Posted: August 01, 2012
2012 Best Companies, medium: Nos. 4 through 10By Lisa Ryckman
4. PCL Construction
CEO: Paul Douglas
IN A NUTSHELL: The PCL family of companies is a group of independent construction companies working out of major offices in 31 North American locations. It is one of the largest general contracting organizations in Canada and the 6th largest in the United States with an annual construction volume exceeding $6 billion.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: PCL, which is 100 percent owned by about 90 percent of its full-time salaried staff, has a special development program for high-potential employees that provides them frequent access to senior executives, research and presentation opportunities and personal coaching.
PERKS: PCL employees can choose their start/stop times between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. They have no set number of sick days and can use sick days to care for ill family members. The company also has summer hours to allow employees to spend more time with their families.
2011 rank: No. 3
5. EXCLUSIVE RESORTS
CEO: Philippe Bourguignon
IN A NUTSHELL: Exclusive Resorts is a destination club. Members have access to hundreds of luxury residences in dozens of resort destinations.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: The Annual Dividends Plan provides employees with an opportunity to acquire direct proprietary interest in the operations and future success of the company and receive annual dividend payments based on the company’s success.
PERKS: In addition to an extensive benefits package, employees are allowed to purchase club memberships for themselves and their families at a discounted price.
2011 rank: No. 5
6. Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
FOUNDING PARTNER: Greg Anton
MANAGING PARTNER: Gary Mitchell
IN A NUTSHELL: Anton Collins Mitchell is a public accounting firm providing the same consulting, assurance and tax services offered by national firms but doing so at a Colorado-owned, local firm level.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: All employees are part of a coaching/mentoring program that provides a dedicated person for each employee to assist in career development, organizational integration, guidance and support.
PERKS: Employees have a fitness facility in the building, and their company-sponsored memberships include access to all gym equipment and weekday classes.
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7. Encompass Home Health
Location: Based in Dallas, with offices in Denver and Colorado Springs.
CEO: April Anthony
IN A NUTSHELL: Encompass, a Medicare certified home health-care services provider, serves a significant population in Colorado. Services include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social services, plus home health aide services.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: The Encompass Scholars program provides a level of reimbursement for the successful completion of coursework that enhances the professional skills, knowledge and abilities of the employee. A Young Scholars program assists employees’ children with undergraduate tuition.
PERKS: Winners of special annual recognition awards are sent to a banquet in their honor, with awards being presented by the company’s CEO. Top performers in sales and marketing receive annual achievement awards, and several other branches receive awards and bonuses for reaching and exceeding performance goals.
2011 rank: No. 7
CEO: Eric Roza
IN A NUTSHELL: DataLogix provides data and technology-driven solutions for leading direct marketers and brand advertisers to increase the effectiveness of customer acquisition, retention and branding programs across online and traditional channels.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: The Super 7 Award program honors employees for modeling one or more of the company’s values: The "Adjust Your Sails" award – which recognizes someone energized by change and challenge; the "Crew" award, which recognizes a great cross functional team effort; and the "Love Boat" award, which recognizes someone who embodies the "love your customers" value.
PERKS: All new hires receive stock option grants, and promoted employees receive additional grants.
2011 rank: No. 8
9. Bona USA Inc.
CEO: Kerstin Lindell
IN A NUTSHELL: The company, which specializes in hardwood floor finishing and care, is a pioneer in waterborne technology and dust containment.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: Every employee at Bona, from receptionist to manager, is eligible to participate in a bonus program.
PERKS: Bona US conducts monthly organizational "Success" meetings over lunch, which begin with an update from the company president on the previous month’s financials. Everyone is then invited to share successes within their departments.
2011 rank: No. 9
10. Black Creek Group and Dividend Capital Group
CEO: John Blumberg
IN A NUTSHELL: Black Creek Group is a real estate company with diverse product offerings, multi-channel distribution and a track record of creating value for investors.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: The wellness program includes corporate discounts on membership with two local gyms and a $50 per month gym membership subsidy for employees who use their gym membership at least 10 times per month. Wellness competitions throughout the year encourage employee health.
PERKS: The Company caters lunch once per week to thank employees for their hard work and to encourage socializing.
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Lisa Ryckman is the online editor at cobizmag.com.