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California Water Service employees say they love their jobs because: “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.”

“I get to work with all departments and districts and help make a difference. The people at Cal Water are great to work with, and my boss holds me accountable but lets me do my job. For that, I am very grateful.” “It challenges me to grow in [my] field. I like being able to present my thoughts and ideas and management listens. ” “It is ever-changing. I am able to learn about all the aspects of the company, not just what happens in my department.” “I feel I’m part of the Cal Water family, not just an employee number.” “Diversity. Room to grow. Encouraged to learn.” Advertorial content provided by California Water Service.

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The ABD Team

The Container Store

The ABD Team, an innovative insurance brokerage headquartered in San Mateo, was founded in 2012 and has been on the Top Bay Area Workplace list three times! In fact, this company was also named a“Top Place to Work in Insurance”in 2014 by Business Insurance magazine, one of the“Healthiest Employers”by the SF Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal and one of the“Fastest Growing Private Companies”by the SFBT. All of its 165 employees are here in the Bay Area and they share company successes and successes of individual team members. The“Work, Love & Play”program includes parties, wellness contests, and client events like one at a SF Giants game that focused on international employee benefit packages.

The Container Store, headquartered in Dallas, has been on the list five times. It was also on Fortune magazine’s“100 Best Companies to Work For”list for an amazing 15 times. The Container store was the first retailer of its kind to offer organizing and storage solutions aimed at saving time for its customers. At the heart of the culture of this company is something called“Employees First” that comes complete with a special“We Love Our Employees Day,”a fund, and industry-leading benefits package.

Addepar

Addepar, a company that offers software on financial technology, hosted a worldwide Hack-athon. The company also offers internal hack-athons and“bugathons,”twice a year. Outside team activities include competitive sports leagues and educational programs that host prominent technologists, entrepreneurs and investors for quick, effective learning.

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. This Pleasanton-based company has created a work environment that’s fun and that makes employees look forward to coming to work at every day. In fact, fun is a core value. At Workday, the company’s culture is considered key to the company’s success and is reflected in the company’s core values: Put employees first; Focus on customer satisfaction; Operate with integrity; Foster innovation; Make sure we have fun; Work toward profitability. The Cooper Companies, a medical products company headquartered in Pleasanton, has received this TWP award for six years along with awards for management on the“40 Best Companies for Leaders”list from Chief Executive Magazine and Chally Group Worldwide, and the 2015“Best in Class 401(k) Plan”by PLANSPONSOR. The Cooper Companies has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a“Fit-Friendly Worksite”(gold level) and one of the“Healthiest Employers in the Bay Area.” With its acquisition of Sauflon Pharmaceuticals Ltd., CooperVision offers the most extensive range of daily contact lenses worldwide. CooperVision is a global sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight, a global nonprofit that works to prevent blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error. In the 2014 World Sight Day Challenge, CooperVision and its employees donated $115,000, or the equivalent to providing 23,000 eye exams.

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TiVo

TiVo, headquartered in the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose, has been a TWP for five consecutive years. Credited with inventing the first digital video recorder, TiVo celebrates“Blue Moon”on the last Friday in March, the anniversary of the day that the first TiVo DVR was shipped on March 31, 1999. The company is a proud sponsor of many local San Jose events including the TiVo Santa Run to benefit Christmas in the Park, and presenting sponsor of San Jose Children’s Musical Theater, Cabaret Night Gala fundraiser and Gateways San Jose. An open management style is one of the keys to ALOM Technologies’ positive atmosphere. This company provides manufacturing, packaging and complete supply chain management for Fortune 500 clients. Company-wide meetings are held every four to six weeks to review financial performance, achievements, challenges and to recognize and acknowledge employees. Continued on page 6

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What makes a top workplace, continued from page 5 Employees of Course Hero, a digital learning company based in Redwood City, have a passion for expanding education and innovating new education technology.

Fremont Bank RoseRyan

percent of its workers are female and 67 percent of the leadership is too. They espouse four values: Trustworthy, Excel, Advocate and Team, which form the foundation of their cohesive and aligned workplace. Their lively blog,“Gurus Unaudited,”tackles risk management, life sciences, global accounting and client stories. Del Grande Dealer Group

The Del Grande Dealer Group of 14 Bay Area automobile dealerships has been on the Top Workplace list for five consecutive years. Owners Shaun and Kevan Del Grande say that making the people in their organization happy means more to them than breaking sales records. They say that being on the list has been the most momentous honor of their careers. Diablo Valley Oncology Hematology Medical Group, with four locations and 116 employees, is a clinical research affiliate of the prestigious University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Diablo Valley Oncology is recognized and certified as a Quality Oncology Practice by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). With the latest technology in cancer treatment and physicians recognized as America’s Top Doctors, and who receive awards from Vitals.com as“Patient’s Choice,”“Compassionate Doctor” and“Top Ten Doctors,”job satisfaction runs high. East Bay Agency for Children is another organization that offers a mission that employees feel passionate about and an opportunity to see how their work changes lives. EBAC’s secret to being named as a Top Workplace for two years is the way they challenge staff to stay motivated, balanced and always learning. RoseRyan is a woman-owned accounting firm, ranked fourth largest in the East Bay and No. 24 in the greater Bay Area. Established in 1993 in Newark, the company has 59 employees. The firm believes in diversity and boasts that 64

on the list five times. Held privately as a Subchapter S corporation, including stock owned by employees in an ESOP, the company is somewhat unique in the banking industry. The culture is known for providing a“Six Diamond” experience for customers, which means employees go well above and beyond their ordinary jobs to deliver service“the way we would want to be treated.”In February, Washington Hospital in Fremont, broke ground on a new emergency and critical care wing named for the founder of Fremont Bank. The new three-story facility will be named the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion. It will have 48 critical care beds and 68 medical/surgery beds and an emergency department four times the size of the current one. In 2012 the Fremont Bank Foundation donated $1.5 million toward building costs estimated at $339 million.

