Best Places to Work 2016
2016 BEST PLACES TO WORK LIST
SMALL COMPANY CATEGORY
(15 to 49 Employees)
Hawaii Mortgage Experts
Flexible work schedules that promote healthy work-life balance aren’t the only perk of working here. Employees also enjoy free movie tickets and an annual holiday party raffle with prizes like a Turtle Bay staycation, Apple TVs and iPads. Hawaii Mortgage Experts also offers charity and 401K match programs.
Spire Hawaii LLP
The public accounting firm provides complimentary coffee, juice and snacks to employees, who can wear casual attire to the office and enjoy unlimited vacation days. The company is big on social events and team-building exercises. Spire is a family-friendly workplace, with lactation stations and bring-your-child-to-work days.
Coffman Engineers Inc.
Employees: 27 HI/346 worldwide
Wellness is emphasized with free daily breakfasts and Biggest Winner weight-loss challenges. The engineering firm also offers an employee assistance program, which provides counseling for marital, parental or financial problems, and for specific conditions such as substance abuse and gambling.
OTHER WINNING SMALL COMPANIES
Ala Moana Dental Care
Employees work three- or four-day weeks, yet receive full health benefits at no cost. Ala Moana Dental Care offers performance-based cash prizes to employees and sponsors R&R competitions for fun prizes like dinners and a trip to Maui. One of its top community initiatives is offering free dental work through Donated Dental Services.
Brett Hill Construction Inc.
The company offers space to store surfboards, bikes and other exercise equipment – in addition to providing shower facilities – to encourage employees to work out before or during work. Employees are also encouraged to go to the beach and take their lunch outside the office or watch a movie in the lunchroom. Bonuses, based on new client recruitment, and profit sharing are also available.
CW Associates, CPAs
The accounting firm has fantasy football, basketball and baseball leagues to promote camaraderie, and a smidge of friendly competition. Each year, employees and their guests are sponsored to participate in the Great Aloha Run. The office is stocked with drinks and food for employees year-around.
EnviroServices & Training Center LLC
The company values community service by participating in the Hawaii Foodbank food drive, disaster relief efforts and other community-service projects. Employees are shown appreciation with Shiatsu massages, Thanksgiving gift cards, ice cream and cupcake parties, and after-hour socials. The environmental consulting and engineering services firm also boasts treadmill walk stations and monthly salad lunches.
Fair Wind Cruises
Employees are appreciated throughout the year with parties, gift certificates and birthday gift cards, including cards for their children who are under 18. Milestone anniversaries, such as 10, 15 and 20 years, also earn workers awards. Employees are encouraged to use their paid vacation benefits to promote a healthy work-life balance.
Gourmet Events Hawaii
At Gourmet Events Hawaii, work is a party as employees enjoy creating memories for guests. The special events firm holds a But/Try/Can’t game to monitor the words employees use and focus on positive results. The company’s mascot, a dog named Herman, enhances the workplace fun factor. Beach balls, hula hoops and noise-makers are available to play with during breaks and company potlucks.
Grove Farm Co.
The company finds international mission experiences for its employees for self-development, cultural experiences and community empowerment. It allows employees to perform community service during work hours and offers an employee volunteer grants program.
Hawaii Dialogix Telecom
Employees can receive assistance with adoption, including reimbursement of agency fees, travel fees and legal assistance. The Internet service provider also offers employer-sponsored Eldercare Assistance for employees with aging family members who need flexible hours.
Everything is community service at Hawaii Foodbank. The nonprofit recycles cans, plastics, pallets and even its leftover produce, which goes to pig farmers. All employees are eligible for an annual cash bonus. After inventories are completed, workers enjoy barbecues or luncheons. To encourage fun, employees can participate in cubicle- and stocking-decorating contests.
The digital company, which manages the website for the state, holds Christmas and Halloween parties as well as an annual beach day. It emphasizes health, sponsoring race-entry fees and fitness memberships. It also provides standup desks and fitness balls as
alternatives to chairs. Group fitness events include running, biking and obstacle courses.
