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Organizations that Go the Extra Mile for Their Employees

Sarah Cutler and Di Lewis

December 1, 2012

Castle & Cooke Mortgage is a traditional lending platform with innovative technology.
98 employees
• Fully stocked kitchen and Keurig coffee machine
• Every employee has his or her own office
• Flexible scheduling and strong benefits package

DigiCert, Inc.
When it comes to what they like about the company, DigiCert employees don’t know where to start. Among the many things mentioned are an open-door policy with management, fully stocked break room, good benefits and support for community service. The standout, though, is an annual company-wide trip to Disneyland, with spouses invited, and an extra week of vacation time with a bonus of more than $3,000 to spend on the trip.

All of this combined helps employees focus on work by removing outside stresses and leading to a cheerful environment. One employee says, “I feel that DigiCert’s number one priority is the happiness of its employees and its customers. As a result, I think everyone who works here loves their job and in turn are more likely to work harder and give better service to our customers.”

CEO Nicholas Hales agrees, saying, “We believe that if we treat our employees well, and we give them opportunities to succeed, that they will invest their talents and passions into the company and will provide legendary experiences for our customers.”

DigiCert is a global online trust and security provider.
72 employees
• DigiTrip, the once-per-year vacation bonus for employees to go anywhere they want
• Holiday bonus to donate to charity of choice, as well as an extra day of PTO to volunteer at any non-profit
• Very good benefits package

Grant Victor
Grant Victor works hard to provide a working environment that motivates and rewards integrity, customer satisfaction, innovation, safety and commitment to success.

“I always feel appreciated and respected for what I contribute to the company. The people that I work with are kind and respectful and create an environment that is enjoyable to be in,” says one employee.

The company also provides paid vacations, medical and 401(k) packages, company-sponsored lunch, up-to-date technology and a fitness program.

“This is a fun and exciting place to work,” says a happy employee. “They provided us with a fun movie night where the entire company took off work early to see the Hunger Games…This was in addition to the generous holiday and summer parties they provide us and our families. The company celebrates birthdays, employment anniversaries and other significant events in our lives. Working full time, we spend a lot of time here so it is important that everyone has fun and gets a lot accomplished. I couldn’t be happier about working for Grant Victor.”

Grant Victor is a retail-style ATM service and solutions provider.
54 employees
• Paid holidays and sick leave
• 401(k) retirement savings plan
• Tuition reimbursement plan

Grant Thornton LLP
Though employees at Grant Thornton’s Salt Lake office face all the challenges of an accounting firm environment—namely, long hours in front of a computer—the company makes sure there is a “work hard, play hard” mentality. Steve Stauffer, office managing partner, says “You can often find employees letting off steam in our employee game room…We have a billiards table, air hockey table, foosball table, free soda and a popcorn machine.”

Employees also love the flexible scheduling during off season. “The flexibility during non-peak work times is key. You are treated as a professional and as long as you get your work done, you can operate autonomously most of the time,” says one employee, adding that unlike other firms, Grant Thornton encourages employees to use vacation days.

Employees also enjoy a management team that is easy to talk to and genuinely cares about employees. And they appreciate management’s recognition of hard work and progress, as well as good advancement opportunities, even for those in flexible work situations.

Grant Thornton is an audit, tax and advisory organization.
42 employees
• Community and charitable outreach
• Game room stocked with soda and popcorn
• Flexible hours and working arrangements

Rain employees love their company and its culture. The company offers so many benefits and perks that, when asked what they wish the company would provide, one employee says, “We’re already pretty spoiled. Not sure what else I could even ask for. A flying unicorn to ride to work?”

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