(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 SectionAccuchex Payroll Management ServicesFive-time winner
NOVATO -- The owners of Accuchex's understand that a diverse employee base is a powerful resource representing a wide range of experience, educational and ethnic backgrounds.
"Our company culture is one of respect and support of an environment that fosters professionalism and personal growth," said CEO Leslie Ruhland. "We strive for higher standards and are committed to our core values."
Employees say the firm encourages participation and suggestions regarding the future direction of the company and the products it offers.
"There is an open-door policy when it comes to discussing issues and ideas with management that is highly regarded," an employee said.
Another staffer noted that Accuchex's greatness is due to its high tech/high touch relationship with its clients.
"The company is operated by a hands-on management group prepared to roll up its sleeves at any time and resolve both client and staff needs whenever needed."
During challenging times, the firm chose to retain its long-term staff in all departments so as the economy begins to accelerate it would be well positioned to bring in new business effectively and affordably.
The firm joins the American Payroll Association in celebrating professional recognition of its staff through National Payroll Week events and by providing free company lunches more than once a month. Adobe Associates, Inc.Two-time winner
SANTA ROSA -- This family-oriented company has put employees and clients first throughout its 30-year history of providing professional civil engineering and land surveying services.
"The owners makes the office environment enjoyable while encouraging excellence, pride, respect and teamwork," an employee said. "There is great cohesion among the staff. We have excellent leadership and caring management."
President and CEO David Brown believes each individual staff member is as important as clients.
The company fosters a fun and friendly environment with parking lot barbecues and lunchtime pizza, a Christmas party, group trips to SF Giants baseball games, a beer brewing contest, summer picnic and Sonoma County Fair days.
"Our leaders go beyond the norm by letting employees balance their family lives and work responsibilities. They offer us an alternative Friday off work schedule, and also allow us to make up time or take advantage of part-time schedules," an employee said. "The people here are genuine, the real deal. No egos."
Adobe Associates' supports Rebuilding Together, United Way, the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Petaluma and Santa Rosa, Peanuts on Parade, the Santa Rosa Chamber, Cardinal Newman High School, the Active 20/30 Club and the North Bay Chapters of the CLSA and ACEC.Bank of NapaFour-time winner
NAPA -- "Great people with great attitudes" is the key differentiator for Bank of Napa, along with its commitment to investing in its staff through educational opportunities and community involvement.
"Everyone is proud of our bank and wants to do what it takes to make it succeed," an employee observed. "We all have great pride in our work and a vested interest in the success of our company."
Tom McMasters, president and CEO, echoes this sentiment. "What makes our company great is having one of the best and most experienced teams of banking employees in the North Bay."
Employees say management "Talks openly about the challenges we face and doesn't shy away from the issues. They are always willing to change and receptive to our input. Being informed helps us stay ahead of the curve."
The culture at Bank of Napa is characterized as hard working, friendly and caring with support from the top when it comes to personal issues.
"Each person wears several hats and is willing to assist each other. We stay involved in many community events that help us build existing relationships and acquire new ones," another employee added.Burr Pilger MayerEight-time winner
SANTA ROSA -- This eight-time Best Places to Work winner is proud of its collegial team atmosphere -- one that supports each other's achievements, and provides resources to keep employees healthy and happy.
"This is a workplace where you can be yourself. No matter what your level is in the firm, everyone is treated with respect. It's like-minded people that make BPM an amazing place to work. There are a lot of smart, collaborative people here with a clear vision," employees said.