Hawaii Information Service
The real-estate data and marketing company emphasizes community with frequent potlucks and themed cook-offs, communal lunches, spontaneous movie outings, birthday celebrations, and fundraising projects. Employees enjoy performance bonuses and family-friendly scheduling. Employees also participate in “super-casual” Fridays. Numerous fundraising events are held with Hui Hoomalu, a neighboring nonprofit, and employees participate
in other initiatives like clothing and
Honolulu Board of Realtors
When an anonymous comment or suggestion is placed in the staff suggestion box, it doesn’t get swept under the rug. The item is usually brought up at the monthly staff meetings for discussion and dialogue. The CEO and staff members acknowledge each other for going the extra mile and teamwork.
Imua Family Services
The Maui-based nonprofit brings in national speakers to promote professional development among its workers. Wellness days are held twice a year at the beach where workers participate in eating healthy and free yoga. Employees enjoy flexible schedules and an annual staff retreat.
Integrated Security Technologies Inc.
Employees at the security systems provider are encouraged to communicate and mistakes are accepted as part of growing and learning. There are no offices, only an open work environment for all levels of employees. Employees receive $10 gift cards each time they get a positive email from a customer. Whenever an employee gets a referral letter, the company’s president does push-ups and the employee gets a $50 gift card.
Legacy of Life Hawaii
In addition to Employee Day, where activities are based on a fun committee’s decisions, and holiday breakfasts, employees can take time off for nonprofit volunteer work. The organization offers flexible work schedules.
Life Foundation celebrates its employees with holiday parties, birthday acknowledgements, office retreats and team-building activities. Top community-service initiatives include the Honolulu Gay Pride and Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. The nonprofit provides a “Be Active & Fit” program via Kaiser Permanente and fitness facilities with a $100 yearly membership subsidy.
Nagamine Okawa Engineers Inc.
The engineering firm offers free or discounted tickets to local family entertainment or sporting events, in addition to bowling nights, staff lunches every two weeks and a staff retreat to Las Vegas or a Neighbor Island every other year.
Okahara and Associates Inc.
The company values its employees’ families as much as its employees. Workers enjoy flexible work hours and time off to care for children and elderly parents. Children are also allowed in the office. The company takes care of expenses, including travel and accommodation, for selected activities.
Pacific Administrators Inc.
Each month, the employee-benefits-administration company gives perfect attendance cash prizes. The office boasts a quiet room where staff can enjoy breaks on leather/rocker massage chairs. Movie days are held three times a year, when employees work a half-day and receive a half-day off to attend a movie at Ward Theatres, paid for by the company.
Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates
Employees can participate in trips to Las Vegas and other company events, such as a retreat to Aulani and wine tasting at Vino. The electrical-engineering firm supports various local schools by providing financial help or through volunteer time.
The telecommunications company provides a variety of safety trainings, including CPR, use of fire extinguishers and first aid. Recognized employees are celebrated at weekly seminars and rewarded with gift cards. Fitbit challenges, ping pong tables, game nights and standup desks are also available to encourage fun and healthy living.
Simply Organized LLC
If a workplace is safe for 300 days, team workers receive $100 each; for every 100 days without an accident at a store, the store’s employees earn a free lunch. When employees receive positive customer feedback, they get a small gift and personalized letter from the president.
Sleep Center Hawaii
Headquarters: Pearl City
Performance bonuses are awarded to both day and night staff. Senior staff can earn commissions, and bimonthly bonuses are awarded to individual employees. The neurology and sleep medicine center offers paid full coverage of vision and medical premiums.
The Wedding Ring Shop
Each year, employees are sent to vendor universities and clubs for education, award celebrations and parties. The trips include stays in five-star hotels and fine dining. Throughout the year, employees are thanked with company-provided catered lunches to recognize sales performance and hard work. Sales contests are also held in which workers can receive prizes.
ZR Systems Group LLC
The technology company supports leadership roles within volunteer organizations and provides formal leadership education. Employees are regularly mentored one on one by supervisors. To encourage fun, quarterly dinners and annual bowling and holiday parties are held. A discounted membership to 24 Hour Fitness is offered.