FedEx

With 3,000 Bay Area employees, FedEx has been on the Top Bay Area Workplace list for four years running. The corporate culture inspires team members to remain“absolutely, positively”focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. The company has made a commitment to alternative energy and is on track to reduce its aircraft and ground vehicle emissions by 20 percent by 2020. The Oakland Airport hub (FedEx’s largest West Coast facility) generates nearly one megawatt of solar power from rooftop panels and gets another 500kW from clean fuel cells via a Bloom Energy server. With 19 Bay Area locations and over 700 employees, Fremont Bank has been

ISCS

ISCS of San Jose offers enterprise software for property and casualty insurance carriers. Their system architecture and scope gives clients a competitive edge on emerging technologies like cloud computing, direct sales and Big Data. With enviable profit records the company is a rising star in the insurance industry. The founders grew up in San Jose and retain their strong ties to San Jose State, Santa Clara University, the Sharks, Giants, 49ers and Sabercats. Continued on page 34


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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. In addition to competitive pay, APN Software Services Inc. provides free career advice, resume counseling, interview assistance and much more! Send us your resume and join our exciting team today! Visit us at apninc.com for career opportunities.

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TOP WORKPLACES 2015 WINNERS

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

LARGE COMPANIES

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 NetSuite Inc. | San Mateo Pet Food Express | Oakland Synaptics Incorporated | San Jose Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Palo Alto Charles Schwab | San Francisco Fremont Bank | Fremont Seneca Family of Agencies | Oakland TiVo Inc. | San Jose Electronic Arts Inc. | Redwood City Citrix Systems Inc. | Santa Clara FedEx | Oakland Tesla Motors | Palo Alto


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Thank You for Naming Us a Top Workplace 2015 in the Bay Area!

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t Schwab, we believe in the power of investing to transform people’s lives. Chuck Schwab founded our company more than 40 years ago to challenge Wall Street and provide more Americans the opportunity to benefit from investing. Then, just as today, we at Schwab believe that too often the industry gets in the way of investor success. We see this as a business opportunity, and our strategy for pursuing it is simple: We see the world through clients’ eyes. 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, employers and others we serve – and how we challenge long-held assumptions about products, service and solutions. At Schwab, what unites our employees is a shared belief that the work we do can make a direct impact on our clients. Seeing our business through clients’ eyes also influences the way we serve clients. It keeps us focused on fulfilling our purpose, living our values and earning our clients’ trust. 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 dedicated to building and maintaining a dynamic organization and culture that reflect 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. 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 third year in a row. We are also proud to have received the Gallup Great Workplace Award for four consecutive years, and 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).

Schwab has a long history of service, not only for its clients but also for its communities. During the company’s annual Volunteer Week, Schwab volunteers decorate onesies for San Francisco’s Homeless Prenatal Program, which provides care and support to more than 3,500 families each year. (Photo by Jennifer Davis, Schwab employee)

ABOUT SCHWAB

Through its operating subsidiaries, The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC,www.sipc.org), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; compliance and trade monitoring solutions; referrals to independent feebased investment advisors; and custodial,

During Schwab Volunteer Week 2014, Schwab Executive Vice President Andy Gill and employee Stephanie Myers work in the community gardens at Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community that aims to help families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. (Photo by William Cassidy, Schwab employee.)

operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at www. schwab.com andwww.aboutschwab.com. Brokerage Products: Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • May Lose Value. Advertorial content provided by Charles Schwab.

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Department of Water Resources Excited to be associated with Top Workplaces in the Bay Area Visit our website at www.water.ca.gov/jobs/currentexcams/cfm for application information. See our ad in the Bay Area Workplaces on July 12th for current opportunities and ďŹ ling dates.

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TOP WORKPLACES 2015 WINNERS In this survey, midsize companies have 150-499 employees.

MIDSIZE COMPANIES

MIDSIZE COMPANIES

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

BKF Engineers | Redwood City Sereno Group Real Estate | Los Gatos Legacy Real Estate & Associates | Fremont The ABD Team | San Mateo Intacct Corporation | San Jose SurveyMonkey | Palo Alto Kids’ Country | Danville The Container Store | San Jose, San Francisco, Corte Madera, Walnut Creek Xactly Corporation | San Jose Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara Aerotek | Hanover, MD Tintri | Mountain View Taos Mountain Inc. | San Jose Microchip Technology Inc. | San Jose

15. 16. 17. 18.

RMR Financial | Los Gatos KeyPoint Credit Union | Santa Clara GuideSpark | Menlo Park MuleSoft | San Francisco

19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35.

Wind River Systems Inc. | Alameda Stryker Neurovascular | Fremont GoDaddy | Sunnyvale San Francisco 49ers | Santa Clara Northstar Memorial Group | San Mateo Stonebrook Healthcare Center | Concord One Workplace | Santa Clara Lincoln Child Center | Oakland Practice Fusion | San Francisco City of San Ramon | San Ramon California Water Service | San Jose East Bay Agency for Children | Oakland Medivation Inc. | San Francisco East Bay Innovations Inc. | San Leandro Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Concord Omnicell Inc. | Mountain View Sungevity | Oakland


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TOP WORKPLACES 2015 WINNERS

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. 22. 23. 24. 25.

SMALL COMPANIES

CD & Power | Martinez Dudum Real Estate Group | Walnut Creek McManis Faulkner | San Jose Clari | Mountain View Wrike Inc. | Mountain View Sequoia | San Mateo Switch Communications Inc. | San Francisco Snowflake Computing | San Mateo Kidder Mathews | San Francisco Platfora | San Mateo WebDAM | San Mateo xMatters Inc. | San Ramon ServiceMax | Pleasanton RiseSmart | San Jose The Cooper Companies Inc. | Pleasanton NerdWallet | San Francisco PernixData | San Jose iD Tech | Campbell Course Hero Inc. | Redwood City The Core Group | San Jose Brookfield Residential Northern California | Danville Clean Solar | San Jose Mountz Inc. | San Jose Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp. | San Ramon Azul Systems Inc. | Sunnyvale

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.

