The 2012 list: top 33 small 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 small size category is comprised of the top 33  highest-scoring companies with 15-34 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 small size category is comprised of the top 33  highest-scoring companies with 15-34 Oregon employees.


 

SMALL COMPANIES — 15-34 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
14Rose City MortgagePortlandRenee Spears
President
15
15
Mortgage broker480.6
62.1
542.75

No. 1 Small Company: Rose City Mortgage

It’s been a tough road over the past few years in the industry that this Portland company specializes in. But employees here never thought twice about getting through it together, as a team — and they have. They can telecommute 100 percent of the time if they choose, and monthly company meetings have been described as more life therapy sessions than business meetings. Rose City Mortgage also banded together for a weight loss competition last year that donated $5 to the Oregon Food Bank for every pound lost. Says one employee, “We constantly pay it forward, looking for ways to help others.”

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SMALL COMPANIES — 15-34 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
26Boly:Welch Recruiting & ConsultingPortlandDiane Boly and Pat Welch
Partners
24
24
Recruiting and consulting460.0
76.2
536.21

No. 2 Small Company: Boly:Welch Recruiting & Consulting

Forget about the casual Fridays, the sponsored Hood to Coast relay team, the company tab at the nearby Baskin Robbins shop, and the on-site napping lounge. Those may all be great perks, but what employees seem to really appreciate about this Portland’s Boly:Welch is its family-friendly atmosphere, its flexible schedules, and its attention to work-life balance. “The balance of work and life is supported and helps us all to work at our most effective and efficient levels,” says one employee.

 

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SMALL COMPANIES — 15-34 OREGON EMPLOYEES
RANK ’12’11COMPANYCITY / HEADQUARTERSOREGON SENIOR EXECUTIVE / TITLEEMPLOYEES OR/TOTALDESCRIPTIONSCORE EMPLOYEE/ EMPLOYERTOTAL SCORE
33Point BPortland
Seattle
Dylan Moxness
Practice Director
33
432
Management consulting firm469.8
65.5
535.31

No. 3 Small Company: Point B

Believe it or not, this Portland management consulting company offers its employees no paid vacation time or holidays — and the employees seem to love it. That’s because this company believes so firmly in flexibility that associates get paid only for the time they work, so there is no arbitrary limit to how much time off they can take. “I’ve never worked anywhere that was as committed to helping employees realize what the work-life balance means to them individually,” says one employee.

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The small size category of Oregon Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list is comprised of the top 33 highest-scoring companies with 15 to 34 Oregon employees. Winning companies this year ranged from Aim High Academy of Martial Arts to Hitachi Consulting to Pop Art. The list contains quality information on the 100 Best Companies in Oregon, answering questions such as:

 

  • How well does recruiting and staffing company Northwest Staffing Resources take care of its own employees?
  • What do Washington Trust Bank employees think about their job compared to Clatsop Community Bank employees?
  • How do Employment Trends employees feel about their company’s compensation fairness and adequacy?

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