. An economic contraction the country hasn’t seen since the Great
Depression has put pressure on all aspects of a business. Layoffs, pay freezes
and cuts, benefits pruning—all have been the norm during these turbulent times.
Many employees are simply thankful to have a job, and are less concerned with
health club memberships and other perks.

The Judges

Rankings in the Best Companies to Work For were determined
in part by a panel of distinguished judges.

Al Lopus: President, Best Workplaces Institute

John Hartman: Executive coach, Waldron & Co.

Scott Ofstead: Vice president of human resources, Kibble
& Prentice

Nita Petry: Area president, Washington state, Gallagher
Benefit Services Inc.

Scott Rabinowitz: Managing director, Seattle, DHR
International

Josh Warborg: District president for Northwest operations,
Robert Half International

But there are standouts, as there always are. Some companies
realize that an investment in human capital can have a positive effect on the
bottom line. It can be something as simple as listening to the employees—that
is, management visiting each location, talking directly with the staff and
paying much more than lip service to what they say—or a comprehensive effort to
improve the health of the entire workforce. One company goes as far as to
publish its financials internally every month, so that all employees are given
the same picture of the firm’s health. Another funds an employee’s education,
whether or not it’s work related. Yet another issues each new employee a Nerf
gun for the occasional skirmishes that break out in the office.

These are the companies that have survived turbulent times
and managed to keep their employees happy. These are the Best Companies to Work
For.

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(The small and midsize company lists have been updated to correct for an error in one company's size.)

Click here to see the photo gallery from our June 17 awards banquet.

2016 Community Impact Awards: The List

2016 Community Impact Awards: The List

Here are this year's winners and links to their profiles.
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Congratulations to the recipients of Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Community Impact Awards!


Lifetime Achievement
Honoree: Harriet Bullitt


Pro Bono Projects
Gold Award: Kinzer Partners


Sustainability in Business Operations
Gold Award: Theo Chocolate
Silver Award: Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort


Social Entrepreneurship
Gold Award: Savers
Silver Award: Evrnu


Youth Development
Gold Award: Skanska USA


Job Creation and Workforce Development
Gold Award: Bellevue College and Year Up Puget Sound
Silver Award: Millionair Club Charity


Green Products and Services
Gold Award: Optimum Energy
Silver Award: Itek Energy
Silver Award: Rice Fergus Miller


Nonprofit of the Year
Gold Award: FareStart
Silver Award: Wellspring Family Services


Business of the Year, Small Firms 
Gold Award: Sleep Train
Silver Award: Glassybaby


Business of the Year, Large Firms (Eastern Washington)
Gold Award:
Tree Top


Business of the Year, Large Firms (Western Washington)

Gold Award: McKinstry
Silver Award: Columbia Bank