Welcome to the Business Journal’s fourth annual Best Places to Work in the North Bay.Click on the image to read other stories from Best Places to Work 2009.
The 55 companies selected this year are inspirational and instructional, providing the North Bay with key benchmarks for what makes a company a great place to work, especially in this challenging time.
We are especially pleased that along with an impressive group of 18 new winners, 10 exceptional companies have returned as winners for a fourth consecutive year. Twenty seven companies are being honored for the second or third year.
The winners, representing a broad range of industries, including banking, engineering, technology, health care, insurance, accounting, consulting, entertainment, food manufacturing, automotive, landscaping and building, will be feted at an awards reception Wednesday at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park.
Once again, congratulations to our winners. They have shown exceptional character during a very difficult time for all business. Many of the employee responses to the question added to this year’s survey, “How has your company dealt with the challenging business environment?” are inspiring. We hope you gain insight from reading these company stories as much as we did finding and telling them.
Brad Bollinger, Editor in Chief, Associate Publisher and
Sue Wildermuth-Adams, Director of Advertising, Associate Publisher
NOVATO - Celebrating 20 years in business, this provider of payroll and human resource management services is committed to the health and welfare of its employees and their families.
Owners James and Leslie Rhuland believe their company is a reflection of those who work there, and that the entire staff defines their environment.
“We strive to be accessible to our staff. Our company culture fosters professional growth and personal respect for the individual and his or her needs.”
Accuchex enhances the morale and loyalty of its people through staff appreciation lunches, by sharing client accolades and through continuing education and skills training.
“The company has a socially friendly atmosphere at work, and we try to take every request from the client as personal and important and try to satisfy the customer’s needs in time,” an employee said.
Adobe Associates Inc.
SANTA ROSA - Keeping everyone informed about day-to-day events is one of the best ways to sustain an organization during challenging economic times, according to this Santa Rosa-based civil engineering, land surveying and wastewater management services firm, headed by President David Brown.
The company places great value on maintaining a comfortable work environment. It shows its appreciation by sponsoring employee picnics, summer barbecues as well as by offering health club membership assistance to its staff along with a broad range of health care options including a health savings plan and dependent care assistance.
The firm’s 27 employees agree and responded by voting their company as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay.
Audubon Canyon Ranch
STINSON BEACH - With a staff of 24, plus 800 volunteers, this nonprofit organization dedicated to land preservation, environmental education, scientific research and habitat restoration has retained all staff members, with no reductions in salaries, throughout the recession.