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Business Journal names 67 Best Places to Work

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    Best Places to Work 2011NORTH BAY — The Business Journal has selected a record 67 businesses and organizations as honorees in its sixth-annual Best Places to Work in the North Bay, it was announced today.

    The winners were selected by the Business Journal editorial staff from more than 120 nominations based on several criteria, including the results of an anonymous employee survey and a company application that provided information on issues such as diversity, benefits and community involvement.

    The companies range in size from 20 employees — the minimum required — to 4,500. There were nearly 5,000 responses to the employee survey.

    Seven outstanding companies are six-time winners: Burr Pilger Mayer, Exchange Bank, First Community Bank, Ghirado, CPA, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa and San Rafael Medical Centers, Redwood Credit Union and Valley Tire & Brake. The total number of winners was up from 55 in 2010 and include many new participants.

    “First, congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the companies that participated in the process over these last several months,” said Business Journal Editor and Associate Publisher Brad Bollinger. “What was so clear about our winners is how hard everyone from management to the front line work at maintaining a environment where people feel valued and can thrive even in challenging times like now.”

    Profiles of the winners will appear in a special publication supplementing the Sept. 26 issue, and winners will be honored at a gala reception Sept. 29 at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Rosa. For more information, call 707-521-5264.

    The winners are listed by employee size and survey score (highest to lowest):

    20-50 employees

    Innovative Business Solutions Inc.

    Métier, Ltd

    Codding Enterprises

    O’Brien Watters & Davis LLP

    Smith Dollar PC

    Bank of Napa

    Accuchex Payroll Management Services

    Private Ocean

    Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

    Friedemann Goldberg LLP

    Ghirardo CPA

    Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

    Burr Pilger Mayer Inc.

    Schurter Inc.

    Groskopf Warehouse & Logistics

    Ledcor Construction

    Inn Marin

    Heffernan Insurance Brokers

    Optio Solutions LLC

    Valley Tire & Brake

    Summit Engineering Inc.

    Carlile Macy

    Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center

    TLCD Architecture

    Frank Howard Allen Realtors

    Vantreo Insurance Brokerage

    Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County

    Cardno ERI

    Play-Well TEKnologies

    Dal Poggetto & Company LLP

    BKF Engineers

    Ghilotti Bros. Inc

    Marizco Landscape Management Inc.

    51-100 employees

    Golden Living Center — Petaluma

    Moss Adams LLP

    Sonoma Technology Inc.

    Summit State Bank

    St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

    Sequoia Senior Solutions

    First Community Bank

    Costeaux French Bakery, Inc.

    Umpqua Bank

    Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc

    Petaluma People Services Center

    Circle Bank

    George Petersen Insurance Agency Inc.

    Infineon Raceway

    Filtration Group Inc.

    Coast Landscape Management

    101-250 employees

    Embassy Suites Hotel

    Sonic.net

    Petaluma Health Center

    Collotype Labels USA, Inc.

    Nova Group Inc.

    REACH Air Medical Services

    W. Bradley Electric Inc.

    Cagwin & Dorward

    IDEX Health & Science

    Bank of Marin

    Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire

    La Tortilla Factory

    251-500 employees

    Bradley Real Estate

    Redwood Credit Union

    Exchange Bank

    Becoming Independent

    1001+ employees

    Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa & San Rafael Medical Centers

    Agilent Technologies

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    8 Comments

    1. August 18, 2011, 12:02 am

      by Randy

      Simply being a good place to work does NOT equate to it being a good place to do business, in fact, the reverse is probably more the norm. When employees feel too secure, they too often ignore customers requirements. Thanks for the list, I will do my best to avoid such places.


    2. August 18, 2011, 4:00 am

      by Christian Vaughn

      I guess it is easy for Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire to win Best Places to Work, in spite of telling their employees there was no money for the previous four years for raises, while the President and all the Vice Presidents got huge raises. All they had to do was fire the people who they lied to for four years after they got fed up with being treated like they did not matter to the company, everyone else was just happy to have a job or to afraid they would lose the one they had. …

      Yep, definitely one the best places to work for no pay, no recognition and no respect.

      I guess that leaves only one question. Will North Bay Business Journal print this post?


    3. August 18, 2011, 8:18 pm

      by Heather

      I find it interesting that you post stories and give your readers the opportunity to voice their opinions about what you have written. Yet, if it is not something that you “like” you do not post it. People have a right to share the information that they have and know and your readers have the right to read it. And I do not find it abusive to simply share the truth going on behind the closed doors of some of these businesses. For example: While you have named Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire one of the best placed to work, did you know that they force their employees to complete those surveys and to give high ratings so that they can get this title? I bet you did not know that. But I know because I was once upon a time forced to fill one out myself. Goodwill is not one of the best places to work- just ask any former employee because we have some stories to tell!!!!!


    4. August 19, 2011, 5:54 pm

      by yep

      Very interesting


    5. August 24, 2011, 11:28 am

      by Christian Vaughn

      Congratulations to Goodwill and the President and the Vice President of Workforce Development, you are a success. It is too bad that you did not recognize anyone who helped you get there. I will always remember exactly what the President said when I asked him why there is no recognition for employee accomplishments since there was no money for raises, he replied, “the recognition is having a job.” Yep, definitely one the best places to work for no pay, no recognition and no respect.


    6. May 14, 2012, 12:32 pm

      by EMJ

      I was just about to drop a very nice (result of moving) donation to goodwill, I think I will have to reconsider after reading the above posts. Not a very good way to treat your employees Good Will….


    7. May 14, 2012, 12:39 pm

      by Jeff Quackenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter

      Comments on stories are a forum for discussion but are not verified facts. Please check any good or bad statements with a number of fair sources.


    8. August 22, 2012, 10:14 pm

      by Heather

      EMJ- I agree with Jeff Quackenbush. There are various opinions that will be shared on the topics we read. And while some of us may believe that this was not a very nice place to work I will say that YOU SHOULD STILL DONATE! How employees perceive the environment has nothing to do with the jobs your donations create and your donations still can find a good home or help another person in need. Plese reconsider and if for no other reason, make that donation to support your community and individuals who are receiving resources to help them! Take care!


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