(Editor's note: The two winning companies in this large-company category were invited to submit photos to go with these profiles.)Agilent TechnologiesTwo-time winner
SANTA ROSA -- "Our employees are one of the main reasons why Agilent is a great place to work. They are among the most talented, knowledgeable and resourceful in our industry," said Ron Nersesian, president of the Electronic Measurement Group.
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"What I like most about Agilent are its high-caliber people, dedicated, professional and compassionate leaders, innovative teams that create industry-leading products and solutions, and its inclusive work environment," an employee said.
Employees appreciate a number of fringes beyond the usual benefits package, including a fully equipped exercise facility with free fitness classes, a ball field for intra-Agilent softball, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee games, plus a walking path with Par Course exercise stations.
"People here love their jobs. I do not know of many other companies in my industry that have such a low turnover rate. The company treats the employees well and focuses on the importance of the work-life balance," another employee said.
The high-technology test and measurement equipment company has maintained its commitment to strong corporate citizenship.
Agilent employees are actively involved in the non-profit community with United Way Day of Caring projects, the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Social Advocates for Youth, the Northern California Center for Well-Being and the American Red Cross. The company partners with SRJC's MESA program and supports the annual Engineering Job Shadow Day.Video
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Scholarships, mentors and volunteers are provided for SSU's undergraduate engineering students, for after school hands-on science programs at the Kids Street Learning Center and at Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department locations.
Agilent employees are also actively involved with regional environmental organizations in quarterly volunteer projects, the National Engineers Week Foundation's annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," as well as with other non-profits serving youth.Kaiser Santa Rosa and Kaiser San Rafael Medical CentersSix-time winner
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NORTH BAY -- As the largest employer in the North Bay, Kaiser is a leader in a thriving regional health care industry that has brought over $15 billion in value and jobs to the San Francisco Bay Area in recent years, according to a recent report.
"Physicians and staff share a common vision and purpose to provide outstanding care and service to our members every day," an employee said.
"While we are challenged by the same economics affecting the state and our nation, we remain optimistic and focused on delivering quality care and excellent service," said Judy Coffey, senior vice president and regional manager.
She said Kaiser's physicians and employees have embraced a number of performance and service improvement projects in support of its goals of becoming the best place to work and the best place to receive health care. "The success of these projects has helped to sustain the morale of our employees."
All 4,500 employees in Santa Rosa and San Rafael participate in a free Employee Wellness Program that includes personal health assessments, health coaching, a walking club, exercise classes and wellness lectures.
"The Diversity Committee is one of our fastest growing interest groups," another employee said. "We hold monthly meetings and special events, such as an Art Fair and Salsa Tasting Contest, and also hear from guest speakers." Some 85 percent of Kaiser's upper management employees are minorities and women.