When Does a Workplace Qualify as Being Hostile?

 
 

Claims against employers are rising, with a majority alleging employees or former employees were subjected to a “hostile work environment” or “hostility in the workplace.”  A 2010 poll conducted for Bellingham, Washington-based Workplace Bullying Institute said that 37% of U.S. workers - 54 million people - believe they have been subjected to a workplace “hostility.” While “hostile workplace” and “hostile work environment” are common phrases, few circumstances meet the legal definition required.

Misapplying “hostile” increases unfounded legal claims and tension and strained relationships between employers and employees and/or between coworkers, while misunderstanding “hostile” causes management to mishandle such allegations. 

Although legislation exists in more than 10 states (including Washington as HB 2142 and SB 6622), there currently is no federal or state law that explicitly and generally outlaws “bullying” at work or “hostile” work environments.  Instead, laws (such as Washington’s Law Against Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, American With Disabilities Act, Equal Pay Act, and so forth) prohibit discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) in most workplaces. 

Only certain workplaces are excluded because of size and/or composition of workforce.  Anti-discrimination and harassment laws protect employees from being treated negatively in hiring/firing/layoff decisions, pay practices, promotional and job assignment decisions, training opportunities, etc.) because of their actual or perceived inclusion in a protected class or status (e.g., race, gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, religious affiliation, veteran status, disability, and in some circumstances because of their parental status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation). Employers are also precluded from retaliating against an employee making discrimination or harassment claims and/or participating in a claim-triggered investigation.

Determining harassment or discrimination is fact-specific and the elements that must be established depend on the type alleged. In general, to establish that a person has been harassed or discriminated against under Washington Law Against Discrimination, that person must show: (1) the conduct was unwelcome; (2) the harassment occurred because of the person’s class or status; (3) it affected the terms or conditions of employment; and (4) it was imputed to the employer.  To impute harassment to the employer, the harasser typically must be a company owner, operator, manager or supervisor.  If the harasser is a co-worker, the claimant must establish that the employer knew about the harassment but did nothing to prevent it.  Under certain circumstances, a person may claim harassment even if he simply witnessed the harassment of another, provided other elements of the claim exist. To establish discrimination, evidence must show: (1) the person was an actual or perceived member of a protected class; (2) performing satisfactory work; (3) subjected to an adverse employment action or treatment (fired, laid off, not promoted, denied a particular job assignment, harassed, etc.) that other non-protected coworkers doing substantially the same work were not subjected to or that the person was replaced by a non-protected person.

Managers, supervisors or co-worker rarely blatantly admit treating someone adversely because of his actual or perceived inclusion in a protected class.  Therefore, there is rarely a “smoking gun” to prove discrimination or harassment.  Rather, they are usually proven by the whole and totality of the circumstances occurring. Indeed, sexual harassment is most often proven by the circumstances of the work environment at issue and not because there is evidence that the harasser has proposed or required a “quid pro quo” exchange, such as when the harasser provides preferential treatment in exchange for a date or sexual act, or punishes the employee for declining a date or other sexual advance. The surrounding circumstances considered include the conduct and speech of the actors at issue.  If the conduct and speech rise to the legal definition of being “hostile” and result in an adverse employment action against or other harm to the protected party, then that conduct and speech is usually considered definitive evidence of discrimination or harassment.

Conduct and speech typically considered “hostile” is intimidating, offensive, abusive and/or otherwise offensive, going beyond rudeness or casual joking.  It must reach a level of harassment, mockery, ridicule and/or unrelenting teasing. Isolated incidents or petty slights are generally not sufficient to create a hostile work environment.  To qualify as a “hostile” workplace, conduct must be intentional, severe, recurring and/or pervasive and interfere with the employee’s ability to perform his/her job.  To determine whether conduct or speech is a minor offense or is intimidating, offensive or abusive, a court or investigating agency will consider how often it occurred and the reaction it garnered, and ask how a “reasonable person” would characterize it.  It must be considered “across the line” not only on a subjective basis by the person making the complaint, but also on an objective basis by “reasonable people.” In other words, the agency investigating the complaint or a judge or jury adjudicating a claim must adopt the perspective of a reasonable person and determine what his/her reaction would be to a similar environment under similar or like circumstances.

