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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. We are a close-knit team of high-tech professionals. We place strong emphasis on continuing education for our consultants, and we sponsor various training programs, which relate to consultant’s growth, client projects and current technology requirements. 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. Our global capabilities include cost effective staffing solutions, system development and Integration.

“Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week.” Our employee benefits program exceeds industry standards and focuses primarily on our employees’ careers. Our standard benefits package includes relocation assistance, sponsorship, and a voluntary 401K Participation Plan. If you are interested in an exciting career in consulting, send us your resume and join our exciting team today!

Visit us at apninc.com for career opportunities.

4-Time Top Workplace Winner!


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Great location. Great news. Great place to work. Thank you, Schwab employees, for once again naming us a Top Workplace in the Bay Area.

Maybe it’s our company values. Our commitment to clients. Our diversity and inclusiveness. Our concern for employee well-being. Or maybe all those things combined make Schwab a different ���� �� ���������� ��� ��� � ����� ��� ��������� really like to work. How about you? Is Schwab your kind of workplace? Visit aboutschwab.com/careers.

©2014 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. All rights reserved. Member SIPC. CS21331-06 (0413-2561) ADP75052-01 (06/14)

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t is quite an accomplishment to be nominated and ranked as one of the Bay Area Top Workplaces even once. However, this year we wanted to highlight seven companies that have managed to achieve this honor each year we have compiled the rankings. Over the last five years, we have received a total of 616 nominations for companies, and we have collectively invited 6,405 companies to participate. This has led to the ranking of 200 small, 125 midsized, and 70 large companies over the years. From all this, only seven companies have managed to make the ranking list consecutively each of the past five years.

iD Tech The repeat honor speaks to the connection between the company and its employees. Standards are continuously set higher and higher, and the only way to meet company goals is for everyone to be striving together. It’s not only the recognition of company“wins”that keep employees motivated, but the commitment to trusting employees, appreciating their efforts, aligning their talents, and sharing generous perks when possible. The company is open with its employees and in turn, employees are motivated to dedicate themselves to the company and everything it stands for. Everyone celebrates through multiple company outings, paid time off, in-office meals and get-togethers, and much more. As an example of inclusiveness, if the company reaches its target goals for the year, every employee goes on the annual company trip.

We reached out to these seven companies and asked them how they felt about this great achievement and what were the contributing factors that led to their success. These are some of the responses we received:

Pet Food Express As a company, one of our highest priorities is to be who we say we are, and that means making a real difference in both humans’and pets’lives, not just making sales. We are incredibly grateful to our amazing employees, who are out there actually making this difference day after day, and so we work hard to maintain a company culture that allows our people to express their talents and realize their potential. Taking the time and money to extensively educate and train our employees and then trusting them to do the right thing is the only option, and we have a continuing faith that our communities will recognize the difference between us and our competitors. Being honored for the fifth time in a row in the Top Workplaces survey is incredibly important to us, because it means that not only do we appreciate and believe in our employees, but that they return the feeling. Getting this nowyearly confirmation that our people enjoy coming in to work every day – and even welcome all the extra training we put them through – reaffirms our belief in serving others first, and we are more committed than ever to continue to impr improve on that.

McManis Faulkner McManis Faulkner has been ranked as a Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group for five (5) consecutive years. These rankings are a testament to our attorneys and staff. Their commitment to excellence in client service and professional development creates an environment of fellowship for all of us and success for our clients, the firm and our community. We all strive to do our best work because we are part of a team that recognizes the value of each individual. Every success is celebrated with special events or personal acknowledgement as a firm but we all take pride in sharing our achievements with the entire community. This award allows us the opportunity to do so. ~ Beth Semilof


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The Cooper Companies We are honored to be named a Top Workplace for the fifth year in a row. We are committed to being A Quality of Life Company. Our success is driven by our employees’hard work and dedication to Cooper each and every day. We always say –“Employees are our No. 1 asset!”

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WORLDPAC “The recognition of being selected as a Top Bay Area Employer for five consecutive years validates our commitment in cultivating a very open and rewarding work environment where our teammates are afforded opportunities to excel and remain highly committed to achieving our mutual goals.” ~ Bob Cushing, President & CEO WORLDPAC

Citrix Systems Inc. Citrix is passionate about hiring the best talent. We are delighted to have been consistently included in the Top Workplaces for Silicon Valley as it supports our desire to deliver exceptional experiences that delight our employees. For us, work is not just a place, it’s something you do anywhere inspiration strikes. ~ Melissa Thompson, Global Talent Acquisition

Sereno Group Real Estate There is a history with many of these people that makes it very comfortable. Also, the philanthropy is key for me personally and it is part of our daily work life at Sereno Group. There is just as much discussion about philanthropy efforts, etc., as there is about business, sales and production; charity, giving and raising awareness are part of our livelihood in this company. ~ From one of their employees

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TOP WORKPLACES 2014 WINNERS In this survey, large companies have 500 or more employees.

LARGE COMPANIES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Workday | Pleasanton Stryker Endoscopy | San Jose Del Grande Dealer Group | San Jose Pet Food Express | Oakland Riverbed Technology | San Francisco Fremont Bank | Fremont WORLDPAC Inc. | Newark Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Palo Alto DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. | San Jose VMware Inc. | Palo Alto Charles Schwab | San Francisco Citrix Systems Inc. | Santa Clara FedEx | Oakland TiVo Inc. | San Jose SAP America | Palo Alto


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Gratitude to our people for making VMware a Bay Area Top Workplace. We’re creating what’s next by virtualizing computing, from the data center to the cloud to mobile devices, while living our values of execution, passion, integrity, customers and community. Learn how you can be part of this thriving community of intellectual mavericks at vmware.com/careers.

Image taken at Pi Day, an annual Service Learning Fair.

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TOP WORKPLACES 2014 WINNERS In this survey, midsize companies have 150-499 employees.

MIDSIZE COMPANIES 1. Sofitel San Francisco Bay | Redwood City

19. California Water Service Group | San Jose

2. Sereno Group Real Estate | Los Gatos 3. Stonebrook Healthcare Center | Concord 4. The Container Store | San Jose, San Francisco, Corte Madera, Walnut Creek

20. CMG Financial | San Ramon 21. Provident Credit Union | Redwood Shores 22. Lincoln Child Center | Oakland

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Intacct Corporation | San Jose BKF Engineers | Redwood City Nimble Storage | San Jose Kids’ Country | Danville

Practice Fusion | San Francisco Synaptics Incorporated | San Jose Any Mountain | Berkeley Coupons.com Incorporated | Mountain View

9. Taos Mountain Inc. | San Jose 10. RMR Financial | Los Gatos

27. One Workplace | Santa Clara 28. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Concord

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Aerotek | Hanover, MD Microchip Technology Inc. | San Jose Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara Eventbrite | San Francisco

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15. 16. 17. 18.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement | San Jose NetSuite Inc. | San Mateo Medivation Inc. | San Francisco East Bay Agency for Children | Oakland

33. Spansion Inc. | Sunnyvale 34. Wind River Systems Inc. | Alameda

Viasystems Technologies Corp. LLC | San Jose OSIsoft LLC | San Leandro Omnicell Inc. | Mountain View Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (The Santa Cruz Seaside Company) | Santa Cruz

35. Jive Software | Palo Alto


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Life at Stryker. Stryker allows you to make a difference by creating innovative medical technology and services that provide life-changing solutions to enhance and save lives. At Stryker, we care as much about what you can do as what you have done, helping you to discover, apply and develop your strengths and talents.