Collaborative Solutions | Pleasanton Veracyte Inc. | South San Francisco ISCS | San Jose Diablo Valley Oncology Hematology Medical Group | Pleasant Hill MemSQL | San Francisco Sensiba San Filippo LLP | Pleasanton Commerce Home Mortgage | San Ramon Hassett Ace Hardware | Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Willow Glen Addepar | Mountain View Bigcommerce | San Francisco McGuire and Hester | Oakland Advanced Food Concepts/GU Energy Labs | Berkeley WilmerHale | Palo Alto Berding Weil LLP | Walnut Creek RoseRyan | Newark J&J Air Conditioning | San Jose HFS Consultants | Oakland Eco Services formerly Solvay | Martinez ALOM Technologies | Fremont Nelson Family of Companies | Sonoma Youth Homes Inc. | Pleasant Hill Capital One | San Francisco SThree | San Francisco Electric Cloud Inc. | San Jose Taulia Inc. | San Francisco


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About the Top Workplaces 2015 Survey Provided by WorkplaceDynamics, who conducted theTopWorkplaces Bay Area 2015 project. OUTREACH

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WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO WORKERS?

SURVEY FACTORS MEANINGFUL

82.8%

VALUES AND ETHICS

82.2%

CONFIDENCE IN LEADER

81.6%

CONCERNS

81.3%

DIRECTION

80.8%

HELPFULNESS

80.3%

SURVEY STATEMENTS

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

82.8%

This company operates by strong values and ethics

82.2%

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 lists (e.g. infoUSA).

I am confident in the leader of this company

81.6%

My manager cares about my concerns

81.3%

EMPLOYEE SURVEY

I believe this company is going in the right direction

80.8%

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.

My manager makes it easier to do my job well

80.3%

I feel genuinely appreciated at this company

80.0%

This company motivates me to give my very best at work

79.0%

I would highly recommend working at this company to others

78.2%

New ideas are encouraged at this company

77.6%

RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS

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

76.2%

My manager helps me learn and grow

75.0%

I want to stay at this company for more than a year

71.4%

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

70.6%

I am confident about my future at this company

69.5%

TESTING FOR QUESTIONABLE RESULTS

Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company

67.5%

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.

At this company, we do things efficiently and well

65.9%

I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company

64.1%

SELECTION OF TOP WORKPLACES

There is not a lot of negativity at my workplace

62.6%

I get the formal training I want for my career

61.1%

My pay is fair for the work I do

60.6%

My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry

54.8%

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.

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 2015.

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Special Awards for BayAreaTopWorkplaces2015 Employees’comments were used to determine Top Workplaces in specific categories of awards.

CLARI

New ideas Clari Mountain View

MCMANIS FAULKNER

TIVO

SENECA FAMILY OF AGENCIES

New ideas are encouraged at this company

Doers McManis Faulkner San Jose

At this company, we do things efficiently and well

Meaningfulness Seneca Family of Agencies Oakland

Work/life flexibility TiVo Inc. San Jose

Listen to customers, solicit from team, pay attention to the industry, lean on investors.

At McManis Faulkner every hand washes the other.

I find the actual work with the families most meaningful. It’s great to be a part of something special and to assist families in the most challenging times of their lives. I also really value Seneca’s mission and vision towards the work.

The concept of flexibly in hours and to work at home is deep in the culture of TiVo.

Managers Kids’ Country Danville

Appreciation Sequoia San Mateo

Clued in Senior Management Pet Food Express Oakland

Ethics RMR Financial (dba Princeton Capital) Los Gatos

Sequoia continues to compensate us, and throw events that show us how much they appreciate their employees. Also provide numerous extra curricular activities to get into. In addition, Sequoia is a clean and comfortable environment to work in.

Senior managers remained focused on developing others. They provide the tools and guidance necessary for one to be successful within the company.

Strong leadership focused on doing business the right way, for both the customers and the employees. It’s a solid place to work!

Direction Legacy Real Estate & Associates Fremont

Benefits Electronic Arts Inc. Redwood City

My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry

Communication Snowflake Computing San Mateo

I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company

Training Hyatt Regency Santa Clara Santa Clara

Legacy REA continues to motivate their agents to succeed and is always there for guidance and support.

Good healthcare options, performance based bonuses and stock grants and 401k plan matching.

Our company-wide email thread and company weekly meetings.

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 allows/asks for my input with certain projects and situations (and vice versa). She has an open door and is always willing to listen to my concerns. And it’s not only my direct supervisor that exhibits that they care, but all our upper management and the other mangers I work with.

I believe this company is going in the right direction

I feel genuinely appreciated at this company

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

Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company

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

This company operates by strong values and ethics

I get the formal training I want for my career


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Honored to be a

2014 2015

Bay Area News Group Top Workplace

We’re proud to be recognized as a “Top Place to Work” by the Bay Area News Group five years in a row. Working together and creating client advocates isn’t just our philosophy, it’s also our reward. Fremont Bank’s associates have a significant ownership stake in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).

Family owned and operated since 1964.

WE’RE HIRING! www.fremontbank.com/careers • (800) 359-2265 PR-0144-0615

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Special Awards LEADERSHIP Large Company

Shaun Del Grande Del Grande Dealer Group, San Jose What do the leaders do well?

Shaun knows almost everyone by name, and if he doesn’t, then he endeavors to learn their names. This shows me he cares about his employees and knows that when we are happy, the company works well.

Midsize Company

Chris Trapani Sereno Group Real Estate, Los Gatos What does the leader do well?

Casts the vision and mission of the company and executes on it. He delegates well to get the job done. He invests in his people. He lives by example. He has been in the trenches to know the struggles we go through.

Small Company

Jill Collaro CD & Power, Martinez What does the leader do well?

To find out more information on how we can help your company cast a net that captures your niche target group or audience, go to russelljohns.com or call us at: (800) 237-9851.

Always has a positive attitude and makes it feel like a family environment.


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Happy Banking! KeyPoint is proud to join the list of Top Work Places for 2015. Free Checking. Car loans. Mortgages. Credit Cards. We are grateful to our employees for making us a Top Work Place! Happy Employees make a Happy Banking experience for our 49,000+ members. We are a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution, returning all profits to our members in the form of lower fees and better rates. KeyPoint exists to improve the lives of people, and that includes our employees!