The line between generic harmlessness or isolated joking and ridicule or mockery of a person because of his/her protected status is typically reasonably clear.  In a recent case decided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an employee was awarded $166,500 because he was subjected to routine teasing by his manager and the company’s human resources director.  In another case, a woman was awarded approximately $8 million dollars after a jury concluded that because she was a woman she was subjected to regular and egregious tormenting by co-workers, including being trapped in a port-a-potty for 20 minutes on a hot day, routinely shown pictures of naked women, ridiculed because she was working in a male-dominated industry, regularly forced to clean up chewing tobacco spit, etc.   The multiple ways she was targeted and treated differently over a long duration of time clearly led to the high verdict.

The issues and potential liability related to claims of “hostile work environments” are complex and shouldn’t be ignored. To minimize the misapplication of the allegation and the risk for actual liability, employers should implement clear policies against harassment and discrimination; establish, follow and enforce protocols and procedures for reporting and investigating complaints; and make a good faith effort to swiftly and adequately respond to and resolve any substantiated complaints or legitimate issues that do arise with open communication, confidentiality, education, and corrective action whether that be to institute policy changes and/or discipline (up to and including termination). 

Understanding when a workplace truly qualifies as being hostile is imperative for employers and employees.

The foregoing is provided for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.  The legal issues surrounding employment discrimination and harassment claims are complicated and very fact-specific. Questions or concerns should be discussed with an attorney.

Renea I. Saade is an attorney with the law firm Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP.  In her twelfth year of practicing law, Renea regularly advises employers on various employment law matters.  She may be reached at 206.623.3427 or saade@oles.com

100 Best Companies to Work For 2016: The Complete List

100 Best Companies to Work For 2016: The Complete List

It’s back! The list that every company wants to be on.
| FROM THE PRINT EDITION |
 
 

The results you see here are based on confidential employee surveys as well as a company’s level of employee participation. For example, if a company scores well in the 10 categories described below but has low employee participation, it doesn’t do as well in the rankings as a company with similar scores and a much better participation rate.

The research firm Fieldwork Webwork compiles and ranks the detailed responses of thousands of employees who rate their firms anonymously in these categories: benefits, communication, corporate culture, hiring/retention, executive leadership, performance standards, responsibility/decision making, rewards/recognition, training/education and workplace environment.

The list notes the category or categories in which each company has scored highest. 

Small Companies
(15 to 40 employees)

1. Adler Giersch PS
Top category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 19
adlergiersch.com
Personal-injury law firm with offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett and Kent.

2. Provisional Recruiting + Staffing
Top category: Work Environment
Location: Spokane
Employees: 15
provisional.com
Recruiting and staffing firm specializing in the financial, commercial, health care and technology sectors.

3. PICR Inc.
Top category: Work Environment
Location: Vancouver
Employees: 18
picr.com
On-demand marketplace designed to make finding and booking a professional photographer convenient.

4. Board & Vellum
Top category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 20
boardandvellum.com
Architecture firm focusing on custom residential, retail, commercial and multifamily projects.
Read more about Board & Vellum here.

5. Evergreen Beauty College
Top category: Executive Leadership
Location: Everett
Employees: 35
evergreenbeauty.edu
Nationally accredited cosmetology school providing training at campuses in Everett, Bellevue and Renton.

6. Parker Staffing Services
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 24
parkerservices.com
Staffing firm hiring for administrative, customer service and clerical roles in the Puget Sound region.

7. Kinetic Sports Rehab
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 35
kineticsportsrehab.com
Hybrid clinic blending traditional physical therapy, sports chiropractic and sports medicine.
Read more about Kinetic Sports Rehab here.

8. Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs PLLC
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 23
sgfslaw.com
Law practice emphasizing resolution of complex business disputes via trial, arbitration and mediation.

9. Amaxra Inc.
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Redmond
Employees: 25
amaxra.com
Microsoft Gold Certified partner helping businesses with Office 365 solutions, including email and SharePoint. 

10. Zumobi
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 30
zumobi.com
Media company that partners with top brands to publish apps and provide mobile advertising.

