2013 Top Companies - 25-99 Employees

Answer 1 Communications

INDUSTRY: Telecommunications

EMPLOYEES: 59

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Mary E. Jones, President

WEBSITE: answer1.com

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Managers, agents and supervisors are all encouraged to use an instant messenger service to congratulate each other on great calls, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and promote an overall sense of encouragement and motivation. The company also offers a perfect call bonus, rewarding its employees with a gift certificate when an agent hits 10 perfect call weeks.


Appointment-Plus

INDUSTRY: Technology-Software

EMPLOYEES: 58

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Bob La Loggia, CEO

WEBSITE: appointment-plus.com

Executives at Appointment-Plus know how important their employees’ well-being is. With that in mind, staff members are allowed a number of perks that help promote a healthy work-life balance. Those who have children, for example, are allowed to attend all school-related activities, no questions asked. Employees also receive a monthly reimbursement for health club membership.


Arizona Team

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing

EMPLOYEES: 28

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Matthew Osborne, President

WEBSITE: arizona-team.com

As a small business, Arizona Team has the opportunity to focus on each and every one of their employees. They take careful steps to ensure their staff members do not get lost in the crowd and have the opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally. Employees are treated to fun travel opportunities such as trips to Hollywood, Miami, PGA tournaments and various other professional sports games.


Axosoft, LLC

INDUSTRY: Technology

EMPLOYEES: 26

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Hamid Shojaee, CEO

WEBSITE: axosoft.com

Commitment is a major theme at Axosoft. To reward its employees for their service to the company, Axosoft offers a number of anniversary perks. One year at the company means a trip to anywhere in the U.S., while a fifth anniversary gives employees the chance to travel anywhere in the world. Axosoft also offers the chance to win the company car for a year and has a gaming area in the office.


BestIT

COMPANY: BestIT

INDUSTRY: Technology- Services

EMPLOYEES: 48

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Harry Curtin, CEO

WEBSITE: bestit.com

To encourage involvement in the company, BestIT offers staff members the opportunity to become part of the BestIT band. They also offer the BestIT racing program and
opportunities to tour and take laps at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler.


Better Business Bureau

INDUSTRY: Non-Profit—Other—Information Services

EMPLOYEES: 52

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Matthew Fehling, President/CEO

WEBSITE: arizonabbb.org

Paychecks aren’t the only way to earn rewards at the Better Business Bureau. BBB Bucks are distributed by the management team to employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. The BBB Bucks can be redeemed for gift cards and a half-day off once certain increments are reached. To encourage cooperation, employees also have one-on-one meetings with the President/CEO each year.


Equity Methods, LLC

INDUSTRY: Accounting

EMPLOYEES: 28

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Takis Makridis, President/CEO

WEBSITE: equitymethods.com

When workers at Equity Methods need a break, they can relax with a large screen TV and Xbox system. Presentation slides continuously play on the kitchen TV to showcase some of the exceptional engagements and the professionals responsible for the success of the projects.


ethology

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing—Agency Services

EMPLOYEES: 65

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jeffrey Pruitt, CEO

WEBSITE: ethology.com

ethology employees play with Nerf-guns and other gaming objects to encourage interaction. There is also an Employee All Hands Monthly meeting, where staff members learn about each department’s successes and challenges and discuss what’s on the horizon. Individual staff members and department teams are recognized.


Miller/Russell & Associates

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other—Financial/Investment Advisory

EMPLOYEES: 27

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Mark Feldman, CEO

WEBSITE: miller-russell.com

Employees have the opportunity to recognize each other for their stellar work through the Shining Star Employee Peer Recognition Program. To help promote the team atmosphere, the company hosts an annual trip to a Spring Training baseball game. They also host “Jeans” days that raise money for charity.


Natural Partners, Inc.

INDUSTRY: Other—Wholesaler

EMPLOYEES: 80

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Tye Smith, CEO

WEBSITE: naturalpartners.com

Natural Partners, Inc. likes to keep its employees well-fed and happy. With a welcoming environment that features the NattyP Café, staff members are treated to free breakfast and unlimited beverages.