Join Our Mission.

Learn how a career at Stryker allows you to make a difference by visiting www.Stryker.com

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TOP WORKPLACES 2014 WINNERS In this survey, small companies have less than 149 employees.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

SMALL COMPANIES

McManis Faulkner | San Jose xMatters Inc. | San Ramon ServiceMax | Pleasanton iD Tech Camps | Campbell J&J Air Conditioning | San Jose Sequoia | San Mateo The ABD Team | San Mateo Azul Systems Inc. | Sunnyvale ISCS | San Jose Brookfield Residential Northern California | Danville Clean Solar | San Jose Kidder Mathews | San Francisco Appirio | San Mateo The Core Group | San Jose McGuire and Hester | Oakland Berding Weil LLP | Walnut Creek Ascent Services Group | Walnut Creek Mountz Inc. | San Jose The Cooper Companies Inc. | Pleasanton Baynote Inc. | San Jose RiseSmart | San Jose Hassett Ace Hardware | Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Willow Glen Diablo Valley Oncology Hematology Medical Group | Pleasant Hill Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp. | San Ramon AVer Information Inc. Americas | Fremont

26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.

Tintri | Mountain View MuleSoft | San Francisco Voltage Security | Cupertino Veracyte Inc. | South San Francisco Loring Ward | San Jose WilmerHale | Palo Alto Frontier Infiniti | Santa Clara EORM Inc. | San Jose Solvay | Martinez Nelson Family of Companies | Sonoma Addepar | Mountain View HFS Consultants | Oakland Weber Shandwick | Sunnyvale Better Finance Inc. (BillFloat Inc.) | San Francisco UNCLE Credit Union | Livermore Graybar Electric Company Inc. | San Jose Contra Costa Child Care Council | Concord Valassis Inc. | Newark ALOM Technologies | Fremont James C Jenkins Insurance Service Inc. | Concord GoDaddy | Sunnyvale Rimini Street Inc. | Pleasanton Quixey | Mountain View ProteinSimple | Santa Clara Hologic | Santa Clara


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About the Top Workplaces 2014 Survey Provided by WorkplaceDynamics, who conducted theTopWorkplaces Bay Area 2014 project. OUTREACH WorkplaceDynamics reaches out to employers with at least 40 employees in the Bay Area to participate. We use a combination of print and online ads, and direct outreach to employers using direct marketing list (e.g. infoUSA).

EMPLOYEE SURVEY We survey employees at participating employers using either paper surveys or an online survey application. Employees respond to a set of statements using a seven point Likert scale. 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.

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 2014.

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What is important to workers? SURVEY FACTORS CONNECTION

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MY WORK

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MY MANAGER MY PAY AND BENEFITS

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SURVEY STATEMENTS I feel genuinely appreciated at this company I believe this company is going in the right direction I am confident in the leader of this company I am confident about my future at this company My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful This company operates by strong values and ethics

67% 66% 66% 65% 65%

62% Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company 61% At this company, we do things efficiently and well 60% New ideas are encouraged at this company 58% This job has met or exceeded the expectations I had when I started 57% I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company 56% My manager cares about my concerns 55% There is not a lot of negativity at my workplace 53% My manager makes it easier to do my job well 53% My manager helps me learn and grow 52% I get the formal training I want for my career 51% My pay is fair for the work I do 44% I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life 42% My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry 37%

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These are the comments from the California Water Service Company employees: “I am afforded the ability, support, and tools to grow as an employee and also as a person. Although I hope I have brought some skills to my job, I also appreciate the things which I have learned during my career which is beneficial to me as a person and in my personal life as well. I feel very fortunate to be employed by Cal Water due to the ethical minded philosophy. I look forward to coming to work every day and gain a sense of value related to the work I am able to participate in.”

“I have a good environment to work in and enjoy working with my fellow employees. We see each other more than our spouses at times so it is important to be around people you get along with and feel comfortable working with.” “Cal Water is a great company to work for. I plan on being in management when my time comes. Most important Cal Water provides me the opportunity to advance in life and take care of my family.” Advertorial content provided by California Water Service Company.

1720 North First Street • San Jose • (408) 367-8200 • www.calwater.com


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Proud to be named one of the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces three years in a row!

NOW HIRING

At Cal Water, we have an important job to do: We are responsible for delivering an essential resource to our customers. If you’d like to be a part of a team of water utility professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, check us out. We offer competitive pay and benefits, opportunities for development, stability, and a collaborative, friendly work environment. This is your opportunity to make a difference.

California Water Service Company 1720 Nort h First St reet • San Jose, CA 95112 408.367.8200 • www.calwatergroup.com/jobs Equal Opportunity Employer

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Community Involvement Successful Bay Area companies serve their communities in myriad ways By Maggie Sharpe Correspondent

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op Bay Area businesses don’t just keep an eye on the bottom line, they look out for opportunities to help those less fortunate within their local and global communities. Whether it’s a helping hand to a homeless person or a donation to the Red Cross in times of natural disaster, these awardwinning companies put words into action.

