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California Water Service Group (Cal Water) Is Proud to Be Named a Top Workplace in the Bay Area for the Sixth Year in a Row Now!

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alifornia Water Service (Cal Water) is honored to be named a Top Workplace in the Bay Area for the sixth year in a row! Cal Water has the best employees in the industry. Our employees take great pride in providing reliable, high-quality water around the clock, and they are always willing to go the extra mile for our customers.

Hear what some of our employees have to say: •

[Cal Water] truly cares about doing the right thing for customer and employees. They go above and beyond what an employer should do and always strive to improve. This job helps me grow as a person. They show appreciation to employees.

At Cal Water, we believe in providing a supportive atmosphere for our employees and providing them with the tools they need to realize their potential and career goals. We know that an investment in our employees is an investment for the future success of our company.

My job challenges me to be successful, allows me to grow and develop, and gives me the commitment to teach others.

We have a great officer team that sets a clear vision for the future, fully engages the employees, and helps us to be our best.

I am encouraged and trusted to work independently. When problems occur, my manager and coworkers work together to solve problems regardless of fault.

[My company] constantly challenges me and offers the opportunity for me to keep growing professionally. [Yet], it gives me the worklife balance that I need.

I love my job because it fits who I am outside of work. I [oversee] all employees in our district. The variety of tasks keeps me challenged, and enables me to find creative ways to help everyone stay organized in their daily tasks.

I am surrounded by a supportive team. Management is supportive of ideas to improve programs. I am challenged in a healthy [manner], which makes the job interesting, but not overly stressful.

I love this company. There is a genuine feeling that you are cared for here at Cal Water.

At Cal Water, we believe that in order to fulfill our promise of quality, service, and value to our customers, communities, and stockholders, we must facilitate an environment for our employees where they are afforded a safe workplace, opportunities for professional development, transparent communication, and an experience where they feel valued. What makes working at Cal Water special? Our employee development program offers the chance for our employees to learn about roles outside of their own jobs, which helps them make educated decisions about their career path with the company. Our employees also have the opportunity to collaborate and solve challenges that affect all of our service areas throughout the state. These practices, along with a comprehensive benefits package, help keep retention rates at Cal Water high. Cal Water is also committed to making good things happen in our service areas, and our employees are part of making that positive difference in their local communities. Employees are encouraged to be involved in the community, both here and abroad. Whether it’s taking the time to raise money for a local charity or donating time to build a well for clean water in a developing country, our employees are connected to their communities at home and globally.

• [I enjoy] getting the chance to be a part of something meaningful and very important to the communities we serve.

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Learn what makes these TOP WORKPLACES:) so amazing BY ANDY COFFARO

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t’s time to sneak a peek at what it’s like to work at a Top Workplace here in the Bay Area. This year’s talented crop of winners includes a storied NFL franchise, financial institutions, automobile dealerships, school districts and more. No matter what product or service they provide, or who their target markets are, these companies have fostered compassionate and nurturing cultures that result in happy and hardworking employees. As the first major-league professional sports team to be based in San Francisco over 70 years ago, the San Francisco 49ers organization embodies what it means to be a leader on and off the field. “Receiving this recognition is a testament to the daily efforts and pride every member of the 49ers family takes in their contributions to the organization, Levi’s Stadium and the greater Bay Area,” said 49ers President Al Guido. “I’m so proud of our players, alumni and staff for their dedication to making the franchise a Top Workplace.” AvalonBay Communities Inc. focuses on creating better ways to live not only for its residents, but also for its associates. There is a commitment to integrity and doing the right thing while striving to ensure that all associates feel that they matter and are a part of the team.

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To become a Top Workplace, BKF Engineers commits and invests in its employees as much as it commits and invests in the company. The culture promotes a positive working environment that allows individuals to be

themselves and grow extensively both professionally and personally. One of Northern California’s largest independent


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CD & Power

generator service organizations, CD & Power, focuses on attracting and motivating great employees. They foster a team atmosphere, set high expectations for one another, and provide encouragement and resources. They recognize the honor of being named a Top Workplace for the third consecutive year and know a great deal of the credit belongs to its employees.

creates a work atmosphere that strives not only to attain awards and accolades, but also to help people realize their potential, achieve their dreams and make a difference in the world.

Collaborative Solutions focuses on enhancing its culture above all else. The company continually strives to maintain a culture of innovation, empowerment and accountability that leads to a great employee retention rate, which in turn results in more stable projects and satisfied customers.

The physicians and management team at Diablo Valley Oncology Hematology Medical Group understand that to provide the best care for its patients, it must first provide the best for its employees. In fact, employees have stated that their jobs make them feel like they are a part of something meaningful. Over at Dialpad Inc., they believe work is a thing employees do and not a place they simply go to each day. Through various team-building outings, employees always know they are cared for and appreciated and that their voices are heard.

Whether an employee works in the office or at a bedside, Hospice by the Bay values how important it is for patients and families to feel listened to and supported. As team members, they also bring that level of regard and support to one another. Proud to be ranked again as a Top Workplace in the Bay Area, Charles Schwab’s purpose is to champion every client’s goal with passion and integrity — a purpose embraced by its employees across the organization. With aspirations to be the most trusted leader in investing services, the company makes recruiting and retaining great employees a priority.

Employees at ENGEO Inc. are passionate about what they do and love to share their knowledge while serving others. This is due in large part because the company

Workplace enjoyment at Clari begins with CEO and cofounder Andy Byrne. A people person by nature, Andy’s passion for his company, employees, customers and a constant display of infectious showmanship inspire those around him.

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Corvus Pharmaceuticals believes that creating and maintaining a healthy and inspiring workplace culture starts at the top. CEO Richard Miller is known for his deep knowledge, passion and down-to-earth personality. He promotes communication and the sharing of information while encouraging his employees to do the same. Shaun and Kevan Del Grande of Del Grande Dealer Group are proud of the family atmosphere the company has created to help it achieve Top Workplace honors for the seventh year in a row. The company embraces a “work hard, play hard” mindset that has resulted in one of the best places to work in the Bay Area. Continued on page 7

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TOP WORKPLACES 2017 WINNERS

LARGE COMPANIES

In this survey, large companies have 500 or more employees.