Orchard Medical Consulting

INDUSTRY: Consulting

EMPLOYEES: 37

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Robin Orchard, President

WEBSITE: orchardmed.com

It’s always ‘bring your pet to work day’ at Orchard Medical Consulting thanks to its pet-friendly environment. There is also a suggestion programwhere employees have the opportunity to contribute to the company’s success and growth by submitting suggestions for practical work-improvement or cost-saving ideas. Employees who submit suggestions receive special recognition.


Rose Law Group, PC

INDUSTRY: Legal

EMPLOYEES: 32

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jordan Rose, President and Founder

WEBSITE: roselawgroup.com

Employees at the Rose Law Group can stay healthy while on the job thanks to an onsite gym and trainer. The company also provides a fully stocked breakfast bar and often celebrates great work and winning large cases by holding a happy hour event.


Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies

INDUSTRY: Non-Profit—Other—Environmental

EMPLOYEES: 28

LOCATION: Mesa

TOP EXECUTIVE: Karen Jayne, Executive Director

WEBSITE: stardustbuilding.org

Many companies offer their board members special vacation deals. Stardust takes it one step further by including its staff members in board retreats. And employees receive a special present on their birthdays: a paid day off.


Telesphere

INDUSTRY: Telecommunications

EMPLOYEES: 83

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Clark Peterson, CEO

WEBSITE: telesphere.com

Telesphere offers a number of employee groups, including a Culture Team that meets monthly and features a cross-functional group of employees. Top sales earners as well as top-voted employee of the month candidates have the opportunity of being selected to go to the President’s Club. They also provide interactive health solutions and MeMD, a program that allows staff members to make virtual doctor visits.


The Lavidge Company

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing

EMPLOYEES: 64

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Bill Lavidge, CEO

WEBSITE: lavidge.com

Summer is still special for employees at The Lavidge Company, which has special summer hours where the office closes early on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 3 p.m. closing time is perfect for Friday Happy Hour, as The Lavidge Company has an in-house ‘kegerator’. The company has an open-door policy where staff members at all levels can communicate with upper-management.


Valley Sleep Center

INDUSTRY: Healthcare—Provider

EMPLOYEES: 34

LOCATION: Mesa

TOP EXECUTIVE: Lauri Leadley, President

WEBSITE: valleysleepcenter.com

It’s okay to get ‘caught’ at the Valley Sleep Center. If team leaders catch a team member in an act of excellence, they can reward them with a ‘Caughtcha’ gift card, movie ticket or other special event. The company also has birthday bonuses, holiday decoration and food drive competitions, and a pajama party.


Zion & Zion

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing—Agency

EMPLOYEES: 31

LOCATION: Tempe

TOP EXECUTIVE: Aric Zion, CEO

WEBSITE: zionandzion.com

To take a breather from the stresses of work life, Zion & Zion takes its employees on a special ‘lake day’. They also have a shuffleboard table in the office and work under a flat management structure.


2013 Top Companies - 100 - 999 Employees

Alliance Financial Resources

INDUSTRY: Banking—Residential Mortgage

EMPLOYEES: 180

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jamie Korus, President

WEBSITE: afrhomeloans.com

Alliance is all about the community—workers can donate one work (PTO) day per year to volunteer in the community with the organization of their choice. They also reimburse childcare when staff members are required to travel and allow employees to dress-up for various themes, such as Football Fridays.


Casa Grande Regional Medical Center

INDUSTRY: Healthcare—Provider—Hospital

EMPLOYEES: 717

LOCATION: Casa Grande

TOP EXECUTIVE: Rona Curphy,President/CEO

WEBSITE: casagrandehospital.com

In addition to free classes and a monthly birthday breakfast hosted by senior management, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center is all about flexibility. They offer compressed, expanded and seasonal schedules, as well as flexible hours, job sharing, leaves of absence, extra time off, PTO sharing and phased retirement customized to accommodate a variety of needs.


Consumer Cellular, Inc.

INDUSTRY: Telecommunications

EMPLOYEES: 715

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: John Marick, CEO

WEBSITE: consumercellular.com

Consumer Cellular is a top-rated wireless carrier providing no-contract cell phones and service plans—primarily to those aged 50+. Founded on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service, Consumer Cellular crossed over the one-million customer mark this year. They operate three contact centers, with the largest located in Phoenix.


Credit Union West

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other

EMPLOYEES: 175

LOCATION: Glendale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Robert MacGregor, President/CEO

WEBSITE: cuwest.org

Credit Union West promotes healthy employees with ongoing health and wellness events. They also offer a number of perks and benefits, including a fully-paid-for pension plan.