Kids’Country

A non-profit that provides before- and after-school programs for K-5 students, Kids’ Country is planning a Center for the Arts and Sciences that will provide instruction in science, math, art, culinary arts, music and theatre.“The facility will be one-of-a-kind and will truly be a jewel in the Tri-valley,”said Stacy Litteral, associate executive director. Brookfield Residential Northern California is passionate about HomeAid of Northern California. Recently, the company participated in the remodel of the kitchen at the Teen Challenge Shelter in San Jose. They also donated furniture from their model homes to HomeAid, which distributes to local shelters. At Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology Medical Group, physicians are “passionate about community outreach and education.” They developed tumor educational seminars that are free and open to the public including vital information on breast, colon and lung cancer. In the past year, dedicated FedEx employees have donated volunteer hours in support of numerous community projects in the Bay Area, including Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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At Nimble Storage, executives and employees are passionate about environmental awareness, providing entrepreneurial skills to inner city youth and programs that tackle homelessness and hunger in the Bay Area head-on. AVer Information Inc. Americas president Arthur Pait believes in the importance of kids, education and campus safety. AVer provides educators with the tools to engage students through technology. One example: AVer partnered with Troxell Communications to rebuild schools affected by Hurricane Katrina and made technology donations to help in the greening of Greensburg. As a world leader in data-centric encryption, Voltage Security solutions are used by enterprises worldwide. Voltage gives back through food drives for the Second Harvest Food Bank, fundraising for cystic fibrosis research, gifts to children in need and support for local schools and organizations focused on children. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been providing families with affordable family fun at the beach since 1907. Company president Charles

Canfield is passionate about supporting young people in the Santa Cruz community. The company’s biggest fundraiser is Drive For Schools, co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Auto Dealers. Participating schools keep every dollar they raise, to spend however they choose. SAP America, a global information technology leader, helped at least 1,000 nonprofits in 2014 with SAP solutions. Investment management firm Loring Ward has made contributions to Hillel of Silicon Valley, Habitat for Humanity and local food banks. CEO Alex Potts is passionate about investor education. He commissioned free, online educational videos to help Americans make smarter decisions with their money. Weber Shandwick recently participated in the holiday Adopt-a-Family program in which they purchased gifts for a family in need. On Earth Day 2014, employees volunteered to clean a local park, part of the company’s larger commitment to environmentalism.


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Nelson Family of Companies

Nelson Family of Companies’ founder Gary D. Nelson models the way he likes employees to participate in the community by his own actions. He and his wife established the Gary and Marcia Nelson Community Care Fund and Endowment to support emergency room services in the Sonoma Valley and have spearheaded efforts to open and support public charter schools. WilmerHale’s commitment to pro bono and community service stretches back to the earliest days.“We are thrilled that, for a second consecutive year, our Palo Alto office has made the list as a Top Workplace in the Bay Area,”said Mark Selwyn, partner-in-charge of the Palo Alto office. Baynote Inc.

Baynote Inc. provides employees with one paid day a year to volunteer for an organization of their choice. Last holiday the company“adopted”a family in need, participated in the food and clothing drive at the Sacred Heart Community Service and contributed to the Philippines tsunami rescue aid through CARE. John F. Jones, executive director of Contra Costa Child Care Council, and his entire team are focused on promoting quality care and early education for young children. Now in its 38th year, its goal is to keep parents working and create positive outcomes for children.“Our passion is to help improve the lives of children and families with a focus on quality child care, kindergarten readiness, child health and nutrition, and supporting children with special needs,”said Jones. Solvay – Martinez provided the initial endowment for the Martinez Community Foundation that provides community-based grants. The focus is on early childhood education and youth sports as a way to educate and keep kids focused. Employees also raise money for the Boy Scouts and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. There are numerous ways that xMatters Inc. is involved in supporting its employees and the community, but they prefer to focus on one cause at a time. Past causes include the Pajama Program, which provides children in foster

care with pajamas and books, so they can have the same bedtime stories and experiences as other children. GoDaddy’s GoVolunteer program allows employees to support a charity of their choice. Employees receive two paid days off per year to give time to a cause that’s special to them. Employees can also earn grants for their charities of choice. Harlan McHugh, executive manager/partner at Frontier Infiniti, gives from the company’s checkbook, and also from his own. His band called ALSO raises money at such events as the Saint Christopher’s Parish Festival. Employees support Toys for Tots and the Second Harvest Food Bank drives. ServiceMax leverages its flexible time-off policy to allow and encourage employees to use their time to support organizations of their choice and within their local community. Leadership roles in local service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs are trademarks of the California Water Service Company (Cal Water). The Cal Water Cares Committee sponsors a Share Your Lunch event through the Second Harvest Food Bank and a Family Giving Tree to collect gifts for children, elderly and homeless at Christmas.

Sequoia

Insurance consulting firm Sequoia supports the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto and has sponsored employees in the annual Ride for Ravenswood fundraiser. All employees support the Second Harvest Food Drive, local coat collections, disaster food and supply drives and sponsor families during the holidays. Community programs are built around the passions of its employees at Workday which supports causes ranging from men’s health (Movember) to animal welfare (local shelters). Workday employees can request a 1:1 match for charitable donations up to $1,000 per year. Seventy Workday employees Continued on page 20

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Community Involvement, continued from page 19 recently volunteered in the March Project Homeless Connect. CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri also have extensive philanthropic interests.

One Workplace supports a large number of organizations including 19 for Life, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Blue Star Moms, Sacred Heart Nativity and Cristo. Many employees will walk the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in July. The company focuses on supporting the less fortunate, children in need and cancer research.

Spansion Inc. believes that the well-being of the communities in which they work directly relates to the success of the company. Worldwide, the company has three focus areas: Education, Basic Needs and Community Development. In 2013, employees around the world spent some 7,000 hours volunteering to support more than 40 organizations.

At Synaptics Incorporated, employees participate in charitable events including the San Jose Turkey Trot which benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Summer Scamper 5K/10K, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K and Turning Wheels for Kids which provides bikes to underprivileged children.

OSIsoft LLC social responsibility program is twofold: Through the Charitable Giving Benefit, employees donate to causes of their choice which OSIsoft matches up to $500 annually; the Volunteer Time Off policy allows employees to take up to three days off work to volunteer for a nonprofit of their choice including local schools, Alameda County Food Bank, San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Habitat for Humanity.

Jeff Lyon, chairman and CEO of Kidder Mathews, is passionate about charities and the arts. Recently, the company matched funds from employees for a coat drive for Family Supportive Housing, The company supports more than 30 local organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.

Valassis is a leader in intelligent media delivery, known for its“Have You Seen Me?”missing child program. Of the more than 3,000 children featured in this photo program, nearly 1,700 have been recovered through this and other efforts. Valassis supports the community service organization, Viola Blythe, located in Newark.

Pet Food Express

In 2011, Pet Food Express began sponsoring the annual Bay Area Pet Fair and Adopt-a-Thon at the Marin Center in San Rafael, which has helped some 1,700 animals find new homes, The company donates food and kitty litter to local shelters, provides protective gear to police K-9s and pays for medical care for retired police dogs. Sofitel San Francisco Bay partners with Community Gatepath, which provides employment opportunities for the disabled. The hotel currently employs eight Community Gatepath workers. The hotel and its employees also organize fundraising events for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Wounded Warriors.

Hassett Ace Hardware

Hassett Ace Hardware strives to be a community center as well as a helpful hardware store. The Willow Glen store team helped build a“Make A Wish”stage at Leigh High School in San Jose, while the Palo Alto store team is involved in Repair Cafe, which hosts a regular free community fix-it day.

