100 Best Companies to Work For 2013: Companies HQ Outside Washington

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Nick Horton |   July 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Workers meet around one of the "conference tables" at DoubleDown Interactive.

stellar health care coverage (100 percent of premiums paid for employees, 96 percent paid for dependents) and a top-flight wellness program with reimbursements for gym memberships, weight loss programs and race entry fees.

Balance between work and life is important, as illustrated by the four weeks of paid time off awarded to workers on their second anniversary of employment. Professional development is also a priority: Each new employee creates a career development plan with Walsh’s leadership development manager; that plan is referenced and revised throughout the employee’s tenure with the company.

The company’s charitable efforts are impressive. Led by the suggestions of its employees, Walsh commits more than $250,000 to charities each year. And the company donates generously to the causes of its nonprofit partners, be they housing agencies, universities, medical centers or arts organizations.

“We get to be involved with very good clients,” Reid says, “and we get to do some really interesting and challenging projects, many of which provide homes for people that otherwise wouldn’t have them. So it’s pretty darn gratifying.”

Reid’s summation of the philosophy behind Walsh’s success is this: “It’s great people doing great projects for great clients.”

RANK: Second Place (tie)
COMPANY: Cutler Investment Group, Seattle
HOME OFFICE: Jacksonville, Oregon

Cutler Investment Group is a newcomer to Washington state. Its Seattle office opened in November 2012. But this boutique wealth management firm is known for its blend of personalized service—there are 11 employees based in three cities nationwide—and big-firm muscle. Cutler manages more than $900 million in assets. Its dedication to service and relationship management extends to its own employees as well, with Cutler covering  workers’ health care, life insurance and professional development costs. Throw in semiannual meetings in places like Sunriver, Oregon, and Newport Beach, California, and you have a long-term forecast for workplace harmony. 

RANK: Second Place (tie)
COMPANY: Edward Jones, Seattle
HOME OFFICE: St. Louis, Missouri

Brokerage firms don’t come much larger than Edward Jones, which employs more than 12,000 financial advisers and serves nearly 7 million customers throughout the United States and Canada. Yet the firm offers its employees an array of benefits befitting a much smaller enterprise, including medical insurance premium discounts for improving health, an enviable career development program and an emphasis on community service and volunteerism. All of which explain why Edward Jones’ Washington branches are home to some of the happiest brokers you’ll ever trade with.     

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