Learn how you can enhance your life and career by visiting:

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Community Involvement Community service runs the gamut By Carole Lucido Correspondent

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he range and style of charitable giving and philanthropy varies widely among the Top Bay Area Workplaces. For some, giving and community service is linked to the corporate mission or identity while for others it is a facet of operations that brings employees together to work on causes outside of their normal roles. There is no doubt that corporate giving pays dividends in terms of social responsibility, public relations and drawing millennial employees who may be looking for a greater connection with the causes they support. East Bay Innovation Inc. is an example of a company that has tailored its community service efforts to coincide with its mission, which is to serve individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities so that they may live in their own homes, have jobs, and connect with their communities. At East Bay Innovation, community service is focused on building communities that accept those with disabilities. Northstar Memorial Group, a company that operates four funeral and memorial parks, celebrates diversity and the traditions of different cultures. They host celebrations complete with lively music, entertainment, food and refreshments. They welcome the community for holidays like Dia de los Muertos in November, two events to celebrate Chinese culture, Memorial Day and a celebration for Black History month. Electronic Arts Inc. of Redwood City houses a nonprofit organization on its campus. GlassLab is“exploring the potential for digital games to serve both as potent learning environments and as real-time assessments of student learning,”according to its website. This summer, EA also plans to host“Girls Who Code”– a day for female youth to learn about careers and opportunities in technology. The company offers a donation-matching program, which empowers employees to give back to the local community. KeyPoint Credit Union offers a financial literacy program at San Jose State University as well as programs to support the Bill Wilson Center and the March of Dimes. GoDaddy offers six programs for charitable giving: GoDaddy Gives (financial support for nonprofit partners); GoDaddy Inspires (paid time for employees to volunteer for their choice of charities); GoDaddy Dollars for Doers (grants); GoDaddy Shares (discounts on website services); GoDaddy Matches (matching funds); and Round Up for Charity (customers round up their GoDaddy purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to charity).

KeyPoint Credit Union

The FedEx Northern California community project list for 2014-2015 fills nearly a full page. Causes include AIDS LifeCycle, Boys and Girls Club, Golden Gate National Parks, March of Dimes, the Oakland Zoo, Alameda County Community Food Bank, two toy drives, Project Open Hand, and the United Way. Kidder Mathews, a commercial real estate leader, supports organizations in the community such as Bayview-Hunters Point Senior Community, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, Children’s Health Council at Stanford, Christmas in April Foundation, Family House in San Francisco, Foothill Entrepreneur Center in Santa Clara County, Forward Edge International, Los Lomitas Educational Foundation, Menlo School Annual Fund, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Project Homeless Connect, San Jose Family Shelter, Shelter Network of San Mateo County, Special Olympics of Santa Clara, The Boys and Girls Club of East Palo Alto, The Guardsmen, and Trust in

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Education. The employees at Collaborative Solutions, one of the original Workday partner companies that helps deploy cloud-based solutions to enterprise customers, feel so strongly about supporting Autism Speaks, that they joined in a march across Washington, D.C., and donated nearly $30,000 last October.

the inaugural Tech Superwomen Summit in San Francisco. The event brought together over 300 influential tech leaders, executives, students and young professionals for insightful conversations on the issues that impact women, with special attention on STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) and entrepreneurship. This field is booming in San Francisco and encouraging women’s advancement in this regard touches the lives of a great deal of professionals in the Bay Area.

Another Top Workplace member, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is a family of real estate companies that founded the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation and the Realogy Charitable Foundation. They use these non-profit organizations to manage all of their philanthropic and volunteer activities.

BKF Engineers of Redwood City, a civil engineering firm established in 1915, supports three Rebuilding Together events in the Bay Area. They also donate food to Second Harvest Food Bank and participate in the Heart Walk and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Advanced Food Concepts / GU Energy Labs, a sports nutrition company in Berkeley, focuses its charitable contribution on the outdoor sports community. Through“GU Gives”the Challenged Athletes Foundation bought prosthetics to help child amputees participate in sports, and the NorCal arm of National Interscholastic Cycling Association equipped 700 high school athletes with bikes in 2014.

Charles Schwab through the Charles Schwab Foundation, partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to provide a financial education program to Club teens across the U.S. To date, well over half a million teens have successfully completed the program. Employee philanthropy and volunteerism are encouraged throughout the year, highlighted by Schwab Volunteer Week each May that benefits thousands of charitable organizations nationwide.

Capital One, with 42,000 employees in the U.S. and 85 in the Bay Area, believes in helping expand economic opportunity and enhancing community well being. In January of this year, Capital One was a Diamond Sponsor of

For every installation, Clean Solar donates $250 to charity in the homeowner’s name. Established in 2007, the company’s current 40 employees have given back to local schools and education by donating salad bars, playground

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equipment and cash. Employees are active members of the San Jose Rotary, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Young Entrepreneurs Organization, BBB, Vistage and Baseball San Jose. CD & Power, a Martinez based generator service business with 44 employees encourages employee donations to local food banks, Heart Walks, and a Christmas program called Samaritan’s Purse that distributed gift boxes to needy children world wide. Even some of the company’s customers got into the act of giving. Continued on page 28

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Health & Wellness Work-life balance and health and welfare By Daphne O’Neil Correspondent

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mericans spend more time working than is customary in any other industrialized country. Studies show the high stress levels that can result from being constantly on the clock lead to lower productivity and lost work hours. Consequently, ensuring employee wellness which includes helping staff strike a healthy balance between work and personal life is paramount. Top Workplace organizations take extra care to nurture their employees’mind, body and spirit and often in creative ways. With athleticism as a core value, it’s no surprise that Advanced Food Concepts/GU Energy Labs employees enjoy an onsite workout room, weekly fitness and yoga classes, company bikes, onsite massage, group runs/rides, and wellness luncheons, along with free GU energy products. The company also provides two weeks of paid parental leave to new parents. Employees can earn additional days off (aside from the holidays and PTO already provided) by riding or walking to work. In addition to benefits such as accidental death and dismemberment, flexible spending account, 401(k), profit sharing and 529 college savings plans, Aerotek, as part of Allegis Group, also offers auto and home insurance, travel assistance, transportation benefits, an employee assistance program and a work/life benefit program. Employees further have access to company discounts on dining, electronics, travel and entertainment.

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Free fruit and oatmeal, gym reimbursement, company sponsored sports teams, and health plans that include wellness benefits help comprise BKF Engineers’ wellness program. Free coffee and snacks as well as a corporate condo in Lake Tahoe further tempt employees toward a healthier lifestyle.

