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2016 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona

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Top companies profiles Equity Methods, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Protiviti top the lists of small, medium and large Top Companies in Arizona for 2016. Find out the secrets to their success — and how you can emulate them in your workplace to attract and retain the best and the brightest employees. Also: Look for mini-profiles of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranked in each category. Pages 9-16

Women’s initiative winner Scottsdale’s James Agency is named our Top Company for having policies and a culture favorable to women. Page 18

Diversity winner Navy Federal Credit Union actively seeks to hire a varied work force and reinforces tolerance and inclusiveness. Ongoing training seeks to help employees see beyond stereotypes. Page 17

Business rankings The full list of 100 small, medium and large companies that are being recognized for 2016 honors. Pages 24-46 4 | TOP COMPANIES 2016 | TopCompanies.AZcentral.com


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What it takes to become a Top Company in Arizona

Businesses strive for quality jobs, employee satisfaction By Russ Wiles

Ever since the recession led to layoffs of nearly 9 million people nationally, the focus for the U.S. and Arizona has been on getting people back to work. But now that the unemployment rate has eased back down to more normal levels, the emphasis is again shifting — to quality jobs and making workers feel more satisfied. Employers increasingly will face challenges in recruiting and retaining talented staff as the labor market tightens. Great enterprises that make their workers feel engaged and satisfied will have an edge. These employers often feature an inviting corporate culture and provide attractive if not cutting-edge benefits. Many such businesses are profiled in this report on Top Companies to Work For in

Arizona from Republic Media and Best Companies Group. "It will be more and more important for organizations to focus on their 'brand' as an employer," said Peter Burke, president of Best Companies Group, a workplace-excellence research firm in Harrisburg, Pa. "The tightening labor market will require employers to differentiate themselves from other employers, especially if your people are your last competitive advantage." Businesses that have been named a Top Company in Arizona have a huge advantage in "the effort to win the battle for talent," Burke added. Arizona's nonfarm workforce counts more than 2.7 million people in payroll jobs. The private sector here accounts for nearly 85 percent of that total. While construction is a large driver for the economy, Arizona is far from being a one-industry state. Notable employers range from department stores to fast-food restaurants, with hospitals, resorts, semiconductor makers, aerospace companies,

electric utilities, mining companies, casino operators, truckers, banks and many other enterprises in the mix. Businesses that have been honored as a Top Company in Arizona treat their people well and make them feel valued. Reflecting the dominance of service businesses, many of the companies honored are white-collar enterprises staffed mainly by professionals. However, this year's Best Companies survey, which was utilized to evaluate employee engagement, "was engineered to be used in any kind of work setting," said Burke. Whitecollar companies don't have any intrinsic advantages, he added. One statistic that Burke highlights are high employee-engagement readings. On average, 92 percent of workers are engaged at winning Arizona businesses, meaning they're involved, enthusiastic and committed. This year's Top Companies project honors elite employers, of various sizes and operating in diverse industries, that have shown

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How the data was ascertained and compiled Best Companies Group developed an employer questionnaire as well as an employee engagement and satisfaction survey. These two research instruments provided information that became the basis of the data report as well as for selection as a ‘Top Company’.

RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS PART I: Best Companies Group Employer Questionnaire Employers were requested to complete an employer survey that detailed company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. ROB SCHUMACHER/THE REPUBLIC

they know what it takes to create an environment where people love to come to work. The goal of the Top Companies report is to raise the bar among the state's employers by recognizing excellence in the workplace. The Top Companies competition was open to all organizations — public or private corporations as well as nonprofit entities — that count at least 25 employees. Entities must operate in Arizona but are not required to be headquartered in the state. Roughly 150 companies participated this year. In terms of evaluation, 75 percent of each company's score involved results from a confidential, 76-question survey that was used to evaluate employees' workplace experiences, attitudes and assessment of company culture. The remaining 25 percent consisted of a questionnaire filled out by employers in which they provided information on their benefits, policies, practices and other general information. By combining data from the employee survey and employer questionnaire, experts at Best Companies Group could conduct an in-depth analysis of each enterprise, allowing them to determine who was good enough to make the list. Leaders were compared to one another and ranked in different size categories. Best Companies Group managed the process. The research firm oversaw registration and conducted the surveys and questionnaires, evaluated the data and ultimately identified those businesses strong enough to make the list. Organizations had to register by Jan. 8, 2016, to be considered. There was no charge for companies to go through the evaluation process. Each participating organization was given the opportunity to purchase its BCG Employee Feedback Report summarizing data collected from worker surveys. These reports also include transcribed confidential employee comments and benchmarked data from participating and winning Arizona employers. These optional feedback reports help organizations understand their staffs better, equipping them with the knowledge that they can use to make improvements. The organizations profiled in the following pages are innovators that have adopted distinct policies to help employees, their communities and themselves. For more information, visit www.TopCompaniesArizona or contact Best Companies Group at 1-877-455-2159.

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PART II: Best Companies Group Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey Employees were asked to respond to an Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey that involved an in-depth set of 78 statements. On each of these statements, employees were asked to respond on a 1–5 Likert scale of ‘Disagree Strongly’ to ‘Agree Strongly’. The survey also included two open-ended questions and seven demographic questions.

CORE FOCUS AREAS The Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey was broken down into eight core focus areas: - Leadership and Planning - Culture and Communications - Role Satisfaction - Work Environment - Relationship with Supervisor - Training, Development & Resources - Pay and Benefits - Overall Engagement

TOP COMPANY SELECTION CRITERIA Best Companies Group developed a proprietary scoring and ranking system as follows:

75% of the evaluation was based on the overall satisfaction scores from the employee engagement surveys

25% of the evaluation was based on the scores obtained from the employer questionnaire


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#1 Ranking Company U.S. Employees 1,000+

Protiviti Consulting, auditing company helps businesses solve their problems By Russ Wiles

Three months into her new job as a contractor with Protiviti, Jenny Hollingworth fell off a bicycle and broke her elbow. As a contract worker, Hollingworth figured that she was out of luck with her employer. "They barely knew me," Hollingworth said. "But not only did they hold a spot for me but they insisted on paying a full month's wages." Hollingworth, corporate communications

manager, considers that to be a fitting anecdote for how Protiviti treats its employees. The consulting and internal-auditing company has been growing steadily by helping businesses solve problems, including those centered around legal issues, government compliance, hacking and other technology challenges. But it also makes sure to take care of its staff. Protiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half International, scores highly in employee surveys. Workers rate management as honest and ethical, say they feel trusted by management and describe the company as willing to contribute to the broader community. Protiviti ranks 57th in this year's report from Fortune on Best Companies to Work For, after rising a whopping 43 places from 2015, when it finished No. 100. Protiviti's consulting and audit staff includes experts who help other businesses mitigate risks and offer consultation on various issues. The company solves problems in finance, operations, technology, litigation, governance, information technology and more. Phoenix, where more than 50 employees

work, is one of more than 70 Protiviti locations globally, with more than 3,800 employees overall. In terms of community support, Protiviti employees currently are focused on serving the hungry by packaging meals at food banks and community centers. Hunger was identified by employees as an issue to prioritize. "Feedback is a big thing around here," Hollingworth said, adding that top company executives are routinely visiting local offices to meet with staff. Perks at Protiviti include extensive employee training, telecommuting, compressed workweeks, health insurance for part-timers, discounted gym memberships and college tuition reimbursement. "It's a culture of creating very good teamwork," said Hollingworth, who works in the firm's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. It's a culture where employees feel included and one that values flexibility without rigid hierarchies. Employees are eligible to take partial-pay sabbaticals lasting up to three months, after working a year on the job. "We're very good at accommodating the needs of individuals," Hollingworth said.

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#2 Ranking Company

#3 Ranking Company

U.S. Employees 1,000+

U.S. Employees 1,000+

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Phoenix Founded as a family business, McCarthy is now 100 percent employee-owned. Bonuses are not capped for salaried employees, from the receptionist to the CEO. Individuals can earn redeemable points and discounts on medical premiums through the Vitality online health and wellness portal, in addition to enjoying one premium-free month a year. McCarthy regularly trains field groups and office staff and its BuildU portal is always open for employees seeking further career development. Employees can vacation in company-owned condos around the country.

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Laser Spine Institute, Scottsdale Have Fun is one of Laser Spine Institute's CHOICE values (along with Care, One Team, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence). Team lunches, holiday parties and the Summer Fun Series, which include appreciation events such as free ice cream, are employee favorites. The annual weight-loss challenge reinforces the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Teammates receive cash back for participating in the Cigna wellness program and company vending machines stock low cost healthy foods. Quarterly awards luncheons honor teammates who exemplify CHOICE values.


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#1 Ranking Company U.S. Employees 100-999

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort offers deep discounts to all of its employees By Russ Wiles

Sometimes, it can be tough working at a resort. While guests sip margaritas while loung-

ing by the pool, all those housekeepers, cooks, front-desk clerks and other employees must keep the place running. But at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, workers get to share in some of the fun. Besides the usual workplace benefits such as medical insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan and paid time off, employees at the resort can eat at on-site cafeterias overseen by the hotel’s executive chefs, at subsidized rates. The number of employees has jumped from 800-plus to more than 1,000 since resort officials filled out the Top Companies survey. “We pay just $1.50 for a meal,” said Rosemary Taylor, regional director of human relations for the Scottsdale resort and six other properties run by Toronto-based parent FRHI Inc. “A lot of people load up their trays.” As part of a resort network that also includes the Raffles and Swissôtel brands, Fairmont employees also can receive 50 percent discounts on all food and beverages including alcoholic drinks at any of those properties around the world, along with

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deeply discounted room rates — for themselves, family members and friends. “We have a lot of friends and families that utilize those benefits,” Taylor said. As another incentive, employees with excellence attendance can earn up to four extra paid days annually. And the fact that Arizona hotels increasingly are staying busy year round, even in summer, means work is steadier than it used to be, Taylor said. Taylor said another factor that boosts morale at the Princess reflects the resort’s philanthropic activities. Employees are encouraged to donate money, or time, to help a range of nonprofits devoted to breastcancer therapy, children, the hungry and other causes. Employee outings often are built around events such as a recent day spent cleaning trash from a highway. Roughly 1,070 people now work at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which is adding more than 100 rooms, a new beach pool and other amenities. “All that expansion requires more pool servers, cooks, housekeepers and engineers,” Taylor said. “Business levels have been good.”


