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Posted: August 01, 2011

Best Companies to Work for in Colorado: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mike Taylor

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No. 3: PricewaterhouseCoopers

 www.pwc.com

On one recent summer day, the Denver office of PricewaterhouseCoopers closed in the middle of the afternoon, and the office's 275 or so employees headed to Coors Field for a Rockies game, complete with a picnic lunch.

PwC's work spans the fields of assurance, tax, human resources, transactions, performance improvement and crisis management. But work at PwC isn't all ... work. The attention to career fulfillment takes many forms, from the whimsical "Trivia Tuesday" contest held every week during the Denver office's busy season, to the effort by 200 PwC professionals and interns - including five from the Denver office - to visit Belize and teach financial literacy to more than 1,200 children and teachers in early July.

PwC takes employees seriously in other ways. The Denver office has a Diversity Circle with more than 50 members. It celebrates special holidays for diverse groups of peoples, including GLBT activities such as the annual Big 4 pride event. It also has a Women's Networking Circles group with some 30 members whose intent is to meet four to five times per year to discuss women's issues.

PwC ranked No. 3 this year in DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, one of the highest honors in corporate diversity. It marked PwC's seventh year on the list and fourth appearance in the top 10.

Wellness is another area of emphasis. PwC's Denver office is located in a building with a gym, and all members of PwC have free use of it. The company's benefits package includes an annual physical exam for every covered individual. Additionally, PwC rewards employees for activities such as visiting the doctor or dentist, smoking cessation, counseling, or working out. Each activity is assigned a point value, and $1 per point can be redeemed via a gift certificate or donated via a charitable contribution up to $340 a year.

At holiday season last year, every employee received a bonus check of $1,000 or $500 (depending on how long they had been with the firm) as a thank you for their hard work.

2010 Rank: No. 3
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Mike Taylor is the managing editor of ColoradoBiz. He writes about small-business money issues and how startups are launched. Email him at mtaylor@cobizmag.com.

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