LARGE COMPANIES

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Workday Inc. | Pleasanton NVIDIA Corporation | Santa Clara Stryker Endoscopy | San Jose Rosendin Electric Inc. | San Jose

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Arista Networks | Santa Clara Del Grande Dealer Group | San Jose Fremont Bank | Fremont Charles Schwab | San Francisco

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Seneca Family of Agencies | Oakland Capital One | San Francisco Pet Food Express | Oakland Synaptics Inc. | San Jose Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Palo Alto Livermore Valley Joint UniďŹ ed School District | Livermore WORLDPAC Inc. | Newark


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Collaborative Solutions

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Intacct Corporation said of making the list, “It’s a true honor to be named a Top Workplace for seven consecutive years now. It’s validation of the hard work, dedication and commitment our employees give every day to ensure our customers are satisfied.”

In addition to offering competitive salaries, excellent benefits, retirement plans and more, Stanford Federal Credit Union employees embrace the opportunities to make a real difference in customers’ lives by serving their needs both at work and through community-event participation.

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District celebrates its employees’ passions, dedication and hard work while also taking pride in creating world-class opportunities for its students. Team members work together to empower the next generation of global citizens and to transform the students of today into the world leaders of tomorrow. At MedData, a passion for excellence is driven by a commitment to delivering industry-leading and patientfocused revenue-cycle management solutions to clients. The company also promotes a work environment where employees feel engaged, appreciated and know they’re making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Periscope Data prides itself on being a company of optimistic, respectful and cheerful people. They share each other’s victories while learning and growing together. The company achieved Top Workplace status by providing an atmosphere that’s inclusive, welcoming, collaborative, optimistic and relentlessly focused on helping every single employee succeed. The success of Plethora comes from its employees’ personal and professional commitment to creative collaboration. Their goals of making smarter design tools and manufacturing processes are clearly reflected in the company culture.

This is the third year of being named a Top Workplace for Wrike Inc., and the company feels a great sense of pride in receiving this honor — especially in a region so rich with companies committed to building amazing workplaces.

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Workday Inc., co-founder and CEO Aneel Bhusri said, “We firmly believe a strong employee-first culture is the key to our success. Our culture empowers our employees to achieve their organizational objectives, give their personal best and work together as a team.” There’s no secret to the success over at Webdam: They simply combine a great product, some of the best coworkers in Silicon Valley and a smorgasbord of fun into one wonderful workplace.

Plethora

For its part, Wind River Systems Inc. believes a Top Workplace provides a culture that fosters collaboration and innovation, as well as creating an atmosphere where people enjoy coming to work. As you can see, Top Workplaces come in all types of different shapes and sizes, but each provides its employees with incredible opportunities both inside and outside the office. TWP

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Thank you for Naming Us a Top Workplace in the Bay Area! Success takes a team of talented and committed people who believe the work we do for our clients can make a real difference in their lives. Our people are driven by a simple purpose, to champion our clients’ goals with passion and integrity. Our spirit of service fosters employee engagement as well as client loyalty, making Schwab a special place to work.

During Schwab Volunteer Week in May 2017, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz (center), president of Charles Schwab Foundation, with Schwab employees Jeri Ellison-Beauford and Kris Anest, Schwab’s 2017 Outstanding Community Service award winners, at San Francisco’s Boys & Girls Club of Visitacion Valley. (0517-7AF8) (Photo by Orange Photography)

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t Schwab, we believe in the power of investing, which helps turn earners into owners. Great outcomes in any aspect of life require engagement and we believe investing can be truly transformative when people actively engage and work collaboratively with the right investment services firm. Since day one, we’ve helped our clients take ownership of their financial futures. That means seeing the world through their eyes and keeping that perspective at the heart of everything we do.

Schwab’s culture of service extends beyond its clients into local communities. During the company’s annual Volunteer Week in May 2017, Schwab volunteers prepare and serve a meal at St. Anthony Foundation, whose mission is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, and lift the spirits of those in need. (0517-7GZV) (Photo by Orange Photography)

This perspective guides our actions and behaviors as a company. It’s how we disrupt the status quo on behalf of our clients – the individual investors, independent advisors, employees and others we serve – and how we challenge long-held assumptions about products, services and solutions.

Life at Schwab is inclusive – a place where people with different interests and different backgrounds can work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. We are a driven team, dedicated to building and maintaining a dynamic organization and culture, in a team-oriented, collegial environment, that reflects the individual strengths of every person who is part of the company. Through diversity we gain a wider range of perspectives and experiences, which benefits everyone and helps us see through clients’ eyes. We are committed to the health and well-being of our team members, their families, and the communities in which we live and work. Being recognized as a great place to work is very important to us, and we are very proud to again be named a Bay Area Top Workplace – for the fifth year in a row. We are also proud to have received the Gallup Great Workplace Award for five consecutive years, to have been recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality (100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index since 2004), and to be recognized as one of the FORTUNE “World’s Most Admired Companies®” 2016.

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Our modern approach makes us different. Our people make us better.

At Schwab, we’re in the business of people. We’re driven by the challenge of helping people take ownership of their financial future. Join our team and you’ll not only change lives every day, you’ll get to work with great people while you do it. To join our incredible team at Schwab visit aboutschwab.com/careers.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Employees give back with enthusiasm BY ANDY COFFARO

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pproximately $4 billion is raised annually through workplace volunteering, charity work, donations and more, according to Charities. org. Employees can give back to the local communities and charities of their choice in a number of different ways, including automatic payroll contributions, donating time on the weekends, taking advantage of employer gift matching and even organizing fun events like 5K walks. Supporting the community through these types of initiatives helps employees feel more connected to their neighborhoods, each other, and the companies they work for. That’s why the following philanthropic actions by these Top Workplaces are both admirable and inspiring. In 2016, Rimini Street Inc. provided funds and inkind donations of more than $100,000 to more than 60 charities and schools. They also dedicated 750 paid volunteer hours. Many of the beneficiaries of their 2016 Foundation programs were organizations in the East Bay region, including Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon, Boys & Girls Club of Oakland, Calaveras Humane Society, Capes4Heroes and Grass Valley Elementary School. Along with participating in the Tour de Cure to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association, Fremont Bank also participated in the Relay for Life events held in Newark, Hayward and Livermore. The company was so successful it raised nearly $50,000 for lifesaving research and programs for those diagnosed with cancer. Cohesity gives back to the local community by sponsoring a company team which participated in the 2016 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. Moreover, as part of its #CohesityCares program, employees participated in a

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As a company, Lotus Hotels regularly contributes to several of its favorite charities, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, CARE, Autism Now, the March of Dimes, American Heart Society and research foundations for kidney and lupus diseases. In addition, they sponsor a number of international education and children’s programs in India. They also organized a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Oakland and Brighter Vision Foundation that raised over $100,000. Fremont Bank

company food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank to ensure families in need had meals. When it comes to volunteering, Curtis Instruments employees dedicate their time to a local food kitchen along with making monetary donations to the same cause. Over half of its employees are signed up to be a Curtis Volunteer in Motion.

