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.Becoming IndependentThree-time winner

SANTA ROSA -- With a mission to provide community inclusion and participation for men, women and children with developmental disabilities, Becoming Independent offers a caring, family environment and a compassionate direct care staff ready and willing to help.

"BI's staff and managers are fierce advocates in the disability movement and are focused on equality for the people we serve," said CEO Cami Weaver.

"Providing primary care and supervision for 1,300 individuals and their families provides daily challenges and opportunities for our employees personal and professional growth."

"We are always looking for ways to improve. Positive feedback and critiques are encouraged. We support people when they are sick or have a reason to celebrate. We also have 'sharing' meetings where we support each other. In addition, we fundraise successfully and do fun things like yoga, zumba, softball, and getaways," an employee said.

Despite losing over 4.25 percent of a $14 million agency budget, "we have been able to avoid layoffs due to our ability to cut costs and be financially creative to absorb the impact," Ms. Weaver said.Bradley Real EstateThree-time winner

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SAN RAFAEL -- Bradley Real Estate enables and empowers its Realtors and employees to exercise their entrepreneurial spirit to improve and grow their own business while providing superior service to its clients.

"We are dedicated to giving all of our Realtors the technology, training and managerial support they need to succeed," said Melissa Bradley, CEO.

Ms. Bradley, along with her husband, and President of Bradley Real Estate, Robert Bradley, have grown the business from 50 agents and two offices in 2003 to nearly 400 agents and 11 offices in 2011 -- including a new Santa Rosa office location scheduled to open Oct. 1.

"The owners are always positive, strong and supportive and never complain about the real estate market. Instead they come up with ideas and solutions to improve business and understand from experience that the market is ever changing. They are always trying to help us with the tools we need to be successful," an employee said.

Continually trying to promote from within, Bradley Real Estate offers a recruiting bonus to employees.

As a concerned corporate citizen, the company supports many local schools, non-profits and community events.

 "We are a local family owned business and see it as our duty to give back to our great community," said Robert Bradley.Exchange BankSix-time winner

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SANTA ROSA -- Knowing that employees value their personal time, Exchange Bank enhanced its time off benefits adding two paid personal days each year and created a policy to allow donation of paid time off to employees with catastrophic illnesses or have a family member with such medical conditions.

"We work hard and play hard and celebrate our success through a variety of employee recognition events," said Bill Schrader, CEO. "Our executives regularly visit departments and branches for a pizza lunch or just to sit down and check in with employees."

Exchange Bank encourages and supports employee community involvement and is a corporate sponsor of the Human Race, Relay for Life, Asthma Walk and the United Way, among other charities.

"These year-round fundraising activities led by our employees spark individual creativity, build morale through teamwork and instill pride in being part of an organization that gives back to the community it serves, Mr. Schrader said."

An employee said: "Despite the challenges facing financial institutions today, Exchange Bank has rallied and continues to explore options in the marketplace, while also continuing to be a strong leader in the community."Redwood Credit UnionSix-time winner

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SANTA ROSA -- RCU employees enjoy a people-focused work environment -- one that is productive, results oriented and fun. Some 67 percent of upper management is comprised of minorities and women, and 59 percent of jobs in 2010 were filled internally.

When commenting about the culture, employees say: "I enjoy working towards clearly defined goals, interacting with colleagues and achieving results through partnerships, being able to help members meet their financial objectives and desires, helping people in my community." Another said, "I feel that the management team really cares about employees and that employees really care about each other."

RCU fosters strong communications and conducts all-staff monthly meetings with president and CEO Brett Martinez, along with daily huddles with managers. There is a staff advisory committee comprised of representatives from each branch and department, and weekly meetings are held with the Senior Leadership Team.

Another employee said: "This is a positive workplace that inspires service, passion and pride in each employee. This work ethic instills a straightforward, do-the-right-thing approach to running our business among all concerned."