EBCO, Inc. DBA La-Z Boy Furniture Galleries

INDUSTRY: Retail

EMPLOYEES: 205

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Ed Breunig, President/Owner

WEBSITE: la-z-boy.com/Arizona

Employee loyalty is rewarded at EBCO with its milestone Award Program. Among the perks are a Rolex watch after 10 years of employment and a paid trip with spouse to Hawaii after 20 years. Every month, the Big Top Elite Performer award, which features a trophy and $100, is given out to an employee who went above and beyond.


Edupoint Educational Systems

INDUSTRY: Technology

EMPLOYEES: 109

LOCATION: Mesa

TOP EXECUTIVE: Robert Weathers, CEO

WEBSITE: edupoint.com

Employees at Edupoint are able to fund a Flexible Spending Account and have a 15 percent total employee contribution for medical benefits.


GannettLocal

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing

EMPLOYEES: 220

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Brad Robertson, President

WEBSITE: gannettlocal.com

GannettLocal offers a culture club as well as an Adopt-a-Family program.


George Brazil

INDUSTRY: Services—Other—Home Services—Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical

EMPLOYEES: 105

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jim Probst, CEO

WEBSITE: georgebrazilservice.com

George Brazil trusts its employees, and they make it known through their “Employee Empowerment” program that allows staff members to handle customer service needs on the spot. There are also quarterly sales performance rewards, with a flat screen TV going to each top earner on plumbing/electrical teams.


Homeowners Financial Group

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other—Mortgage Banker

EMPLOYEES: 131

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Bill Rogers, CEO

WEBSITE: homeownersfg.com

Employees can nominate each other throughout the year for a chance to become part of the President’s Club. Members are announced during the group’s annual State of the Union event and receive a plaque and a trip to Maui. Employees also have the option of volunteering in the community during work hours.


Integrate

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing

EMPLOYEES: 138

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Hart Cunningham, CEO

WEBSITE: integrate.com

Integrate offers some traditional perks for employees, including gym membership and free food and drinks in the cafeteria. They take it one step further with some of their unique programs, such as the chance to go skydiving.


Lovitt & Touché, Inc.

INDUSTRY: Other—Insurance Broker

EMPLOYEES: 186

LOCATION: Tempe

TOP EXECUTIVE: Charles Touché, CEO

WEBSITE: lovitt-touche.com

Lovitt & Touché takes pride in the opportunities it provides to improve wellness and overall health. Among these are weight loss competitions, wellness seminars, yoga, an onsite health coach, organized walks and massages. The C.A.R.E.S. Committee helps provide wellness for others by allowing employees to give back weekly to local charities and receive dress-down Thursdays from doing so.


National Laser Institute

INDUSTRY: Other—Health & Beauty

EMPLOYEES: 106

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Louis Silberman, CEO

WEBSITE: nlionline.com

National Laser Institute offers yoga in the workplace as well as plenty of chances to connect to upper-management. The CEO holds a bi-monthly brunch meeting in order to give an update on the latest news and solicit feedback from employees.


Rio Salado College

INDUSTRY: Education—Community College

EMPLOYEES: 507

LOCATION: Tempe

TOP EXECUTIVE: Dr. Chris Bustamante, President

WEBSITE: riosalado.edu

Along with top-notch wellness activities, Rio Salado demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The college has a Diversity Advisory Council that includes all levels of employees. The school district also offers a Diversity Infusion Program that has opened the door to programs such as the Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program and the Leadership Development Institute/Lakin Institute.


Verengo Solar

INDUSTRY: Other—Renewables & Environment

EMPLOYEES: 865

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Randy Bishop, CEO

WEBSITE: verengosolar.com

Every quarter, Verengo Solar hosts a ‘Solarbration’ to have fun, recognize employees’ hard work and build team spirit. They also host monthly ‘download’ sessions, where a small group of front-line staff meets with senior leadership to discuss ideas for the business and address any concerns.


WebPT

INDUSTRY: Technology- Software

EMPLOYEES: 157

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Brad Jannenga, President & CTO

WEBSITE: webpt.com

Employees at WebPT have the opportunity to receive recognition buttons to mark outstanding achievement in their jobs. Each button is valid for an entry into a quarterly raffle for prizes and is awarded based on WebPT Values. Staff members also have the opportunity to become part of Culture Club.


