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Best Companies to Work For

By Devin Felix, Rachel Madison, Heather Stewart

December 6, 2013

Graystone Mortgage is a home financing company.

53 employees

One of the core tenants of Graystone Mortgage is the belief that family is important. “Employees are encouraged not to work late or weekends. The attitude is at the end of business hours, turn off the lights and go home to what really matters in life,” says Kipp Meyers, president.

The company backs this up with flexible scheduling, telecommuting and job sharing opportunities.

“They never make you feel guilty for having a personal life or for needing time to take care of personal or family needs,” says an employee. “We work hard, but it feels a lot less like work when you come in knowing that no matter what, we’re all in this together and we’re here to help each other.”

Graystone never passes up an opportunity to celebrate holidays, birthdays and other special occasions with an office party. It also brings in lunch for employees on particularly busy days.

“In 2012 we were able to donate $88,000 towards various charities and causes,” says Meyers. Employees donated time to the Utah Food Bank, The Salvation Army Angel Tree and other causes.

  • Flexible schedules, telecommuting and job sharing
  • 401(k) match
  • Performance incentive trip for loan officers

United Way of Salt Lake

United Way of Salt Lake brings together partners to create positive impacts in the community.

62 employees

United Way of Salt Lake invests heavily in its employees in order to give them the knowledge and skills needed to carry out the organization’s mission—and to foster an effective team environment.

“We alternate between quarterly professional development courses and all-staff team-building activities throughout the year,” says Stacey Earle, operations director. “We pay for employees to attend national conferences and local meetings to keep them well-informed of current developments in their areas of expertise.” 

The organization also encourages employees to volunteer in the community, offering them eight paid hours each month for volunteer work.

“Our company culture and environment is one of inclusion and [is] team oriented to accomplish a greater good for the community. When the time comes for help, everyone pitches in to complete the task at hand, from the top down. A good culture starts from its leadership, and our leaders are the best example,” says an employee.

  • An additional five days paid time-off between Christmas and New Year’s, when possible
  • Domestic partners included on health and dental insurance plans
  • Eight paid hours of volunteer work each month

Sewell Development Corp.

Sewell Development Corp. designs, manufactures and sells various products.

44 employees

Leaders at Sewell Development Corp. have a strong focus on employee development. The company helps employees set performance goals and then offers training and incentives to support them in achieving the goals. Sewell often hires students and is very flexible in working around student schedules

“The greatest benefit we offer our employees is the opportunity to move up quickly and find their talents. Many of our part-time employees, for example, have done such a good job managing projects with our Chinese factories that we have sent them over there to see firsthand how the process works. This makes them more valuable employees whether they end up working for us long-term or going to another company,” says Preston Wily, president.

Employees appreciate this focus on their future potential. “If an employee in tech support is interested in marketing, they will find some marketing tasks they could try out to get a feel for it. They are constantly asking what skills they can help employees learn or develop,” says an employee.  

  • 401(k) match on up to 6 percent of the employee's wage/salary
  • Very flexible schedules
  • Two computer monitors for every employee

MoneyDesktop

MoneyDesktop is a financial technology company.

91 employees

At MoneyDesktop, success is celebrated and camaraderie is encouraged. “We love to have fun,” says KC Jorgensen, director of culture and talent. “Departments celebrate wins by going on team field trips—bowling, movies, lunch, etc. … We hold a rally where all onsite employees attend a meeting run by the CEO and executive team. We discuss our successes and say thanks to everyone on the team.”

The office is designed to foster productive interactions among employees, with open areas, sofas, whiteboards and even televisions. “We have bikes and scooters and encourage our employees to go on rides with other members of the team. This promotes camaraderie and creativity—both important for productivity,” says Jorgensen.

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