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Best Companies To Work For

Heather Stewart, Di Lewis, Sarah Ryther Francom

December 1, 2011

That’s not the only thing that makes Mantyla McReynolds unique in the industry. “They pay a very fair production bonus so that we know we are getting paid for every hour we work, which is very different from the way national firms compensate their employees,” explains an employee.

The firm promotes the development of its employees by paying for dues, memberships and continuing education. Many employees mention the frequent company parties, from summer BBQs to family Halloween parties. “I really like that the managing partner hosts a little contest every month with some type of prize,” says one employee.

  • Week off between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Half-day Fridays
  • Stocked break room

 

GRANT VICTOR

  • Size: Small
  • Employees: 42

Grant Victor’s management team understands that a company is only as successful as its employees. Boasting a 90 percent retention rate, Grant Victor believes in helping its employees grow by offering tuition reimbursement plans, providing on-site training opportunities and by promoting from within.

“The management team makes everyone in the company feel important,” says one employee. “They are always asking all our associates about their input towards decisions being made. They truly care about each of us.”

The Kaysville-based company also strives to recognize and reward excellence among its employees by spotlighting at least two associates a month and highlighting their accomplishments. And when employees reach their five-year anniversary with the company, they receive a special gift from management. “Our five-year anniversary program is an award ceremony with a certificate and a gift from Tiffany & Co. or Armani,” says Melanie Orozco, position corporate services manager.

  • Flexible schedules
  • Performance-based compensation
  • Tuition reimbursement and training opportunities
  • 401(k) contribution

 

MARQUETTE EQUIPMENT FINANCE

  • Size: Small
  • Employees: 70

“I feel like we are valued by management,” says an employee of Marquette Equipment Finance. “The last three years have been hard on financial companies like ours and I have felt a sense of loyalty to the employees from upper management.”

The company works hard to recognize employee excellence. Salespeople take part in a continuous incentive program that offers perks like extra time off, weekend trips and a yearly destination trip. Operations employees can be nominated by managers or peers for a VIP program. Each week, nominees are announced and two winners draw prizes. At the end of the year, one winner earns a large prize.

The company’s wellness program includes a yearly wellness check and guidance from the American Heart Association, along with a fitness program that awards employees for active lifestyles. The firm also promotes its employees’ wellbeing with more than three weeks of paid time off, which they are encouraged to use.

  • 100 percent company match of employee charitable donations
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • Wellness program
  • Three weeks of PTO the first year

 

MINDSHARE TECHNOLOGIES

  • Size: Small
  • Employees: 77

Mindshare Technologies is small, but growing at a rapid pace. As the company expands, its leaders want to preserve the unique atmosphere they have created. “We get to help guide the culture in our culture meetings. We plan and help ensure the company grows in a way that preserves the culture,” explains an employee.

“The company is expanding rapidly, so there are huge opportunities for career growth. Professional development is highly encouraged, as is personal development,” says another. Mindshare enables employees to attend job-specific training and seminars at no cost, and the company also hosts internal brown-bag training sessions. Along with growth opportunities, the company promotes a culture of recognition and reward for employee achievements.

At the beginning of the year, Mindshare implemented a new wellness program that focuses on exercise, nutrition and work/life balance. Additionally, the company holds Corporate Games that promote teamwork and camaraderie.

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