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#2 Ranking Company

#3 Ranking Company

U.S. Employees 100-999

U.S. Employees 100-999

Trace3, Phoenix Full-time employees are eligible for an annual bonus program based on individual and company performance and for the SARs (Stock Appreciation Rights) program. The company’s Spiffing Program allows employees to recognize their peers for a job well done. Trace3 also holds team-building events such as game night, movie night, Top Golf outings and visits to shooting ranges. The company gives back to the community through the Adopt-a-Family program.

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American Technologies Inc., Phoenix The company always acknowledges employee efforts and encourages team support through such events as sports games, team building and parties for workers and their families. There also is an incentive program to encourage healthy eating and exercise. ATI’s bonus structure and incentive plans inspire employees to go above and beyond throughout the year. There are internal contests with cash prizes and safety incentives such as free barbecue if 90 days pass without an accident.


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#1 Ranking Company U.S. Employees 25-99

Equity Methods Small financial-analysis company is big on benefits By Russ Wiles

Small companies are the lifeblood of the economy. But many are perpetually struggling and thus don’t have the means to offer great benefits and work environments for their employees. Not so with the small firms that received high marks on the Top Companies employee-

satisfaction questionnaires. Equity Methods, a financial-analysis company specializing in stock-based compensation plans, finished first in this category. The Phoenix company offers many benefits to its employees including health, dental, vision and life insurance, plus shortterm disability coverage and performancebased incentive programs. Additional benefits include a 401(k) retirement program with a generous match, paid time off, paid parental leave and continuing education opportunities. Domestic partners are eligible for insurance coverage. The roughly 45 employees at Equity Methods help other companies model and value stock-based compensation plans and other complex investment situations. “Clients run the gamut from privately held companies that need valuations for their warrants and convertible debt to Fortune 100 multinationals that need end-to-end valuation and reporting for their stock-based compensation programs,” said Takis Makridis, the firm’s president and CEO. The company features a collaborative, inclusive culture designed to solve tough

client challenges. It features rapid testing of proposals, data-driven decisions and the sharing of information. Makridis describes Equity Methods as partly a software company and partly a consulting firm. “We keep bureaucracy to a minimum so that teams can execute better,” he said. The goal is on “solving our clients’ toughest problems that other vendors might run away from,” he added. The Equity Methods culture values input from all employees. “We learn from each other and have fun in the process,” Makridis said. Equity Methods also coordinates activities involving family members. For example, the company hosts an annual retreat for the entire team. “Last year’s retreat was in Sedona; this year’s retreat will be in San Diego,” Makridis said. “Numerous other events, from our semi-annual ping-pong tournaments to other outings, also keep us connecting as people. “The office environment is friendly and very client-focused. We often say that we don’t take ourselves very seriously, but we take our work very seriously.”

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#2 Ranking Company

#3 Ranking Company

U.S. Employees 25-99

U.S. Employees 25-99

Ashton Tiffany, LLC, Phoenix Longboard Asset Management, Phoenix In addition to health, dental and vision insurance, employees receive company paid life insurance as well. Merit based advancement allows genuine opportunities for advancement and high-income potential, with flexible work schedules. Employees are provided with stand up desks and a massage therapist at company parties. They also participate in philanthropic activities and nosh on free daily snacks.

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An awesome employee lounge that comes stocked with free snacks, drinks and video games, free weekly yoga and pedometers that can be used in a configured office “track” to spark friendly walking competitions are among the qualities that make Ashton Tiffany a creative and fun place to work. A full-time “quiet room” is equipped with a couch and massaging recliner where employees can go de-stress at any time of day. Charitable donations and support for numerous local charities include Phoenix Children's Hospital, T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and the 100 Club.


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#1 Ranking Company Women’s Initiative

James Agency Scottsdale ad firm fosters favorable culture for women By Russ Wiles

With more companies offering maternity leave, flexible schedules, expanded promotional opportunities and other benefits, the workplace has become much more inviting to women than it was decades ago. And when the boss is female, workers often have access to an especially sympathetic ear. That’s the case at the James Agency, an advertising, public relations and digitalservices firm in Scottsdale that was named our Top Company for having policies and a culture favorable to women. “Working in a male-dominated industry

throughout my career and being a working mother with two young children, I am able to relate to the challenges that my female team members face,” said Veronique James, CEO of the James Agency. “I understand that a work-life balance is necessary and try to provide my employees, both female and male, with as much flexibility as possible to attain the delicate balance between work and home life.” The James Agency was cited as the Top Company for female employees, based on the percentage of favorable responses received from women workers in our survey. This competition was restricted to those entities where female responses comprised at least half of all worker feedback. The James Agency has 28 employees, and 18 of them are women. James said she views employee development and company culture as incredibly important. Popular policies and practices at the company include part-time and flexible work schedules and up to 12 weeks of partially paid maternity leave. Also, the firm promotes worker health and wellness with monthly massages, yoga and nutritious snacks in the kitchen. And it sponsors unusual team-building activities, such as a hot-air balloon outing in the desert one

recent April morning. Orchard Medical Consulting, a company of nurse case workers who help disabled employees get back on their feet, ranked second overall in this category. Nearly 80 percent of employees at the Phoenix company are women, and turnover is low. “Orchard is an amazing place to work for women because we allow schedule flexibility and autonomy, continued-education benefits and paid maternity leave, among other perks,” said Ashley Miller, vice president of national operations. Orchard recognizes employees for the meaningful work they perform, which helps attract women from various cultural, educational and professional backgrounds, Miller added. Among other employers with highly favorable responses from female workers, TTI Success Insights ranked third. The Scottsdale company develops and distributes workplace assessments that are used to hire, retain and develop employees. Rose Law Group and Laser Spine Institute rounded out the top five. The latter company treats neck and back problems with minimally invasive procedures.

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Spotlight Company Diversity

Navy Federal Credit Union Financial institution makes diversity an ongoing goal By Russ Wiles

Credit unions already are one of the nation’s most diverse industries, with 69 percent of jobs filled by women nationally, including many members of racial minorities, according to federal statistics. Yet Navy Federal Credit Union has gone a step further, actively seeking to hire a varied work force and reinforce tolerance and inclusiveness while overcoming stereotypes in ongoing training. Navy Federal is one of the Arizona Top

Companies highlighted for diversity in a subjective assessment by Arizona Republic business reporters and editors. These employers weren’t ranked. The Virginia-based credit union has won a slew of other awards including being named one of the 50 “best workplaces for diversity” as compiled by Fortune magazine. It has appeared for five straight years on Fortune’s larger “best companies to work for” list of 100 employers. Navy Federal is 44th on that list this year, its highest ranking ever. Other Arizona Top Companies on the “best companies to work for” list include Hyatt Hotels, American Express and Camden Property Trust, which runs 10 Arizona apartment complexes. Other accolades for Navy Federal include being named a top workplace for AfricanAmericans and Asian-Americans; Navy Federal claims to employ more people in those groups than financial companies generally. The credit union even received a nod as a top workplace for Millennials, who make up 45 percent of its global workforce of 12,000. “It’s about being more understanding and respectful of other people and other cultures,” said Mark Martinez, Navy Federal’s regional manager for Arizona, explaining the

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diversity focus. Training sessions cover issues such as what topics are appropriate to talk about with other workers or members, as well as discussions about the different clothing colleagues might wear or the food they might eat, he said. Navy Federal also has a diverse group of members or customers. It operates nationally and in more than a dozen foreign locations, from Hong Kong to Djibouti in Africa. Its members include all Department of Defense and Coast Guard active duty, plus civilian and contractor personnel and their families. It entered Arizona in 2010 and will open its sixth office here this month. That brings its statewide count to 75, of which more than 80 percent are women, Martinez said. The company’s benefits, for both full- and part-time workers, include the standard assortment of medical and dental insurance plus college-tuition assistance (up to $5,250 for full-time staff and half that for parttimers) and a match up to 7 percent of worker contributions to the company’s 401(k) retirement plan. “We’re also very flexible for scheduling our part-time team members,” Martinez said. “We try to accommodate people whenever we can.”


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Firms adjust 401(k)s for reluctant workers Companies find strategies to help employees invest By Russ Wiles

It used to be that employers provided pensions to their workers. Some still do, but the trend has shifted to 401(k) retirement plans. What’s the difference? Unlike traditional pensions, for which employers are responsible for making investment decisions and guaranteeing certain levels of income in retirement, workers themselves shoulder the responsibility with 401(k) plans. Yet many employees aren’t up to the task, often saving too little, investing too conservatively and making other mistakes. Here are some ways employers are addressing this problem.

Sign up workers automatically A primary frustration for companies that offer 401(k)-style plans is that not all eligible workers participate. That’s why more employers in recent years have been enrolling people automatically. Workers retain the right to opt out, but most don’t since doing so involves effort on the employee’s part. Employers thus are harnessing worker inertia to help them build a retirement nest egg. Auto enrollment thus has become fairly widespread. A more recent trend involves auto escalation, whereby employers gradually and automatically increase the amount of money an employee contributes — again, with an opt-out clause. For example, a worker might sign up initially to sock away 3 percent of salary into the plan, then get bumped up to 4 percent the next year.

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employers might eliminate money-market funds, for instance, since their yields are so low and their short-term nature makes them inappropriate for long-haul investing.

Reduce investment choices Another issue that can paralyze participants is having too many mutual funds or other investments to sort through. With an average 401(k) lineup of 19 investment choices, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America, that’s a lot of decisions to make. That’s why some experts predict more employers will downsize their investment options, to make the decisions easier. According to some research, keeping the investment lineup to eight to 12 choices is usually sufficient, especially since mutual funds are widely diversified anyway. More

Focus on education For a 401(k) plan to succeed with workers, it really comes down to education. Employees must understand why they’re investing, what types of investments are likely to get the job done, and so on. This places a burden on companies to educate their workers about suitable options without making the decisions for them. Some experts see employers fine-tuning their education efforts. One trend is toward offering “robo-advisers” or web-based services that provide investment guidance.