The Northwestern Mutual San Francisco Bay Area Group has always supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand through a series of fundraisers, including “Blue Jeans Fridays,” where every week members of the firm donate $5 to wear jeans throughout the day. One Workplace supports a plethora of local charities, including 19 for Life, Covenant House, Sacred Heart Community Service, Lucile Packard, Larkin Street Youth, Project Color Corp and Compass Family


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Services. They are also very proud to support a program with Cristo Rey High School to empower students from underserved communities through work experience. Sensiba San Filippo LLP is focused on helping its communities through charitable donations and annual volunteering where the entire firm comes together and rolls up its sleeves to assist a local nonprofit. For the company’s 40th anniversary, they’re doing something extra special by donating $40 a day to a different charity for one week throughout 2017. The Cooper Companies Inc. has a Heart of Giving program that matches employees’ monetary contributions to their favorite charities dollar-fordollar. They are also proud of its Dollars for Doers programs that donate $20 for every hour an employee volunteers for their favorite charity. Moreover, they supported Adopt-A-Family and local food banks while also entering a company team in the American Heart Association’s local Heart Walk event. Arista Networks likes to support its community by participating in the annual Second Harvest Food Bank

fundraiser, as well as promoting health through onsite wellness events and the Bike to Work Day program. They also promote hiring female engineers by hosting quarterly onsite technology sessions for female engineers. Grounded deeply in the core values of the communities in which it serves, Dudum Real Estate Group is committed to giving back and lending a helping hand whenever possible. It supports multiple organizations in the community, including Habitat for Humanity, Taylor Family Foundation, Operation Warm Coat, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Shelter Inc. and the Special Olympics.

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Flexera Software strives to engage its employees in activities that increase global thinking and appreciate cultural differences. They enjoy giving back whether it’s collecting food for those in need or toys for children. They’ve also had teams help out at Habitat for Humanity and at local food banks. Continued on page 15

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TOP WORKPLACES 2017 WINNERS

MIDSIZE COMPANIES In this survey, midsize companies have 150 – 499 employees.

1. MuleSoft | San Francisco

18. Stonebrook Healthcare Center | Concord

2. Legacy Real Estate & Associates | Fremont

19. Provident Credit Union | Redwood City

3. Sereno Group Real Estate | Los Gatos

20. Stevens Creek Toyota | San Jose

4. The ABD Team | San Mateo

21. Aerotek | South San Francisco

5. Xactly Corporation | San Jose

22. The Container Store | Corte Madera, Palo Alto, San Francisco,

6. Sequoia Consulting Group | San Mateo 7. Intacct Corporation | San Jose 8. BKF Engineers | Redwood City

MIDSIZE COMPANIES

9. Microchip Technology Inc. | San Jose 10. Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning | Pleasanton 11. GoDaddy | Sunnyvale 12. Tintri | Mountain View 13. Stryker Neurovascular | Fremont 14. Hassett Ace Hardware | Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Mateo, Willow Glen

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23. AvalonBay Communities Inc. | San Jose 24. Taos Mountain Inc. | San Jose 25. San Francisco 49ers | Santa Clara 26. Wind River Systems Inc. | Alameda 27. East Bay Agency for Children | Oakland 28. One Workplace | Santa Clara 29. Hospice by the Bay | Larkspur 30. Graybar Electric Company Inc. | San Jose 31. Flexera Software | Orinda

15. Kids’ Country | Danville

32. Rimini Street Inc. | Pleasanton

16. California Water Service Group | San Jose

33. KeyPoint Credit Union | Santa Clara

17. Northwestern Mutual San Francisco Bay Area Group

34. Stanford Federal Credit Union | Palo Alto

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35. NEXTracker Inc. | Fremont


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Intacct named a Top Workplace for 7 years in a row

“Intacct provides an innovative environment where my ‘growth mindset’ is thriving! Remarkable team members, who also desire to see successful customers, make for an awesome place to work.” ~ Nancy Rivas – Community Manager, Intacct

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ntacct, the innovation and customer satisfaction leader in cloud ERP software, helps growing companies improve performance and make their finance teams more productive. Intacct is dedicated to employee happiness and success, because we know that fulfilled employees result in satisfied customers and partners.

Intacct is growing and innovating quickly, and we are actively recruiting great people to join our team. Intacct’s comprehensive benefits, culture of mutual respect, and promotion of a work/life balance have all resulted in a long track record of employee satisfaction, as evidenced by our very high employee retention rate. (Once you join, you won’t want to leave!) Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work recently named Intacct one of the Bay Area’s Best Workplaces. This award is just the most recent in a long line of accolades that provide ongoing validation of Intacct’s commitment to employee satisfaction. Other recent awards include 2017 Best and Brightest Company to Work for in the Nation by NBR and 2017 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. Intacct also recently

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had three of its employees named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2017 Women of Influence list and four employees recognized on CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel list. The market for cloud ERP solutions has never been stronger, and Intacct’s scalable and customizable software makes us uniquely positioned to help fastgrowth businesses easily handle increased numbers of users, customers, transactions, or entities. Intacct is a Salesforce Platinum ISV partner, is rated #1 in customer satisfaction in the industry by G2 Crowd, and was acknowledged by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as the preferred provider of financial applications. Intacct is also able to support businesses with multiple legal entities and structures, with the ability to consolidate across hundreds of entities in seconds. Intacct has an impressive growth trajectory and recently posted quarterly records for bookings and customer acquisition. With a projected rapid headcount growth for this year, there’s never been a better time to join the Intacct team. Advertorial content provided by Intacct Corporation.


