Best Places to Work 2017

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March, 2017




No.1 – Monsanto Co.


Headquarters: St. Louis
Employees: 626 HI / 10,277 worldwide

Families are supported at Monsanto with either paid or unpaid leave for births or adoptions, financial assistance with adoptions, and lactation facilities for new moms. Employees also enjoy company-sponsored family movie nights and family fun days. Rapid Recognition, Above and Beyond, and Supply Chain Excellence awards all reward both individual and team achievements.


No.2 – Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

HISTATEFCU_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 297 HI

Among the benefits for staff at Hawaii State FCU, is a profit-sharing program. Photo courtesy of Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Among the benefits for staff at Hawaii State FCU, is a profit-sharing program.

Team bonds are strengthened at after-hour or lunch-hour cookouts in the HSFCU parking lot, and employees help coordinate bake sales or craft fairs to raise money for charities. There’s a fitness gym at the main branch, an annual on-site wellness screening and an annual on-site flu shot.


No. 3 – First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, Ltd.

FICOH_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 337 HI

FICOH CEO Jeff Shonka, left, and Nick Nagano, CEO of the parent company TokioMarine Group, at a company event. Photo courtesy of FICOH.

FICOH CEO Jeff Shonka, left, and Nick Nagano, CEO of the parent company TokioMarine Group, at a company event.

Employees stay healthy at First Insurance with monthly Balance Life classes on topics such as tai chi and financial management, and they get up to $600 a year to participate in the company’s wellness program. There is two-week paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and a paid “transition” program to return to full-time duty



(Listed Alphabetically)


American Savings Bank

ASB_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 1,138 HI

At American Savings Bank, each group of new hires gets to dress up and be photographed. The photo is usually posted on the bank's Facebook page. Photo courtesy of ASB.

At American Savings Bank, each group of new hires gets to dress up and be photographed. The photo is usually posted on the bank’s Facebook page.

Not only do ASB teammates get paid every Friday, they also get a birthday holiday, keiki leave and an annual mahalo party. There’s even insurance for pets. Employees enjoy cash bonuses and incentives, profit-sharing and payouts for employee referrals. Paid time off includes 10 holidays and 19 personal days. ASB matches employee donations of up to $100,000 in its Kahiau Giving Program.


Bank of Hawaii

BANKOH_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 2,067 HI / 2,134 worldwide

The bank, founded in 1897, promotes team health with three onsite fitness centers, weekly fitness and nutritional workshops, online wellness resources and healthy-eating choices at two cafeterias. Team-building competitions are rewarded with tailgating, dinner, games and prizes. The College Assistance program provides tuition reimbursement. The downtown office features ergonomic desks, a full kitchen and a ping pong table for breaks.


Central Pacific Bank

CPB_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 850 HI

Community-minded CPB workers can use a company van and distribute free ice cream at events, plus they get 24 paid hours for community service. There are employee Appreciation Day and Employee Club events for workers and their families. Generic drugs are free, and no co-pay is required for diabetic insulin or supplies


City Mill Company, Ltd.

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 402 HI

A family atmosphere is fostered with the celebration of birthdays, babies and retirements. Team and individual awards recognize safety, longevity and customer service with cash and gifts. City Mill’s wellness program emphasizes exercise and provides fresh fruit and veggies throughout the year, culminating in a “Biggest Loser” challenge. Team members get free chair massages, nine paid holidays and 15 personal days off


First Hawaiian Bank

FHB_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 2,052 HI / 2,202 worldwide

Every FHB employee is appreciated from beginning to end: Each worker or retiree receives a holiday gift selected by the CEO. ShareCare matches employees’ childcare or eldercare expenses on a pre-tax basis. Commuters receive pre-tax parking perks, and a 50-percent discount on bus passes. A funeral wreath comforts the family of a deceased employee.


Island Palm Communities

ISLANDPALMCOMM_bptwiconHeadquarters: Schofield Barracks
Employees: 364 HI

As the military’s largest private-public housing partnership, Island Palm provides immediate and quarterly recognition awards, as well as monetary service-year awards and safety awards. There are “communication screens” for those without computer access, and biweekly company “huddles.” Workers have a blast at holiday parties and Ohana Day events. Full-time employees get 11 paid holidays and 18 personal days off.


Na Hoku, Inc.

NAHOKU_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 314 HI

The retailer and manufacturer of Island jewelry keeps team members healthy with Zumba workouts at the corporate office, and Kaiser members get a discounted membership at 24 Hour Fitness. Employees are recognized during the holidays and at other times during the year with lunches, breakfasts, snacks and ice cream. Bonuses are offered for sales incentives and meeting sales quotas, and there are safety awards.


Panda Restaurant Group Inc.

PANDA_bptwiconHeadquarters: Rosemead, CA
Employees: 577 HI / 30,363 worldwide

Panda first made the list of Hawaii's Best Places to Work in 2014, and has been on the list of large companies ever since. Photo courtesy of Panda Restaurant Group.

Panda first made the list of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work in 2014, and has been on the list of large companies ever since.

Managers from the restaurant chain’s nearly 2,000 locations worldwide are flown to a biennial leaders conference. Associates can advance their education with a tuition reimbursement program. The Support Center has an onsite gym, and employees get a discount on gym memberships. Panda sponsors eldercare assistance for those with aging family members. Employees relax with free or discounted tickets to entertainment or sporting events.


Parents And Children Together

PACT_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 303 HI

Team-building and wellness  are emphasized at this social-service nonprofit’s Magical Mystery Days retreats. Half days off are given for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and upon successful completion of agency events. There’s pet insurance, flex spending accounts, multiple supplemental income plans and credit union membership. A gym is available for staff use, and several locations have walking paths and trails.


ProService Hawaii

PROSERVICE_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 253 HI

Employees of the HR management service score big with Breakfast on Fridays, parental leave and student-loan payment assistance. Benefits include performance incentives, and cash payouts for internal employee referrals and business referrals. Stress gets released during on-site, monthly yoga classes. Full-time workers get nine paid holidays and 15 paid days off, with up to eight hours of paid volunteer time off.


Servco Pacific Inc.

SERVCO_bptwiconHeadquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 1,118 HI / 1,182 worldwide

Employees and their guests have a blast at Servco Family Fun Days, when venues such as the 50th State Fair and Sea Life Park are reserved for them. Health is the theme at the company Wellness Center, featuring exercise classes, basketball, ping pong and cable TV. Sales incentives include trips to Australia and Japan and visits to the Toyota Factory and Car Museum.

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