Yodle

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing

EMPLOYEES: 931

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Court Cunningham, CEO

WEBSITE: yodle.com

Yodle wants it employees to be the cream of the crop, so they make sure workers can further their education. They offer up to $2,000 per year reimbursements for classes, webinars and certifications pertaining to an employee’s career path. The company also has an email alias where senior management is guaranteed to respond to staff ideas for enhancing the business.


2013 Top Companies - 1000+ Employees

American Express

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other

EMPLOYEES: 26,700

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Ken Chenault, CEO

WEBSITE: americanexpress.com

Simple yet impactful, American Express has a spotlight recognition program where senior leaders drop by an employee’s desk for a few minutes to give personal thanks for exceptional work. American Express also has strong networks for women that help promote development and provide training opportunities and mentorships. RewardBlue allows employees to send e-thanks to other colleagues and nominate them for Blue points, which can be redeemed for merchandise.


Bank of Arizona

INDUSTRY: Banking

EMPLOYEES: 4,776

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Stan Lybarger, President & CEO

WEBSITE: bankofarizona.com

Bank of Arizona puts a strong emphasis on both employee and community wellness. In the work environment, employees are treated to wellness programs, potlucks, holiday parties and multiple forms of recognition. They focus on the community by providing paid days off for United Way, fund community activities like a chili cook-off and volunteer days with Habitat for Humanity and other similar programs.


Charles Schwab

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other

EMPLOYEES: 13,420

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Walter W. Bettinger III, President & CEO

WEBSITE: schwab.com

Charles Schwab recognizes its employees for many different types of contributions. Excellence in Leadership Awards recognize managers who demonstrate commitment to clients and engage fellow employees, while the Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize two individuals each year who make an impact on the world around them. They also offer a sabbatical program and have adoption allowance or assistance.


Edward Jones

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other

EMPLOYEES: 36,619

LOCATION: Chandler

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jim Weddle, Managing Partner

WEBSITE: edwardjones.com

Edward Jones takes care of its employees no matter what happens. Whether it’s quick assistance in a natural disaster, paid leave or medical exceptions, or dozens of associates showing up for support at a funeral, Edward Jones stands by its team members. Every associate also has the opportunity to own part of the company once they accrue three years of service. Women’s initiatives and adoption assistance are also mainstays in company policy.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

INDUSTRY: Education—Aviation, Aerospace, Engineering

EMPLOYEES: 2,089

LOCATION: Prescott

TOP EXECUTIVE: John P. Johnson, President & CEO

WEBSITE: erau.edu

At Embry-Riddle, employees can earn an education while providing a living for themselves and their families. The company offers free tuition for all employees, as well as their spouses/domestic partners and children. They also offer a Health and Fitness Day full of fun activities, food and health screenings.


Fry’s Food Stores

INDUSTRY: Retail—Grocer

EMPLOYEES: 17,716

LOCATION: Tolleson

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jon Flora, President

WEBSITE: frysfood.com

Jon Flora is a master of communication and always takes the time to communicate with his employees. He holds town halls, sends weekly notes and personal letters to associates, and even maintains a blog. Fry’s also has a wellness program that includes walking challenges, a ‘biggest loser’ challenge with incentives, Weight Watchers discounts and free offerings. Break rooms in all of the stores were remodeled in 2011, with some featuring video games, billiard tables and large TVs.


GEICO

INDUSTRY: Insurance—Auto Insurance

EMPLOYEES: 27,000

LOCATION: Tucson

TOP EXECUTIVE: Tony Nicely, Chairman, President & CEO

WEBSITE: geico.com

GEICO promotes health among its staff by hosting fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga onsite. Employees looking to expand their families can take advantage of GEICO’s adoption allowance or assistance.


GoDaddy.com

INDUSTRY: Technology

EMPLOYEES: 3,404

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Blake Irving, CEO

WEBSITE: GoDaddy.com

Go Daddy treats its employees like royalty, with incentives such as Costco shopping sprees, massages, boat rides and Segway tours. The Go Daddy WOW Me program allows managers to award employees with a Go Daddy Visa card loaded with cash up to $5,000. They also offer adoption allowance or assistance, fertility benefits and a unique intranet and internal blog that includes product updates and company news.