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Real-Time Innovations

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Kidder Mathews recently formed a committee charged with managing the Kidder Mathews Foundation. Its mission is to direct and encourage strategic and charitable giving by both the corporation and employees. The foundation supports underprivileged members of the communities in the areas of basic needs and education. The NVIDIA Foundation accelerates solutions to the world’s most pressing issues in health and education. They leverage employees, partners, technology and financial resources to advance the fight against cancer and to help youth excel in learning. Moreover, Project Inspire is a large-scale community service event held each year in place of a holiday party. In its Santa Clara headquarters, 1,650 employees, family, friends and community members come together over two days to transform a local school or other nonprofit organization. Real-Time Innovations hosts three annual charity events a year and gives employees the option to contribute to them. They have a backpack drive, which provides a backpack and school supplies to underprivileged children. Their Family Giving Tree gives gifts to children

that would otherwise not receive them during the holidays. They also work with the Second Harvest Food Bank drive in an effort to help end local hunger. Doing its part to give back to the community, RiseSmart Inc. participates in events and raises funds for local charities that include Second Harvest Food Bank, Family Supportive Housing, The Giving Tree, Hire Hope and Freedom House. SnapLogic Cares is a volunteering program that allows SnapLogic employees to participate in outreach to support various causes in the local community. They’ve participated in serving Thanksgiving dinner at a local senior center with The Samaritan House and employees kick-started a successful coat drive where hundreds of coats were donated to the needy. Raymond Handling Concepts supports each of the local communities in which it has branches, and last year Fremont branch employees donated and assembled over 30 bicycles for Christmas distribution through the Fremont Fire Department and Tri Cities League of Volunteers. TWP

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Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Excellence in Public Education

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ivermore Valley Joint Unified School District educates more than 13,500 students in transitional kindergarten through the twelfth grade, plus adult education. Our team of more than 1,450 employees creates world-class opportunities for students to learn and grow.

Our award-winning District welcomes students to 19 school sites each day. Our distinguished academic programs — including International Baccalaureate, Green Engineering, and Dual Immersion — prepare students for college and careers of the future.

OUR MISSION SETS US APART Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.

This mission drives our daily work. Our dedicated employees, led by our Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Bowers, and our Board of Trustees, work together to create a nurturing environment for all students to succeed. We integrate character development in all we do. We teach students the communication and collaboration skills to work as a team, and the creativity, tenacity, and critical thinking necessary to solve the problems of the future. Livermore Valley Joint Unified is a destination district. Our students, staff, and community join together to build a bright future.

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Celebrate and Appreciate Our Generous & Supportive Community Partners

Together with our partners, we prepare our students to contribute and thrive as members of our global community.

INFORM • INCLUDE • INSPIRE • INNO INNOVATE VATE We thank all members of our community for their support of all of our students and staff. Our district thrives because our community cares.

Our students thrive because of our community’s contributions. Our partners provide relevant experiences, additional resources, and a caring community. Visit our website for a complete list of our partners and to join our team:

www.livermoreschools.com

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We’re dedicated to building software that helps businesses become more efficient. Our customers feel that passion - rating Intacct as the #1 cloud ERP solution.

Our employees are the single greatest asset and secret behind our success. That’s why we’re deeply invested in career growth opportunities and a fun, collaborative work environment.

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We’re dedicated to building software that helps businesses become more efficient. Our customers feel that passion - rating Intacct as the #1 cloud ERP solution.

Our employees are the single greatest asset and secret behind our success. That’s why we’re deeply invested in career growth opportunities and a fun, collaborative work environment.

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TOP WORKPLACES 2017 WINNERS

SMALL COMPANIES

In this survey, small companies have less than 149 employees.

SMALL COMPANIES

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.

Striim | Palo Alto Dudum Real Estate Group | Walnut Creek CD & Power | Martinez Periscope Data | San Francisco ENGEO Inc. | San Ramon Dialpad Inc. | San Francisco Clari | Sunnyvale Cohesity | Santa Clara RiseSmart Inc. | San Jose Real-Time Innovations | Sunnyvale RoseRyan Inc. | Newark Kidder Mathews | San Francisco The Cooper Companies Inc. | Pleasanton Arena Solutions | Foster City J&J Air Conditioning Inc. | San Jose Azul Systems Inc. | Sunnyvale Bolt Threads | Emeryville The Core Group | Milpitas McGuire and Hester | Oakland Collaborative Solutions | Pleasanton Diablo Valley Oncology Hematology Medical Group | Pleasant Hill

22. Mountz Inc. | San Jose 23. WilmerHale | Palo Alto

24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Neato Robotics | Newark Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation | San Ramon Kahuna Inc. | Redwood City Webdam, a Shutterstock Company | San Mateo UNCLE Credit Union | Livermore Veracyte Inc. | South San Francisco MedData, formerly Diversified Healthcare Resources | Anaheim

31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45.

Lotus Hotels | Walnut Creek Plethora | San Francisco Curtis Instruments | Livermore Accretive Solutions | Mountain View ALOM Technologies | Fremont Sensiba San Filippo LLP | Pleasanton AVer Information Inc. Americas | Fremont Celestica Inc. | San Jose Sauce Labs Inc. | San Francisco SnapLogic | San Mateo MemSQL | San Francisco Corvus Pharmaceuticals | Burlingame Loring Ward | San Jose Wrike Inc. | San Jose Raymond Handling Concepts | Fremont


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APN Software Services is a Great Place to Work APN strives to be the best in the industry.

We enjoy a challenge, embrace competition and we are committed to providing the finest service to our clients. Our Service areas besides Information Technology include Engineering, Financial and Administration. We have a global foot print with multiple office locations in USA, South America and Asia.

We are always looking for Top Talent!

“Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week.” Our standard benefits package includes relocation assistance, sponsorship, and a voluntary 401K Participation Plan. Send us your resume and join our exciting team today! Visit us at apninc.com for career opportunities.

