Best Places to Work 2018

Creating a great workplace is not rocket science. But it’s more about applying the rules you learned in kindergarten than those you learned in the school of hard knocks.

Medium Companies – 50-249 Hawaii Employees


No. 1

AXA Advisors

Headquarters: New York
Employees: 50 HI / 5,500 US

Employees at the financial services company receive salary increases and bonuses based on yearly performance. The company offers paid sabbaticals to promote a healthy work-life balance. Family-friendly benefits include adoption assistance, lactation facilities and backup child care or elder care.

Last year, AXA Advisors debuted at No. 1 among small companies during its first year on the Best Places to Work list. This year, the growing company is first among medium companies.


No. 2


Headquarters: San Francisco
Employees: 142 HI / 1,571 US

Employees at the construction company bond through monthly safety lunches, annual softball tournaments and a summer picnic open to family. The company pays for registration to the Great Aloha Run and offers discount rates to 24-Hour Fitness. Paid time off is offered for nonprofit volunteering, and all employees are eligible for annual cash bonuses one year after their hire.


No. 3

Bowers + Kubota Consulting

Headquarters: Waipahu
Employees: 188 HI / 192 worldwide

The engineering company pays 100 percent of premiums on medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents. Families are welcome at holiday parties and golf tournaments. Employees can participate in the wellness program to win staycations and gift cards. Higher education is encouraged through incentives and full-time employees enjoy bonuses twice a year.


Other medium companies listed alphabetically

American Carpet One Floor & Home

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 112

Employees can earn recruitment bonuses and quarterly awards based on performance. Scholarships are available for employees and their immediate families, and the company fully covers employee premiums on medical, vision, and dental insurance. Holidays and retirements are celebrated with potlucks, and employees get a paid day off on their birthdays.


Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL)

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 80

All employees receive end-of-year bonuses and AHL has a profit-sharing program and offers compressed workweek options. Employees enjoy coffee breaks on Fridays, family picnics and quarterly ice cream events. Facilities include a full kitchen, on-site bicycle and surfboard storage, and a sleep room.


Argosy University, Hawaii

Headquarters: Orange, California
Employees: 54 HI / 11,000 US

The university fully covers tuition costs for employees and immediate family. Wellness is emphasized with cash incentives, a monthlong boot camp and an employee assistance program. Employees participate in team bowling, beach days, and holiday parties throughout the year and receive paid time off to volunteer.


Atlas Insurance Agency

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 103

Annual merit adjustments are given to employees based on performance and a profit sharing plan is offered with graduated vesting based on years of service. Wellness is promoted in zumba and spin classes and a semi-monthly onsite farmer’s market. Employees unwind with potlucks, movie day, and a holiday party where the president dresses up as Hawaiian Santa.


Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 65

The engineering firm offers employees a profit sharing 401(k) match and employee stock ownership plans. Employee premiums for medical, vision and long-term care insurance are fully covered, and merit bonuses are awarded annually. Half-day Fridays help balance work-life schedules while career milestone celebrations, cooking contests and movie nights provide workplace fun.

Yoga classes at Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates allow employees to unwind, wind up and unwind again.

Crum & Forster

Headquarters: Morristown, N.J.
Employees: 68 HI / 2,315 US

The insurance company contributes to employee health savings accounts and offers tuition reimbursement. Employees receive 20 days of paid time off and annual cash bonuses are awarded for outstanding performance. Halloween costume parades and awards encourage workplace fun and a FitBit program focuses on employee wellness.


Edward Jones

Headquarters: St. Louis
Employees: 112 HI / 40,353 US

The investment company’s leadership program enourages achievement and promising employees are offered an expense-paid business school education. Incentives include profit sharing and company partnership or a travel award to an exotic destination. Employees enjoy flexible scheduling and giveaways to the Super Bowl and other sports events.


Finance Factors Ltd.

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 133

Employee health at this financial services company is prioritized with a healthy cooking seminar and a subsidy of $25 per month for exercise classes or gym memberships. Employees enjoy an appreciation day, after-hours events and holiday parties. Paid time off is given for nonprofit volunteering and employees are encouraged to share suggestions on business projects.


