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Meet these special groups of winners:

Read about all the 2016 winners, listed alphabetically:

  1. Adobe Associates Inc.
  2. Arrow Benefits Group
  3. AUL Corp.
  4. Bank of Marin
  5. Bank of Napa
  6. Becoming Independent
  7. Best Collateral Inc.
  8. Beyers Costin Simon (first-time winner)
  9. BKF Engineers
  10. Boisset Collection
  11. BPM Inc.
  12. Bradley Real Estate
  13. Carlile Macy
  14. Chop’s Teen Club
  15. Coast Landscape Management
  16. Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
  17. Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
  18. Costeaux French Bakery
  19. Council on Aging Services for Seniors
  20. Dal Poggetto & Company LLP
  21. DH Wine Compliance
  22. Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty (first-time winner)
  23. Don Sebastiani & Sons
  24. DriveSavers Inc.
  25. EO Products
  26. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants
  27. Exchange Bank
  28. First American Home Buyers Protection
  29. First Community Bank
  30. Friedemann Goldberg LLP
  31. GC Micro
  32. George Petersen Insurance Agency
  33. Ghilotti Bros. Inc.
  34. Ghirardo CPA
  35. Goodwill Industries Redwood Empire
  36. Hanna Boys Center (first-time winner)
  37. Healdsburg Lumber Company (first-time winner)
  38. Health Services Integration Inc.
  39. Hogan Land Services Inc.
  40. Inn Marin and Rickey’s
  41. Jackson Family Wines
  42. Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center
  43. Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center
  44. Keysight Technologies
  45. Kiosk
  46. La Tortilla Factory
  47. LEMO USA
  48. Linkenheimer LLP
  49. M.A. Silva USA
  50. Mengali Accountancy
  51. Midstate Construction
  52. Mike’s Bikes
  53. Moss Adams LLP
  54. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County
  55. Nova Group Inc.
  56. O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP
  57. Oliver’s Markets (first-time winner)
  58. Parkpoint Health Clubs
  59. Pepperwood
  60. Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP
  61. Petaluma Health Center Inc.
  62. Petaluma People Services Center
  63. Pisenti & Brinker LLP
  64. Private Ocean
  65. PsychStrategies Inc. (first-time winner)
  66. Raptor Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  67. Redwood Credit Union
  68. Redwood Empire Schools Insurance Group (RESIG)
  69. Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
  70. Schurter Inc.
  71. Scott Technology Group Inc.
  72. Sequoia Senior Solutions
  73. Smith Dollar PC
  74. Social Advocates For Youth
  75. Solairus Aviation (first-time winner)
  76. SOMO Village
  77. Sonic
  78. Sonoma Technology Inc.
  79. St. Francis Winery and Vineyards
  80. Star Staffing
  81. Summit Engineering Inc.
  82. Summit State Bank
  83. Terra Firma Global Partners
  84. Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship
  85. The Hitmen Termite and Pest Control Inc.
  86. The Republic of Tea
  87. Top Speed Data Communications (first-time winner)
  88. Valley Tire & Brake of Santa Rosa Inc.
  89. Vantreo Insurance Brokerage
  90. VinoPro
  91. Vionic Group LLC
  92. Volt Workforce Solutions
  93. W. Bradley Electric Inc.
  94. Whistlestop
  95. Woodruff Sawyer & Co.
  96. Workrite Ergonomics (first-time winner)
  97. WRA Inc.
  98. YWCA Sonoma County (first-time winner)

Welcome to the North Bay Business Journal’s 11th Best Places to Work special section recognizing 98 companies and organizations from across the North Bay.

The recipients, who will be recognized at an awards reception Sept. 29, include 10 first-time winners: Beyers Costin Simon PC, Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty, Hanna Boys Center, Healdsburg Lumber Company, Oliver’s Markets, PsychStrategies, Inc., Solairius Aviation, Top Speed Data, Workrite Ergonomics, and YWCA Sonoma County.

A special congratulations goes to the 11-time winners: Burr Pilger Mayer, Exchange Bank, First Community Bank, Ghirardo CPA, Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa Medical Center and San Rafael Medical Center, Redwood Credit Union and Valley Tire & Brake. These are eight very special organizations. To be selected any year is an achievement. To do so for 11 consecutive years is testimony to the enduring strength of these organizations.

