Best Companies to Work for in Colorado: Large
4) Mercury Payment Systems
LOCATION: Headquartered in Durango with an office in Denver.
CEO: Matt Taylor
COLORADO WORKERS: 430
IN A NUTSHELL: Mercury Payment Systems is an integrated transaction processing company created to enhance point-of-sale systems by offering credit, debit, check, gift card and loyalty processing.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: A 16-week training course is offered free to middle managers and directors, as well as employees being groomed for management. The initiative focuses on the key components of leadership and the specific actions necessary for middle managers and directors to succeed.
PERKS: Starting this year, 1 percent (20 hours annually) of every employee's work time can to be dedicated to a community cause or a charitable organization. Employees who volunteer for a total of 28 hours outside of work time get their birthday off as a paid holiday the next year.
2010 RANK: New to list (No. 4 in 2008)
5) Omni Interlocken Resort
LOCATION: Broomfield; parent company Omni Hotels is based in Irving, Texas.
CEO: James Caldwell
COLORADO WORKERS: 303
IN A NUTSHELL: The four-diamond Omni Interlocken Resort, one of 43 luxury hotels operated by Omni Hotels, offers 27-hole championship golf and 390 deluxe accommodations against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Omni Hotels supports continuing education for all full-time associates with potential reimbursement by Omni Hotels for coursework related to the associate's field of up to $1,000 annually.
PERKS: Associates have access to the resort's new state-of-the-art fitness center at any time, at no cost.
2010 RANK: No. 8
6) Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado
LOCATION: Headquartered in Grand Junction with locations in Collbran, Delta and Montrose.
PRESIDENT AND CEO: Christy Whitney
COLORADO WORKERS: 238
IN A NUTSHELL: Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado was founded with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for those facing serious illness and grief. It delivers physical, emotional and spiritual care focused on comfort, choice and dignity for those living with a serious illness and support for families, caregivers and friends.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: The company is in the process of fully implementing the Studer Leadership Evaluation system that will tie compensation to measured outcomes. Other employee recognition programs include the "Heart of Hospice" awards, an annual recognition program in which employees are nominated by their peers.
PERKS: The company's IT department has set up the capability for employees to work remotely from their home computers. Department managers can make decisions to use this approach when it benefits both efficiency and employee needs.
2010 RANK: New to list
7) Cheyenne Mountain Resort
LOCATION: Colorado Springs
INTERIM GM: Doug Roemer
COLORADO WORKERS: 400
IN A NUTSHELL: Cheyenne Mountain Resort is a luxury destination hotel offering championship golf, children's programs, four swimming pools, indoor and outdoor tennis, fitness center and a 35-acre lake for fishing and sailing.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Included in employees' medical coverage is a wellness incentive, which includes a $600 wellness benefit for services not already covered under preventive care. It also includes a $300 benefit for health and fitness programs.
EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT: The resort has seven employee-based committees (Safety, Culture, Newsletter, Green/Sustainability, Revenue Enhancement, Training and DELIGHT) that are chaired by employees with a diverse cross-section of participation.
PERKS: All employees have access to onsite golf. All management-level employees have access to onsite fitness center, fitness classes, personal training, tennis and swimming.
2010 RANK: No. 10
8) The Progressive Group of Insurance Cos.
LOCATION: Headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio.
CEO: Glenn M. Renwick | 2010 REVENUE: $15 billion
COLORADO WORKERS: 1,847
IN A NUTSHELL: Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles and homes. It's the fourth-largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: On-site medical clinics are available to all regular Progressive employees regardless of their medical insurance status as well as dependents covered by a Progressive medical plan.
PERKS: Last year Progressive had a two-week long celebration of diversity, family and fun in Colorado. Each day was dedicated to a different event, from investment and retirement planning, family safety and teen issues to food days, ending with a carnival-style family event.
UNIQUE OFFERING: Progressive's Art Department provides tours of its expansive art collective for employees and their families and friends. Progressive's biannual employee art show remains one of the company's most popular events.
2010 RANK: New to the list
FOUNDED: 1999 | LOCATION: Denver
CEO: Kent Thiry COLORADO WORKERS: 968
IN A NUTSHELL: DaVita is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Beyond the $3,000 available for general tuition reimbursement per calendar year, DaVita offers "teammates" four other development assistance programs. The Nurse Today and Nurse Tomorrow Scholarship programs provide teammates seeking a career in nursing $5,000 to $15,000 for tuition, books and other associated fees.
2010 RANK: No. 5
LOCATION: Headquartered in Greenwood Village with 11 regional offices throughout the U.S., and an office in Washington, D.C.
CEO: Robert B. Engel
2010 REVENUE: $951 million (net interest income)
COLORADO EMPLOYEES: 508
IN A NUTSHELL: With more than $66 billion in assets, CoBank is the largest financial-services institution headquartered in Colorado.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: CoBank provides tuition reimbursement of up to $3,750 per year for an undergraduate degree program and up to $5,250 for a graduate degree program.
2010 RANK: No. 4