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Best Companies to Work For

By Devin Felix, Rachel Madison, Heather Stewart

December 6, 2013

CHG also has an onsite gym that provides zumba, yoga and boot camp-style exercise classes. Through its Heart of CHG program, new this year, the company created employee network groups that focus on a variety of interests, a compassion fund that allows employees to help co-workers going through a hardship, and a full day of paid time off each year set aside for each employee to volunteer.

Each quarter, CHG matches 50 percent of the first 5 percent employees contribute to their 401(k) plan. CHG also offers TelaDoc, a physician consultation service available 24-7 to provide telephone consultations about non-emergency medical issues at no cost to employees.

  • Annual Employee Appreciation Week with parties and prizes for all employees
  • Themed days such as pajama day, funny T-shirt day and funky shoe day
  • Healthy Pregnancy Program that encourages early education for employees and their spouses, providing them with $300 when they complete the program

1-800 Contacts

1-800 Contacts is a contact lens retailer.

920 employees

If you ask employees at 1-800 Contacts what they love about their company, chances are the health-focused features will be on the top of their list. 1-800 Contacts provides an onsite gym, personal trainers who assist with workouts, an onsite cafeteria with healthy, subsidized meal options, affordable health insurance and a free vision plan.

“The culture of 1-800 Contacts is what I love most about working here,” one employee says. “It's the extra benefits, such as the onsite fitness center [and] subsidized meals prepared by a private chef … that really make this company so great to work for.  They love their employees and they're not afraid to show it.”

The company also holds quarterly “brown bags” on topics that associates indicate are a concern or desired area of study for them. 1-800 Contacts also participates in at least one community service event a quarter, which consist of a variety of projects from being involved in a clothing drive to picking up garbage in a community park.

  • Each employee is eligible for up to $2,500 to assist with emergency financial situations
  • Frequent film festivals held for employees and their families
  • Up to $5,000 available for tuition reimbursement annually is the world’s largest online family history resource.

960 employees

A first-rate working environment, excellent health insurance benefits and a free gym membership are just some of the things employees at get excited about. Add those perks to the opportunity employees are given to work from home on a regular basis, and it’s easy to see why employees are happy. “I'm particularly happy with my work schedule,” one employee says. “It is flexible and allows me to set my own hours within reason. I also have the ability to work remotely if the need arises.” also provides employees with tuition reimbursement, coverage for alternative care such as homeopathy, a corporate wellness program, incentives for “green alternatives” with commuting to and from work, and an onsite café that features subsidized breakfast and lunch options daily. Employees also have access to onsite subsidized massages, financial wellness training, and a casual dress code and atmosphere that gives the company a “Silicon Valley feel,” says Mike Houston, senior manager of corporate communications.

  • Two ski passes to Utah ski resorts
  • Free cereal, coffee, tea and hot chocolate during the work day
  • Free access to to discover their own family history

USANA Health Sciences

USANA manufactures supplements and personal care, energy and weight-management products.

658 employees

Most employees at USANA agree that the profit-sharing program that provides employees with an annual bonus is one of the best things about their company.

“Many companies no longer offer profit sharing and USANA does,” says an employee. “The atmosphere and individuals that I have the pleasure of working with on a daily basis make it exciting and fun. USANA truly cares about the well-being of their employees.”

Other perks provided by USANA include a generous employer contribution to HSAs, a free employee assistance program that allows for unlimited counseling sessions and a dental plan that offers adult orthodontics.

The company also provides a 401(k) plan with automatic enrollment and opportunities for free one-on-one consultations with financial advisers, including a free RetireWise program that helps employees plan for retirement. Tuition reimbursement, an onsite gym, healthy vending machines, and a recycling and carpool program round out USANA’s hefty offerings to employees.

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