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As another example, more employers could offer guidance tailored to specific employee subgroups, such as people nearing retirement age. The federal Department of Labor, which oversees 401(k) plans, recently unveiled a new “fiduciary-standard” rule that could result in less guidance for 401(k) participants, at least initially. This reform would impose higher legal standards on some investment advisers, requiring them to act in their clients’ exclusive best interest. Critics contend it will suppress communication and guidance, but it’s also possible the financial industry will response with new initiatives focused around low-fee options.


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Top companies help employees save for retirement By Russ Wiles

Top companies don’t let their employees get to retirement with little or nothing saved up. Retirement planning is a major challenge for many, especially with fewer corporations offering traditional pensions. That’s where 401(k)-style workplace plans come in. These accounts allow employees to put money into a range of investments. The money builds up tax-deferred until withdrawn. Yet many employees won’t participate in workplace retirement plans if left on their own, while others invest too cautiously. Here are a few things employers can do to help their people prepare for the important retirement-planning challenge:

Offer matching funds Many employers will contribute to an employee’s 401(k) plan if a worker puts in money of his own. Matching funds thus make an attractive incentive. Some companies match one dollar for each dollar contributed, though matches of 25 cents or 50

cents on the dollar are more common, typically covering six or eight percent of pay. Basically, matching funds are free money to employees, who should contribute at least enough to qualify for the full match offered.

Enroll workers automatically A notable trend in recent years has involved the adoption of policies whereby employers sign up workers for their 401(k) plans unless they object. Employees retain the right to “opt out” but most don’t, since that requires effort.

Boost investments automatically Along the same lines as auto enrollment is auto escallation of the amount workers contribute. Most people do earn more over time, so boosting the savings rate is feasible and smart. The idea here is to divert more of a worker’s worker pay into their retirement accounts unless they object and opt out. Some companies also are changing their match formulas to encourage people to save more. For example, rather than offer a 50-percent match on the first 4 percent of pay a worker contributes, they might offer a

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25-percent match on 8 percent of pay.

Limit the amount of choices Sometimes, less truly is more. This is often the case with the number of investments in the lineup of a 401(k) plan. Some employers offer dozens if not hundreds of investment choices, but all those options can paralyze people. Rather, studies have shown that workers typically have an easier time choosing among a dozen or fewer investments. Since mutual funds are the dominant investments in 401(k) plans, it’s not hard to obtain adequate diversification. With a few shrewd picks, a person could gain exposure to stocks and bonds, both inside and outside the U.S., with just a handful of picks.

Offer advice or guidance Better employees hire financial advisers to offer recommendations to workers, or at least make plenty of information help available. Studies have shown that 401(k) participants tend to invest too conservatively, save too little and get started late. All of those behaviors can diminish the amount of money building up in a retirement account.


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Top companies to work for 2. MCCARTHY BUILDING COMPANIES, INC.

Large Company Listings U.S. 1,000 and more employees

1. PROTIVITI INDUSTRY: Business Consulting US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 2,400/54 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Joseph Tarantino, President and CEO WEBSITE: protiviti.com Protiviti empowers employees at all levels. New hires choose a mentor who will guide them and act as an advocate in promotion and evaluation meetings. iGrow is an employee-driven women's networking group encouraging growth and retention of women. The company's U.S. Veterans Networking Group recruits veterans and helps integrate them into Protiviti’s workforce. Individual contributions are rewarded through the company-wide bonus program. Employees prize flexible time off for personal use and to support the local community.

INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 3,631/359 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Mike Bolen, CEO WEBSITE: mccarthy.com Founded as a family business, McCarthy is now 100% employee-owned. Bonuses are not capped for salaried employees, from the receptionist to the CEO. Individuals can earn redeemable points and discounts on medical premiums through the Vitality online health and wellness portal, in addition to enjoying one premium-free month a year. McCarthy regularly trains field groups and office staff and its BuildU portal is always open for employees seeking further career development. Employees can vacation in company-owned condos around the country.

3. LASER SPINE INSTITUTE INDUSTRY: Healthcare provider US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,069/63 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: David Pillsbury, CEO

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WEBSITE: laserspineinstitute.com Have Fun is one of Laser Spine Institute's CHOICE values (along with Care, One Team, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence). Team lunches, holiday parties and the Summer Fun Series, which include appreciation events such as free ice cream, are employee favorites. The annual weight-loss challenge reinforces the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Teammates receive cash back for participating in the Cigna wellness program and company vending machines stock low cost healthy foods. Quarterly awards luncheons honor teammates who exemplify CHOICE values.

4. NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION INDUSTRY: Banking US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 13,151/62 Arizona locations: Fort Huachuca, Luke AFB, Mesa, Yuma Uptown, MCAS Yuma TOP US EXECUTIVE: Cutler Dawson, President, CEO WEBSITE: navyfederal.org Each year, Navy Federal Credit Union team leaders receive funds to use for employee recognition, team building activities, branch


Top companies to work for Large Company Listings U.S. 1,000 and more employees

outings and family events. Employees are rewarded for innovative ideas, leadership and service, and are eligible for a Partners in Performance yearly bonus. Based on their years of service, employees can receive discounted consumer, credit card, equity, or mortgage loans. Those who meet personal wellness goals during the Wellness Challenge receive a prize.

5. CAMDEN PROPERTY TRUST INDUSTRY: Property Management US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,755/72 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Richard Campo, Chairman and CEO WEBSITE: camdenliving.com Camden Property Trust helps employees celebrate career success, personal fulfillment and fun. Team members who complete rolespecific degree programs through Camden University are recognized by their peers at the annual ACE (Achieving Camden Excellence) awards ceremony. The company offers financial assistance to full-time employees planning to adopt. Employees are can use fully furnished vacation apartments for about $20 a night. Everyone shares information and experiences unique to their region on #CamdenGood, an extension of the company intranet.

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Top companies to work for 7. EDWARD JONES

Large Company Listings U.S. 1,000 and more employees

6. SECURITY NATIONAL MORTGAGE COMPANY INDUSTRY: Mortgage services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,233/87 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Steve Johnson, CEO/President WEBSITE: snmc.com Security National Mortgage Company's maxim — Excellence— encompasses job performance and employee interactions. There is a training program for each career path and peak performers are rewarded with quarterly cash bonuses, as well as awards and trophies at the annual holiday party. Sales staff who meet their goals receive an expense-paid vacation trip. Employees enjoy flexible hours and the ability to work from home when necessary, along with holiday parties and family activities outside of work.

INDUSTRY: Financial Services - Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 39,118/1653 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jim Weddle, Managing Partner WEBSITE: edwardjones.com Half of Edward Jones associates own part of the company. Financial advisors run their own businesses with extensive support, including trimester bonuses. Thousands of financial advisors earn expense-paid trips each year and 2 associates receive Super Bowl ticket packages. Associates working at least 20 hours a week are eligible for profitsharing after 6 months. Volunteering, a core value, is common and expected during workdays. Associates facing personal or professional difficulties receive support ranging from caring cards to paid leave.

8. CDW INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 7,154/239 ARIZONA LOCATION: Chandler

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TOP US EXECUTIVE: Thomas Richards, Chairman, CEO and President WEBSITE: cdw.com Volunteering, onsite massages, free health screenings, and ice cream Fridays balance hard work at CDW. Account Managers can earn unlimited commissions and sales incentives such as cash and trips. Non-sales supervisors and managers earn annual and quarterly performance bonuses and coworkers below the director level are eligible for a holiday bonus. CDW's Business Resource Groups — including its Women's Opportunity Network — add professional development, mentoring and networking. Coworkers recognize the daily contributions of peers cross the company via the Cheers! program.

9. USAA INDUSTRY: Financial Services - Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 28,071/3,787 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Stuart Parker, President and CEO WEBSITE: usaa.com


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USAA matches employee retirement savings contributions up to 8 percent and awards annual performance and holiday bonuses, as well as spot bonuses for significant accomplishments. Employees have access to an onsite health services clinic, a fitness center with a covered basketball court, volleyball quad and jogging/walking trails. By tracking their fitness activities and healthy eating habits through the Healthy Points program, employees can earn a reduction in health insurance premiums. Everyone has two bonus vacation days to perform community service.

10. YELP INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 4,000/920 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO WEBSITE: yelp.com Yelp employees temper hard work with plenty of fun and family time. Managers meet one-on-one with each team member weekly to review progress and provide resources. Seven kitchens are conveniently stocked with breakfast and lunch fixings. Employees wind down

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playing ping pong, billiards and video games or booking 30 minutes in the Nap Room. New parents have 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and 6 weeks of paid paternity leave. Yelp Parents is an employee-led group dedicated to work-life balance.

11. BURNS & MCDONNELL ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC. INDUSTRY: Engineering US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 5,142/94 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Greg Graves, CEO and Chairman WEBSITE: burnsmcd.com Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company fosters an entrepreneurial spirit by empowering employee-owners to make important decisions on a daily basis. Individuals are encouraged to develop their careers through

job-related training programs and rewarded with performance-based incentives. The “Own Your Health” initiative awards points for attending wellness events, screenings and classes that can be used for discounted premiums. Activities during Employee Ownership Month include a pancake breakfast and treat week. The company matches employee-owners’ charitable gifts.

12. GEICO INDUSTRY: Insurance (non-healthcare) US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 35,078/1,450 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Tony Nicely, CEO WEBSITE: geico.com At Geico, hard work is rewarded with profit sharing, bonuses and Associate Appreciation Day. Top performers in each department can win trips, gift cards and a meet-and-greet with the CEO. Associates have access to an onsite fitness center and receive a discount on Fitbit devices and rewards for reaching fitness goals through the Rally digital wellness program. The company offers paid time off for community service. Associate-led

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clubs organize cultural activities and events, including barbeques, live music and baking contests.

