Hawaii's Best Places to Work 2011
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15 to 49 employees
Average annual pay: $43,875 (salaried)
This human resources administrator is less than two years old, but it’s got all the perks down and strives to create a culture of “Google meets Hawaii.” HiHR allows employees to bring their kids in and gives them the time to commute for their activities. The office itself has games to help employees relax during work hours – ping pong, foosball and Nintendo Wii. And lunch is on the house.
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The team behind eHawaii.gov brings government services to 2.5 million citizens annually. The company supports wellness activities, paying for gym memberships and sponsoring triathlon races. Individuals and teams who showcase healthy living habits in an annual fitness challenge have received prizes such as free trips and gift certificates.
Photo: Courtesy of The Limtiaco Consulting Group, Inc.
Average annual pay: $61,500 (salaried) / $49,500 (hourly)
The engineering firm hands out two performance-based bonuses a year, typically about 9 percent of an employee’s salary. (Three bonuses are awarded in highly profitable years.) In the summer, the office closes for an afternoon for a company-wide kickball tournament and picnic.
Average annual pay: $84,000 (salaried) / $43,000 (hourly)
To keep its employees up to speed in the rapidly changing IT and telecommunications industry, Wakelight offers plenty of training benefits, including certification and refresher training to meet customer needs. Training is funded or reimbursed by the company.
Photo: Courtesy of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC
Employees: 33 (Hawaii) / 35 (U.S. total)
Average annual pay: $85,000 (salaried) / $45,000 (hourly)
Native Hawaiian Veterans provides consulting services for companies vying for federal contracts, with a focus on national security and public safety. The company was formed on five core values: “ohana,” the circle of those who are family and those chosen as family; “alakai,” leading with initiative and by setting a good example; “kinaole,” doing the right thing, the right way, the first time; “lokahi,” collaboration/cooperation, working together to achieve more; and “hookipa,” generosity, sharing with our ohana and our community.
Average annual pay: $50,000 (salaried) / $33,000 (hourly)
In order to promote a healthy work-life balance among its employees, this independent financial-services firm discourages overtime or keeps it at a minimum. The company also has a profit-sharing program, through which employees receive bonuses whenever the company makes a profit.
Average annual pay: $40,000 (salaried) / $29,000 (hourly)
The company helps parents foster meaningful family involvement. It treats employees with the same respect, allowing flexible work schedules and paying 100 percent of medical and dental care for the employees.
Average annual pay: $56,718 (salaried) / $38,390 (hourly)
HBR holds annual staff retreats, and not just anywhere. The office closes down for a day while the staff goes on all-day excursions to play mini-golf, go bowling and tour places such as the Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace and Kualoa Ranch.
Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Administrators Inc.
Average annual pay: $57,450 (salaried) / $28,104 (hourly)
Pacific Administrators is a third-party benefits administrator that hands out plenty of benefits to its own employees. There’s an office “quiet” room with five rocking recliner chairs playing soothing nature sounds. Three times a year employees take the afternoon off and watch a movie.
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Edible Arrangements makes fresh-fruit arrangements – sometimes dipped in chocolate – for all types of occasions. Employees are encouraged to sample the product to ensure freshness and quality, and help sales representatives sell the product. Because many part-time employees are UH students from the Mainland, the company takes them to a restaurant and gives them a gift to bid them farewell when they leave.
Average annual pay: $72,500 (salaried) / $37,200 (hourly)
Intech provides managed IT services for businesses and trains employees in great customer service. Each month, employees compete for “customer kudos,” and the person with the most is rewarded with a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. The company also bought an Xbox 360 and now the employees hold Rock Band Night in the conference room.
Average annual pay: $70,000
IST provides all facets of physical security systems, from consulting to installation and maintenance. The company’s 3 percent 401k contribution is fully vested after one year, with no matching employee contribution required. Last December, all employees received an iPad.
Average annual pay: $54,000 (salaried) / ($19.75 per hour )
IAAK provides educational computer software to public schools to help K through 12 students reach academic success, and employees with children are able to use the software themselves for free. The company implemented metrics for business, and employees are eligible for bonuses, including all-expense-paid trips to Las Vegas.
Photo: Courtesy of Hale Ola Kino
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Hale Ola Kino is a 32-bed nursing community providing rehabilitation and long-term care. The company believes in work-life balance, and many employees work four days per week to spend more time with their families. At Hale Ola Kino, 30 hours of work per week is considered full time. If employees waive health benefits because they are covered elsewhere, they can receive a comparable amount of cash in place of the benefits.
Average annual pay: $45,000 (salaried) / $30,000 (hourly)
This nonprofit provides family strengthening services and child-abuse prevention services at no charge to Valley Isle families. MFSS recruits from families it has served, ensuring the staff represents the client demographic. Employees can bring in their children. The nonprofit has a leadership-development program to train staff for new positions.
Average annual pay: $63,000 (salaried) / $36,000 (hourly)
The credit union supports wellness by awarding exercisers with tokens, which can be redeemed for prizes. HCCU had a “Biggest Loser” contest to promote wellness and awarded 100 tokens to the employee who lost the most weight in a three-month period.
Average annual pay: $40,000
The Life Foundation is dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV and helping people with HIV and AIDS. As such, it seeks staff who can relate to its clients on a peer basis and among its recruits are minorities and individuals who are transgender, gay/bisexual, HIV-positive, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander. The nonprofit offers paid time-off days, which is sick leave, vacation and holidays all rolled into one.
Photo: Courtesy of Hawaii Foodbank
U.S. Headquarters: 35
U.S. Headquarters: $48,437 (salaried) / $26,251 (hourly)
The Foodbank works with 250 social-services organizations to distribute food to needy Islanders. Its board of directors reviews financials and goals, and, when possible, provides employee bonuses. Fun annual activities include a basketball tournament and movie night.
Average annual pay: $40,667 (salaried) / $28,383 (hourly)
Sales employees are offered incentives for selling beyond their goals, and non-sales employees are eligible for quarterly bonuses. Each employee receives a 360-degree evaluation twice a year. The corporate culture follows the Rockefeller Habits, which include consistent and regular team huddles and sharing good news daily.
Average annual pay: $90,000 (salaried) / $42,000 (hourly)
Many of the tinting company’s policies and procedures are the direct result of employee input. The company names an employee of the quarter and employee of the year. The employee of the year gets his or her name and photo on a perpetual plaque in the showroom, an award and certificate presented at the holiday party, four additional paid time-off days and $500.
Average annual pay: $60,000 (salaried) / $40,000 (hourly)
The homecare service provider serves clients all over Oahu, and employees are happy to stay close to home or travel around the island, meeting people of varied backgrounds and cultures. The company provides a 24-hour on-call registered nurse to answer any questions, and offers free training for caregivers.
Average annual pay: $60,000 (salaried) / $30,000 (hourly)
The credit union covers medical and dental costs for its employees and copayments for their dependents. Maui County FCU provides a retirement plan at no cost to the employee. Employees have volunteered for Maui County park cleanups and tree plantings.
Photo: Courtesy of PATCH – People Attentive to Children
Average annual pay: $41,413 (salaried) / $32,824 (hourly)
This nonprofit helps parents find quality childcare providers. Its employees get interesting perks such as free yoga classes in the office. Great benefits offered to the staff are 21 days of sick leave and 21 days of vacation – all after the first year of employment.
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