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Work With Perks: A Look At The Industry’s ‘Best Places To Work’


By: TransWorld Business
August 16, 2012

Illustration: Bill Strecker

Outside Magazine recently released its newest incarnation of the ‘Best Places To Work.’ For five years, the mag has sought out companies that encourage a work-life balance in all they do, and for those they employ. Businesses that allow their workers to strive for success, while making time to travel, give back to their families and communities; essentially, companies that make it possible to maintain a full life outside of the office. Outsidebegan this endeavor with just 30 spots to fill, but by 2010 discovered such a vast field of quality companies that it was forced to recognize the top 50. Now, for 2012, the list has extended to encompass 100—an extremely promising trend.

Companies rooted in and supported by the world of action sports made their mark upon this coveted list, a testament to the values and goals of the industry as a whole. Here’s the inside scoop on a few of the companies we were stoked to see make the cut:

#80: Aspen Skiing Company
With 1,200 employees making their homes across the Aspen/Snowmass area— some in ski patrol huts, some in gondola- front offices, the Aspen Skiing Company provides its employees with a full mountain playground, right out the frontdoor.Company bicycles allow for easy transit to meetings or a little ride around town to take a breather. Additionally, the company recently purchased the rights to the regional methane to convert it to electricity, meaning it is offsetting 100 percent of its annual electrical usage.

#88: Bern Unlimited
Bern Unlimited is a tight-knit team of 17, housed in an old mill warehouse next to a tidal river in Kingston, Massachusetts. Skateboards and dogs are a part of the laid-back office atmosphere, and the weekend starts at 3pm on Friday. Throw in free lift passes and a “powder day” to put them to good use, and we’re talking about a quality place to get your work done.


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