13. DISCOVER FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY: Financial Services - Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 14,171/2,824 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: David Nelms, Chairman & CEO WEBSITE: discover.com Discover Financial Services supports new hires and team leaders with special onboarding programs. Through BRAVO!, employees recognize coworkers through “Giving a High Five” awards. The Culture Team manages recognition programs and organizes fun events such as the company picnic at the Phoenix Zoo. Discover's campus includes basketball and volleyball courts, a walking path, and a 6,000-square-foot fitness center. Employees build a Habitat for Humanity home every year, participate in food and clothing drives and send care packages to U.S. troops.


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14. TAYLOR MORRISON INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,631/243 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Sheryl Palmer, CEO WEBSITE: taylormorrison.com Taylor Morrison's culture inspires employees to develop personally and professionally —and have fun in the process. In addition to teambuilding events and mentoring programs, employees have access to engaging, relevant content daily through the company's intranet. Employees work flexible schedules and use paid time off to volunteer for Feed My Starving Children and Save My Family. There is fresh fruit and a refrigerator stocked with water, soda and juice onsite and Dairy Queen Blizzards once a month.

15. CHARLES SCHWAB & CO., INC. INDUSTRY: Financial Services – Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 15,000/3,300 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Walter Bettinger II, President and CEO WEBSITE: schwab.com

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Charles Schwab & Co. has a track record of long tenure, including employees over 50. The company pays for licensing training, certifications and industry/role-related continuing education for employees and participates in local networking organizations targeting experienced professionals. In addition to opting for flexible schedules, eligible employees can take a paid monthlong sabbatical after every 5 years of service. During the annual Schwab Volunteer Week, employees get paid time off to use their skills to help local charities.

16. CBIZ AND MHM INDUSTRY: Accounting US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 4,200/141 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix, Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jerome Grisko, CEO and President WEBSITE: cbiz.com

CBIZ accounting personnel have free access to the Becker CPA Review and treats, meals and an “after party” during tax season. All employees benefit from mentoring, the multi-tier incentive plans and referral bonus program. CBIZ Women’s Advantage promotes attracting and retaining talented women. The company has an annual weight loss rewards program and provides onsite biometric health screenings and free wellness coaching. Massage therapists offer neck, back and shoulder massages onsite. Community involvement events include games, lunches and jeans days.

17. AEROTEK INDUSTRY: Staffing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 5,000/300 ARIZONA LOCATION: Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Todd Mohr, CEO WEBSITE: aerotek.com Recognition and performance incentives guide the career and personal development of Aerotek employees. Individuals grow within the company with the support of industry-specific mentors, cross-training and

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attendance at leadership workshops. DiSC Training helps employees adapt to the behavioral styles of others and the Diversity and Inclusion Board creates an environment in which every employee has the best opportunity for success. The company supports Ronald McDonald House and the Special Olympics. Employees unwind by playing ping pong or snacking on popcorn popped onsite.

18. STRYKER SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS INDUSTRY: Manufacturing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,010/273 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Brian White, President WEBSITE: stryker.com Named a Top Company for Women Engineers by the Society for Women Engineers, Stryker has a formalized career path for manufacturing teams. Employees tapped to coach summer interns are often promoted to leadership roles. Individuals gain visibility as Champions for their team or department by presenting coworkers’ ideas for improving the work environment to Stryker's Engagement Council 3 times a year. Coworkers


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challenge each other to competitive events ranging from running to cup stacking as part of the Stryker Olympics.

19. YODLE INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/ Marketing and Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,269/211 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Court Cunningham, CEO WEBSITE: yodle.com Yodle encourages employees to learn, take risks, stretch their skills and work alongside a supportive team. Throughout the year, individuals who make significant contributions receive Yodle Star recognition, including a gift card and funds for professional development. IDEA committees organize monthly team-building events and the Scottsdale office—known as Yodledale—hosts an annual field day event with games and prizes. Employees have flexible paid time off and destress during the workday by taking a nap or playing games.

20. RYAN, LLC INDUSTRY: Other - Corporate Tax Advisory Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,594/89 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO WEBSITE: ryan.com Ryan's goal is to create an environment that makes employees want to stay for life. Entrepreneurial spirit is valued. Employees are measured by results, not time spent in the office. The myRyan workplace flexibility program helps women succeed. The company's commitment to work/life balance is reflected in its leadership and mentoring programs, online training and tuition reimbursement, as well as wellness incentives and paid-time off for community service. RyanPRIDE rewards employees for championing coworkers’ contributions on social media.

21. LINCOLN PROPERTY COMPANY INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,695/44 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: William Duvall, President WEBSITE: lpc.com (for AZ it is: lpcphx.com) Lincoln Property Company thrives on teambuilding. Team LPC events throughout the year include golf, bowling and baseball spring training outings. Team members benefit from coaching, mentoring, training, and company-paid Leadership Summits. In addition to quarterly team recognition lunches, awards for key contributors, including Property Manager of the Year and Rising Star, are handed out at the holiday luncheon. Employees participate in charity 5K Run/Walks and Christmas toy drives and serve meals in community food kitchens. All employees receive year-end bonuses.

22. MERITAGE HOMES INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,403/314 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Steven, Hilton, Chairman and CEO WEBSITE: meritagehomes.com Meritage Homes offers benefits to all employees, regardless of status, including oneon-one health coaching and catered First Friday lunches. The company's wellness portal lets individuals track their wellness activities, start programs tied to personal goals and participate in discussions. Those not eligible for quarterly bonuses and commission incentives receive an annual bonus. Employees have an opportunity to participate in local events such as the Pat Tillman Run and support charities and community service initiatives through the Meritage Cares Foundation.

23. KFORCE INC. INDUSTRY: Staffing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 2,500/115 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dave Dunkel, CEO WEBSITE: kforce.com Kforce fosters teamwork through mutual support and performance incentives. New associates complete a fast track program to get them on a path to grow their business or

become a leader. Weekly one-on-ones keep associates and leaders in synch and complement town halls with visiting upper management and executives. Top performing individuals and teams are rewarded with expenses-paid trips, paid time off and activities. Associates not working remotely unwind playing ping pong, participating in cook-offs and competing in trivia games.

24. HENSEL PHELPS INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 2,511/163 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix, Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jeff Wenaas, President/CEO WEBSITE: henselphelps.com Employee-owned Hensel Phelps finds many ways to celebrate its greatest resource: its people. New employees receive extensive on-the-job training and assistance from a dedicated mentor. Annual Old Timers celebrations recognize career milestones at 5 and 20 years, then every 5 years until retirement. All employees have a mobile phone or a phone allowance. Managers have a company-owned vehicle with a gas card or an auto allowance. Everyone shares company profits. Teams volunteer, attend sporting events and take workday hikes.

25. GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY, LLC INDUSTRY: Information Technology Manufacturing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 96,000/774 ARIZONA LOCATION: Chandler TOP US EXECUTIVE: Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO WEBSITE: gm.com From day one, employees at one of 4 GM IT Innovation Centers are treated to world-class benefits, including 16 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year. A development program rotates new college hires through various assignments before they are promoted. Boot Camp intensive training programs are geared towards particular technical areas of IT. Monthly wellness challenges and onsite health assessments keep employees healthy. There are many social and family events and paid time off for community service.

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26. AMERICAN EXPRESS INDUSTRY: Financial Services - Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 19,624/6,733 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO WEBSITE: americanexpress.com American Express offers comprehensive, competitive benefits focused on health and work/life balance. Arizona Healthy Living Wellness Centers offer screenings, routine preventive care, health coaching, immunizations and an onsite pharmacist. The Stress Less program provides chair massages, meditation/mindfulness sessions and yoga. Employees volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army's Pack to School Drive. The “Women in the Pipeline and at the Top” initiative focuses on developing and advancing women to senior roles in the company.

27. EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY: Education US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 2,122/356 ARIZONA LOCATION: Prescott TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dr. Karen Holbrook, Interim President WEBSITE: erau.edu Embry-Riddle’s LEAD-ER is a formal 3-three tier leadership development training designed to find and foster future leaders. Top-performing employees receive cash awards of up to $2,500. The on-campus Women's and Diversity Center promotes equal opportunities and work/life balance. Employees have paid time off at Christmas and 4-day work weeks during the summer. The company has an onsite fitness center and health clinic where employees can schedule weekly massages and offers afterschool or summer programs for employees’ school-aged children.

28. PCL CONSTRUCTION, INC. INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 1,730/87 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe

TOP US EXECUTIVE: Paul Douglas, President and CEO WEBSITE: pcl.com More than 90 percent of PCL's salaried employees are company shareholders. Employees enjoy affordable medical insurance and 3 weeks of vacation from their date of hire. The "Connects" intranet shares project wins, strategic goals, staff promotions and volunteer opportunities. Employees bond at company events, including the family wellness picnic, holiday party and outings to baseball spring training games. Anyone who visits the gym or attends yoga classes at least 8 times a month receives a $25 reimbursement on membership/class fees.

29. ALLIANCE RESIDENTIAL INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 2,439/548 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Bruce Ward, CEO WEBSITE: allresco.com Alliance Residential associates are eligible for discounts on apartment units and can use discounted corporate suites when traveling. A wardrobe allowance and retail discounts through the Alliance InStyle program make it easier for associates to dress stylishly. Alliance University gives everyone access to hundreds of training videos and instructorled courses for career development. Managers plan quarterly team-building events such as baseball games and guest speakers. "Alliance Cares" sponsors 2 collection drives each year for charities such as Toys for Tots.

30. DRIVETIME AUTOMOTIVE GROUP INDUSTRY: Retail US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 4,757/1,313 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Ray Fidel, CEO WEBSITE: drivetime.com No one has an office at DriveTime. Even the CEO has a desk in the open and encourages employees to sit down and discuss projects. There are fitness centers in the corporate office and operation centers and employees participate in yearly wellness challenges. The WellTime portal makes it easy for everyone to monitor their health goals, earn incentives and receive encouragement from coworkers. Employees love dressing up on theme days and competing for monthly awards in dealerships.