Commerce Home Mortgage’s You Earned It is a real-time recognition and rewards program. Any employee is welcome to recognize another employee and award points to be redeemed for customizable rewards. Notably, during a 12-Week Fitness Challenge in 2012, its employees lost collectively more than 1,000 pounds!

Charles Schwab rewards eligible employees up to $250 a year for approved expenses that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Examples include fitness memberships or classes, specific fitness events (e.g., marathons and triathlons), and programs that have a specific wellness purpose (e.g., weight management, tobacco cessation, nutritional counseling).

Among the benefits at Diablo Valley Oncology Hematology Medical Group are company-paid and voluntary life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage, medical spending accounts for employees and their dependents, 401(k), profit sharing, group travel assistance, an employee assistance program and a wellness living series.

At the first-ever Clean Solar Olympics, employees spent the day in team competition at bouncy ball, water balloon and teamwork activities. Weekly meetings at the company are often walk-and-talk-oriented, while biweekly office meetings routinely begin with a few minutes of meditation. What’s more, each employee receives a free pair of tickets each season to a San Jose Sharks home game.

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California Water Service employees enjoy a work environment that supports their career goals, and gain superior experience in business process improvement through the company’s customized continuous improvement program.

As it is the business of East Bay Agency for Children to tend to mental health and wellness, conversations about self-care are front and center. In addition to coverage for chiropractic and other alternative modalities, the agency provides a robust time-off benefit to help employees recharge. In addition, the agency shares wellness-related articles, provides healthy snacks, and encourages employees to take breaks during the day.


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ISCS family. Semimonthly all-hands company lunches head the list of internal social opportunities. Kids’ Country’s benefits are second to none in the after-school programming industry. Floating holidays and extra paid personal days help employees maintain parity between their work and personal lives. Most importantly, the company strives to reward hardworking employees via individual recognition programs. Legacy Real Estate & Associates can assist individual relocations to virtually any community in the U.S. or abroad. How so? As part of the ERA network, it can claim affiliates in more than 46 states and 34 countries. Moreover, comprehensive, online training tools are available for purposes of professional development. To support employee health and welfare, McGuire and Hester offers an Employee Stock Ownership Program, traditional and Roth 401(k), long-term disability insurance, gap insurance, and a flexible spending account. Tuition reimbursement, voluntary life and short-term disability insurance, paid holidays and a 529 plan complete the package. Among MemSQL ’s notable wellness benefits are catered gourmet meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week. Unlimited personal time off, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement and transit benefits are also available. Restricted stock units of Microchip Technology Inc., an employee cash bonus plan, and a stock purchase plan help bolster employees’financial position (and healthy finances can be critical to a feeling of well-being.) In addition, wellness benefits, travel insurance and group legal services help promote peace of mind.

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At Northstar Memorial Group, the BrightStar Wellness Program is available to all employees, along with up to 27 days of paid time off, employer-matching 401(k), and tuition assistance. The company also provides a generous contribution to each employee’s health savings account. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fosters a culture where diversity is valued, quality of life is enhanced and individual aspirations are encouraged and fulfilled. To this end, the firm encourages an open exchange of ideas throughout the organization. NRT embraces personal growth, professional development and innovation in the pursuit of excellence. Electric Cloud

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Granting 15 days of personal time off per year not to include personal sick days underscores Electric Cloud Inc.’s work-life balance commitment. The PTO benefit swells to 20 days after three years, and to 25 after six years. As if that weren’t enough, employees receive an additional 10 paid holidays, as well as free snacks, and a paid gym membership.

on an even keel. Discounts on public transportation, entertainment, telephone services, car rentals and even laundry round out the menu of wellness-related benefits.

Tuition assistance, free room stays at Hyatt properties around the world, and a free cafeteria help Hyatt Regency Santa Clara employees keep their lives

ISCS offers its employees four weeks’vacation with immediate accrual. The benefit can increase to six weeks as tenure with the company grows. A subsidized gym club membership, an in-house gym, weekly yoga classes, and a career advancement/tuition reimbursement program are also available to the

In addition to a robust benefits package, to include paid time off, holiday pay, and a 401(k) contribution, One Workplace extends profit sharing to all employees: Each year, a percentage of company profits are pooled and distributed. Pet Food Express takes fun and stress reduction seriously with group birthday and anniversary celebrations on the first Wednesday of every month. In addition, every time a new store opens, location employees are invited to a Continued on page 30

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Interesting Facts Did you know... Bay Area Workplaces share their unique and fascinating successes What’s more, to underscore its core value of living passionately, the company grants exempt employees unlimited flexible time-off – that is, unlimited paid time away – the better to create a healthy work-life balance.

By Daphne O’Neil Correspondent

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very company is a story. More than just a compendium of concepts, or a collection of products and services, a company is made up of people who, over days, months and years, develop a viable culture all their own. In the Bay Area, known not only for a propensity to innovate but also for a certain... quirky... charm, you might expect to find some pretty unusual stories... or at the very least, interesting facts. Our Top Workplaces have revealed quite a few choice tidbits which we are happy to share....

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Dudum Real Estate Group is proud to announce its CEO just received the Women’s Council of Realtors 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Driven to expand her own business, she thoroughly enjoys helping anyone with similar drive, dedication and desire achieve their goals. Putting cooperation above competition at Dudum allows each agent to build their own business, with the support and enthusiasm of their agent colleagues.

Hassett Ace Hardware both broadens and deepens the concept of the“Mom-and-Pop”concern. A third-generation family business, in operation since 1957, Hassett won six awards in 2014 and has received one more in 2015 – so far. Notably, its comprehensive set of core values has managed to attract and retain a good number of practicing visual and performing artists, among other valued employees.

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Berding Weil LLP, which represents California building and property owners, community associations, corporations, and real estate investors, now has a Southern California presence, having acquired an Orange County firm in late 2014. The 360 Café is a coffee shop at the ground level of Capital One’s Post Street offices. There, customers meet associates in person, get their questions answered, learn new ways to save money, and see demonstrations of digital financial tools – all while enjoying hand-roasted coffee and free Wi-Fi. The Café also hosts Women Who Code events, networking happy hours, and meet-ups for associates and customers alike, including the Bay Area Android Developer Group. Not only is Clari’s CTO is an avid distance runner who has completed more than 14 marathons, employee Matt Lenehan just placed 33rd overall in the 2015 Boston Marathon.

