Best Colorado Companies to Work For 2016: Small
The winning companies promote personal fulfillment along with pay
Time. Compensation. Professional development. Wellness. These are just a few of the themes visible in the following firms – our annual Best Companies to Work For. Finding a dream job is no easy feat – typically requiring compromise between a big paycheck, congenial culture and team, and incentives that nourish the mind, body and soul.
But then there are some places where you don’t have to settle or compromise.
Though bottom lines aren’t completely irrelevant on this list, they fall to the background as the human beings – who make the wheels turn, who serve, who tinker, who return emails and make decisions, big and small – rise to the top and their companies declare victory as a result.
In Colorado, we hear much about work-life balance – so we better have some brilliant businesses that can speak to both. Here are the winners in the "Small Companies" division:
1. Total Quality Logistics
GIVE-BACK | FESTIVITIES
HQ: Cincinnati; Denver-based satellite office
Founded in 1997, TQL is the second-largest freight brokerage firm in the country, employing roughly 3,800. As a sales organization in the transportation industry, the company arranges truckload deliveries and pickups across North America.
• Last year, TQL supported 140 nationwide nonprofits, involving 73 percent of its workforce in its internal give-back strategy, primarily focused on children’s charities, health and wellness initiatives and military/veteran causes.
• TQL believes “to the victor go the spoils,” meaning an employee's income is only capped by effort. In sales, where 75 percent of TQL’s employees work, each individual is offered the opportunity for unlimited income. Since 1997, TQL has had an uncapped commission structure.
Suite of work-life balance aids:
• TaskRabbit: A concierge service provider that helps users complete errands.
• Minibar: Wine, beer and liquor delivery services (available where not prohibited by law).
• Your Mechanic: An app that links people with area mobile car maintenance services.
• Postable: A custom card delivery service, first used two years ago to enable employees to send Mother’s Day cards from their desks.
WELLNESS | OUTINGS | FESTIVITIES | TEAM-BUILDING
Doubling down on relationship-building with customers, this Northern Colorado-based insurance and human-resources consultancy has been helping companies with benefit programs, insurance plans, human resources, property and casualty services and work-site wellness for about 30 years. The family company invests in employees’ personal and professional development, paying for annual leadership conferences and supporting continuing education pursuits.
“When I began working at VolkBell, I was at my most unhealthy physical state. The subtle emphasis that VolkBell puts on living healthily really impacted how I looked at food choice and exercise. Because of the support and encouragement that our team provides, my weight has significantly dropped, and my energy has significantly increased, which is something I would have not thought I would have received when entering the world of insurance.” – anonymous employee•
• Putting the “human” back in human resources, character-building has a day on the calendar every single month at VolkBell, during which the company comes together for special programming. One individual on the team is recognized for demonstrating a particular quality, such as integrity or punctuality, and then, each quarter, company members are asked to provide examples of how they live that value.
3. Motivity Solutions (New to the list)
GIVE-BACK | OUTINGS |
FESTIVITIES | TIME | OFFICE
ENVIRONMENT | DRESS UP/DRESS DOWN | WELLNESS
Before launching Motivity Solutions, the founders started, grew and eventually sold a retail mortgage banking company – the seventh largest FHA lender in the country from 2003 to 2004. Its sale was the largest privately held mortgage company acquisition that year. Fast-forward and now, it seems, history has repeated itself.
Motivity Solutions, launched in 2006, developed a platform used by half the nation’s top lenders to cultivate data-driven profit growth and compliance. With forward-thinking business philosophies, Motivity has experienced unmatched productivity, high employee morale and outstanding profitability. Hence, Black Knight Financial Services Inc. (NYSE: BKFS), a provider of technology, data and analysis across the mortgage loan lifecycle, acquired Motivity Solutions in June of this year.
• Casual dress code
• Standup desks
• Flexible schedule//Work from home capability
• On-site workout facility
• Make a Difference Day
• Fully stocked fridge
• Sabbatical benefits at the five- and
•Company-sponsored social events:
Rockies games, bowling, happy hours, office Olympics
• Volunteer opportunities
GIVE-BACK | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
HQ: Seattle; 10 Colorado branch locations
Moneytree is a provider of consumer loans and other financial products and services. The family-run business started in 1983 and today has more than 800 employees. Moneytree has earned its position as an industry leader, exceeding customer expectations, creating a professional work environment, and having a positive impact on communities where it’s located.
The employee-directed community involvement fund, launched 13 years ago, has since contributed to more than 200 nonprofits, locally supporting the Make a Wish chapter, ALS Association Rocky Mountain chapter and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“I would say the advancement the company gives within.”
– Delphina Madrigal, local branch manager when asked why her company can compete with the best.
GIVE-BACK | TIME
HQ: Houston; Denver office
For nearly 30 years, Insperity CEO Paul Sarvadi has endeavored to make business owners’ lives easier by eliminating the burdens of HR and administrative duties. In 1997, Sarvadi rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange when his company went public. At the time, Insperity had 1,500 client companies across 44 states; today it serves more than 100,000 firms with an employee headcount exceeding 2 million.
Insperity supports programs such as the American Heart Association, MS Society, Meals on Wheels and more. Employees are empowered to volunteer with 12 hours of paid time each quarter to participate in company-sponsored volunteer events. Last year the Insperity team logged more than 62,000 volunteer hours, and philanthropic efforts grossed $3.8 million.
“Most employees, including myself, view their role at Insperity as a calling, rather than a job, which demonstrates why it is such a unique company.” – Sean Branon, Insperity district manager