(Winners are listed by size category and then alphabetically by company name.)
More than 1,000 employees
How the winners were chosen
PDF of Best Places to Work special SectionAgilent TechnologiesFour-time winner
SANTA ROSA -- In addition to being a premier test and electronic measurement company, since 1972 Agilent has also been a leading Sonoma County employer with a world-class workforce that numbers nearly 1,200.
"We're always innovating and have a solid business model enabling us to provide leading-edge products with regard for the work-life balance," an employee said.
The company allows telecommuting when possible and the campus offers multiple amenities -- an exercise facility with free fitness classes, a field for softball, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee games, a walking path with a Par Course and an employee garden.
"Agilent is a great place to work primarily because of our resourceful, team-oriented, creative and highly skilled employees, "said Guy Sene, Electronic Measurement Group President. "Their dedication leads to our success. They care deeply about our community."
Employees are involved in environmental projects in parks, annual United Way Day of Caring projects (with nearly 370 volunteers participating) and a host of related activities with non-profits and schools.
Earlier this year Agilent announced a restructuring to balance its costs with incoming revenue that involved some layoffs and emphasis on contract and temporary workers.
An employee noted, "Management does what needs to be done -- with a high level of openness -- to keep our company going. We all pull together and figure out the best course of action and set priorities."Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical CenterEight-time winner
SAN RAFAEL -- "KP is a leader in healthcare reform under the new Affordable Care Act, and has become an example for the nation to follow," an employee said.
Continuous improvements are being made in San Rafael focusing on excellent patient care and employee satisfaction. There is a new parking structure, the Emergency Department is being remodeled and relocated, and technology is leveraged to meet tomorrow's needs.
"Our Healthy Community mission embodies our commitment to improve the health for all of the communities we serve," said Gary Mizono, M.D., Physician in Chief. "The pride and dedication of our 2,050 employees to this mission and the spirit of innovation help make our company great."
There is increased emphasis on preventative care; integrated, evidence-based medicine and aligning patient needs with organizational goals.
"KP is staying positive and communicating about our changing healthcare system and how that affects us. They engage the front-line staff, provide updates, value our input and involve us in decision-making in a Unit Based Team approach to improve efficiency and reduce costs."
Employees say, "With great care and concern for our members and employees, KP is on track and ready to move ahead. What haven't our managers dealt with? Everyone else tries to copy Kaiser's business model -- and that says a lot. We are adapting to not only survive, but to thrive, and to lead the way into the future of healthcare."Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical CenterEight-time winner
SANTA ROSA -- With a highly collaborative culture and a firm commitment to excellent care, Kaiser Santa Rosa's 2,450 employees see it as a customer focused, caring and flexible organization that truly respects diversity, and has a strong partnership with labor and management.