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The party never ends at Collaborative Solutions, where Fiesta Fridays and afterwork cornhole games are de rigueur. Live Town Halls, guacamole and cocktail competitions, and just plain parties give Collabies ample opportunity to celebrate the company’s successes and one another.

terracing and landscaping a two-acre hillside, they elected to construct a bouncy house and a water slide – just for fun!

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Electronic Arts Inc. has been a major gaming enterprise and a key player in the Peninsula high-tech community – for 30 years. With the recent inauguration of a new CEO, the company is moving forward, continuing to develop games that vary widely as to platform and content.

Talk about a mark of distinction.... The AIR training program at J&J Air Conditioning is so highly regarded, even the company’s competitors have been known to take advantage of it, openly recommending their mechanics for study at the 31-year-old public program.

Via GoDaddy UNITED, the company reaches out to the local LGBT community to raise awareness, attract talent, and foster a sense of inclusion, acceptance and leadership.

In near Biblical fashion, Lincoln Child Center’s first-ever “client”was an infant, wrapped in cloth and laid upon the

At the Martinez plant, Eco Services (formerly Solvay) employees take the term DIY to a whole new level. To date – without the help of outside contractors – the workers have built for themselves both indoor and outdoor fitness facilities, to include a fully-equipped gym, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, and a pitch-and-putt golf area. After

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STAR POWER NorthStar Memorial Group is honored to be named one of the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces. Through the dedication of our exceptional team, we play a vital role in the communities we serve. At NorthStar Memorial Group, we believe high performance professionals deserve:

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Top earnings and benefits Great training/professional development A healthy life/work balance

Our sales stars earn the highest commissions in the profession and exciting rewards like ultra-luxury vacations. If you’ve got star power and want to realize your highest potential, power up your career with NorthStar. Chapel of the Chimes Hayward General/Sales Manager: Robin Russell Email: russellr@nsmg.com Ph: 510.471.3363 Hayward.ChapeloftheChimes.com FD#1240

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland General Manager: Marcie D. Fitzgerald Email: marcie.fitzgerald@lifemarkgroup.com Sales Manager: Doug Mutchler Email: dmutchler@lifemarkgroup.com Ph: 510.654.0123 Oakland.ChapeloftheChimes.com

Skylawn Memorial Park General Manager: Brian Kestenblatt Email: brian.kestenblatt@nsmg.com Sales Manager: Greg Lim Email: greg.lim@skylawn.com Ph: 650.349.4411 Skylawn.com

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Community service, continued from page 23 Santa Clara based Citrix Systems Inc. allows its 1,100 employees 16 hours worth of paid time each year to offer their talent and expertise to the charity of their choice. The company also offers a matching gift program for its employees globally. Aerotek, a staffing company that hopes to develop tomorrow’s skilled workforce, gives back to the community by supporting underserved populations by partnering with organizations that support employment, education and STEM disciplines.

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Dudum Real Estate Group, of Walnut Creek considers its support of various charities to be an important part of its business. They focus on the scholarship fund of the Contra Costa Association of Realtors, the Taylor Family Foundation, HomeAid and other charities that provide housing for families in need. HFS Consultants, a Oakland-based provider of financial and strategic management services to hospitals and healthcare organizations, has a Social Responsibility Steering Committee that matches charitable pro-bono work with causes that are important to employees on local, national and international levels.

Brookfield Residential Proudly Named One of the Best Places to Work by the Bay Area News Group

To learn more about Brookfield and opportunities to join our team, please visit BrookfieldNorCal.com

Commerce Home Mortgage, headquartered in San Ramon, proudly supported“Homes for Our Troops,” a foundation that builds specially-adapted homes for severely injured veterans, with a donation of over $20,000. In the coming year, they plan to participate in Habitat for Humanity and to serve meals to the homeless at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin in San Francisco.

Founded in 2009, Bigcommerce is an e-commerce platform that provides the tools and resources for established and emerging businesses to launch and manage a successful online store. A volunteer committee meets every month and decides on which charitable organization to support for monthly volunteer events. Called“Hearts in Carts”the 450 employees actively participate using their“finances, platform and hearts to make the world we live in a better place.” With 683 Bay Area employees, Stryker Endoscopy supports numerous organizations around the globe to increase access to healthcare and make healthcare better. They support CURE International, Operation Smile, Operations Walk, and United Way. Stryker Neurovascular also earned a place on the TWP list. Its employees earn extra vacation time for volunteer work, and participated in Rebuilding Together, Girls on the Run, the Family Giving Tree and Go Red for Women. Sequoia, one of the largest insurance and benefits consulting firms in California, focuses its giving on children’s health with support of the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto. Volunteer programs also include Second Harvest Food Drive, coat and back pack drives and sponsoring families during the holidays.


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Fifth year straight. Still going strong.

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2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 SThree

SThree, the parent company of staffing and recruiting firms, has adopted a global charity that houses and educates foster children around the world while keeping siblings together. In the company’s San Francisco office, employees help local disadvantaged youths get work and office experience through“Home Away from Home”

and“Newdoor Ventures.” Lending creative perspectives to charitable giving, Bay Area businesses all seem to make teamwork and generosity integral parts of their community outreach. ■

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Seneca Family of Agencies is more than a job, it’s rewarding.

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t Seneca Family of Agencies, we have the privilege of being mission-driven rather than driven by profit. Our passion for excellence is inherent in our mission to provide unconditional care to help children and families through their most difficult times. Our staff embody that mission and strive for excellence in the supportive relationships that they provide for our youth no matter what difficulties our children and families face. The reward of our commitment to excellence is witnessing the success and achievement of the children we serve. What could be better than that? This award is a reminder of the importance of the engagement and dedication of our employees and how at the end of the day, without them we could not do this important work for children and families. This fuels our dedication to provide the support and opportunities that our staff need to do the meaningful work that they do. In terms of recruiting staff, our top ambassadors are our employees and this award is evidence to jobseekers that Seneca is a place to grow and learn as well as have meaning and joy in your work.