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1. FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS INDUSTRY: Hospitality US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 881/881 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jack Miller, General Manager WEBSITE: scottsdaleprincess.com The resort sponsors several employee events, including a gala, a holiday kids party, a summer picnic and employee pep rallies hosted by the general manager. Employees also have opportunities to attend events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Barrett Jackson auto action. A company wellness program offers fitness classes and nutritional information, and employees can give back through the Titans Always Give program.

2. TRACE3 INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 334/30 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Tyler Beecher, CEO WEBSITE: trace3.com Full-time employees are eligible for an annual bonus program based on individual and company performance and for the SARs (Stock Appreciation Rights) program. The company’s Spiffing Program allows employees to recognize their peers for a job well done. Trace3 also holds team-building events such as game night, movie night, Top Golf outings and visits to shooting ranges. The company gives back to the community through the Adopt-a-Family program.

3. AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES INC. INDUSTRY: Restoration/Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 900/95 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Gary Moore, President WEBSITE: ATIrestoration.com The company always acknowledges employee efforts and encourages team support through such events as sports games, team building and parties for workers and their


Top companies to work for families. There also is an incentive program to encourage healthy eating and exercise. ATI’s bonus structure and incentive plans inspire employees to go above and beyond throughout the year. There are internal contests with cash prizes and safety incentives such as free barbecue if 90 days pass without an accident.

TOP US EXECUTIVE: R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr., CEO WEBSITE: asufoundation.org Employee health and wellness is a priority, with the foundation offering a private meditation room, standing workstations as a desk option, healthy snacks in the break room and free onsite yoga classes once a week. Employees get their birthdays off with pay. There also are quarterly happy hours so workers can interact with colleagues and support local businesses. Individualized development opportunities are available to high-performing employees.

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INDUSTRY: Insurance (non-health care) US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 188/187 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Charles A. Touché, CEO WEBSITE: lovitt-touche.com Flexible work arrangements allow the majority of Lovitt & Touché service teams to telecommute one or two days a week. The company’s C.A.R.E.S. committee gives back to the community through Jeans Thursdays, quarterly fundraising lunches, participating in local charity walks or volunteering employee time. The annual “Maintain Don’t Gain” challenge helps employees stay within two pounds of their start weight during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season.

INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 450/40 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dennis Hoelzer, CEO WEBSITE: sentinel.com Sentinel employees can take 24 hours of paid volunteer time a year. The company sponsors biggest loser contests; charity events; health and wellness biometric screenings; healthy cooking contests; employee appreciation barbecues, breakfasts and social hours; and employee and spouse appreciation holiday parties. There also are programs designed to foster good compensation, character, mentorship of peers, teamwork and revenue generation.

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5. CREDIT UNION WEST INDUSTRY: Banking US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 171/171 ARIZONA LOCATION: Banking TOP US EXECUTIVE: Bob MacGregor, President/CEO WEBSITE: cuwest.org Credit Union West offers annual bonuses, incentive programs and company awards based on company and employee performance. All employees, full and part time, are eligible. There also is an annual employee rally and a wellness program that includes Fitbit fitness trackers and a multitude of quarterly creative wellness challenges offered to employees and their dependents.

6. ASU FOUNDATION FOR A NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY: Non-profit US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 177/175 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe

8. HYATT REGENCY PHOENIX INDUSTRY: Hospitality US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 319/319 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Mark Hoplamazian, Chairman and CEO WEBSITE: phoenix.hyatt.com Hotel employees receive complimentary Hyatt room nights anywhere in the world with discounts on spa services and food during their stay. They also receive tuition reimbursements for taking classes in any subject that will help them improve personally and professionally. The employee lounge offers free breakfast, lunch or dinner, Wi-Fi, computer access, flat-screen TV’s and board games. Monthly drawings award prizes such as iPads, Keurig coffeemakers, Playstation and Xbox game consoles, bicycles and $250 gift cards.

9. NEW HORIZONS LEARNING GROUP INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 137/25 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Kevin Landry, CEO WEBSITE: nhlearninggroup.com Management, instructors, support staff and supervisory personnel receive quarterly bonuses based on the profitability of the company. Bonuses of $100 are awarded to employees who exemplify the core company values of gratitude, respect, accountability, simplicity and people-first. The company provides weekly free fruit, catered lunches, Fitbit reimbursement and paid volunteer days, as well as free or discounted tickets to family entertainment or sporting events.

10. HOMEOWNERS FINANCIAL GROUP USA LLC INDUSTRY: Financial Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 321/212 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: William (Bill) Rogers, Founder and CEO WEBSITE: homeownersfg.com Employees have the option of working remotely and to volunteer with charities during work hours. Company events include casual Fridays, a holiday party, happy hours, picnics, softball games, ice skating and potlucks with catered food. All employees have a chance at winning an annual President’s Club Trip. The company Culture Committee meets once a month to decide future outings and events. Employee referral bonuses of $1,000 are offered.

11. LEARNING A-Z INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 241/168 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Bob Holl, President WEBSITE: www.learninga-z.com/ index.html All non-commission-based employees qualify for a target bonus equal to a percentage of their salary, paid annually if the company meets specific metrics. Employee referral bonuses of up to $1,000 per referred employee are paid. Learning A-Z has created partnerships with local gyms, yoga centers and CrossFit gyms to provide discounts for employees. The company offers a holiday party, employee outings and quarterly employee meetings with lunch provided.

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12. BRYAN UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY: Education US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 159/149 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Chad Evans, CEO WEBSITE: bryanuniversity.edu Bryan University’s employee benefits include 24/7 telemedicine and matching 401(k) plans. To promote health and well being, the university offers chair massages, FUNtastic Fridays with employee-voted themed dress day, an annual company family barbecue and a wellness program with various fitness and wellness challenges throughout the year. Bryan University provides movie tickets and vending tokens to managers for use as incentives throughout the year to recognize star employees.

13. ONEGUARD HOME WARRANTIES INDUSTRY: Insurance (non-health care) US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 110/110 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Scott Smith, CEO WEBSITE: oneguardhomewarranty.com New employees receive a week of onboarding and orientation. Once they are members of the team, they enjoy onsite training classes, peer-to-peer bonuses, profit sharing and roundtable meetings with OneGuard's president. Each trimester OneGuard typically distributes 5 to 15 percent of profits to each full-time employee when the company and the employee have achieved certain performance targets and budgets for the trimester. Team member events include movie nights, tailgating and Christmas parties.

14. LIFELOCK INDUSTRY: Identity Theft Protection US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 829/481 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Hilary Schneider, CEO WEBSITE: lifelock.com LifeLock employees receive 24 hours of paid time off a year to do volunteer work. They also receive such benefits as health care,

401(k) matches and stock options. There is an annual performance-based bonus program and a spot bonus program that provides monetary recognition for performance throughout the year. Employee recognition programs include Flash Awards and Spark Plug Awards. The company hosts a Family Fun Day, holiday parties and in-office parties and provides a fun work environment with games and Bagel Mondays.

15. GEORGE BRAZIL AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING INDUSTRY: HVAC US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 175/175 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jim Probst, President WEBSITE: georgebrazilhvac.com George Brazil encourages an open-door policy that allows staff to communicate any ideas, issues or questions with managers. Monthly monetary bonuses are given to sales teams, service technicians, CSR’s and quality assurance team members for quantity of positive customer reviews. Departments are often treated to breakfasts and lunches and engage in teamwork games and activities. The company gives back to the community – and has fun – through a “Dunk-A-Boss” event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

16. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES ARIZONA PROPERTIES INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 100/32 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Mark Stark, CEO WEBSITE: BHHSAZ.com The company CEO calls all employees on their birthdays and provides them with gift cards. Berkshire Hathaway encourages group volunteering at local charities and food banks. Employee perks include discounts at cellphone carriers and bonuses paid for recruiting agents to the company. The employee of the year receives a gift card and a paid day off.

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17. LARRY H. MILLER AVONDALE DODGE INDUSTRY: Retail US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 134/134 ARIZONA LOCATION: Avondale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dean Fitzpatrick, President WEBSITE: avondaledodge.com Larry H. Miller Avondale Dodge offers a variety of employee incentive programs, including flexible work schedules and employee appreciation celebrations. All employees are eligible for a holiday bonus program and sales professionals are eligible for monthly incentive programs. Top service advisors can receive a $750 monthly bonus. The company also offers Christmas savings programs for employees, quarterly onsite blood drives and Saturday lunches.

18. NEXTIVA INDUSTRY: Telecommunications US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 501/419 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Tomas Gorny, CEO WEBSITE: nextiva.com Nextiva offers a casual work environment and dress code. The company provides Monday catered breakfasts and Friday catered lunches to employees. To promote employee health and wellbeing, the company offers a wellness program, a biggest loser weight-loss challenge and a game lounge. The monthly employee recognition program features cash prizes and electronics such as iPads.

19. EBCO INC. DBA LA-Z-BOY OF ARIZONA INDUSTRY: Retail US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 217/217 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Ed Breunig III, Owner and CEO WEBSITE: lazboy.com/Arizona The company’s business model involves the whole team in working together for a common goal. It offers a quarterly bonus, a 75 percent 401(k) match and a $100,000 profitsharing contribution. All-expense-paid trips are offered to employees and spouses based on performance, great ideas and those nominated for Big Top Elite Performer. There is an employee assistance fund and a volunteer “CHAIRities” committee that is active in the community with the Ronald McDonald House and water-safety events.


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20. MC RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 259/148 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Lesley Brice, President WEBSITE: mcresidential.com The company’s annual three-day Professional Development Summit focuses on both personal and professional growth based on a motivational book that everyone reads prior to the session. The corporate office game room provides employees with the chance to step away from their desks and have fun. Spontaneous field trips transform routine meetings into trips to the movies or a coffee shop. Several times throughout the year team members are encouraged to wear their PJs to work.