On a national level, Aerotek is involved with the Special Olympics, Boys HopeGirls Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Year-Up, Back on My Feet and Ronald McDonald House charities. Its more than 200 local offices also participate in others charitable endeavors. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Hologic has two offices that take advantage of the area’s abundance of high tech engineers and scientists. Together. Hologic offices donate about $5,000 each year to the Silicon Valley March of Dimes.

Valassis

Coupons.com Incorporated worked with Second Harvest Food Bank last year to secure thousands of meals for Bay Area families in need. The company is a Gold Sponsor of Second Harvest’s Stand Up for Kids Campaign, an initiative to protect children at risk for hunger. In partnership with InnVision Shelter Network, more than 350 employees helped renovate shelters to make them feel more like home.

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As a nonprofit serving children, youth and families in the East Bay, Lincoln Child Center promotes the resiliency of children and youth impacted by poverty and community violence. Lincoln has served the community for 131 years, focusing on children and youth in foster care, probation and in public and charter schools.

MuleSoft

MuleSoft employees are encouraged to volunteer and devote time to a project or cause that is meaningful to them. One example is Curry Without Worry, a nonprofit organization that passes out food to the homeless at the Civic Center in San Francisco. The ABD Team is as passionate about community service as it is about professional service. President Kurt de Grosz serves on the board of Peninsula Family Service and CEO Brian Hetherington is a board member for Rebuilding Together and the Mission YMCA. In May, ABD worked with the local amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) organization to bring children for a day at the San Francisco Zoo. Last summer, Intacct Corporation participated in Family Giving Tree’s Back-toSchool Drive by donating backpacks full of school supplies. The company sent Continued on page 24


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SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY PROUD AND COMMITTED TO BEING A TOP WORKPLACE WINNER

Special Awards for Leadership Leadership Large Company

Dave Duffield & Aneel Bhusri Workday, Pleasanton

(also honored in this category in 2011, 2012 and 2013)

What do the leaders do well?

He communicates! He values EMPLOYEES as being critical to Workday’s success! Customers are also a focus, but he realizes that if you have HAPPY employees, everything else falls into place. He encourages ideas, he encourages employees, he fosters success and growth and padding his pocketbook is not his main goal in life! He genuinely cares about employees. He is down to earth, and very approachable too. I like and appreciate that! Dave is completely different and the same with Aneel. I love that about them and I don’t feel like my contribution is going to fund lavish hobbies. I think Dave and Aneel really rock!

Leadership Midsize Company Suresh Vasudevan Nimble Storage, San Jose What does the leader do well?

Thinks strategically to grow the business, which will improve the financial rewards for me as a shareholder.

Committed to Our Guests and Employees Life is Magnifique!

Leadership Small Company Dave Yarnold ServiceMax, Pleasanton What does the leader do well?

Hires good people with common beliefs and professional, but fun personality. He is passionate about our space and about seeing not only this company succeed, but the market we are in.

For career opportunities, visit us at sofitel.com 223 Twin Dolphin Drive • Redwood City 650.598.9000

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Community Involvement, continued from page 20 care packages with personalized thank-you letters to U.S. military members through Operation Gratitude. The company also donates to Second Harvest Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. Biopharmaceutical company Medivation Inc. employees give back to the community through volunteering with local nonprofits and supporting philanthropic organizations through sponsorship and advocacy of prostate cancer events.

BKF Engineers has worked with Rebuilding Together Peninsula for 15 years and more recently with Rebuilding Together North Bay and East Bay. They have supported the American Heart Association Heart Walk since 2006 as well as the Avon Walk For Life breast cancer awareness event. Each EORM Inc. office supports a local philanthropic effort. The local environmental consulting firm adopted local families; provided meals, social activities and entertainment at Ronald McDonald Houses; worked on coastal cleanups; supported local food banks; and worked in community gardens. “These are not only rewarding events, they are also wonderful times for team building and getting together with EORM family and friends.”

Social re sponsibility is a core value at HFS credit union.“We are committed to providing exceptional value to clients in need and to support our community through pro bono service or other material ways.”Every year, the company budgets approximately 15 percent of its profits to community involvement.

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Cauchi have two key passions: Giving kids an advantage in technology and engineering and finding creative ways to improve the environment.“We want all students to have the chance to pursue their passions and develop skills to help them succeed,”said Ingram-Cauchi.“We also need to ensure they have a healthy, green world to live in.” Christopher M. George established The CMG Foundation based on his desire to help severely wounded veterans and their families with the amenities needed to live a comfortable life. The foundation also contributes to cancer organizations to help patients and their families through education and a sense of community. Coldwell Banker Residential exemplifies the term: Doing Well By Doing Good including supporting Habitat for Humanity. Over the past 15 years, the company’s Community Foundation has raised approximately $2.5 million for Habitat for Humanity chapters in Northern California. The brokerage also supports local food banks, Toys for Tots and the One Warm Coat clothing drive each winter.

Fremont Bank will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year by awarding more than $1 million in charitable contributions to 156 local nonprofits.“Our success and generosity these last 50 years are made possible by our long-standing relationships with clients, including our nonprofit partners,”said Marie-Pascale Peterson, director of community outreach.

East Bay Agency for Children’s mission is to build brighter futures for children, youth and their families. Executive director Josh Leonard has a long history of advocating for the needs of vulnerable youth in Alameda County with a particular passion for youth aging out of the foster care system. NetSuite Inc.

NetSuite Inc. supports community efforts through NetSuite.org and its signature pro bono program, SuiteVolunteers. The company creates opportunities for employees to get involved in service through SuiteImpact Teams that includes partnerships with Meals on Wheels, Reach Out and Read, Second Harvest Food Bank and InnVision Shelter Networks.

Financial tech company Better Finance Inc. has a strong, multi-cultural environment with associates in Hungary, China, Mexico, India, Vietnam, Greece and South Africa. Its employees serve the community at holiday time by serving meals at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

Management at molecular diagnostics company Veracyte Inc. impacts by providing its product to patients who cannot afford it through a financial aid program. In addition, employees organize an annual community event: In 2013 the company partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to help support the food needs in the Bay Area. DaVita Healthcare Partners

Last year, about 100 teammates and family members from DaVita kidney care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, supported the San Francisco and Silicon Valley National Kidney Foundation walks.“We serve more than 1,800 kidney patients in the San Jose and San Francisco area alone,”said Amanda R. Copenhaver, M.P.H., a group facility administrator. Hannah Kain founded ALOM Technologies in 1997, which is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certified woman-owned business. ALOM employees donate time and resources for an annual food drive supporting Abode Services and the Sunrise Village homeless shelter. Staff organizes a toy drive during the holidays to support the Tri-Cities League of Volunteers and partnered with HOPE Services to provide job training to adults with developmental disabilities.

