Ringert Law Chartered, a 74-year-old law firm with a family feel, won first place among small companies in the annual Top 10 Best Places to Work in Idaho this year.
Edward Jones took first place for large companies in the contest, which is presented by Idaho Business Review, Populus and PacificSource Health Plans.
The awards were revealed April 21 to a crowd of nearly 300 people at The Grove Hotel in Boise.
Ringert Law and Edward Jones were chosen from 31 companies who signed up for the program this year. Employes were given anonymous surveys that measure workplace satisfaction and Populus, a research and consulting company, scored each company in five categories:
- Compensation and benefits
- Work environment
- Company management
- Employee growth and development
- Work-life balance
Winning companies for 2011 scored high across the board. Employees who responded to the Populus survey gave their workplaces high marks for elements like teamwork, communication, workplace flexibility, a family atmosphere and just plain fun. Kelly Maier, a legal assistant at Ringert, Law, said she sometimes brings her Yorkie, Wyatt, to work with her.
“There’s an appreciation, a respect (here),” said Kathi Sodhi, client relations manager at Thornton Oliver Keller. “It fit for me rather than me making it fit.”
Idaho Business Review Publisher and Vice President Sean Evans thanked the employees for their input and praised the winning companies for valuing their workforce.
“In today’s business climate it is increasingly important for Idaho businesses to compete effectively for qualified and motivated employees,” Evans said.
Many of the people who are connected to those best places to work mentioned the quality and the value of the human relationships that form in the workplace.
“We don’t let mean people work here,” said Julie Taylor, CEO of West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.
McKinstry Company Regional Business Director David Naccarato said his business places an emphasis on hiring people who would like to stay put for a long time.
Quoting an old maxim, he said, “If you want to travel quickly, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.”
Stories about this year’s recipients can be found in the April 22 edition of Idaho Business Review.
Here is the ranking order for Best Places to Work in Idaho 2011:
Small Organizations (under 100 employees)
- 1. Ringert Law Chartered
- 2. Fisher’s Document Systems, Inc.
- 3. Thornton Oliver Keller
- 4. McKinstry Company
- 5. SPF Water Engineering
- 6. Moneytree, Inc.
- 7. University of Phoenix, Idaho Campus
- 8. Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
- 9. Perkins Coie
- 10. AmeriTitle, Inc.
Large Organizations (100 and more employees)
- 1. Edward Jones
- 2. Bodybuilding.com
- 3. Primary Health Medical Group
- 4. West Valley Medical Center
- 5. Idaho Housing and Finance Association
- 6. T-Mobile
- 7. MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc.
- 8. Thomas Cuisine Management
- 9. D.L. Evans Bank
- 10. Idaho Steel Products Inc.