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21. ZOCDOC INDUSTRY: Health Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 439/67 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Oliver Kharraz, Founder and CEO WEBSITE: zocdoc.com Teams and departments at Zocdoc frequently plan bonding activities and after-work outings such as go-carting, bowling, spring training games, golf outings and happy hours. Office ping-pong tables and lounge spaces allow employees to connect and relax. The company provides free healthy snacks and catered lunches every day. Weekly meetings called ZocTalk are held to discuss special projects and new initiatives. Monetary referral bonuses and performance bonuses are offered. Top sales performers receive allexpenses-paid trips to exotic destinations.

INDUSTRY: Banking US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 209/181 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jamie Korus, President WEBSITE: alliancehomeloans.com Alliance Home Loans stresses work/life balance, providing employees flexibility with scheduling and allowing children and pets at work. The company sponsors monthly catered lunches for employees and provides onsite fitness classes. Community events include an annual softball tournament for charity and employees assemble and deliver bikes to every Head Start child at Mountain View Elementary at Christmas.

23. MEDAIRE INC. INDUSTRY: Global Medical and Travel Risk Management Solutions US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 174/158 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Peter Tuggey, COO WEBSITE: medaire.com Flexible schedules allow employees to

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choose a three-day work week or to telecommute from home. MedAire offers employee-recognition programs with generous gifts and rewards. The company Pedometer Challenge and Benefits Health Fair promote health and well being, while Friday casual jeans days, happy hours, picnics, holiday parties, Halloween costume contests and multicultural Thanksgiving potlucks promote team building and camaraderie.

24. HOMESMART INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 109/70 ARIZONA LOCATION: Real Estate TOP US EXECUTIVE: Matt Widdows, Owner and CEO WEBSITE: HomeSmartInternational.com HomeSmart’s employee-recognition program includes “bail-out” certificates for free paid time off. Bonuses are paid based on quarterly and fiscal year performance. The company also offers paid time for employee charitable activities. The company provides food for staff lunches throughout


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the week, as well as birthday celebrations with cake and ice cream. There is a fully equipped gym and ultra lounge in the office.

25. KITCHELL INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 935/357 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jim Swanson, CEO WEBSITE: kitchell.com Kitchell invests in employee professional development and helps them plan for retirement. It also offers free identity theft protection to all employees. Employee-engagement events include ice cream socials, Kitchell Bash, Healthfair and onsite health screenings (flu shots, mammograms, bio-metric screenings, etc.). Sonic Boom Wellness Contests for employees and dependents provide cash rewards toward health savings accounts. The Kitchell Foundation contributes to non-profit organizations.

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Top companies to work for 27. FIRST FIDELITY BANK

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26. SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INDUSTRY: Education US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 370/370 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Greg Sackos, Superintendent of Schools WEBSITE: srpmic-ed.org The Salt River school system offers several levels of teacher incentive programs of up to $1,500 for highly performing teachers. Upon completion of the National Teacher Certification, individuals receive a $2,500 bonus. Ninety percent of all bonus funds are allocated to line staff as opposed to executives. There also are Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year awards. Employees are recognized at Board Of Education meetings.

INDUSTRY: Banking US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 359/43 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Lee Symcox, President and CEO WEBSITE: FFB.com The bank gives back to the community through a United Way bowling tournament, and the FFB Family Foundation provides assistance to employees during catastrophic events and unexpected disasters. There is an All Colleague bonus program as well as individual bonus and incentive programs. Employees receive free banking services and reduced-rate personal loans. They also receive such benefits as free Phoenix Zoo passes, travel benefits and reduced-rate movie tickets.

28. TERRACES OF PHOENIX INDUSTRY: Continuing Care Retirement Community US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 197/197 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: John Cochrane, CEO WEBSITE: theterracesofphoenix.com

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Terraces offers its employees a tuition reimbursement and scholarship program; full access to a 24-hour gym, fitness classes and discounted personal training; a Team Member Crisis Fund that provides financial assistance in times of need; and $60 quarterly wellness gift cards for employees who complete a challenge. The company’s Circle of Excellence program recognizes employees who submit cost-saving or innovative improvement ideas with cash prizes and chance to win trip to the home office in California.

29. ASSOCIATED ASSET MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY: Homeowner Association Management US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 521/409 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Laura Ziff, CEO WEBSITE: associatedasset.com Associated Asset Management offers a “very handsome” employee referral bonus as part of its recruiting efforts and an annual profit-sharing program. Employees praise the company for offering all-employee


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meetings and an Employee Appreciation Day, such as Costco Day. The company also sponsors industry specific education and certification, the AAM Annual Tradeshow, the Volunteer Recognition Program and the PTO raffle.

30. DP ELECTRIC, INC. INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 219/219 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dan Puente, Founder and President WEBSITE: dpelectric.com DP Electric takes employee feedback to heart and strives to better itself, which creates an environment in which workers can complete the highest-quality work. Quarterly teambuilding events build unity. The company offers tuition reimbursement for apprentices and employee savings accounts that accrue a higher interest rate than at traditional institutions. Bonuses are paid based on project and department profitability.

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1. EQUITY METHODS INDUSTRY: Professional services – consulting US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 43/43 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Takis Makridis, President and CEO WEBSITE: EquityMethods.com Annual company retreats double as weekend getaways to scenic spots like Sedona, where activities stress team building and fellowship. Regular functions like laser tag, miniature golf, bowling, ping pong and kickball get everyone moving and having fun, while chair massages and yoga classes grant relaxation options. Everyone stays satiated with catered meals and treats like Bagel Wednesdays, free soft drinks and ice cream socials. A nutrition expert advises on proper eating, sleeping and fitness.

2. LONGBOARD ASSET MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY: Financial Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 53/51 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Cole Wilcox, CEO WEBSITE: longboardmutualfunds.com In addition to health, dental and vision insurance, employees receive company paid life insurance as well. Merit based advancement allows genuine opportunities for advancement and high-income potential, with flexible work schedules. Employees are provided with stand up desks and a massage therapist at company parties. They also participate in philanthropic activities and nosh on free daily snacks.

3. ASHTON TIFFANY, LLC INDUSTRY: Risk Management US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 91/91 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVES: John Ashton, Principal and CEO; Michael Tiffany, Principal and President WEBSITE: ashtontiffany.com An awesome employee lounge that comes stocked with free snacks, drinks and video games, free weekly yoga and pedometers that can be used in a configured office “track” to spark friendly walking competitions are among the qualities that make Ashton Tiffany a creative and fun place to work. A full-time “quiet room” is equipped with a couch and massaging recliner where employees can go de-stress at any time of day. Charitable donations and support for numerous local charities include Phoenix Children's Hospital, T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and the 100 Club.

4. TAYLOR RYMAR CORPORATION INDUSTRY: Engineering US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 30/30 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Rodney Taylor, CEO and President WEBSITE: tr-corp.com Leadership understands that life happens, so the option of telecommuting or schedule adjustment is readily available, in addition to a workweek that consists of four, nine-hour workdays and half-day Fridays. An in-office gym helps get everyone’s blood flowing and

lunchtime mountain bike rides is an opportunity to get fresh air amidst nature. Company paid parking is in the Hadyen Ferry lot, and regular team bonding and team building events include holiday parties and happy hour socials.

5. ORCHARD MEDICAL CONSULTING INDUSTRY: Healthcare - Insurance/ Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 69/44 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Robin Orchard, President and Owner WEBSITE: orchardmed.com Monthly breakaway Fridays allow a staff member to host an hour-long event to promote team- building, which gives each person a chance to be creative and gets everyone out of their offices. Coloring books and crayons are on site for individuals to color in when they are needing a few moments away, and tuition reimbursement is available for courses applicable to the job. To dog owners: Bring your pooch to the office – pretty please.

6. ARIZONA MANAGING PARTNERS INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/ Marketing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 40/40 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Katie Castignetti, President WEBSITE: arizonamanagingpartners.com Supporting Arizona Managing Partners’ motto, “Companies that play together, stay together,” employees participate in company softball and basketball leagues. Two weekly traditions – Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour Thursday – give employees additional opportunity to build camaraderie. Daily public recognition, fun bonuses and prizes reward hard work. Every December, the company gives back while celebrating during one weekend, like holding a fundraiser at a local restaurant and capping it off by renting out a huge 45-person limo bus. Operation Smile and the Pat Tillman Foundation are among the community service efforts.

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7. THE JAMES AGENCY INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/ Marketing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 28/28 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Veronique James, CEO WEBSITE: thejamesagency.com No cubicles and no need for Casual Fridays because every day is casual highlight The James Agency’s laid-back vibe that cultivates serious results for clients. Team-build activities and agency-wide education in industry trends, tips and tricks of the trade along with lunch are monthly events. There are also massage days, yoga and healthy snacks in the kitchen. Paid days off include 10 vacation days plus two paid weeks off during the holidays, totaling 27 paid days off each year. To spark laughs and creativity, kids and dogs are most welcome.

8. RENTERS WAREHOUSE ARIZONA INC. INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 25/25 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Kevin Ortner, CEO WEBSITE: renterswarehouse.com A relaxed feel is enhanced with Casual Fridays, casual sitting areas that make for ideal spots to chill out and an open door policy from the top down. The urge to exercise any competitive urges may be satisfied with in-office areas designated for miniature golf and a mini-basketball hoop. Charitable efforts include Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

9. PICMONIC INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 31/31 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Ron Robertson, CEO WEBSITE: picmonic.com Picmonic understands its team members have commitments outside of work and backs this up with flex scheduling and unlimited time off practices that help mitigate stress and allow optimum performance. A casual work environment flaunts couches and bean bags in each team area and dress

code is welcoming of equally comfortable ensembles like jeans, workout gear and Picmonic hoodies. Free daily fuel in the break room is comprised of fresh fruit, crackers, oatmeal, granola and espresso or coffee. Every employee is issued a Macbook and quality noise-cancelling headphones to use in the office.

10. CLEAR TITLE AGENCY OF ARIZONA INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 55/55 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Bart Patterson, CEO WEBSITE: cleartitleaz.com Fun team building activities encourage camaraderie, as do regular family picnics, baseball games and holiday parties. There’s also a career development program to help employees reach their goals in a supportive environment. Employees participate in a number of charitable causes involving the Maricopa County Health Foundation, Boys and Girls Club - East Valley and Crossroads.