This award started out humbly in 2006 with 24 winners. The concept was to recognize exceptional employers and highlight the best workplace practices.

This year’s recipients represent nearly 17,000 employees from a broad range of industries. More than 8,000 employee surveys were completed, a record.

Over these 11 years, we have learned that the award is important. But the award itself is only part of Best Places to Work.

The larger, long-term value is in the anonymous feedback of employees. Used expertly, this feedback can tell an organization where it is doing well and where it might improve.

And the designation can be an invaluable tool for employee attraction and retention.

On behalf of our co-hosts, Nelson, Exchange Bank and Kaiser Permanente, as well as our presenting sponsor Trope Group, congratulations to our winners.

HOW THE WINNERS WERE SELECTED

Companies selected as Best Places to Work in the North Bay were analyzed by the editorial staff of the Business Journal on the basis of several criteria, including the employer application, the survey ratings by employees, the number of responses, size of the company, the breakdown of responses from management and non-management as well as written comments by employees. In all, 98 winners emerged from throughout the North Bay. More than 8,000 employee surveys were submitted.

Nominations for Best Places to Work in the North Bay were sought starting in March. Anyone within a company can nominate their business by completing a simple form. A minimum of 15 employees was required. Nominated companies were then contacted by the Business Journal and invited to submit a company application and to ask employees to complete an online survey.

The survey was set up through Survey Monkey, a widely used online polling service. Companies had about four weeks in June and July to complete the application and survey, for which a minimum number of responses was required, depending on company size. After an analysis of the employer application and online responses, the winners were selected and announced Aug. 17. Winners will be honored at a reception Sept. 29.

BY THE NUMBERS

PARTICIPATION20162015201420132012201120102009200820072006
Survey responses (approx.) 8,095 7,526 7,005 6,028 6483 4974 4,800 4,500 5,000 3,800 3,400
Winners 98 103 88 75 73 67 55 55 57 43 24
WINNER GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION20162015201420132012201120102009200820072006
Sonoma 75 76 64 54 51 47 36 39 43 30 18
Marin 19 21 16 15 17 15 13 12 11 11 4
Napa 4 6 7 5 4 5 7 5 3 2 2
Solano 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mendocino 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SIZE DISTRIBUTION20162015201420132012201120102009200820072006
15 to 50 47 50 45 38 33 33 27 25 26 21 12
51 to 100 21 21 17 13 18 16 16 12 14 9 5
101 to 500 25 28 23 20 17 16 11 17 15 9 5
More than 500 5 4 3 4 5 2 1 1 2 4 2
REPEAT WINNERS20162015201420132012201120102009200820072006
11-time winners 8 8
10-time winners 5 8
Nine-time winners 9 5 8
Eight-time winners 3 10 5 8
Seven-time winners 9 4 10 8 8
Six-time winners 11 9 5 11 10 7
Five-time winners 6 11 10 6 10 10 8
Four-time winners 7 8 13 11 10 na na na
Three-time winners 13 9 9 11 10 10 11 14 13
Two-time winners 17 15 11 8 16 12 10 13 18 17
One-time winners 10 21 21 13 12 15 15 18 26 26 24

Meet these special groups of winners:

Read about all the 2016 winners, listed alphabetically:

