(Editor's note: The companies with the three highest employee survey scores in their size category were invited to submit company photos to accompany their profiles.)
Winners are listed alphabetically in their size category.Accuchex Payroll Management ServicesFour-time winner
NOVATO -- Accuchex employees are encouraged to suggest ways to improve the work environment, as well as contribute to the communities the company serves.
"All of us look forward to monthly staff appreciation lunches and hearing management share client accolades and their sincere gratitude for the work we do," an employee said.
Owners James and Leslie Ruhland strive to be accessible to all of their staff.
"As hands-on managers, we consistently prove our commitment to the health and welfare of our families by respecting and supporting individual needs, as well as by fostering professionalism and personal growth through continuing education and skills training."
"There is no sense of 'behind the scenes' maneuvering at Accuchex that I've experienced almost everywhere else I've worked. Owners take part in being with others as if they are co-workers, and not the bosses. Trips to the ballpark, holiday events and the annual 'I survived January' party after tax season, along with contests and prizes, are among the many things that shape the climate at Accuchex," an employee said.
"Our employees represent a wide range of experience, educational and ethnic backgrounds. This diversity is a powerful resource," Mr. Ruhland said.Bank of NapaTwo-time winner
NAPA -- The friendly, family-oriented atmosphere makes coming to work each day a pleasure for employees at Bank of Napa.
"The people at the bank are the best. We take our jobs seriously, but have fun while performing the expectations of our clients. Management truly cares about every employee. The staff supports each other whenever needed, and are very creative. Responsiveness is number one," one employee noted.
Another said: "Individuals are praised at staff meetings. ... We all are striving to achieve the same goals and receive helpful feedback on how we're doing," an employee said.
Two things set Bank of Napa apart from other organizations, according to Tom LeMasters, president and CEO.
"The first is the relentless focus every employee has on the bank, from customer service to improving our financial performance. The second is the team approach we use to make decisions. We rely on the collective experience of our team to arrive at decisions that are good for our customers and shareholders -- and ultimately for employees themselves."
Employees are active in Napa Valley Kiwanis and Rotary International Clubs along with many other youth related organizations.BKF -- Carlenzoli & AssociatesFirst-time winner
SANTA ROSA -- The rule of thumb at BFK/Carlenzoli during a tough economy is to focus on the positives.
Despite the recession, the company has been able to attract great projects while still being able to provide benefits and perks for employees.
"We do everything we can to make our employees comfortable and enhance their family life so they can focus on helping our clients," said principal and vice president Greg Hurd.
"BKF's work environment is entrepreneurial, fast-paced and friendly. We work hard to meet our clients' needs and have fun doing it. We also host and/or sponsor many social activities, including volunteer opportunities, basketball, softball and bowling teams, golf tournaments, mountain biking groups and the annual company picnic and holiday party," an employee said.