11. HEALTHIESTYOU INDUSTRY: Digital Health US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 54/43 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jim Prendergast, CEO WEBSITE: healthiestyou.com HealthiestYou helps employees manage family life and work life more easily with flexible schedules and an incentive-driven health plan that pays out cash for health strides and progress. An onsite workout area includes treadmill desks and desks that allow users to either sit or stand, to accommodate comfort needs. Organized events include golf, bowling, happy hours and food trucks at the office. Bikes are provided for quick rides to grab lunch or coffee.

12. TTI SUCCESS INSIGHTS INDUSTRY: Consulting US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 36/33 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Bill J. Bonnstetter, Chairman and Founder WEBSITE: ttisi.com Here, the coffee, soda, fruit and healthy other snacks are unlimited and on the house. Employees look forward to the annual holiday party that’s held at a premier Scottsdale destination and gather for regular themed potlucks. Those who go above the call of

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duty are rewarded with lunch coupons for two, or a Friday “bail out” coupon. If you wish to donate blood, you may do so with paid time off. Pets are allowed in the office and don’t be surprised if things shut down early at random – especially in anticipation of an extended holiday weekend.

13. HEINFELD, MEECH & CO., P.C. INDUSTRY: Accounting US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 45/45 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Corey Arvizu, Managing Partner WEBSITE: heinfeldmeech.com Firm-wide work and meeting of performance goals for the year are rewarded with a Trip to Paradise, where all employees may participate in a three- or four-night teambuilding trip to destinations like the Mayan Riviera/Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Chicago and Seattle. In June and July, a four-day workweek lets staff escape the heat for a long weekend out of town. The annual holiday party is held a family-friendly location such as a zoo or children’s museum so children and grandchildren may attend. Cash bonuses are awarded for 10-year ($750) and 15-year ($1,500) anniversaries.

14. ANSWER 1, LLC INDUSTRY: Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 70/68 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Parker Davis, CEO WEBSITE: answer1.com A break room outfitted with cable TV, comfy couches, Xbox, free snacks and more lets everyone take a fun breather while they recharge. Regular parties allow celebrations throughout the year ranging from Christmas and Independence Day to customer service week and potlucks just because. Flexible work arrangements grant employees the freedom to take care of what they need outside of the office, and there are weekly, monthly and annual bonus opportunities. Also, 100 percent of its call center services to three Ronald McDonald House locations in Arizona.

15. SINFONIARX, INC. INDUSTRY: Medication management US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 225/160 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tucson TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dr. Kevin Boesen, CEO WEBSITE: sinfoniarx.com


Top companies to work for 18. AXOSOFT

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A flexible work schedule includes the ability to work from home and a completely open floor plan encourages contemporary communication in the rustic charm of a remodeled Century old warehouse. A casual dress code adds to the comfort and a basketball hoop and ping pong table in the office encourages a playful attitude. A company baseball team, softball team and golf league provide out-of-office bonding opportunities and recognition/appreciation awards include Diamondbacks baseball tickets.

16. ARIZONA CHARTER ACADEMY INDUSTRY: Education US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 78/78 ARIZONA LOCATION: Surprise TOP US EXECUTIVE: Melissa Holdaway, CEO WEBSITE: azcharter.com A supportive leadership team and caring staff are cultivated within a family atmosphere that allows for growth. Onsite Zumba and other exercise classes help staff keep fit three times a week, plus the services of a trainer and free salad bar. Travel opportunities include free trips to New York, Europe and China. Treats like gifts, food and massages are rewards given during staff appreciation week. Two hosted blood drives each year allow employees to donate blood during paid time off.

17. BISHOP FOX INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 74/47 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVES: Francis Brown, Partner; Vincent Liu, Partner WEBSITE: bishopfox.com To accommodate schedules, employees may take advantage of flexible work hours and telecommuting options. A budget reserved specifically for training helps staff perform at their best and team retreats to fun destinations shake things up, as does access to a company-owned ski lease in Lake Tahoe. Employees enjoy designated office gym space, Taco Tuesday lunches, monthly movie nights and gift cards and lunches on work anniversaries.

INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 39/39 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Lawdan Shojaee, CEO WEBSITE: axosoft.com Healthy catered lunches and workout classes in the office gym, along with showers and changing rooms, show how Axosoft goes the extra mile to see that the team is taken care of even when they are away from their desk. Working parents have the option of working 75 percent of the week for 75 percent pay, plus full time benefits. Other perks include incentives for staying with the company that start at one year, relocation bonuses for moving closer to the office and Nerf gun wars. Also after one year, employees can choose to take a domestic trip along with additional time off a bonus. After five years, employees can choose international travel.

19. BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU SERVING CENTRAL, NORTHERN AND WESTERN ARIZONA INDUSTRY: Non-Profit US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 71/71 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Matthew Fehling, President and CEO WEBSITE: bbb.org A 7 ½-hour workday that comes with an eight-hour day’s pay helps employees achieve equilibrium between their professional and personal lives. A massage chair and relaxation room allows them to decompress when needed, and visits from the “pizza fairy” grant a splurge every now and then. BBB Bucks that can be converted into gift cards or PTO say thanks for going above and beyond. Quarterly PTO is given to allow employees to volunteer with their favorite charity and bi-annual, one-on-one meetings with the president/CEO gives each a forum to discuss the topic of his or her choice.

20. SOCIOUS, INC. INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 39/39 ARIZONA LOCATION: Mesa TOP US EXECUTIVE: Paul Schneider, CEO WEBSITE: socious.com Staying loose and tension-free is key at Socious, where employees enjoy massages and the services of a monthly in-office chiropractor visit. Catered company lunches and

free soda and snacks are part of the package. One half-day Friday each month gives them a chance to get a head start on the weekend or happy hour. And, there’s tuition reimbursement for grades of B or better on approved courses.

21. STARDUST NON-PROFIT BUILDING SUPPLIES INDUSTRY: Non-Profit US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 30/30 ARIZONA LOCATION: Mesa TOP US EXECUTIVE: Karen Jayne, CEO WEBSITE: stardustbuilding.org Sleep in, lounge in your PJ’s or hit the golf course or spa with pals on the paid-day-off you get for your birthday. Quarterly allagency staff meetings come with breakfast, and staff luncheons are catered. Fun monthly promotions and activities are also thrown into the mix.

22. ROSE LAW GROUP INDUSTRY: Legal US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 42/41 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jordan Rose, President and Founder WEBSITE: roselawgroup.com Monthly fun days comprised of firm outings are among the incentives and bonuses the firm’s employees enjoy. No one’s going hungry or thirsty even on late nights with free unlimited drinks and snacks. Concierge service, ping pong table and arcade games are other cool perks.

23. ARIZONA STONE & ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY: Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 44/35 ARIZONA LOCATION: Mesa TOP US EXECUTIVE: Bill Burke, President WEBSITE: arizonastone.com In addition to paid time off, birthdays are also recognized with PTO. A festive vibe is enhanced with Doughnut Friday on the last Friday of every month and the game Good Stuff Bonus/Dice Roll that awards those who go above and beyond. Incentives for working out your mind and body include tuition reimbursement for taking classes that are work-related, and paid health insurance for reaching Humana’s “silver” status.

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week schedule, and on annual staff appreciation day, everyone gets a gift. The company also provides free dental care to the less fortunate, individuals in detention facilities, the underinsured and those who fall through the cracks of the health system.

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INDUSTRY: Real Estate US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 30/30 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Greg Bernstein, Managing Partner WEBSITE: valuetrendsolutions.com Having fun is a huge part of the strategy, with holiday parties, celebrations for weddings and new babies, happy hours and corporate events at venues like TopGolf and Dave & Busters. Employees head out to the annual Duel in the Desert Tailgate for the Territorial Cup game between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Birthdays and anniversaries are honored with a paid catered lunch. Every Friday, “five minutes of fun” lets a different employee or group of employees plan a fun exercise, watch crazy videos, etc. to build camaraderie and teamwork.

INDUSTRY: Banking US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 67/67 ARIZONA LOCATION: Tempe TOP US EXECUTIVE: Margaret Hunnicutt, President and CEO WEBSITE: landingscu.org The perks of this financial institution include taking out a $1,000 interest free loan. Employees get time off to volunteer for organizations they are passionate about, and the Thanksgiving holiday is marked with a fourday weekend. Landings Credit Union partners with local school districts to provide financial education, speak to students about careers in the financial services industry, tutor students in math and help at many school events. Employees answer phones Phoenix Children’s Hospital during its annual telethon and raise funds throughout the year.

25. GCON, INC.

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INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 31/31 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Michael Godbehere, President WEBSITE: gconinc.com At GCON, not only is there a belief in building strong facilities, but that also applies to its team. A fully equipped gym onsite makes fitting in a workout easy, and for those who need an extra push, the company pays for the weekly services of a trainer. There’s also a completely furnished and stocked health food and protein drink bar.

26. AZPERIO, PLLC INDUSTRY: Healthcare provider US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 71/71 ARIZONA LOCATION: Paradise Valley TOP US EXECUTIVE: Ralph Wilson, Managing Partner WEBSITE: azperio.com The staff gets the entire week of Christmas off to get holiday tasks completed and soak up the festive spirit. Everyone gets a long weekend every week with a four-day work-

INDUSTRY: Legal US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 48/48 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jim Ryan, Managing Partner WEBSITE: frgalaw.com The practice of law may be serious, but at this firm, keeping a fun vibe is part of the gig. Regular events like the Annual Hall Golf Tournament, community service project and gift exchange and holiday luncheon get everyone in the spirit. A brown bag lunch series of seminars regarding fitness, nutrition, exercise, essential oils and other lifestyle topics is offered each summer. Monthly celebrations include potluck lunches, brown bag lunch for health and well being seminars and baby and wedding showers.

29. LANETERRALEVER INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/ Marketing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 98/96 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Beau Lane, CEO WEBSITE: laneterralever.com

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At LaneTerralever, employees are provided with a fully stocked kitchen and a “speakeasy,” complete with a keg. Of course, this is an ideal spot for many company-wide happy hours and special events for company celebrations. They are active in intramural sport leagues, which includes co-ed softball, and the company hosts an Office Olympics to foster healthy competition. Monthly relationship building activities encourage communication and teamwork, and employees have the ability to have flexible work schedules. A “Hackathon” gives free marketing services to Arizona organizations in need.