Join our team and make a difference. For more information about our current openings, please go to www.senecafoa.org/employment-opportunities 6925 Chabot Road • Oakland • 510.654.4004

festive“Breakfast with the Boss.”Pet insurance, paid time off, profit sharing, and a generous employee discount help employees stay on track. RiseSmart keeps its staff fit and healthy with a fully stocked kitchen, snacks galore, biking and running trails and at headquarters a free onsite gym. Happy hours and other company outings are also part of the picture. What’s more, employees are free to work from home as long as their work is completed timely and well. In addition to medical, dental and vision coverage, regular, eligible employees of RMR Financial (dba Princeton Capital and dba Mortgage California) can participate in 401(k) plans, with an additional matching amount after one year of employment. Sequoia takes pride in fostering a work environment that promotes recognition for great work, healthy lifestyles, community involvement, and an overall great company culture. Its benefits package is extremely rich, offering health, vision, dental, life and more. With stock options to their names, Snowflake Computing employees tend to benefit as the company succeeds. The company allows its staffers to determine with their managers when and how much time to take off. Moreover, Snowflake provides freshly brewed coffee, organic snacks, lunch several days per week, gym membership reimbursement, and monthly chair massages. Sungevity pays 100 percent of its employees’benefit costs, to include comprehensive insurance coverage health care, long-term and short-term disability, life,

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dental, and vision as well as a 401(k) plan. The company also provides a variety of wellness programs, along with healthy, organic snacks. Synaptics Incorporated’s San Jose employees get free round-the-clock access to an onsite fitness center. Daily group exercise classes (yoga, boot camp, tai chi), twice-weekly massage, and a Zen Room for relaxing, meditation or prayer, are also available. A brand new Sport Court and onsite massage further contribute to worker well-being. Tesla Motors’ health plans 100 percent paid by the company, offer free preventive care, free preventive prescriptions and free birth control. In addition, free shuttles throughout the Bay Area, subsidized public transportation, and employee equity ownership are standard benefits across the organization. Onsite gardens, organic produce delivery, and discounts on food, gym, yoga, pet and car services further support work-life harmony. SurveyMonkey prides itself on offering unheard-of work/life balance benefits, such as flexible time off, unlimited snacks, 401(k) matching, donation matching and an annual bonus plan. An onsite game room, gym subsidy and transportation benefits round out the wellness mix.


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Interesting Facts, continued from page 26 doorstep of founder Rebecca McWade back in 1883. Established that same year, LCC owns the distinction of being the region’s first racially integrated orphanage. Today’s CEO, Christine Stoner-Mertz, when not tirelessly advocating on behalf of Lincoln children, youth and families, can be found surfing or singing with her band.

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The nation’s leading summer STEM program, ID Tech adheres to the classic startup model, beginning as it did, with a mother-daughter team toiling in their garage studio. Since then, the family-owned, operated – and oriented – concern has grown to serve more than 200,000 students.

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McManis Faulkner prevailed against the federal government in the first trial ever to challenge the constitutionality of terrorist watchlists. In addition, the firm – a recent recipient of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Unsung Hero award – takes pride in including approximately 60 percent women and more than 45 percent ethnic/religious minorities on its staffattorney roster. The firm’s pro bono work earned the Honorable Robert F. Peckham Award for Outstanding Public Interest Litigation. Medivation Inc. believes success at an enterprise level is driven by individual achievement and by employee internalization of the company’s core values. By adhering to such values as innovation, urgency, passion, and quality, Medivation has dealt a one-two punch to the dreaded organizational silos that plague many a large concern. Instead, cross-functional forums – fed by intellectual honesty and constructive debate – help advance innovative ideas in a constructive environment, the better to serve patients and families. Founded in 1965, Mountz Inc. designed and manufactured the first-ever electronic torque tester for Lockheed Missiles and Space. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the company plans to fly all remote and branch employees along with their spouses to San Jose for a fun-filled weekend! Mountz, whose global shipping hub is located in Alabama, was voted one of Wonderlic’s most engaged companies.

NetSuite Inc. actively supports the local community by purchasing all of its office products from locally-owned Give Something Back. Give Something Back, in turn, donates a portion of each purchase to any of a number of local charities. When his daughter was hospitalized at birth, Randall Lipps noticed that inefficiencies in the way hospital supplies were managed prevented nursing staff from spending more time directly caring for patients. In 1992, he founded Omnicell Inc. to streamline hospital medication and supply management, and thereby elevate the standard of care. The Mountain View-based company, with operations in 20 countries, now counts among its clients more than 8,600 healthcare facilities and pharmacies. Tesla Motors sells cars directly to customers online and through its global retail network of 20 stores. Designed to entice, engage and inform all visitors, Tesla stores invite people in to explore electric vehicle technology and learn about the reality and convenience of ownership. Model S, the world’s first premium sedan built as an electric vehicle from the ground up, includes a 17-inch touchscreen dashboard that makes media, navigation, web browsing and car controls more intuitive and driver-friendly than ever before. Seneca Family of Agencies recently began a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) to provide to its employees a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree program that is the first of its kind.


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Under the arrangement, Seneca employees can continue to work in program, take online classes and complete clinical fieldwork, while earning their full-time salary. Moreover, Seneca has received federal innovations grants in the areas of education, mental health and juvenile justice systems.

and their families – took to the streets to raise money for the nonprofit Christmas in the Park. Every March 31, TiVo celebrates“Blue Moon,”the anniversary of the day the first TiVo DVR was shipped. To top it all off, the company’s HR department bakes treats every day as a gesture of welcome.

Independently owned Stonebrook Healthcare Center has been recognized 11 times for Excellence in Programming by the California Association of Health Facilities. The Center has also earned Bronze and Silver National Quality Awards from the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

Wind River Systems Inc. boasts the first and only real-time operating system on Mars, as recognized in the Space edition of USA Today. The Wind River client list includes industry leaders in such fields as aerospace, defense, consumer, networking, automotive, industrial and medicine. In addition, the company’s technology powers some of the fastest robots in the world.

The Stryker Endoscopy workplace truly is a family affair, its staff boasting groups of siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and even spouses. Why? According to company philosophy, when you are surrounded by your best friends and family, you enjoy going to work every day. The first to combine voice activation, infrared technology and high-definition video, Stryker tools offer surgeons greater control – and patients, better outcomes.

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Wrike Inc. held its first-ever company-wide kickoff meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The occasion presented a great opportunity to step away from the office and dedicate two full days to focusing on the company’s vision, catching a glimpse of team goals, and building new friendships, amid the beauty of sea and sand.

