One of the things Denver residents love best about their city is that what you "do" might refer to skiing or boarding, rather than the 9-5 grind. But the grind is not a grind for everyone in Denver.
The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Colorado State Council, with other human resource associations and ColoradoBiz magazine, surveyed employees and employers to uncover the best places to work in Denver and elsewhere in Colorado. In Denver, these included:
Large Companies (over 250 employees)
Investment firm Edward Jones ranks highly in national surveys for investor statisfaction, and also for employment. In fact, Fortune magazine recently ranked the company No. 2 in its annual list of the 100 best companies to work for, and the business shows up consistently on Fortune's top ten.
The company withstood the recent recession, and managed to avoid laying off any employees, though it was forced to reduce expenses in other areas. Ten Edwards Jones branches are located in Denver.
Pinnacol Assurance provides workers' compensation coverage for Colorado companies. The company puts a strong emphasis on philanthropy. It boasts an Employee Giving Program that is a 100% match of employee donations to the Mile High United Way. They also have an employee-run volunteer program that supports six Colorado non-profits, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado and Junior Achievement.
Medium Companies (100-249 employees)
Sofware company ReadyTalk has made the list of one of the best places to work for several years in a row. The company provides audio and conferencing, along with recording and archiving services. As a software company, ReadyTalk values the creativity and talent of its employees. Benefts at ReadyTalk include 100% paid health, dental and vision insurance, and reimbursements for health club memberships. To keep the innovative vibe going, the office includes Wii's with Guitar Hero, an X-box 360 and weekly yoga classes.
PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Denver, is the parent company of PCL-owned contractors and construction companies across the U.S. The company has raked in a number of awards -- including a spot on Fortune's list of the top 100 companies to work for in the U.S. (PCL ranked 31st). The companies that are part of PCL Construction Enterprises offer services in commercial building, industrial construction and civil infrastructure. The company is 100% employee-owned.
Small Companies (25-99 employees)
Professional services firm Rothstein Kass offers accounting, auditing, tax services, and consulting services to private and public companies, high-net-worth individuals and families. The company's Denver office employs roughly 25 people, and focuses on audit and tax services to clients in the financial services industry. The company emphasizes professional growth, offering training opportunities and an entrepreneurial environment.
EffectiveUI, one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., is a user experience consulting, design and development firm. Their clientele includes well-known businesses like eBay, Adobe, and the Discovery Channel, and the owners are respected as experts in the field of website user interaction. Employees at EffectiveUI enjoy a flexible working schedule, a relaxed office environment, and the chance to work on a variety of projects.
For the full list of companies who made the Top Places to Work in Colorado list, visit ColoradoBiz.
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