You might be familiar with the Fortune 100 Best Companies to work for list that Fortune Magazine publishes once a year. The Denver Post is not as widely distributed as Fortune Magazine, but the DP has also published a similar list of good companies to work for here in the Denver Metro Area. The nice thing on this list is that it also lists many smaller companies – not just Billion Dollar companies. The Denver Post list separates companies between large employers, Midsize Employers and of course Small Employers.
For the list of large companies there are many well-known names like IHS Inc., Hyatt Regency, Panera Bread, DaVita Inc and SunFlower Farmers Market. Companies that made the Fortune 100 list of best companies to work for a few years ago are missing completely. As an example CH2M HILL was on the Fortune 100 list many many times, but apparently has not made the cut anymore (or not enough employees cared to vote for their employer). But the list also shows companies you might not have heard about. Anadarko Petroleum is listed on the #1 spot – when I asked around among friends and family nobody had heard of this company before. In addition, there are several local and Federal entities listed as well.
On the list of midsize companies you can also find many well known companies. Agilent Technologies, ViaWest, Molson Coors, and Microsoft are just a few of the well-known companies on that list. However, many companies on this list are locally owned or are just simply less known. As an example companies on this list you might have not heard about are Oscar Blues Brewery, Martin/Martin Inc., Colorado Access, or Swingle Lawn Tree & Landscape.
The list of great small companies to work for is long. I am very glad to hear that many smaller companies are actually really taking good care of their employees and that it is not always the big players you would have to look at if you want to work for a great company. There are many great small companies that are great to work for here in Denver. Here are a few names to check out: ReadyTalk, Boa Technology Inc., SpotXchange, Shotathome.com, Tendril, and quite a few more.
All companies on the different lists offer special benefits or a really great and caring work environment that earned them a name on the list. I remember seeing the option to vote for employers on the Denver Post website over the last few months. While I did not fill out any of the voting forms, I am sure many other people actually did. Perks and benefits often include free food, occasional tickets to local sports events like the Colorado Rockies. Some companies have an in-house gym or offer free gym memberships. Others are extremely flexible with how employees work. Tele-commuting, or 4 days work week arangements are just some of those items to mention. However, one of the most often mentioned items is that many of the top employers try to provide a work environment that is fun to work in. After all, work is work, but if work is a little more like fun employees are way more productive.
Source: Denver Post