“At VMware Inc. we believe in the idea of citizen philanthropy, which is at its essence the belief that everyone has something to contribute, ”said CEO Pat Gelsinger. This approach is visible in the scope of global causes that employees support, including education, ending poverty, technology and the environment, a total of $4.6 million in social investments. Quixey sponsors downtown Mountain View events such as the Oktoberfest and the Art & Wine festival. CEO Tomer Kagan grew up attending BBYO events and continues to be involved with the organization as a mentor and donor. He’s passionate about the future of te chnology and sits on the board of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and is an advisor to Innovation Endeavors and the MuckerLab Seed Fund. iD Tech CEO Pete Ingram-Cauchi and president and co-founder Alexa Ingram-

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Mountz Inc. CEO Brad Mountz has a passion for inspiring his employees to give back to the community. This past holiday he challenged employees to participate in the Bill Wilson Center’s Adopt-a-Family Holiday program. Mountz also donates Thanksgiving turkeys to the Bill Wilson Center, Second Harvest, San Jose Family Shelter, the Shelter for Battered Women and local churches. “I wish to give thanks to those that make Mountz a successful business with nearly 50 years under our belt,”said Mountz. Continued on page 39


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tarting with good company medical and dental benefits for employees and families, the Bay Area’s Top Businesses make sure their employees are happy and healthy through subsidized gym memberships, healthy catered lunches and free health screenings, to name just a few. Here are some examples of Top Businesses helping the people who help them most:

The iD LIFE (Lifestyle, Improvement for Everyone) program was established at iD Tech to motivate employees to regularly exercise, eat better and pursue a healthy lifestyle. Challenges include fun runs, making healthy resolutions and trying three new exercises per month. The company also supports the Campbell Community Center by purchasing a corporate membership each year. “Hassett Ace Hardware has a library of the most current books on leadership, mindfulness and culture,”said Hassett’s Jocelyn Lovelle, Brand, Culture and Positivity. ”We encourage our employees to take books home and to suggest their own motivational reading material for the library.” To promote a healthy lifestyle, Nimble Storage launched a week of wellness last December that included classes on nutrition, massage, yoga and scavenger hunts. The company’s new office also features a full-service gym. Employees can take part in nutrition quizzes and win gift cards based on their knowledge of nutrition facts.

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nutritious food choices.“We have also hosted health fairs with nutritious food and activities such as yoga, meditation and Tai Chi.”

and needs. Working at an amusement park has advantages. Where else can you relieve stress with a ride on a roller coaster?”

SAP America takes care of health matters by serving organic food, offering daily exercise classes at the on-site gym, plus massage services, free classes on time and life management and family/home safety classes. eSAP offers free blood pressure screenings, body fat analysis and flexibility testing.

ProteinSimple adopted a Results Only Workplace Environment (ROWE) that allows employees to balance their own work/life priorities. Workers are free to take as much time off as they want, so long as their work gets done and goals are met.“It all comes down to delivering on-time quality work and achieving established goals.”

Employees enjoy a weekly catered lunch at Voltage Security that offers an opportunity for the entire company to get together on an informal basis. Voltage also provides gym and pool access, healthy snacks and drinks and daily delivery of organic fruit. Many employees participate in one of the company’s exercise groups or the Voltage Soccer Team. Contra Costa Child Care Council

Since part of its job is teaching good eating habits, the Contra Costa Child Care Council encourages healthy eating in its onsite restaurant through

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s mission is“to provide fun while having fun – when we are healthy and happy we can share that with our guests.”The mission is accomplished through a company program called Healthy Frontiers. To provide balance,“we offer flexible hours and accommodate personal schedules

Wind River offers its workers: an onsite gym; fitness classes; on-campus basketball court; and one-on-one fitness coaching. Employees can bring their pets to work as a way to reduce stress and encourage walking. The partially subsidized cafeteria offers seasonal, organic produce such as sustainably caught seafood. At Loring Ward, employees enjoy“Fresh Fruit Mondays”when the company provides free fresh fruit.“We also provide every employee with a $20 monthly credit to be used on health and wellness programs, such as a gym membership.”


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with healthy snacks, from organic fruits to yogurt and sparkling water. Nelson Family of Companies’ SimplyEngaged program’s primary goal is to improve employee health. The company recently held a 10-week Get Fit Challenge to help employees get fit and lose weight. Nelson offers a flexible work schedule as studies show that employees who are given some choice about schedule and location of work report better self-care behaviors. At ServiceMax employees enjoy a generous benefits package with 100-percent medical coverage for employees and families as well as competitive dental, vision and auxiliary benefits options. The company offers flexible time off, allowing employees to take ownership of their time. At“Orange Thursdays,”the company celebrates with free lunch for its employees. California Water Service Company (Cal Water) joined with its unions to create a Joint Healthcare Committee. The company provides wellness classes and tools to encourage healthy habits, such as cookbooks and juice blenders. In addition to exercise, sports and gardening activities, Cal Water hosts the “Rubber Chicken Olympics.” WilmerHale offers“amazing health coverage, a bountiful paid time-off plan and an exceptional retirement and savings plan that give employees the opportunity to live healthy, safe and satisfied lives.”The firm offers its employees emergency childcare through Bright Horizons/Family Solutions and reimbursement for fitness program memberships. GoDaddy

collaborate on the same job. The Employee Sponsorship Program fosters team building through the Running Club, Bowling League, Kick Ball and Softball League, for which GoDaddy pays the costs up to $1,200 per team. Solvay Martinez employees exercise at Con Nuestras Manos Park’s walking course, the employee gym and through Fitbit walking program. Every employee is trained in first aid and CPR and 80 percent are on the emergency response team.“In one instance our employee revived a jogger who had a heart attack; in another instance, an employee’s wife put out a fire in a church kitchen.”

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During cold bug season, the company gives all employees a special“cold kit” with cold remedies and wellness reminders.

xMatters Inc. prides itself on providing a work/life balance so employees have time to spend with family. xMatters encourages workers to participate in activities outside of work through its 3P (Personal Progression Program). Participants receive a stipend to fulfill their 3P goal; in return, they keep their fellow employees updated on their progress.

Clean Solar believes in a healthy lifestyle and begins its weekly office meeting with a few moments of meditation. Many employees take walks during the day with the combined benefits of fresh air, exercise and socializing.

Frontier Infiniti owner Harlan McHugh emphasizes“family first,”by offering excellent health insurance to his employees.“The premiums have gone up this year, yet the owners of Frontier Infiniti decided to absorb the cost, so that employees don’t have to.”