11. Sustainable Interiors
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Fife
Employees: 20
sustainableint.com
Provider of flooring and other interior finishes in seven Western states.

12. UpTop
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 31
uptopcorp.com
User-experience design firm specializing in research for websites, mobile apps and other digital products.

13. C+C
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 35
cplusc.com
Social marketing and public relations firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, Boston and Washington, D.C. 

14. Level 11
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 24
level11.com
Technology services and software product engineering firm developing cloud-based platforms.

15. Echodyne Corporation
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 23
echodyne.com
Startup developing metamaterials-based, high-performance radar for drones, robots and self-driving cars. 

16. Altriva Solutions
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 15
altriva.com
Professional services firm specializing in customer relationship management solutions. 

17. Spare5
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 16
spare5.com
Collector and disseminator of data gleaned through crowdsourced information provided by smartphone users. 

18. Tri-Digital Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 28
tri-digital.com
Digital media services firm specializing in capture of content from live events and distribution for later use. 

19. The Resource Group
Top Category: Executive Leadership; Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Renton
Employees: 20
resgroup.com
Developer of software for financial management, accounting and enterprise resource planning. 

20. Prime Team Partners
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 15
primeteampartners.com
Staffing firm specializing in placing technology professionals. 

21. Outreach
Top Category: Communication; Corporate Culture
Location: Seattle
Employees: 25
outreach.io
Startup providing automation tools that help sales representatives operate more efficiently. 

22. Fierce Inc.
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 32
fierceinc.com
Leadership development and training company.

23. ClassifiedAds.com
Top Category: Communication
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 15
classifiedads.com
Free classified advertising site serving the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, India, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.K. 

24. Humanix Corporation
Top Category: Executive Leadership; Work Environment
Location: Spokane Valley
Employees: 15
humanix.com
Largest independent recruiting and staffing firm in the Inland Northwest. 

25. Atlas Informatics
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 34
atlas.co
Maker of Atlas Recall, a personal search engine that makes finding content across multiple devices easier.

26. Fresh Consulting
Top Category: Communication
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 39
freshconsulting.com
Web design and development agency. 

27. Full Beaker Inc.
Top Category: Corporate Culture
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 15
fullbeaker.com
Lead-generation and management company specializing in leads driven through internal technology. 

28. Image Source
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 30
imagesourceteam.com
Full-service branded merchandise and apparel agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midsize Companies
(41-100 employees)

1. RedCloud Consulting
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 45
redcloudconsulting.com
Boutique management consulting firm. 

2. American Income–Altig
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 93
altig.com
Agency representing American Income Life Insurance Co., with affiliate offices in 18 states and seven provinces.

3. CardTapp
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 48
cardtapp.com
Builder of customized apps for salespeople in the mortgage, real estate and insurance sectors. 

4. Bizible
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 60
bizible.com
Software-as-a-service provider helping online marketers determine “what’s working.”

5. Realself
Encouraging stories of transformation.
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 100
realself.com
Online resource for sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dentistry and other elective treatments. 
Read more about RealSelf here. 

6. Pacific Capital Resource Group Inc.
Top Category: Performance Standards
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 60
pcrg.com
Financial services firm serving business owners, professionals and families. 

7. Prime 8 Consulting
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 99
prime8consulting.com
Management consulting firm centered on eight core values. 
Read more about Prime 8 Consulting here. 

8. Caiman Consulting
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Redmond
Employees: 48
caimanconsulting.com
Management consulting firm that focuses on solving business and technology problems.

9. Gravity Payments
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 83
gravitypayments.com
Credit card payment processing company. 

10. AIM Consulting
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 65
aimconsulting.com
Consulting company focused on strategizing and executing end-to-end technology solutions. 

11. Artefact
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 57
artefactgroup.com
Technology product design and development consulting firm defining next-generation products and user experiences. 

12. SkyKick
Top Category: Corporate Culture
Location: Seattle
Employees: 80
skykick.com
Worldwide provider of cloud management solutions for information-technology clients. 

13. L4 Digital
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 68
l4digital.com
Designer and developer of user-experience products across multiple digital platforms.

