The 2012 list: top 34 medium companies to work for in Oregon


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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 19 this year with more than 14,000 employees participating. The medium size category is comprised of the top 34 highest-scoring companies with 35-99 Oregon employees.

 

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 19 this year with more than 14,000 employees participating. Oregon Business research editor Brandon Sawyer and DHM Research calculated the rankings based on employee surveys and a benefits report from each company.

The medium size category is comprised of the top 34 highest-scoring companies with 35-99 Oregon employees.


 

MEDIUM COMPANIES — 35-99 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
12Slalom ConsultingPortland
Seattle
Damian Smith
GM
47
1,560
Management and technology consulting485.1
71.8
556.91

No. 1 Medium Company: Slalom Consulting

Offering a generous 4-week paid sabbatical after just three years on the job, this Portland business technology consulting firm has a range of perks that help bolster the firm’s reputation as a great place to work. Among them: a cash bonus tenure program, $2,000 a year for external training, an annual summertime retreat for employees and their significant others, and regular social events like bowling.

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MEDIUM COMPANIES — 35-99 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
21Microsoft Corp.Portland
Redmond, Wash.
Chris Preston
Regional Sales Director
50
98,000
Software company453.6
85.0
538.54

No. 2 Medium Company: Microsoft Corp.

Every year Microsoft office cafes recycle 10,000 gallons of cooking grease into biodiesel, and in 2011, the entire company donated $844 million worth of software to nearly 47,000 nonprofits. Here in Oregon, such social and environmental support repeatedly wins kudos from employees. Says one, “We work in a gorgeous office with a beautiful view in a LEED building. We have an annual giving campaign where our money is matched dollar-for-dollar, and organizations we donate time to receive $17 an hour for the time we spend with them. It’s amazing.”

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MEDIUM COMPANIES — 35-99 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
32Ruby ReceptionistsPortlandJill Nelson
CEO
53
53
Virtual receptionist company467.6
69.9
537.53

No. 3 Medium Company: Ruby Receptionists

Employees gush about this virtual receptionist company. One calls it “not just an employer, but a life support for our clients as well as our employees.” Another seems absolutely infatuated: “We are all so happy,” she says, “so well cared for, so stimulated and so head over heals in love with the place that we work that we’re this big circle of love and happiness.” The praise doesn’t come without substance. Ruby is known for its supportive and creative atmosphere, its stellar customer service, and encouraging employees in their interests outside of the workplace, whether that be singing in a band or tending to a family.

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MEDIUM COMPANIES — 35-99 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
411Jibe ConsultingPortlandShane Moncrieff
President
44
61
IT managment and consulting452.5
68.0
520.46

No. 4 Medium Company: Jibe Consulting

While some companies in this sector place their employees out in the field, far from home, this Portland management and technology consultancy makes every effort to keep its people close to home. And that makes a big difference to many of this firm’s workers. “They work hard to hire and keep people as close to their homes, families and community as possible,” says one. Employees here also like the team atmosphere, the support they receive and the unique way the company gets its business done.

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The medium size category of Oregon Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list is comprised of the top 34 highest-scoring companies with 35-99 Oregon employees. Winning companies this year ranged from Pacific Benefit Consultants to Elemental Technologies to Emerick Construction Co. The list contains quality information on the 100 Best Companies in Oregon, answering questions such as:

 

  • How does Fortis Construction rank as a Portland general contractor?
  • Where does Springfield/Portland insurance agency KPD Insurance rank compared to Eugene insurance agency Pacific Benefit Consultants?
  • How do Urban Airship’s employee benefits fare?

 

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