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Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:00 pm

Business Journal names Best Places to Work for 2013

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    The Business Journal on Wednesday announced a record 75 recipients for its eighth annual Best Places to Work.

    Best Places to Work 2012 courtyard networking

    Networking in the courtyard at 2012 Best Places to Work

    “First, congratulations to all of these organizations,” said Publisher Brad Bollinger. “Each and every company obviously takes being a best place to work very seriously. It showed throughout their nomination, company application and employee surveys.”

    Started in 2006, Best Places to Work has grown from 24 recipients to 73 in 2012 and 75 this year.

    The process began with nominations starting in March, an anonymous employee survey period in June and selections by the Business Journal editorial staff in July. Employers were selected according to their employee survey score and other factors such as participation rates and balance of management and nonmanagement responses. The maximum possible employee survey score is 5.

    More than 6,000 employees completed the required anonymous online satisfaction survey, and thousands of comments were collected in the process. This year’s recipients include several first-time winners and the return of eight companies that have been selected every year since the program began.

    Best Places to Work 2013 awards dinner“We are privileged to be able to honor these organizations, and our sincere hope is that the awards process plays a part in helping elevate the North Bay as a great place to work and live,” Mr. Bollinger said. “I know our underwriters, Nelson and Wells Fargo, feel the same.”

    Recipients will be honored at an awards reception Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa.

    Best Places to Work recipients

    (By company size and score. Best possible score is 5.)

    15-50 employees

    Century 21 Classic Properties 4.9
    O’Brien Watters & Davis 4.9
    Scott Technology Group 4.8
    Métier 4.8
    Rabobank 4.8
    Linkenheimer CPAs & Advisors 4.8
    Kiosk 4.8
    EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants 4.8
    Codding Investments (Enterprises) 4.7
    M.A. Silva USA 4.7
    Bank of Napa 4.7
    VinoPro 4.7
    Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services 4.7
    Star Staffing 4.7
    Heffernan Insurance Brokers – North Bay 4.7
    Adobe Associates 4.6
    Private Ocean 4.6
    VANTREO Insurance Brokerage 4.6
    Ghilotti Bros. 4.6
    Carlile Macy 4.6
    Hennessy Advisors 4.5
    Dal Poggetto & Company 4.5
    Smith Dollar 4.5
    Summit Engineering 4.5
    Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) Accountants & Consultants 4.5
    Pisenti & Brinker CPAs 4.5
    Inn Marin and Rickey’s 4.5
    Petaluma People Services Center 4.5
    Friedemann Goldberg 4.4
    Vionic Group 4.4
    Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County 4.4
    Kurtzman Carson Consultants (KCC) 4.4
    EcoNugenics 4.4
    Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) 4.4
    Schurter 4.3
    Accuchex  4.3
    Ghirardo CPA 4.3
    Valley Tire and Brake 4.1

    51–100 employees 

    Golden Living Center Petaluma 5.0
    Visiting Angels Senior Homecare 4.6
    George Petersen Insurance Agency 4.6
    Moss Adams 4.6
    Wells Fargo Insurance Services 4.6
    Sonoma Technology 4.6
    St. Francis Winery & Vineyards 4.5
    Marizco Landscape Management 4.5
    First Community Bank 4.5
    WRA Environmental Consultants 4.4
    Summit State Bank 4.4
    Costeaux French Bakery 4.4
    Don Sebastiani & Sons 4.2

    101–250 employees 

    Embassy Suites San Rafael 4.8
    Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley 4.7
    Glassdoor 4.7
    Nova Group 4.5
    Petaluma Health Center 4.5
    Northern California Medical Associates 4.5
    BKF Engineers 4.5
    Sonoma Bank (Argent Bank) 4.5
    LEMO USA 4.4
    Sequoia Senior Solutions 4.3
    W. Bradley Electric 4.3
    First American Home Buyers Protection 4.2
    REACH Air Medical Services 4.1
    IDEX Health & Science 4.1

    251–500 employees

    Bradley Real Estate 4.8
    Redwood Credit Union 4.6
    Exchange Bank 4.4
    La Tortilla Factory  4.2
    Bank of Marin 4.0
    Becoming Independent 4.0

    501–1,000 employees

    Wells Fargo 4.0

    1,001-plus employees

    Kaiser Permanente – Santa Rosa 4.4
    Kaiser Permanente – San Rafael 4.4
    Agilent Technologies 4.4

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    1 Comment

    1. August 18, 2013, 12:47 pm

      by sara

      I work at golden living centers abd no one ever asked me or other employees for our vote. The business office puts votes I guess. I personaly dont believe its a best place to work. I feel discriminated according to my race. I wish next year you would ask the employees opinions.

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