One of GoDaddy’s core values is to create work/life balance. The company offers unlimited flexible work hours as well as“flex careers,”in which workers

Weber Shandwick encourages a healthy work/life balance through its Body, Soul and Mind program that subsidizes gym memberships. Offices are stocked

Brookfield Residential Northern California

Brookfield Residential Northern California employees can join Vitality, an interactive and personalized wellness program, which helps motivate employees to meet their personal health and fitness goals. Brookfield has a flexible work policy, and also closed for a week last Christmas season to allow employees to spend more time with family. One Workplace features an on-site gym and showers for employees.“As a family-run business, we maintain that family life and friends are most important. We treat our employees as family.” Continued on page 28

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as in our employees.”The company pays 100 percent of all medical expenses for nearly 70 percent of its staff. Students and staff participate in intramural sports programs and every May, Kids’Country hosts a Fitness Field Day and 5K Run for the community.

Sequoia CEO Greg Golub ensures employees enjoy team and family-focused activities, including the Annual Sequoia Anniversary Offsite Event,“bring your child to work day”and the Health and Wellbeing program that includes biometric screening, flu shots, CPR and first aid training.“The program also promotes healthy eating; we provide on-site organic fruit for employees and hold healthful potluck gatherings.”

Spansion Inc.: Wellness fair

In addition to its onsite fitness equipment, fitness discounts, free seminars and wellness communication materials, Spansion Inc. holds an annual Wellness Fair in its Sunnyvale location with some 40 vendors. The big draw is a Splash Down booth where employees can pay $1/ball to soak their favorite executive. The firm’s benefit package includes flexible work schedules and bariatric surgery coverage. “At Coupons.com Incorporated we offer a variety of unique benefits and perks to our employees, including free shuttle service, unlimited vacation, financial and wealth management services and a membership to Inspirato, a private vacation club that offers personal travel service.” Employees can also participate in basketball tournaments, a badminton club and monthly poker nights.“We also maintain a dog-friendly campus.”

Synaptics Incorporated: Health fair

Synaptics Incorporated promotes a healthy workplace through its wellness programs and initiatives. “Synapticians”who enroll in the company’s wellness program participate in an annual on-site health screening. “With his penchant for fitness programs, our CEO Rick Bergman is a cheerleader for our wellness initiatives.”The firm also offers free group exercise classes including boot camp, yoga and tai chi and has several clubs including soccer, softball, hiking, basketball and running. “A healthy lifestyle is important at Kids’ Country. We instill these values in the students that we serve as well

Kidder Mathews offers a full range of company-paid benefits and also provides an Employee Assistance Plan to enable staff/families to meet with outside consultants on such issues as emotional/behavior concerns, substance abuse or marital/family problems. Employees are also permitted to work flexible or compressed schedules, as well as occasional work from home. “At Pet Food Express, we take our fun seriously.”The company’s Fun Committee organizes regular events such as group birthday and anniversary celebrations and special holiday contests and games – and, of course,“we have our furry friends to keep us walking and feeling good.”

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“At Workday we understand that happy employees are engaged employees.”Highlights of company offerings include: Annual health/wellness fair; on-site chiropractor; on-site massages; weekly delivery of fresh fruit; baby sleep specialist; juggling (proven to relieve stress); fitness reimbursement program; and lunch-time yoga.

EORM Inc.: CPR course

EORM Inc. takes care of its employees’health through a comprehensive pay and benefits program. It provides employees and their families with security for today and help in planning for tomorrow.“We also enjoy hosting local health and wellness fairs and offering novel benefits that include health club memberships and even medical insurance for pets.”

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Lincoln Child Center provides a minimum of four weeks of vacation per year for each employee. Through its staff advisory group, the company garners feedback on ways to improve the organization that help reduce stress and create balance. The company encourages walks and work breaks throughout the day.

Intacct Corporation

Intacct Corporation runs an annual“Biggest Loser”and “Most Active Employee”competition.“It’s work and life, not work or life,”is one of the firm’s core values. Monthly wellness newsletters enable Hologic employees to focus on such topics as balanced nutrition, back-toschool and child-rearing, stress management, fitness and preventative exams. In addition, the company supplies healthy fresh fruit snacks. MuleSoft employees are encouraged to find a balance that works for them.“The MuleSoft work schedule is flexible, allowing employees to work from home or leave early if they need to make a parent-teacher conference or even a ball game.”

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During its recent move to Fremont, AVer Information Inc. Americas created a popular innovation room, with pool and ping-pong tables, gaming consoles and massage chairs, just to name a few.“It was designed to be a place where AVer team members can get reinvigorated and get their proverbial‘creative juices’flowing.”

As part of its commitment to a culture of well-being, The ABD Team launched a wellness program that includes Fitbit devices for every employee and a cutting-edge online program about total wellness – not just exercising and diet – so employees can earn points for volunteering or donating, sleeping well and even taking vacation. Medivation Inc. provides its employees with a comprehensive total rewards package. It also encourages employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle by reimbursing for the cost of gym memberships or other fitness activities.

At OSIsoft LLC employees enjoy a fitness reimbursement program that allocates them $20 a month toward a fitness membership. The“Touch Wellness Chair Massage”provides employees with 20-minute massages on a biweekly basis, while the Annual Health Fair includes athletic shoe fittings, biometric screenings, flu shots and“blender bikes” where employees cycle off calories and enjoy a guilt-free smoothie.

Healthy employees are happier and more productive, says HFS Consultants.“We encourage exercise and eating healthy by covering the membership initiation fee for the local gym.”Employees are encouraged to make simple steps to reduce stress, such as taking breaks during their work day to go for a walk, chat with a co-worker or just get outside for a breath of fresh air.

Aerotek supports work/life balance by providing employees with flexible scheduling, discounts at local gyms and wellness educational“lunch and learns.”

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Once a week, a wellness expert visits Mountz Inc. and leads a relaxation and meditation group. Experts in other health fields – including a Native American Shaman – have also made presentations on such topics as yoga and stress management. Also, some employees converted a small storage shed into a mini gym and brought in weights and benches. Mountz Inc.: Relaxation group

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choices or being a safety net in times of crisis, DaVita invests in improving lives.” Company sports teams, on-site yoga classes, ski trips, bike clubs,“Free Fruit Tuesdays”and“Salad Fridays”are all sponsored by BKF Engineers. The firm also hosts weight loss challenges through its“Who’s the Biggest Loser?” contests. The American Heart Association recognized BKF as a“Fit Friendly”work place. NetSuite Inc. takes an active role in supporting its workers’physical and emotional health.“We provide our employees with fresh fruit, access to an on-site gym free of charge, an on-site Café with many organic and healthy options and company-sponsored social events to build team spirit.”The company celebrates employee milestones with new baby gifts and a birthday-off policy. A proud accomplishment, Omnicell Inc. was named one of the Bay Area’s Healthiest Employers in 2012 and 2013. Omnicell was recognized as demonstrating“innovation and leadership”for its wellness programs. Not only does Veracyte offer a wide range of employee benefits, it operates a free daily shuttle to local public transportation and free sandwiches, yogurt and fruit.“We encourage our employees to take advantage of the on-site gym in addition to local walking paths.” At VMware Inc.,“We take the approach of helping employees with their work-life integration.”Some activities include: Amazing Race! Global Fitness Challenge; Club vFit state-of-the-art gym; Walking Wednesdays; and free healthy snacks on a daily basis with special days for bagels, burritos and fruit. Here are some of the ways employees stay happy and healthy at Quixey: On-site consultant dedicated to teambuilding and issue resolution; ergonomics evaluations;

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weekly yoga; massages; gym membership; flexible time off; and company-wide camping trips. Quixey welcomes healthy feedback from its employees through “Hackathons.”