Healthways

INDUSTRY: Healthcare—Insurance/Services—Well Being

EMPLOYEES: 2,700

LOCATION: Chandler

TOP EXECUTIVE: Ben R. Leedle, Jr., President & CEO

WEBSITE: healthways.com

Healthways is all about recognition, as they offer eight colleague achievement awards annually. Among them is their top honor, the Thomas G. Cigarran Award for Values & Culture. This award recognizes the team member who has become synonymous with who Healthways is as a company through sustained commitment to values and culture. They also offer a direct email exchange with the CEO and produce an annual colleague engagement survey.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

INDUSTRY: Other—Hospitality

EMPLOYEES: 42,428

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: Mark Hoplamazian, CEO

WEBSITE: phoenix.hyatt.com

All full-time and part-time employees with more than a year of service time are eligible to receive complimentary room nights. Full-time employees get 12 nights a year, while part-time employees get six. Hyatt also has the Now@Hyatt network that gives women in the workplace a chance to discuss topics ranging from the challenges of being a working mother to the importance of leadership roles to support women at work.


International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.

INDUSTRY: Other—Leisure, Travel & Tourism

EMPLOYEES: 1,058

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: John Rowley, CEO

WEBSITE: iceenterprise.com

Employees never have to leave the building when they work at International Cruise & Excursions. The office has a café, onsite clinic concierge, fitness center and personal trainer, massage center and nail salon. The company also hosts an offsite, nighttime holiday party where more than 70 awards are given and employees can enjoy a night out with their spouses/significant others.


KPMG LLP

INDUSTRY: Audit Firm

EMPLOYEES: 22,793

LOCATION: Phoenix

TOP EXECUTIVE: John Veihmeyer, Chairman & CEO

WEBSITE: kpmg.com

In addition to a sabbatical program and adoption allowance or assistance, KPMG has a Women’s Advisory Board that was established to create a more compelling work environment and enhance career opportunities for women. KPMG’s National Mentoring Award program recognizes exceptional mentors and brings more visibility to the importance of mentors.


Resources Global Professionals

INDUSTRY: Consulting

EMPLOYEES: 2,127

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Don Murray, President & CEO

WEBSITE: resourcesglobal.com

Resources Global Professionals understands the importance of continuing to help employees grow professionally. Their Professional Development Program provides on-going training each year and support for certifications. As an added benefit, employees with long-term service receive two flight certificates for round-trip travel on any airline.


Ryan LLC

INDUSTRY: Other—Corporate Tax Advisory

Services Firm

EMPLOYEES: 1,308

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: G. Brint Ryan, Chairman & CEO

WEBSITE: ryan.com

RyanPRIDE is a program that encourages peer-to-peer recognition for teammembers who have had excellent contributions throughout the year. The Chairman’s Award is the highest honor at Ryan, with the winner receiving a $25,000 bonus. The company also offers paid time off to help employees who wish to volunteer with groups such as the American Heart Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Vanguard

INDUSTRY: Financial Services—Other—Investment Management

EMPLOYEES: 12,993

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Bill McNabb, Chairman & CEO

WEBSITE: vanguard.com

Vanguard understands that family is an important part of life. They have established an Adoption Assistance Program that offers up to $13,360 per adoption to help family members manage the expenses of adoption. They also offer fertility benefits, an onsite fitness center, and Breakfast with Bill, a forum with Vanguard’s CEO, Bill McNabb.


Vi

INDUSTRY: Other—Senior Living

EMPLOYEES: 2,633

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Randy Richards, President

WEBSITE: viliving.com

Vi offers a variety of programs that promote individual growth and development such as the Management Development Program for non-manager employees to participate in a one-year leadership training program designed to prepare upcoming leaders in the organization for management roles. Vi also has an online university called E-Campus that offers hundreds of courses.


Yelp

INDUSTRY: Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing—Internet

EMPLOYEES: 1,200

LOCATION: Scottsdale

TOP EXECUTIVE: Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO

WEBSITE: yelp.com

Need a break from the long work day? Yelp has a designated nap room for employees who need a quick siesta. The company also offers 100 percent paid (employee only) benefits and has a yearly President’s Club that represents the top 10 percent of the company that brought in revenue.




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