14. OAC Services Inc.
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 60
oacsvcs.com
Services firm with expertise in project and construction management and forensic architecture/engineering. 

15. Tecplot Inc.
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 41
tecplot.com
Maker of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists. 

16. Guidant Financial
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 89
guidantfinancial.com
Creator of innovative financing solutions for people seeking to start businesses with their retirement funds. 

17. OfferUp
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 70
offerupnow.com
Online marketplace where people can buy and sell goods and services locally in a safe environment. 

18. Aduro Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 87
adurolife.com
Designer of employee experiences for employers, brokers and health systems. 

19. The Spur Group
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Redmond
Employees: 80
thespurgroup.com
Consulting firm that works with technology companies and suppliers on sales, marketing and channel innovations. 

20. Brighton Jones
Top Category: Corporate Culture; Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 64
brightonjones.com
Wealth management and financial planning firm. 

21. Loft9 Consulting
Top Category: Training/Education
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 56
loft9consulting.com
Management consulting firm offering business analysis, project management and process improvement.

22. Puget Sound Bank
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 51
pugetsoundbank.com
Commercial bank dedicated to meeting the needs of small and midsize businesses. 

23. Stratos Product Development
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 88
stratos.com
Design and strategy consultancy specializing in medical products and consumer electronics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Companies
(More than 100 employees)

 1. BitTitan
Making work comfortable.
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 105
bittitan.com
Provider of cloud solutions that simplify and improve IT functions. 
Read more about BitTitan here. 

2. Logic20/20
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 120
logic2020.com
Business and technology consulting firm.

3. Zillow Group
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 965
zillow.com
Online database providing estimated home values and other real estate and rental information. 

4. Qumulo
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 112
qumulo.com
Builder of products that store, manage, retrieve and curate data. 

5. Evergreen Home Loans
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 370
evergreenhomeloans.com
Direct lender providing home loans and related services in seven Western states.

6. Nintex
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 130
nintex.com
Maker of workflow automation software, with more than 5,000 customers in 90 countries. 

7. DataSphere Technologies
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 260
datasphere.com
Helps small businesses grow through mobile and online advertising and marketing. 

8. Whitepages
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 132
whitepages.com
The leading provider of personal and business contact information in North America. 

9. Rational Interaction
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 121
rationalagency.com
Strategy-driven, full-service digital advertising/marketing agency. 

10. Olympia Federal Savings
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Olympia
Employees: 108
olyfed.com
Financial institution for 110 years, with eight offices in Thurston and Mason counties.

11. Baker Boyer Bank
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Walla Walla
Employees: 165
bakerboyer.com
Washington state’s oldest bank, with offices in Walla Walla, Kennewick, Yakima and Milton-Freewater (Oregon). 

12. Expedia Inc.
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 3,000
expediainc.com
Online travel company featuring brands such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity and Trivago. 

13. Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Bothell
Employees: 113
alderbio.com
Clinical-stage company developing monoclonal antibody therapeutics. 

14. Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Enumclaw
Employees: 387
mutualofenumclaw.com
Insurance company providing property/casualty coverage in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona.

15. Society Consulting
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 178
societyconsulting.com
Largest independent analytics consulting company in the United States. 

16. Rover.com
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 122
rover.com
Online community where people can find dog sitters, dog walkers, dog daycare, etc. 

17. Limeade
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 139
limeade.com
Technology company creating platforms to inspire workers to improve their health and performance. 

18. Inrix
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 140
inrix.com
Global software-as-a-service business providing services and apps pertaining to road traffic. 

19. Columbia Hospitality
Top Category: Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 387
columbiahospitality.com
Hospitality consulting company specializing in management of conference centers and boutique hotels. 

20. PayScale
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 250
payscale.com
Compiler of the world’s largest real-time database of salary and compensation profiles 

21. Family Home Care
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Liberty Lake
Employees: 115
fhccares.com
Provider of in-home health care services to residents of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. 

22. Possible
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 200
possible.com
Digital advertising, marketing and creative design agency with offices around the world. 

23. Pitchbook
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 220
pitchbook.com
Research firm providing data to the private equity and venture capital sector. 
Read more about Pitchbook here. 