  1. Adobe Associates Inc.
  2. Arrow Benefits Group
  3. AUL Corp.
  4. Bank of Marin
  5. Bank of Napa
  6. Becoming Independent
  7. Best Collateral Inc.
  8. Beyers Costin Simon (first-time winner)
  9. BKF Engineers
  10. Boisset Collection
  11. BPM Inc.
  12. Bradley Real Estate
  13. Carlile Macy
  14. Chop’s Teen Club
  15. Coast Landscape Management
  16. Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
  17. Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
  18. Costeaux French Bakery
  19. Council on Aging Services for Seniors
  20. Dal Poggetto & Company LLP
  21. DH Wine Compliance
  22. Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty (first-time winner)
  23. Don Sebastiani & Sons
  24. DriveSavers Inc.
  25. EO Products
  26. EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants
  27. Exchange Bank
  28. First American Home Buyers Protection
  29. First Community Bank
  30. Friedemann Goldberg LLP
  31. GC Micro
  32. George Petersen Insurance Agency
  33. Ghilotti Bros. Inc.
  34. Ghirardo CPA
  35. Goodwill Industries Redwood Empire
  36. Hanna Boys Center (first-time winner)
  37. Healdsburg Lumber Company (first-time winner)
  38. Health Services Integration Inc.
  39. Hogan Land Services Inc.
  40. Inn Marin and Rickey’s
  41. Jackson Family Wines
  42. Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center
  43. Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center
  44. Keysight Technologies
  45. Kiosk
  46. La Tortilla Factory
  47. LEMO USA
  48. Linkenheimer LLP
  49. M.A. Silva USA
  50. Mengali Accountancy
  51. Midstate Construction
  52. Mike’s Bikes
  53. Moss Adams LLP
  54. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County
  55. Nova Group Inc.
  56. O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP
  57. Oliver’s Markets (first-time winner)
  58. Parkpoint Health Clubs
  59. Pepperwood
  60. Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP
  61. Petaluma Health Center Inc.
  62. Petaluma People Services Center
  63. Pisenti & Brinker LLP
  64. Private Ocean
  65. PsychStrategies Inc. (first-time winner)
  66. Raptor Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  67. Redwood Credit Union
  68. Redwood Empire Schools Insurance Group (RESIG)
  69. Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
  70. Schurter Inc.
  71. Scott Technology Group Inc.
  72. Sequoia Senior Solutions
  73. Smith Dollar PC
  74. Social Advocates For Youth
  75. Solairus Aviation (first-time winner)
  76. SOMO Village
  77. Sonic
  78. Sonoma Technology Inc.
  79. St. Francis Winery and Vineyards
  80. Star Staffing
  81. Summit Engineering Inc.
  82. Summit State Bank
  83. Terra Firma Global Partners
  84. Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship
  85. The Hitmen Termite and Pest Control Inc.
  86. The Republic of Tea
  87. Top Speed Data Communications (first-time winner)
  88. Valley Tire & Brake of Santa Rosa Inc.
  89. Vantreo Insurance Brokerage
  90. VinoPro
  91. Vionic Group LLC
  92. Volt Workforce Solutions
  93. W. Bradley Electric Inc.
  94. Whistlestop
  95. Woodruff Sawyer & Co.
  96. Workrite Ergonomics (first-time winner)
  97. WRA Inc.
  98. YWCA Sonoma County (first-time winner)

TOP-SCORING COMPANIES IN THEIR SIZE CATEGORIES

15 to 50: The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

51 to 100: Terra Firma Global Partners

101 to 250: AUL Corp

251 to 500: Bradley Real Estate

More than 500: Jackson Family Wines

CONTEST BENCHMARK DATES

Call for nominations: March 21

Deadline for nominations: April 25

Employee and company survey period: May 18–July 11

Winners selected, notified: Aug. 8

Winners reception: Sept. 29

EMPLOYEE SURVEY

Employees in the 2016 Best Places to Work survey were asked the following questions in an anonymous online survey:

Please rate the following statements on a scale of 1-5

1 = Never – Strongly disagree
2 = Sometimes – Disagree
3 = Regularly – I neither agree nor disagree
4 = Frequently – Agree
5 = Always – Strongly agree

Credibility

  • Management keeps me informed about important issues and changes.
  • Actions are taken consistent with the vision and promises of the company.
  • Communications are open and accessible and suggestions are taken seriously.
  • Respect
  • Management involves people in decisions that affect their jobs or work environment.
  • I am offered training and development to further myself professionally.
  • Individuals’ differences and personal lives are acknowledged and respected.
  • I understand the company’s plans for future success.

Fairness

  • There is a fair system for hiring, promotions and assignment of projects.
  • Employees are rewarded equally for their work.
  • My pay rate and benefits compensation are fair for my position in my industry.
  • A process exists for complaints/suggestions to be addressed without retaliation.

Pride

  • I take pride in my individual contribution to the company.
  • I take pride in the work produced by my team/work group.
  • I take pride in my company’s products/services and standing in the community.
  • The workplace culture encourages innovation and contribution.
  • I would like to be working at this organization one year from today.

Camaraderie

  • I feel I am able to be myself at work.
  • There is a socially friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the office.
  • My immediate coworkers consistently go the extra mile to achieve great results.
  • I experience a sense of “family” or “team” with my co-workers.

Additional questions

  • What makes your company great?
  • What could be done to improve the workplace at your company?
  • Family Friendliness
  • What makes your organization family friendly?
  • What could your organization do to improve its family friendliness?