100 Best Companies Snapshot: Bonanza

Building a successful culture by listening.

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. 

The entire staff is invited to take a vacation together — families included — to a tropical destination for the entire month of February. “It’s an excellent opportunity for people to get to know each other and get to know each other’s family,” says Bonanza CEO Bill Harding. Harding adds, “What makes Bonanza a great place to work is that everybody is playing a part in making it a great place to work. … What we have is a culture of listening, both to our customers and to everyone within the company.” As CEO, Harding says his long-term focus is this: “How can we make sure that everyone is being heard and we are creating an environment that everyone looks forward to coming to each day?”

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