Bank of MarinSIX-TIME WINNERA 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 employees101--250 employeeslisted alphabeticallyBank of MarinColdwell Banker Brokers of the ValleyCommunity Child Care Council of Sonoma CountyEmbassy Suites Hotel - San RafaelFirst American Home Buyers Protection CorporationIDEX Health & ScienceLa Tortilla FactoryPetaluma Health CenterREACH Air Medical ServicesSequoia Senior SolutionsSonic.netW. Bradley Electric, Inc.
NOVATO -- "Our mission is to provide legendary service, both to our customers and each other," said President and CEO Russell Colombo.
"We foster a sense of trust and accountability in all of our relationships. During the downturn, some of our customers had more challenges than we had. We worked closely with them, particularly from the loan side, to be flexible and accommodating. Their success is ours."
In the words of one employee, "What makes us great is the fact that all offices, branches and employees work in harmony. Managers keep us updated and informed."
Bank of Marin partners with hundreds of local nonprofits, schools and civic organizations and proudly reports that its employees volunteer over 8,000 hours a year.
"The bank takes a high-road approach by investing in employees, which may cost a little more in the short term, but will bring a much greater benefit in the future -- as well as increased employee satisfaction in the present," an employee said.Coldwell Banker Brokers of the ValleyTWO-TIME WINNER
NAPA -- Satisfied employees stay with a company for the long term. More than 55 percent of the Coldwell Banker team has been with the company for more than 10 years -- about 63 of the firm's 130 agents.
"During the recession, broker-owner Carolyn Roberts and I carefully monitored and reduced expenses without cutting support services to our agents," said General Manager Robin Rose. "At the same time, we enhanced in-service education for sales associates enabling them to continue to be the best in this challenging market."
Employees said the training and materials are always top quality. "We are at the front end of any changes in the industry before any of our competitors."
Management--employee relations are first rate. "They are fair in their decisions and treat us like partners, not the help. Our managers invite and implement suggestions from agents on a continuous basis. Regardless of the pressure of a situation, the response is calm and thoughtful, and we have a lot of fun too," employees said.Community Child Care Council of Sonoma CountyTWO-TIME WINNER
SANTA ROSA -- The nonprofit known as 4Cs, now in its 40th year, has 111 dedicated employees providing accessible and affordable child care at 11 centers and preschool locations in Sonoma County.
"Managers are very sympathetic to the budget situation and how it affects our jobs. They seek ways to save money so they do not have to cut jobs or hours," an employee said.
Melanie Dodson, executive director, said, "As champions for children, parents and the child care provider community, we are passionate about early childhood education."
"We constantly keep our people informed as we wait for information about state budget reductions. Meanwhile, we continue to advocate for our programs with state legislators and try to find free training resources for our staff."