Careers If you don’t wake up in the morning exciting to pick up where you left your work yesterday, you haven’t found your calling yet. – Mike Wallace

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SPECIAL AWARDS Companies earned recognition based on standout scores from employees on specific survey statements.

Appreciation Kidder Mathews San Francisco

I feel genuinely appreciated at this company “I’ve received thank yous, compliments, and gifts from all different levels of the company, including employees/brokers that I don’t have a direct interaction with. This shows people are going out of their way to notice and appreciate my work, which is the most encouraging aspect.”

New Ideas Sequoia Consulting Group

San Mateo New ideas are encouraged at this company

Managers The ABD Team San Mateo

My manager helps me learn and grow, My manager makes it easier to do my job well, My manager cares about my concerns “My manager motivates and pushes me to step outside of my comfort zone and encourages me to take opportunities that will help my growth.”

Doers Rosendin Electric Inc.

San Jose At this company, we do things efficiently and well

Communication Dialpad Inc. San Francisco

Clued in Senior Management Xactly Corporation San Jose

“Friday at 4 always has updates on all departments from the week which is very helpful.”

“Goal driven, collaborated effort across leaders from various departments, fun + culture is always ahead of all the business metrics, spiff based performance motivators instead of pressure tactics.”

I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company

Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company

Direction Arista Networks Santa Clara

Ethics Stryker Neurovascular

I believe this company is going in the right direction

Fremont This company operates by strong values and ethics

“Most Sequoia employees seem to be open minded and willing to listen to others. This creates an environment where people are not afraid to voice their new ideas.”

“The scale that Rosendin operates on is unlike most electrical contractors. To operate an electrical contractor so large at such an efficient level while holding onto family values is impressive.”

“Lots of potential based on historical trend but cautiously optimistic.”

“The values and ethics are consistent between all divisions. You are reminded of your responsibility to be honest and ethical.”

Training

Work/Life Flexibility

Meaningfulness

Benefits

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Palo Alto I get the formal training I want for my career “All of the training at the help desk has been valuable, especially the DiSC class.”

Arena Solutions

Foster City

I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life

MedData, formerly Diversified Healthcare Resources

Anaheim

My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful

Cohesity

Santa Clara

My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry

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ABOUT THE TOP WORKPLACES 2017 SURVEY

Provided by WorkplaceDynamics, who conducted the Bay Area Top Workplaces 2017 project. OUTREACH WorkplaceDynamics reaches out to employers with at least 40 employees in the Bay Area to participate. We use a combination of print & online ads, and direct outreach to employers using direct marketing lists (e.g. infoUSA).

EMPLOYEE SURVEY We survey employees at participating employers using either paper surveys or an online survey application. Each of the statements has a positivity score. The positivity score on the Positivity page shows the overall percentage of positive responses for each statement. Responders rank our statements on a 7 point likert scale, ranging from ‘Strongly Disagree’ to ‘Strongly Agree,’ so the score shown is the percentage of responders who answered ‘Slightly Agree,’ ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ to each statement. Each of the statements has been tested to ensure it has a high correlation with how employees feel about their workplace, which is calculated by correlating the statement responses to a control question which asks each employee to rate their workplace on a scale of zero to 99. The Statement Importance page lists the statements that were part of the survey.

RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS We require a response rate of at least 35 percent for employees based in the Bay Area. In addition, employers with 85 or fewer Bay Area employees must have at least 30 responders. We encourage employers to survey all employees, but large employers can choose to randomly sample their Bay Area employees. At least 500 employees must be included in the random sample for employers 2,500 or less. For those employers over 2,500 but less than 5,000 employees, we require 20 percent minimum distributed. For employers 5,000 or more the minimum is 1,000 surveys distributed.

TESTING FOR QUESTIONABLE RESULTS After the survey is complete, we first run a series of statistical tests to look for any questionable results. We disqualify a small number of employers based on these tests. As the effectiveness of these tests depends on employers not being aware of them, we do not publish the details.

SELECTION OF TOP WORKPLACES We categorize the employers into size bands because smaller employers tend to score higher than midsize employers, and midsize employers tend to score higher than large employers. We then rank the employers within their size band based solely on the employee responses to the survey statements. The top employers in each size band are then selected as the Top Workplaces in the Bay Area for 2017 and listed on the Top Workplaces Summary page. We also determine a list of special awards based on standout scores on specific survey statements, which are listed on the Special Awards page.

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The statements on the employee survey are categorized into themes.

THEME IMPORTANCE CONNECTION

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ALIGNMENT

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EFFECTIVENESS

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THE BASICS

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LEADER

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MY MANAGER

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I feel genuinely appreciated at this company

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I believe this company is going in the right direction

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I have confidence in the leader of this company

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This company enables me to work at my full potential

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This company encourages different points of view

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This company operates by strong values and ethics

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My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful

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Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company

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At this company, we do things efficiently and well

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This job has met or exceeded the expectations I had when I started

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New ideas are encouraged at this company

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I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company

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My manager cares about my concerns

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There is good inter-departmental cooperation at this company

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There is not a lot of negativity at my workplace

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My manager makes it easier to do my job well

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My manager helps me learn and grow

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I get the formal training I want for my career

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My pay is fair for the work I do

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I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life

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My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry

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Unconditional Care.

It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. “Seeing Seneca receive recognition as a Top Workplace validates my belief that there is something very special about the way Seneca values its staff and the work they do. We have a mission of providing Unconditional Care to youth, and I have seen the same standard extended to our workforce time and time again.” ~ Staff, San Francisco

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oven into the fabric of all we do and all the way to get it done.” Indeed, Unconditional Care means services we provide at Seneca is Unconditional we will do whatever it takes to help each child and Care. It’s our philosophy, our approach, family succeed. And to do so, we often go beyond their and the commitment we make to every family we immediate service needs to improve the social and are privileged to serve: we will do whatever it takes, economic environments in which they live. Only then, whenever and wherever it is needed, to help children can we help lift up a family, a school, a neighborhood, achieve permanency, stability, or a community, so they may and actualization of their “This award validates what elevate themselves. family vision. Unconditional Care not only I already know to be true: Seneca serves more than 17,000 defines how we listen and our staff are some of the youth and families each year, respond to the needs of the providing services that respond most dedicated, talented, families we are privileged to to a wide range of needs across serve, but how staff support and compassionate the mental health, juvenile each other to grow. Reflecting justice, education, and child on how this philosophy professionals in the field.” welfare systems. Over the past has built an energizing and 30 years, we have grown to meet supportive work environment, the individual needs of each one Oakland-based staff noted, child and community we serve “Seneca not only provides with a philosophy of Unconditional Care at the core. services with Unconditional Care, but our staff receive Unconditional Care as well... Our needs and ideas are For families, Seneca’s Unconditional Care means they not only heard, but valued here.” can call on us for help, no matter how complex or insurmountable the challenge. One parent noted how Unconditional Care is both our philosophy and this has impacted their lives, “I’ve found that when I practice. It’s what we teach each other, as well as the mention we have a need that is not being met… that most important thing we learn every day. It is not just my case manager and therapist always work out some what we do, it’s who we are.