The many snacks in the break room are all healthy snacks. In addition to flexible work plans, the firm offers drug or alcohol counseling with a trained professional. Del Grande Dealer Group: Dirty Girl Mud Run

At The Cooper Companies,“We are committed to our number one asset – our employees.”In 2014, the company celebrates its fifth year of promoting healthy lifestyles through its global wellness program. The goal is to engage employees and their families to live a healthy lifestyle and decrease the risk of disease. The company hosts annual health and safety fairs and a range of health and wellnessrelated“lunch and learn”sessions.

The“Go Red Movement”(heart health awareness) has been major for Del Grand Dealer Group. The company sponsored social media campaigns around the movement and provided brochures to employees on heart health. A group of female employees also go on“workout walks” at the end of the day together. Forty Del Grand women recently competed in the“Dirty Girl Mud Run.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage promotes employee health through iThrive, which is designed to help employees keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions all year – and into future years. iThrive incorporates the many preventive care and wellness benefits already in place at Realogy.

The James C Jenkins Insurance Service Inc. has a wellness expert and coordinator on staff and has also won awards for“Bay Area Healthiest Employer.”One company “challenge”is the“100-Mile Club”in which employees track the distances they walk with pedometers.“Stretch breaks”are held every Tuesday and Thursday when employees gather and follow stretch routines led by trained co-workers.

Mental health and wellness is forefront at East Bay Agency for Children. Classes and forums offered include chiropractic and other alternative medicines. The company provides a robust time-off benefit to help employees recharge.“By sharing articles about health, providing healthy snacks and encouraging employees to take breaks during the day, we convey to our employees that their health is important.” At Better Finance,“Mid-Month Madness”provides an opportunity for team building. Past“Madness”events include riding the“ducks,”learning how to juggle and serving meals to those in need at Glide Memorial. “Baynote Inc. is a pretty healthy place to work. Our kitchen is always stocked with healthy food and drink.” The company also offers an on-site gym and employees enjoy such activities as professional roller derby, triathlons, tennis, rock climbing, road and off-road cycling, hiking and backpacking, robotics and tango dancing.

Riverbed Technology

“At Riverbed Technology we support the time needed for employees to enjoy personal activities outside of work, so we are flexible on work hours and location.”The firm sponsors a family summer picnic with games, rides and a petting zoo; employee groups also take part in 100K bike rides, car shows, surfing and bowling. Upon being hired at McManis Faulkner, each employee is offered a free membership at a nearby athletic club.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati promotes healthy living through healthcare benefits, on-site flu shots and fitness challenges. In Palo Alto, the on-site cafe serves healthy and nutritional lunch options. Employees can use the company fitness center or access more than 1,000 fitness centers nationwide. The company also offers parttime work options if time off is needed for family reasons.

Eventbrite

Eventbrite has a generous benefits package as well as a“Take the Time You Need”time-off policy; every day is “bring your dog to work”day. Massage Mondays, Wellness Wednesdays with nutrition and acupuncture, and yoga (twice a week) are all offered on-site. The company provides healthy, catered lunches four days a week and breakfast and dinner twice a week. At Charles Schwab, under the umbrella of the Schwab Everyday Wellness program, Schwab provides healthy choices for food via on-site cafeterias, vending machines and catering options for events. All Schwab facilities are additionally smoke and tobacco-free. There is also a Healthy Reward program that gives employees a $250 annual contribution, paid into their HSA (Health Savings Account) or directly to them, for completing a health assessment and implementing action steps. Schwab also offers discounts on health club memberships. Additionally, classes on yoga, zumba and meditation are being piloted in some locations. n



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Intacct named as a Top Workplace for the fourth consecutive year It’s work and life, not work or life.

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Benefits Riverbed Technology San Francisco

My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry

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Communication Clean Solar San Jose

Training Taos Mountain Inc. San Jose

Work/life flexibility Voltage Security Cupertino

The ITIL Foundation class was very helpful in learning concepts about the profession I am in at TAOS.

Work from home policy no“set hours”if people need to run an errand or pick up kids.

Meaningfulness xMatters Inc. San Ramon

Clued-in senior management Aerotek San Jose

Appreciation Pet Food Express Oakland

I’ve never worked anywhere else that had such a strong sense of community as xMatters. Management is clear about direction and we are all working together with our same team attitude toward insanely great service. I feel like I am an integral part of our success as a company.

The senior managers at Aerotek are very open to hearing about new ideas and suggestions as to how it would be possible to be more productive; and in turn run a more efficient business. They are easy to talk to and value the opinion of their employees.

I receive a lot of encouragement and support. Many of my co-workers say nice things to me when I help them and I truly feel that they appriciate my help.

Ethics The Container Store San Jose, San Francisco, Corte Madera, Walnut Creek

Doers J&J Air Conditioning San Jose

New ideas Stonebrook Healthcare Center Concord

I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company

Medical insurance is good quality and a very good cost.

Managers Stryker Endoscopy San Jose

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 is very supportive and whenever I feel that there is too much on my plate, she is good about finding other resources to help me out. She ensures that our team has the tools we need to perform our jobs efficiently and she takes our feedback and concerns seriously.

Direction Sofitel San Francisco Bay Redwood City

I believe this company is going in the right direction

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TAOS MOUNTAIN INC.

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

This company operates by strong values and ethics

I get the formal training I want for my career

Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company

At this company, we do things efficiently and well

Work flexibility.

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

I feel genuinely appreciated at this company

New ideas are encouraged at this company

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Interesting Facts Did you know... Bay Area Workplaces share their unique and fascinating successes organizations. Additionally, when a Workday employee volunteers 25 hours with a single organization, Workday will donate $500 on their behalf. The company loves when teams of Workday employees get together to work on a specific cause – Workday will award a $1,000 grant to any organization where five or more employees volunteer 25 hours in total, and doubles that amount to $2,000 if the work uses employees’professional skills.

