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Best Colorado Companies to Work For 2016: Medium

These outstanding companies are a cut above


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Time. Compensation. Professional development. Wellness. These are just a few of the themes visible in our annual Best Companies to Work For. Here are winners in the 2016 "Medium Companies" category:

Medium Companies:

1. ReadyTalk

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | WELLNESS | FOOD/BOOZE | OFFICE ENVIRONMENT

www.readytalk.com

HQ: Denver

Service meets technology with this audio and web conferencing provider for a seamless collaborative experience, giving customers a suite of tools for training, collaboration, sales demos, webinars and more. With increasing numbers of people working remotely, the recipe for productive communication has shifted.

The newly refined focus is around delivering a one-stop shop that will enable people to collaborate and communicate wherever and whenever they want. Reliability, affordability and ease of use are primary targets for the business, and the support team makes it easy to connect when help is needed. ReadyTalk has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies thanks to an increasingly digital and mobile work force.

 EXCEPTIONAL PERKS/POLICIES:

• This year, ReadyTalk brought Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken in as a motivation speaker to inspire the team.

• The company offers a Return to Work Program for  those who have been out of the work force for an  extended period. The 22-week paid internship allows individuals to refresh their skills and re-enter the work force with confidence. 

• Playfulness is something instilled in the company culture. Employees are encouraged to take short breaks through out the day, and office activities range from Nerf dart games to scrabble sessions, hula-hoops, Jenga and portable putting greens. Office happy hours are a frequent  activity met with weekly yoga classes and massages.

2. The Neenan Company (New to the list)

FESTIVITIES | TEAM-BUILDLING

www.neenan.com

From budget to brainstorming to final build-out, Neenan defines archistruction – the business of uniting people to create physical structures, transforming vision into reality and streamlining communication through preparation and cooperative innovation. Facilities in Neenan’s portfolio include health care, education, community, manufacturing and more.

EXCEPTIONAL PERKS/POLICIES:

Neenan hosts regular events, both planned and out-of-the-blue to show its team a good time. Spontaneous Friday afternoon celebrations are common; the Neenan crew threw the president of the company a surprise 50th birthday party this year; a special 1980s-themed party took place and a Christmas party complete with a puppet show, Santa, dinner and gifts.

"The success of The Neenan Company is based on empowering employees to create synergy among our different disciplines, to create an amazing experience for our clients. We call this archistruction. We hold a variety of events  - from parties to annual retreats to informal Friday afternoon gatherings - that enable people to build relationships.  Plus, these events are just fun and we feel they contribute to employee satisfaction." - David Shigekane, president of The Neenan Company

3. BONA US Inc.

TEAM BUILDLING | FESTIVITIES | DRESS UP/DOWN |  TRAVEL | WELLNESS

www.bona.com

HQ: Malmo, Sweden, Denver satellite office

Combining luxury and convenience, Bona has solidified its stance as a global leader in hardwood floor finishing and care for more than 90 years. In 1979, Bona became the pioneer of waterborne technology, and in 1995 it was the first to develop effective dust containment. The company’s commitment to research, development and sustainability has enabled the team to drive the hardwood flooring industry’s innovation.

 EXCEPTIONAL PERKS/POLICIES:

• Annual Halloween party

• Winter holiday party

• Pancake breakfast

• Bike to work day

• Bi-monthly workout boot camps and wellness trackers

• Lunch with leader program

• Birthday paid day-off

• Monthly happy hours

• Unlimited PTO

• Sales trip to Las Vegas

4. OZ Architecture

TEAM-BUILDING | GIVE-BACK | OUTINGS | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

www.ozarch.com

HQ: Denver

Founded in 1964, OZ integrates broad experience, varied disciplines and diverse backgrounds of its professionals to encourage innovation across projects. Offering a range of architectural, planning and interior design services to clients throughout the U.S. and internationally, projects include resorts, mixed-use and retail developments, multifamily and senior housing, custom residences, corporate and multi-tenant offices and more. In every project, OZ strives to implement sustainable strategies.

As a design firm, the people at OZ tend to have a passion for art; thus, every year OZ hosts an art show in which hundreds of the firm’s clients, partners and RiNo neighbors are invited for a party where employees’ art is on display.

“Collaboration is the core guiding force of our design and client service, and our culture reflects this. From open brainstorm and charette meetings, to our monthly ‘beer 30’ events, to flat, non-hierarchical project teams, we want each person to have a stake and a voice in the company, in design work and in our future.” –  Managing partner Becky Stone

5. Vi at Highlands Ranch

COMPENSATION | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | WELLNESS | OUTINGS/FESTIVITIES

www.denver.viliving.com

HQ: Chicago; Highlands Ranch location

Attempting to meld resort living with retirement community and services, Vi at Highlands Ranch measures success through resident satisfaction. However, employees are at the heart of the company, dedicated to the community’s residents and the core values of integrity, compassion and excellence. With more than 25 years of experience as an owner/operator of residential communities for older adults, Vi offers assisted living, Alzheimer’s and memory support care and skilled nursing.

The company provides employees the opportunity to grow through programs such as Vi’s Management Development and Breakthrough Leadership. Employees also have unlimited access to Vi’s online university, offering free continuing education courses through Harvard Business
Publishing and free language training through Rosetta Stone.
In addition:

• Annual bonus fund sponsored by Vi residents

• Employee discount membership to OrangeTheory Fitness

• Employee appreciation party

• Free daily lunch for staff – meals prepared by kitchen staff

  trained by the Culinary Institute of America

• Cell phone discounts

• Free CPR/first-aid training

• Annual wellness fair

• Halloween costume and pumpkin carving contests

• Employee referral bonuses

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Gigi Sukin

Gigi Sukin is digital editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at gsukin@cobizmag.com.

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