~ Ken Berrick, CEO

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Join us, and findoutwhy we just received our third consecutive Bay Area News Group Top Workplaces award.

For over three decades, Seneca Family of Agencies has committed to a singular goal: to stop at nothing to ensure the success and well-being of every child. This would not be possible without the incredible dedication and creativity of our superb staff, who

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Employment at Top Workplaces has its benefits BY ANDY COFFARO

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recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that productivity losses due to absenteeism “cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States.” That’s a whopping $1,685 per employee. This year’s crop of Top Workplace winners also understands, along with protecting the company bottom line, the importance of providing their workforces with fantastic benefits such as paid sick days, vacation, 401(k) plans, and much more to maximize not only physical health, but also mental health as well. Here are just some of the benefits offered by the Bay Area’s best that help ensure current and future employees are nourished when it comes to body, mind and soul.

WORLDPAC Inc.

WORLDPAC Inc. offers its happy employees a competitive base pay, possible bonus opportunities for some positions, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance, paid vacation and a 401(k) plan with company match. A leading provider of recruiting and staffing solutions, Aerotek’s benefits package encompasses several different types of coverage, including accidental death and dismemberment, dependent-care flexible spending account, 401(k) plan, profit-sharing plan, 529 college savings plan, auto and home insurance, travel assistance, transportation benefits, employee assistance program and work/life benefit program. Capital One offers market-leading medical, dental, vision and prescription drug plans to full- and part-time associates and domestic partners. Associates receive 20 PTO days after one year of service and the company also offers generous parental leave for mothers, fathers,

paid a cash dividend of at least 10 percent annually, and stock dividends have been issued 31 times. From 2009 to 2013, shareholders earned an extraordinary 24.1 percent annual return on their investment.

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secondary care parents, and adoptive or foster parents. The company also provides fertility and gender reassignment coverage. Employee ownership is an exclusive privilege available only to eligible Graybar Electric Company Inc. employees and retirees. Each year, eligible employees can purchase company stock. Since 1941, Graybar has

Along with offering outstanding benefits packages, KeyPoint Credit Union allows employees to bring their babies to work for at least four months after birth. The company has free granola bars, popcorn and vitamin water on-hand as well as a workout facility in their main headquarters. The company even allows dogs on Fridays. McGuire and Hester provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes just some of the following: employee stock ownership program, 401(k) and Roth 401(k), medical, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending, tuition reimbursement, voluntary life and short-term disability insurance, vacation, sick pay, paid holidays and a 529 plan.


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full-time and part-time employees. It also offers a 401(k) plan to go along with vacation, sick and holiday pay. Taos Mountain Inc. offers a very comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability coverage and a 401(k) plan. The company also offers perks like Legal Shield (offering legal and identity theft assistance), gym passes, professional development reimbursement and free technical training opportunities.

Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning

Residential home comfort, heating, air conditioning, insulation and air flow experts Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning offers its employees medical, vision and dental insurance to go along with a flex spending account and 401(k) plan. MemSQL makes its employees happy by providing catered lunches and dinners five days per week. Other key benefits include paid time off, flexible spending, 401(k), dental and vision insurance, commuter benefits, legal assistance, wellness benefits and even companywide off-sites. Employee cash bonus plans, 401(k), medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance, flexible reimbursement account, group legal services, travel insurances and employee stock purchase plans are just some of the perks offered by Microchip Technology Inc. Along with offering a comprehensive health insurance package with top-notch medical, dental and vision coverage, Neato Robotics likes to occasionally surprise its staff with an onsite barista who whips up madeto-order espresso drinks. Other fun activities include barbecues on the patio, potlucks, various team-building

activities, onsite massages and birthday treats. The retail sales company Pet Food Express offers medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, 401(k) with a matching contribution and profit sharing. Its pet insurance has proven to be popular and a very useful benefit for its employees — many of whom own pets. Sauce Labs Inc. offers competitive salaries and a full benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and a matching 401(k) program. They provide catered lunches, a flexible work schedule, top-of-the-line equipment, a dog-friendly office and opportunities to work remotely. Sereno Group Real Estate offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package featuring competitive health, dental and vision insurance. The company also offers employees a 401(k) plan, generous vacation policy, tuition reimbursement, wellness/gym reimbursement and paid community service days. The skilled nursing facility that provides post-acute and long-term care services, Stonebrook Healthcare Center, offers 100 percent coverage for health and dental for all

Specializing in tenant improvement as well as high-tech construction, The Core Group provides employees with unlimited time off, which includes a day off on their birthdays. In addition to standard health benefits, Tintri creates opportunities for employees to maximize their wellbeing by offering yoga, boot camp, Tai Chi, ping-pong and an onsite gym. There are also yummy Friday morning doughnuts followed by afternoon wine and cheese. In addition to a professional and challenging work environment, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati offers a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package with plans that help employees in maintain a healthy lifestyle, achieve financial security, and address work and family needs. Another company that prides itself on putting its employees first is The Container Store. Full-time employees enjoy three PPO health plan options, dental coverage, term life insurance for employee, spouse and Continued on page 35

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ntacct, is the innovation and customer satisfaction leader in cloud ERP software, bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting. In use by organizations from startups to public companies, Intacct’s software automates complex processes and surfaces the richest financial and operational insights to improve company performance.