24. Verity Credit Union
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 130
veritycu.com
Credit union founded in 1933 with membership open to anyone who lives or works in Washington state.

25. Prime Electric
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 300
primeelectric.com
Electrical and data-systems contractor founded in 1987.

26. Schuchart/Dow
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 110
schuchartdow.com
A team of builders and craftsmen with a deep appreciation for the opportunity to work with clients and architects to create memorable, unique homes.

27. Harbor Wholesale Foods
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Lacey
Employees: 279
harborwholesale.com
Family-owned food distributor serving convenience stores, universities, restaurants and other institutions since 1923. 

28. EagleView Technologies
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bothell
Employees: 154
eagleview.com
Specialist in automating manual processes such as roof and wall measurements for builders and insurers. 

29. Tune
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Seattle
Employees: 212
tune.com
Software-as-a-service business providing performance analytics to mobile marketers. 

30. F5 Networks
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 1,300
f5.com
Provider of hardware and software products that deliver computer network applications rapidly and securely. 

31. Blueprint Consulting Services LLC
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Bellevue
Employees: 180
bpcs.com
Consulting firm providing business management and IT solutions that bridge the gap between strategy and delivery. 

32. Greenpoint Technologies
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 192
greenpnt.com
A Boeing business jet completion center providing interior completions for private clients and heads of state.

 

Companies Headquartered Outside Washington
1. Baird
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 123
bairdoffices.com/seattle
Employee-owned international wealth management firm. Home office: Milwaukee, WI. 

2. GoDaddy
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 148
godaddy.com
Provider of website domain registry services. Home office: Scottsdale, AZ. 

3. Navy Federal Credit Union
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: 10 brances in WA
Employees: 89
Home office: Vienna, VA.
navyfederal.org
Financial cooperative serving members of the military, defense contractors and their families. Home office: Vienna, VA 
Read more about Navy Federal Credit Union here. 

4. Edward Jones
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 1,022
edwardjones.com
Investment and financial services provider. Home office: St. Louis, MO.

5. Grand Hyatt Seattle
/Hyatt Olive 8
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 410
grandseattle.hyatt.com;
olive8.hyatt.com
Luxury hotel properties in downtown Seattle. Home office: Chicago, IL.

6. DOWL
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Redmond/Seattle
Employees: 24
dowl.com
Planning, surveying and civil engineering firm with 25 offices in eight states. Home office: Anchorage, AK.

7. Hulu
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 70
Home office: Santa Monica, CA
hulu.com
Subscription-based streaming TV service. Home office: Santa Monica, CA. 
Read more about Hulu here.

8. COWI North America Inc.
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 26
cowi-na.com
Designer and builder of bridges, tunnels and marine facilities. Home office: North Vancouver, B.C.

9. Novo Nordisk
Top Category: Benefits
Location: Seattle
Employees: 71
novonordisk-us.com
Global pharmaceutical and health-care treatment company. Home office: Bagsvaerd, Denmark.

10. West Monroe Partners
Top Category: Work Environment; Responsibility/Decision Making
Location: Seattle
Employees: 70
westmonroepartners.com
Business and technology consulting firm. Home office: Chicago, IL.

11. North Highland
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 25
northhighland.com
Global management consulting firm. Home office: Atlanta, GA. 

12. Andersen Construction
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 90
andersen-const.com
General construction contractor. Home office: Portland, OR. 

13. New American Funding
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 95
newamericanfunding.com
Residential mortgage lending company with offices nationwide. Home office: Tustin, CA.

14. Ankrom Moisan Architects
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 98
ankrommoisan.com
Architecture firm whose portfolio encompasses housing, offices, hospitality and retail. Home office: Portland, OR.

15. Astronics AES
Top Category: Work Environment
Location: Kirkland
Employees: 490
astronics.com
Designer of electrical power systems for aircraft and missiles. Home office: East Aurora, NY. 

16. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Top Category: Training/Education
Location: Seattle
Employees: 580
pwc.com
Provider of accounting and management consulting services. Home office: London, U.K. 

17. Pacific Continental Bank
Top Category: Executive Leadership
Location: Seattle
Employees: 34
therightbank.com
Provider of banking and financial services. Home office: Eugene, OR.