30. OWENS HARKEY ADVERTISING INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/ Marketing US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 48/44 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Scott Harkey, President WEBSITE: owensharkey.com Get a pick-me-up anytime throughout the day with cold brew coffee on tap and chair massages. Office happy hours provide relaxation at the end of a busy day and field trips encourage bonding, as do Culture Club meetings that promote a fun work environment while offering a stress free atmosphere between upper management and employees. Activities include scavenger hunts that allow employees to break away from stress and participate in out of office activities. Charity events include March of Dimes, Special Olympics and more.

31. AB&R ® (AMERICAN BARCODE AND RFID) INDUSTRY: Technology US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 41/41 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Mike Stryczek, CEO WEBSITE: abr.com A birthday floating holiday that can be used for any date after your birthday and the Eagles Club, an annual all-expenses paid long weekend trip to a resort location based on merit and overall achievements throughout the year are among the employee perks. The Celebrating Accomplishments program rewards quarterly winners with gift cards and movie tickets. And, if the team meets their numbers for the day, they receive an extreme casual day when they can sport shorts and flip-flops.


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32. BROKERS ALLIANCE, INC. INDUSTRY: Insurance (non-healthcare) US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 60/49 ARIZONA LOCATION: Fountain Hills TOP US EXECUTIVE: David Racich, President and CEO WEBSITE: brokersalliance.com At Brokers Alliance, you’re more than an employee number or phone extension. A health reimbursement for up to $700 can be used for a gym membership, personal trainer or anything related to physical health. A program pays for employee’s children’s college tuition. Professional designations reward certifications and Master’s degrees up to $2,850 annually. The company donates to the employees of the month’s charity of choice. There’s also ping pong, an arcade and pinball tables in addition to Hotdog Wednesdays, Nacho Thursdays and Popcorn Fridays.

33. ALL THINGS METAL INDUSTRY: Construction US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 34/34 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Timothy Rock, CEO

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WEBSITE: AllThingsMetalLLC.com Laser tag outings, a talent show and a Thanksgiving BBQ are among the annual employees events. Attendees at weekly meetings are treated to a free lunch, and employees receive gift cards on birthdays and anniversaries. Also, within an industry that is male-dominant, All Things Metal recognizes and utilizes the skills of its women employees in all applicable areas, plus executives’ spouses host a “Ladies Lunch” once a month for the women of the office to enjoy lunch out and an open forum to talk about anything.

34. MRA ASSOCIATES INDUSTRY: Financial Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 41/41 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Mark Feldman, CEO

and Managing Partner WEBSITE: mraassociates.com It’s an even happier birthday with a floating holiday that can be used on that special day. The break room is outfitted with a fully stocked kitchen pantry. The office closes at 1 p.m. every Friday, giving everyone a head start on the weekend. Volunteer activities encourage employees to make meaningful contributions and the annual spring training game builds camaraderie. A culture of learning is enhanced with lunch-and-learn opportunities, and an expense paid education program is designated for employees to attain additional certifications.

35. CIRCLE THE CITY INDUSTRY: Healthcare - Provider US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 72/72 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Brandon Clark, CEO WEBSITE: circlethecity.org Office fiestas include potlucks and birthday celebrations. The Culture Club brings people together for monthly hikes at city mountain preserves and parks. Employee shower facil-

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ities allow showering after workouts in the break room. Staff nurses conduct donation drives to insure that discharged individuals have the things necessary, such as housing kits and gently used kitchen, bath and bedding, to establish households.

36. KEATSCONNELLY INDUSTRY: Financial Services US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 39/30 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Dale Walters, CEO WEBSITE: keatsconnelly.com Trouble finding a sitter? No problem. Babies are OK at Keats Connelly, with moms being able to bring their bundles of joy to the office. A fluid work schedule includes flexible work hours, telecommuting and floating holiday time off. An onsite ping pong table, cook-offs and trivia games bring additional fun to the workday. Staff commits to six volunteer projects a year.


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37. REGENESIS BIOMEDICAL, INC. INDUSTRY: Medical devices US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 70/46 ARIZONA LOCATION: Scottsdale TOP US EXECUTIVE: Scott Brooks, CEO WEBSITE: regenesisbio.com The company takes everyone out to the ballgame with an annual Diamondbacks game, plus regular holiday events, such as Halloween Celebration and Holiday Party. No one’s going hungry here with numerous lunch events for births and marriages, as well as for CEO Update luncheons and frequent food truck lunches for CEO update meetings. Cash awards are offered to recognize service at one, five, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc., years of service.

38. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CENTRAL ARIZONA INDUSTRY: Non-profit

US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 76/76 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Jason Barlow, President and CEO WEBSITE: habitatcaz.org Flexible hours and free or discounted tickets to local family entertainment or sporting events give staff and their family something extra to enjoy in their free time. There’s a United Healthcare gym membership reimbursement program to encourage fitness. Company potlucks are held for celebrations and staff receives Christmas Eve off with pay.

39. GEORGE BRAZIL PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY: Services – Other US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 55/55 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Marc Erpenbeck, President WEBSITE: georgebrazilplumbing electrical.com Birthdays are not a secret here. Every employee and each of their family members receive a birthday card and gift from the company. Both adults and children get their own holi-

day parties, and all employees get gift cards on every major holiday. A brand new office gym, company picnic, parties throughout the year, catered weekly lunches and a beautician that comes into the office once a month to provide manicures are other perks. The company provides services for homeless and underprivileged veterans, including free repairs of plumbing and electrical systems at locations such as the U.S. Veterans Initiative that provides housing to veterans.

40. VERTECH INDUSTRY: Engineering US/AZ EMPLOYEES: 35/30 ARIZONA LOCATION: Phoenix TOP US EXECUTIVE: Titus Crabb, President WEBSITE: vertech.com Flexible work hours, a festive Christmas party and a paid gym membership are among the benefits of being a Vertech employee. The company also supports a charitable giving matching fund and a bagel breakfast is a standing date every Friday morning. The annual office party is comprised of shutting down the office, employees bring in their smokers or grills for a day of BBQ and play.

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Top companies to work for Alphabetical index of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona AB&R (American Barcode and RFID) ...................................... 42 Aerotek ......................................... 30 Answer 1, LLC .............................. 40 Alliance Homes Loans ............... 36 Alliance Residential ................... 32 All Things Metal.......................... 43 American Express ....................... 32 American Technologies Inc.............................................14, 32 Arizona Charter Academy........ 41 Arizona Stone & Architectural Products .............. 41 Arizona Managing Partners......................................... 39 Ashton Tiffany, LLC ..............16, 39 Associated Asset Management............................... 38 ASU Foundation for a New American University......... 33 Axosoft.......................................... 41 Azperio, PLLC .............................. 42 Bershire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties ..................................... 34 Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona ................ 41 Bishop Fox .................................... 41 Brokers Alliance, Inc. ................ 42 Bryan University.......................... 34 Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc................................................... 28 Camden Property Trust ............. 25

CBIZ AND MHM .......................... 30 CDW............................................... 26 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. ....... 29 Circle the City .............................. 44 Clear Title Agency of Arizona ......................................... 40 Credit Union West...................... 33 Discover Financial Services ....... 28 Drivetime Automotive Group ............................................ 32 DP Electric, Inc. ........................... 39 Ebco, Inc. DBA La-Z-Boy of Arizona ......................................... 34 Edward Jones .............................. 26 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ............ 32 Equity Methods.....................15, 39 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess....................................12, 32 First Fidelity Bank ...................... 38 Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold, LLP................................... 42 GCON, Inc. .................................... 42 Geico.............................................. 28 General Motors Company, LLC.................................................. 31 George Brazil Air Conditioning and Heating ....... 34 George Brazil Plumbing and Electrical ............................... 45 Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona........................... 45 Healthiestyou .............................. 40 Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C. .................................................. 40

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Hensel Phelps .............................. 31 Homeowners Financial Group USA LLC............................ 33 Homesmart International ........ 36 Hyatt Regency Phoenix............. 33 The James Agency................18, 39 Kforce Inc. ................................... 31 Kitchell .......................................... 37 Keatsconnelly .............................. 44 Landings Credit Union ............. 42 Lanterralever ............................... 42 Larry H. Miller Avondale Dodge............................................ 34 Laser Spine Institute ............10, 24 Learning A-Z ................................ 33 Lifelock.......................................... 34 Lincoln Property Company....... 31 Longboard Asset Management.........................16, 39 Lovitt & Touche ........................... 33 Medaire Inc. ................................. 36 Meritage Homes......................... 31 McCarthy Building Companies, Inc......................10, 24 MC Residential Communities ............................... 35 MRA Associates........................... 44 Navy Federal Credit Union.17, 24 New Horizons Learning Group ............................................ 33 Nextiva .......................................... 34 Oneguard Home Warranties.................................... 34 Orchard Medical Consulting .................................... 39

Owens Harkey Advertising................................... 42 PCL Construction, Inc................. 32 Picmonic........................................ 40 Protiviti......................................9, 24 Regenesis Biomedical, Inc. ....... 44 Renters Warehouse Arizona Inc................................... 40 Rose Law Group.......................... 41 Ryan, LLC ...................................... 31 Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Schools ................... 37 Security National Mortgage Company .................. 26 Sentinel Technologies Inc......... 33 Sinfoniarx, Inc. ............................ 40 Socious, Inc................................... 41 Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies........................ 41 Stryker Sustainability Solutions ....................................... 30 Taylor Morrison........................... 29 Taylor Rymar Corporation........ 39 Terraces of Phoenix.................... 38 Trace3 ......................................14, 32 TTI Success Insights..................... 40 USAA.............................................. 26 Value Trend Solutions, LLC.................................................. 41 Vertech.......................................... 45 Yelp ................................................ 27 Yodle.............................................. 31 Zocdoc ........................................... 35


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