For our customers, everything about business is changing – how their products are evaluated, the volume of real-time data available to chart the course of their business, and the mobile access their employees have to critical systems. Everything around them is changing fast and speeding up, and Intacct is providing them with the financial technology that gives them a competitive edge. They stay ahead of the competition by gaining deeper visibility into their business and accelerating processes that position them to win. In this era of big data and machine learning, CFOs require access to a system that delivers the real-time insights and analytics that are necessary for making critical business decisions. Intacct helps CFOs access integrated management and financial reports across their business entities – in minutes, not days – to grow and drive their business, allowing the CFO to shift from historian to a modern, data-driven leader driving the company playbook. Intacct recognizes that every organization is unique and that “one-size-fits-all” financial applications are obsolete. Intacct is a highly flexible, powerful financial management solution that adapts easily to a customer’s workflow and reporting requirements, while also allowing companies to improve productivity, meet compliance requirements, and grow without hiring. We deliver a superior ROI, with most companies achieving a 100% payback in approximately six months.

• Intacct is the choice of the accounting experts: The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which sets accounting standards for the profession, named Intacct as the preferred provider of financial applications after a thorough review of software providers.

So what sets Intacct apart from the competition? • Intacct is a Salesforce Platinum ISV partner: What do you get when you bring together the best-in-class cloud accounting solution with the best-in-class cloud CRM solution? A full view of every customer, streamlined processes, and more productive communication between the department that makes the numbers and the department that manages them. • Intacct is #1 in customer satisfaction: Customer success is at the heart of Intacct’s business model, and customers have noticed. Intacct currently has the top customer satisfaction score for the categories of both Accounting Software and ERP Suites on G2 Crowd, a leading business software review platform.

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• Intacct is able to consolidate 100 entities in seconds: One of the biggest shifts in recent years is the widespread recognition of the need to protect a business through multiple legal entities and structures. Previously solely the territory of large, complex firms, this has become a focus of modestly sized firms. Not only does Intacct deliver great products to our customers, but we are also a great place to work. Our consistently high employee satisfaction ratings are the result of a company culture that truly values our team members’ contributions. Intacct is growing, and we’re looking for great people to join our team.

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Thank you to our employees for making us a Top Work Place in the Bay Area. We’re grateful to our employees for making us a Top Work Place for a third year in a row! KeyPoint Credit Union is committed to the health and well-being of our team members, their families, and the communities we live and work in.

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SPECIAL AWARDS Leadership LARGE COMPANY

Jen-Hsun Huang

NVIDIA Corporation • Santa Clara What do the leaders do well?

Motivating employees to their best. Conveying a sense of purpose. Being mindful and thoughtful about issues and not following the herd. Communicating with the outside world. Ability to turn on a dime.

MIDSIZE COMPANY

Chris Trapani

Sereno Group Real Estate • Los Gatos What does the leader do well?

Great energy and has a sincere love for the company and the people.

SMALL COMPANY

Jill Collaro

CD & Power • Martinez What does the leader do well?

One thing that sets this company apart from the rest is the ownership and their involvement. Our owners care, and it shows. In fact, this is the only company I know that actually spends time with each employee to take them to lunch and catch up. Our owners are involved in business, care about your personal lives and support everyone. When I say family, it’s reality.


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INTERESTING FACTS

Bay Area Top Workplaces are fascinating, unique and downright fun places to be BY ANDY COFFARO

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alloween costume parties, cooking classes, Mardi Gras bashes complete with a contortionist and “Jeans Week” are just a few of the fun and quirky things that forward-thinking Bay Area companies are doing right now to lure some of the top talent from around the globe — and keep their current employees happy. Some Top Workplace winners have been contributing locally since 1934, and others are celebrating 25 years of becoming an employee-owned company. And while the products and services they provide might be vastly different, one thing is for certain: These Top Workplaces are some of the coolest and most enjoyable environments to work at in the entire Bay Area. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, ALOM Technologies is a female-owned business and global supply-chain management leader. On the first Friday of every October, the company opens its door to students for guided tours to help demonstrate the many career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Arena Solutions secured its first office space in 2000 in what can only be called a truly one-of-a-kind location. The company leased a vacated flower shop inside a Mountain View strip mall. When they needed to describe the location to visitors, the company would say, “We’re between the Laundromat and convenience store.” They are now headquartered inside a Foster City lakefront office with gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay Area skyline. One company that knows how to celebrate in style is AVer Information Inc. Americas. The visualcollaboration solution gurus recently held a Mardi Grasthemed party complete with a contortionist, 9-foot stilt walker and a vast array of casino tables.

California Water Service Group

California Water Service Group was there when a community needed it most. When the Oroville and Marysville service areas were impacted by the Oroville Dam spillway emergency in February, the company was there to help. The employees not only assisted the Oroville and Marysville teams as adjustments were being made to the water system pre-evacuation, they also helped raise the spirits of evacuees who stayed in temporary homes in nearby Chico. The company passed out water, Valentine’s Day candy and even treated hundreds of displaced residents to a movie. Arena Solutions

Self-described as “quirky,” Bolt Threads likes to hand out animal-themed awards to recognize top performers at its all-hands meetings. The team of engineers, scientists and apparel experts dedicate their days to crafting renewable fibers that take inspiration from spider silk. The sustainable fibers are then used for high-performance textiles and cutting-edge consumer products.

A company working diligently to close the gender gap in the technology sector is GoDaddy. The company experienced a 25 percent growth in both female technical interns and technical hires by going from 14 percent in 2016 to 39 percent this year. MuleSoft is doing its part to close the technology sector’s gender gap by encouraging young girls to pursue their passion for coding. To help support girls


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that love engineering and technology, MuleSoft held its first annual Coding Cup competition to further empower female coders.

only voluntary fully accredited program of its kind in Northern California.

talented individuals and has revenues surpassing $2 billion.

Another business with deep and established Bay Area roots is MasonMcDuffie Mortgage Corporation. In 1934, founder Duncan McDuffie helped create the East Bay Regional Park District located in the Berkeley Hills. The full-service mortgage company is also famous for developing the Northbrae and Claremont neighborhoods in Berkeley and the St. Francis Wood district in San Francisco.