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common trait among most of the Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces is a formidable commitment not just to customers, but to employees. Some companies have amazing rewards programs and others have generous programs of charitable giving but the focus is on empowering employees and building programs around their interests. Read on for some interesting facts about the inner workings of the Bay Area’s Best Places to Work. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2014, Fremont Bank will award more than $1 million to 156 local nonprofit organizations. The first wave began in January and was given to organizations that are located in, and provide services to, each of the communities served by a branch of the bank. Fifteen beneficiaries will receive $10,000; 50 will be awarded $5,000; and 40 will be given $2,500 to support their community work. Later this spring, Fremont Bank Foundation will grant another $550,000 to an additional 51 nonprofits located within the five counties served by Fremont Bank (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Monterey). The awards will include 50 grants of $10,000 each and one grant in the amount of $50,000. Fremont Bank associates will vote to choose the recipient of the $50,000 grant. “Our success and generosity these last 50 years is made possible by our long-standing relationships with clients, including our nonprofit partners. Our thanks go out to them for making us the premier community bank and bank of choice for nonprofits in the communities we serve,”said Marie-Pascale Peterson, director of community outreach at Fremont Bank. EORM Inc., a San Jose based environmental health, safety and sustainability consulting firm lives out its mission of environmental stewardship. For the second consecutive year, it ranked as the Silicon Valley’s number one environmental firm by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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It also won a silver medal for business achievement by the Environmental Business Journal following three consecutive years of double-digit growth and a Project Merit award for green building for its work on the Juniper Networks campus.

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Sequoia is one of the largest benefits and insuranceconsulting firms in California. For over a decade, the firm has combined superior client service with its expertise in benefits, risk management, 401(k) and human resources to help customers reduce costs. A culture of service

extends to community impact programs particularly in the area of children’s health. Employee recognition is also key. The firm rewards employees for five years of service with two round trip tickets anywhere In the country, and for ten years of service awards two round trip tickets anywhere in the world.

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At Workday community programs are built around the passions of employees from all levels. Every fulltime Workday employee can request a 1:1 match for charitable donations up to $1,000 per year to eligible

Community goals at SAP America include enabling at least 1,000 nonprofits with SAP solutions through at least 150,000 employee volunteer hours with at least 20 percent focus on skills-based volunteering; and making a positive impact on at least 1,000,000 lives through social investments. Through the company’s sports marketing group, SAP will partner with the San Jose Sharks Foundation to improve and re-design the pediatric floor of Santa Clara County’s Valley Medical Center (VMC). Notable employee-focused programs include the “Innovation Speaker Series”featuring the Silicon Valley’s most noteworthy contributors, technology experts, and innovators; and“Month of Service,”SAP’s signature corporate volunteer initiative, designed to enhance education while helping create economic opportunity for those in need. Through its matching gift program, SAP facilitated 95 volunteer projects and donated 7,702 hours to corporate-led volunteer experiences. Wind River, a software company established over 30 years ago in a Berkeley garage, has its technology in close to 2 billion products, including the NASA Mars Rover and some of the fastest robots in the world. Continued on page 38


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In March 2014, ALOM Technologies, a global leader in supply chain management for technology, medical, automotive, financial, and government sectors was one of only two companies to ever be awarded the DMSCA Level 3 certificate for process performance. The company also achieved ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and TL 9000 certification for recognizing stringent operational performance and quality management. Headquartered in Oakland, HFS Consultants budgets approximately 15 percent of the prior year’s profits to community involvement and social responsibility, allocated in cash, pro bono work, and 16 hours of paid time that each employee is allowed to use for volunteer work. Since 2004, HFS employees and leaders have given a substantial amount of the firm’s time and profits back to the communities it serves, as well as national and international causes, when the need arises. In 2013, employees spent approximately 5.5 weeks volunteering mainly at Brookfield Village, a Habitat for Humanity project in East Oakland, the Alameda County Food Bank and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Legal advisor Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is committed to fostering diversity as a founding value and a core business principle.“By embracing the entrepreneurial, we have naturally embraced the diverse, and this has led to an organic culture of inclusion, one that historically has earned us high marks for diversity in the legal industry,” the company wrote. In June 2013, WSGR ranked No. 3 overall in The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard, which recognizes the diversity of the nation’s 250 largest and highest-grossing law firms. With 25.8 percent minority attorneys and 20.2 percent minority partners, the

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firm attained a diversity score of 46. Currently, 40 percent of the firm’s partners and more than 50 percent of the firm’s associates are women or belong to a racial, ethnic, or other minority group. In Talent Advisory Board’s September 2013 report“The Path to Advancement for Diverse Attorneys: Business Acumen,” WSGR was recognized as one of five“best practice firms.”According to the report, WSGR “outperforms the national, California, and Silicon Valley benchmark average of minority partners, counsel, and associates”and“significantly surpasses the national retention rate for minorities.”

Among SMB Employers for 2014 by Glassdoor. Intacct was named on the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the San Francisco Business Times; and for the fourth year in a row, by the Bay Area News Group.

Hologic

Solvay

Intacct Corporation

In the past year, financial management and accounting applications company, Intacct Corporation experienced phenomenal growth, hiring over a third of its workforce, and securing an additional $45 million in financing. In 2014, the company ranked second on Forbes list of The Best Cloud Computing Companies and CEOs to Work For; and CEO Robert Reid was named the Highest Rated CEO

With a strong sense of family, camaraderie and teamwork, Solvay – Martinez Plant had 100 percent participation on a project to build a gym on an older building on their campus. Employees decided to use no outside contractors for demolition and construction. They broke down solid block walls, removed plumbing, poured a new floor, put in a drop ceiling complete with power and lighting, added rubber flooring, painted, and outfitted the gym with equipment either from home or purchased. It turned out as if a professional had done the installation. It is used every day with pride. n

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Community Involvement, continued from page 24 James C Jenkins Insurance Service Inc. supports local children through Special Olympics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Community Youth Center to name just some. At Riverbed Technology, employees are involved with the food bank and ReachOut, serving disadvantaged youth. The company supports anti-poverty programs, natural disaster relief and at-risk youth. Since its inception, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati believed that it was important to give back to the community. The firm organizes events throughout the year, including community restoration and clean-up projects, food and fundraising drives, back-to-school and holiday drives and adopt-a-family events. Eventbrite boasts an employee-led group called Brite Impact which supports charities in the community and worldwide. They serve meals at local shelters

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and held a company-wide fundraiser to collect money for Charity Water: the well that the company funded broke ground recently in Ethiopia. Community involvement is important to Del Grande Dealer Group. This year, the company partnered with Go Red for Women, Second Harvest Food Bank and Sacred Heart to combat homelessness.“The Top Workplaces award has been the

most momentous honor of our careers,”agreed owners Shaun and Kevan Del Grande. McManis Faulkner is active in the community, supporting Adopt-A-Family Holiday Giving program, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Repertory Theatre and The Pajama Program. n

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