Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & EmeryFIRST-TIME WINNER
SANTA ROSA -- This 91-year-old law firm has an open, positive and nurturing environment that fosters dialogue, and where everyone listens to divergent opinions.A year of milestones; how the winners were chosen; facts and figures of winners over the yearsBest Places to Work 2012 winner profiles20--50 employees51--100 employees101--250 employees251--500 employees501--1,000 employees1,001-plus employeesWinners: 20--50 employeesListed alphabeticallyAbbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & EmeryBank of NapaBKF EngineersBurr Pilger MayerCardno ERICodding EnterprisesDal Poggetto & Company LLPFrank Howard AllenFriedemann Goldberg LLPGhilotti Brothers, Inc.Ghirardo CPAHeffernan Insurance BrokersInn Marin & Rickey’sInnovative Business SolutionsM.A. Silva USA, Inc.Marizco Landscape Management, Inc.Metier, Ltd.Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma CountyO’Brien Watters & Davis, LLPPetaluma People Services CenterPlay-Well TEKnologiesPrivate Ocean Wealth ManagementQuattrocchi Kwok ArchitectsQuieTrack Insurance ServicesSchurter, Inc.Scott Technology Group Inc.Smith Dollar PCSummit EngineeringTLCD ArchitectureValley Tire & BrakeVantreo Insurance BrokerageVasyli, LLCWoodruff-Sawyer & Co.Wright Contracting, Inc.
According to one employee, "This is a very respected firm and excellent place to work with a top-notch team of attorneys who take the time to mentor younger attorneys."
CEO and President Richard W. Abbey said, "Everyone works hard advocating for our clients and has fun while doing it. Our team is more than workmates -- we are friends and genuinely care for each other. We throw great parties, too, and have an active, ongoing commitment to the community. Every trial victory is celebrated together by the entire firm."
Other employees said, "Every one of our 30 colleagues gets along. When a person is 'slammed,' someone will always offer to help. We all take pride in what we do. I feel fortunate to work with such great talent. We believe we are the best law firm in the county."Bank of NapaTHREE-TIME WINNER
NAPA -- "The family atmosphere at Bank of Napa always makes you feel welcome to be here and be yourself, which helps us be more productive," one staff member said.
"From executive management levels to staff levels, every employee has the ability to make a difference in our organization -- and they do make a difference," said Tom LeMasters, president and CEO.
Employees describe the company culture as friendly, relaxed, hard-working and efficient.
"We have great leaders who care and lead by example. Ours is a positive, flexible and fun workplace where management believes in the importance of family and the value of work--life balance. Happy families make happy employees and happy clients!"
When asked what makes your company great, an employee said, "The dedication and loyalty of my co-workers."
Another said it is due to the personal, caring attitude within the bank, and working as a team to meet goals. "Everyone is important here, staff as well as customers."BKF EngineersSECOND-TIME WINNER
SANTA ROSA -- BKF takes care of its employees by providing great benefits, free food, fun parties, companywide bonuses as well as profit sharing.
Staff members say career opportunities are very real. Most of BKF's principals started as entry-level engineers or interns, and most project managers were promoted from within.
"BKF is awarded many of the most sought-after, high-profile projects in the greater Bay Area, as we design the infrastructure for a sustainable future," President and CEO David LaVelle said. The company is based in Redwood City and has an office in Santa Rosa. "We encourage employees to achieve civil engineering excellence by being creative and innovative."