Adhering to the mantra that the company that bakes together succeeds together, RoseRyan Inc. recently gathered at the home of its technical accounting team’s lead to enjoy a cooking class together. The fruits of their labors yielded chocolate truffles and mouthwatering brownies. They also host a book club once a month to go along with bimonthly social hours. The group has so much fun together that these latter gatherings typically run longer than the scheduled one hour.

definition video to give surgeons greater control in the operating room. The end results are more comprehensive outcomes for each and every patient.

A third-generation family-owned hardware store, Hassett Ace Hardware has weathered the ever-changing landscape of the Bay Area to serve customers since 1957. Much of the company’s magic resides in its open-door policy that encourages employees to share thoughts and ideas. When it comes to safety, J&J Air Conditioning Inc. takes it very seriously. Field personnel receive $50 per employee in the winning department after 26 weeks of safe driving. When service departments reach 52 weeks, each receives $100 cash. Part of the company’s success is due to biweekly and quarterly safety meetings.

Winner of Top Workplace honors for three years in a row, Mountz Inc. designed and manufactured the world’s first electronic torque tester for Lockheed Missiles & Space. Founded in 1965, the company now serves over 3,500 unique customers.

CEO Ken Berrick of Seneca Family of Agencies was one of six statewide recipients of the 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, given for advancing innovative and effective solutions that address critical issues in California. Ken and his colleagues are dedicated to meeting the needs of children in group homes and foster care.

When it comes to fun fall festivities, The ABD Team enjoys throwing Halloween parties complete with costume contests and pumpkin-carving competitions. No matter how busy things get during the holiday season, the company always makes time to kick off this special time of year with a festive bowling party. How will UNCLE Credit Union celebrate its recognition as a Top Workplace? By turning “Jeans Day” into “Jeans Week” to allow its employees to celebrate in style and comfort.

Since establishing its first site at Walt Disney Elementary School in 1985, Kids’ Country has been enriching children’s lives with safe, age-appropriate and educational activities before and after school. The nonprofit organization is the

Headquartered in San Jose, Rosendin Electric Inc. has not only been around since 1919, but also it’s currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of becoming an employee-owned company. One of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, it employs nearly 6,000

Stryker Endoscopy is busy setting a new gold standard in the operating room by becoming the first to combine voice activation, infrared technology and high-

Xactly Corporation employees, affectionately referred to as “Xactlians,” take Halloween to another level by handing out a coveted raven trophy to the winner of the best costume contest. Every single Xactlian has added a single band to the company’s rubber band ball to symbolize the growth it achieves when working together versus on their own. TWP

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LESSONS FROM THE TOP

5 keys to a better workplace BY DOUG CLAFFEY

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hat distinguishes a Top Workplace from an average one? The truth is, there’s no single practice, no onesize-fits-all solution for achieving great results. But there are common qualities of success you should be able to identify in every company.

We know from our decade of research it’s not perks or “coolness” that makes the difference. The best employers carefully craft a positive workplace culture. We also know these organizations on the Bay Area News Group’s list of Top Workplaces for 2017 share a common foundation that supports a healthy culture — and employee engagement. Here are five key lessons:

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PEOPLE REALLY ARE THE GREATEST ASSET: It goes beyond lip service. It’s a core principle that’s brought to life every day, with leadership putting employees at the center of their thinking. Done right, the feeling is returned: Employees consistently tell us that a sense of appreciation and confidence in leadership are among the most important factors for their workplace satisfaction. LEADERS LISTEN: The best leaders listen to the feedback provided by employees both formally and informally. While some leaders might dwell on the inherent risks of giving employees a voice, leaders at Top Workplaces are clued in to their team’s challenges and use this knowledge in decision-making. This builds a sense of commitment and accountability.

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EVERYONE IS IN THE LOOP: It’s difficult to be fully committed if you’re kept in the dark. Employees want to be well-informed. Leaders in Top Workplaces recognize this. They’re committed to sharing information as much — and as often — as they can. And they don’t just share the happy news. Organizations that fail to communicate with staff on a regular basis, substantively, will leave an information void. That gap will be filled quickly with rumors and speculation. LIVE WITH A PURPOSE: Employees want to feel their work contributes to something meaningful. Effective leaders deliver an inspiring vision, which the entire team connects with day to day. In 2016, among the top 10 percent of companies we surveyed nationwide, 96 percent of employees reported feeling motivated. Compare that to the bottom 10 percent of organizations (which most closely represent a “typical” workforce), where just 62 percent of employees felt motivated. This 34 percentagepoint gap represents a massive drop in productivity. Motivation matters.

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BUILD COMMUNITY: Neuroscience teaches us the importance people place on feeling accepted and safe in their “tribe.” It helps them stay focused and contributes to success. In forging productive employee experiences, Top Workplaces care about building community. They hold regular, purposeful events that foster a sense of belonging. That sense of appreciation also keeps employees connected. We see it in the WorkplaceDynamics survey comments, like this one from an employee at Bolt Threads: “I work with pretty amazing people in a teamwork environment. I feel like I have a purpose, and my skills are useful.” The best workplaces always look to improve. After all, it’s a journey, not a destination. Even top-ranked companies will find things to work on in a process of continuous improvement. If done right, employees will know their workplace is special. Employers shouldn’t be shy asking for extra effort in return. Ensure staff remains active in the ongoing success of the organization — with all the necessary accountability. And remember to celebrate along the way. TWP


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Learn what makes these Top Workplaces so amazing 4 Employees give back with enthusiasm

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children, and a vision plan. Part-time employees can take advantage of inhospital cash options, dental coverage, term life insurance for employee, spouse and children, and a vision discount. The company also provides domestic partner health-care benefits, 401(k), and both wellness and employee assistance programs.

reimbursement, mortgage and consumer loan discounts, employee assistance programs and generous paid time off. East Bay Agency for Children provides a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as a 403B retirement savings plan with matching. Additionally, the company provides a time-off package that includes 14 holidays, 16 PTO days and up to four weeks accrued vacation.

Provident Credit Union provides a rich array of employee benefits which includes: medical, dental and vision insurance for full-time employees, 401(k) retirement plan with generous employer matching contribution, an onsite child care facility at corporate with a rate discount, tuition

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