(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.Bank of MarinFive-time winner
NOVATO -- Bank of Marin continues to maintain its strong leadership position among the top four largest banks in the North Bay.
"We're implementing a new retail officers training program and increasing our efforts to enhance career development and internal promotions for our people," said President and CEO Russell A. Colombo.
"As part of this company-wide effort, we are stepping up our collective efforts to delivery legendary service to each other and our customers."
With 245 employees and 13 locations, the bank is the eighth-largest public company in the region and the number one community bank in Marin County.
"We have a great reputation. Employees are proud to say they work for Bank of Marin and customers are proud to say they bank with us. The personal attention the company provides to both employees and customers makes this bank a great place to work," an employee said.
Employees are encouraged to volunteer for community service and collectively have donated over 7,000 hours. The bank contributes 1 percent of pre-tax profits per year, which is distributed among 250 local non-profits.
"We have a great work environment. Our tradition of integrity and respect in the community makes doing our jobs easy and rewarding," an employee added.Cagwin & DorwardFirst-time winner
NOVATO -- "You have never met nicer, more sincere group of people who genuinely love to serve than you will find here at Cagwin & Dorward," said President, CEO and CFO Dennis Dougherty. "We have employees that really care about the planet, and each other, and I couldn't be happier than being among them."
The landscaping company continues to invest in employee education and recently introduced customer relations and time management training.
"Building and maintaining beautiful landscapes with a concern for the our environment is what we are all about. People who work here truly embrace the culture of C&D. We are customer centric and care for the environment," an employee said.
A Winter Savings Program was created, where employees specify an amount from each check with a percentage contributed by C&D, with monies paid out at Thanksgiving. This program was instituted to help employees, who work less in winter months due to rain to save money.
"We have great teams of talented people. I am very satisfied working here and have been with Cagwin & Dorward for 29 years," a long-time employee said.Collotype LabelsFirst-time winner
NAPA -- At Collotype, the camaraderie among employees and management is second to none, said President David Buse.
"We have a relatively flat organizational structure where every employee -- regardless of job title -- is encouraged and challenged day one on the job to share ideas and participate in improving our business."
The firm's formula for success in down times is to focus on continuous improvement efforts to drive waste out of its processes, along with emphasis on skill-based development for our associates giving them opportunities to advance.
"As our company continues to grow, we have not lost our commitment to our values. I still feel the passion for the industry and respect all the strides the company has taken to insure we are the world's best premium wine and spirits label solutions provider," an associate said.