Switch Communications Inc.’s launch product, UberConference, won the TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 award. What’s more, customers who contact Switch by phone and are placed on hold may be delighted to discover original music no less than a song about being on hold at the other end of the line. The ABD Team ranked #17 among the Fastest Private Growing Companies, according to the San Francisco Business Times. In 2014, the same publisher named ABD one of the Healthiest Employers in the Greater Bay Area . That same year, CFO Michael McCloskey was named CFO of the Year. ABD is also a NetVU Automation Excellence Award Winner. TiVo Inc. was the title sponsor of San Jose’s 2014 Santa Run. Over 3,000“Santas”– among them TiVo employees

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Via the 3P, or Personal Progression Program, xMatters Inc. employees can apply for a $250 grant to improve themselves. So far, grants for photography lessons, gym memberships, music lessons, a pet rescue, even a child’s swim lessons, have been approved. Naturally, status updates – with plenty of pics for xMatters’online employee community – are required! ■

GuideSpark

is a great place to work

GuideSpark is the future of employee communications. Our robust employee communications platform, which includes customized, engaging, and cost-effective videos, allows HR executives to toss out the stacks of pamphlets and eliminate time-consuming seminars, and offers a new way to educate employees on complex HR topics like benefits, health care reform, and compensation programs. The platform is accessible from any device, including mobile, and provides an interactive user experience and deep analytics on user engagement. GuideSpark, named to Forbes “Most Promising Companies” list, serves hundreds of enterprise customers and more than 1 million employees. By transforming the traditional methods of employee communications, GuideSpark significantly increases employee engagement, satisfaction and retention, while decreasing overall HR costs. GuideSpark, recently named to Forbes‘ list of America’s Most Promising Companies for the second consecutive year, is a fast growing, well-funded startup that is revolutionizing how employers engage, communicate and train their employees. GuideSpark leverages the latest video and mobile technologies with unique content expertise to disrupt the $67B communications and training market. In a very short time we have built a tremendous roster of A-List clients from Fortune 1000 companies (e.g., Adobe) to fast growing startups (e.g., SurveyMonkey). Our fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and fun culture is driving triple digit growth and we’re looking for great people to join our team. We are certain that you’d be very happy here.

To view opportunities and learn how you can become part of our motivated and growing team, visit us at www.guidespark.com/about/careers

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What makes a top workplace, continued from page 6 Legacy Real Estate & Associates is a community-based, independent real estate brokerage that partners with an international franchise to offer the best of both worlds to both agents and clients. The company is headquartered in Fremont and has four East Bay offices and 270 employees. Established by independent Realtors in 1971 the local ownership and management structure enables the company to be flexible and to adjust to consumer wants and needs.

What matters most to employees? By Doug Claffey CEO of WorkplaceDynamics

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he 2015 Top Workplaces in Bay Area show great diversity in size and sector. There’s motor vehicle company Tesla Motors, with more than 7,500 employees, and Clari, with 40. What common thread winds through these 100 Top Workplaces? It’s not the perks, though there are many great perks represented in the Top 100, such Mountz Inc., who holds monthly workshops with outside facilitators that practice in the health and wellness field. Our research of employee feedback concludes the common thread is having a healthy organization.

Workplace connections That begs the question, what is a healthy organization and what role do people play in it? Healthy organizations thrive on people who feel connected to their workplace through meaningful work and the belief their company is moving in the right direction. That gives executive leadership the task of ensuring their employees buy in to where the company is going and how it is getting there. Executives are challenged to create a sense of connection between company and employee. Think about where you work or volunteer your time. Do you buy in to where the organization is heading and how it is getting there? Do you feel a connection?

Employees among the Bay Area News Group Top Workplaces buy in to where they’re going and how they are getting there. So much so, they are not afraid to use the “L-word”when it comes to their jobs —“I love my job.”For example, an employee at Intacct Corporation commented:“I feel that senior executives have the employees’best interests and the industry’s best interests at heart.”

Lincoln Child Center is the oldest company on the list, established in Oakland in 1883. It was the region’s first racially integrated orphanage. Today with four locations, the lives of more than 4,000 youth and families come into contact with Lincoln Child Center annually. Comprehensive programs focus on education, child welfare and behavioral health. The diverse and vulnerable population served includes 49 percent African American, 26 percent Hispanic/Latino and 18 percent White, with more than 90 percent who fall below the federal poverty line. Their mission remains rooted in the belief that ending the cycle of poverty depends upon providing accessible, early and progressive intervention in the lives of children and youth, while delivering comprehensive services to build engaged and effective families.

Organizational health In eight years of research with millions of workers across the United States, WorkplaceDynamics has determined more money or perks do not account for the difference between an average or poor workplace. Employees want to work at a place that is organizationally healthy. By promoting organizational health, employees, leadership and investors are aligned. Employees want high levels of organizational health because it enriches their working life. Investors want high levels of organizational health because it makes their companies more successful. Good leaders want to serve both groups. And when more employees are fulfilled and more organizations are successful, communities benefit. ■

Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation

Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation, is a full service mortgage banker headquartered in San Ramon, is almost as old as Lincoln Child Center, with a start date of 1887. Founder Duncan McDuffie helped create the East Bay Regional Park District in 1934, and was the developer of the Claremont and Northbrae neighborhoods of Berkeley and St. Francis Wood district in San Francisco. Also a notable conservationist, he was president of the Sierra Club from 1928 to 1931 and from 1943 to 1946. After several high profile ownership changes, MasonMcDuffie Mortgage now offers a broad range of loan products using the newest and most innovative technology available in the mortgage industry. MasonMcDuffie Mortgage has been named to the Top Bay Area Workplace list four consecutive times. California Water Service is the third largest investor-owned water utility in the United States. Formed in 1926 and based in San Jose, the group is comprised of six wholly owned subsidiaries operating in California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii. It serves more than 490,000 customers and has more than $400 million in annual revenue and more than $1.5 billion in gross utility plant assets. California Water Service has also been named to the Top Bay Area Workplace list four consecutive times. The Bay Area is home to some of the world’s most interesting companies with amazing histories, rich cultures and fascinating corporate personalities. Congratulations to the winners! ■


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