Hensel Phelps

Headquarters: Greeley, Colorado
Employees: 137 HI / 2,038 US

The construction company contributes to employee health savings accounts and pays 100 percent of the health insurance premiums for employees and their dependents. Employees receive aid with adoption fees, and child care assistance is also available. Team bonding is fostered through safety awards, a biggest loser competition and company-sponsored lunches.


Hawaii Dental Service (HDS)

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 94

Employees are eligible for annual pay increases and bonuses based on company goals and individual performance. HDS fully covers employee premiums for medical, vision and dental insurance plus dental premiums for dependents. Wellness is encouraged through a healthy-eating marketplace and a semiannual Xbox challenge that includes decathlon and dance competitions.


Hawaii Diagnostic Radiology Services

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 79

Employees receive annual reimbursements for the wellness program of their choice – from gym memberships to golf lessons. On Family Movie Day, the company rents Ward Theatre and provides snacks and drinks to employees and their families. Employee Appreciation Day, Easter egg hunts and holiday card contests build team spirit.


Hawaii National Bank

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 171

The company pays 100 percent of the premiums for long-term disability and life insurance. Employees are recognized during appreciation week and for years of service with company-sponsored luncheons. Employees with leadership potential get the opportunity to participate in the MBA program at UH.


Hawaii News Now

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 151

The company pays 100 percent employee premiums for short- and long-term disability and life insurance. Team bonding is encouraged through community service events and company potlucks. Employee mental and physical wellness is addressed through on-site annual flu shot clinics and an employee assistance program.

The on-air people are supported by a overall team of 151 at Hawaii News Now, which has now made the Best Places to Work for four straight years.

Hawaii Forest and Trail

Headquarters: Kailua-Kona
Employees: 65

The tour company offers free nature tours to employees, and friends and family receive discounts and four complimentary tickets. Incentives are awarded in yearly bonuses and monthly or shared commissions and employees earn paid time off for volunteering. Employees are offered $200 education stipends and enjoy several company-sponsored events annually.


Hickam Communities LLC

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 91

Outstanding employees at this military housing company are recognized both quarterly and annually and a years-of-service program acknowledges longevity. Employees can earn a quarterly incentive of 5 to 20 percent of earnings based on company and individual performance. Gym membership reimbursements encourage wellness and annual family picnics foster community spirit.


Island Insurance

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 176

The company has an annual merit adjustment program based on individual performance and offers a profit sharing plan with graduated vesting. Discounts are offered on personal auto and homeowners insurance, and life insurance premiums for employees and dependents are fully covered. Movie screenings, bowling and karaoke encourage team bonding.


Nordic PCL Construction

Headquarters: Denver
Employees: 125 HI / 1,668 US / 15,401 worldwide

Annual performance bonuses are offered to all employees with six months of service and ownership is encouraged through shares and profit dividends. The company fully covers employee premiums for long-term and short-term disability insurance. Employees are treated to an annual picnic plus a year-end celebration, and can play shuffleboard on the office’s full-sized table.


Pacific Biodiesel

Headquarters: Kahului
Employees: 92

Employees receive full coverage for medical, dental and vision insurance premiums and a discount on biodiesel fuel. Quarterly and yearly awards are based on performance and the company pays airfare for employees on other islands to attend an annual celebration. Free or discounted tickets are offered to local entertainment and sporting events.



Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 82

Employees of this tech company work flexible schedules and receive discounts on auto and homeowners insurance. The company pays travel and training expenses for those seeking certification and partners with local universities to provide paid student internships. Family and fun are prioritized in elder care assistance, pizza parties and tickets to UH games.


Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union

Headquarters: Waipahu
Employees: 72

The company pays 100 percent of employee premiums on medical, dental and vision insurance and fully covers life insurance for dependents. Incentive awards are offered for attendance and meeting department goals. Employees are acknowledged in a yearly appreciation dinner and can look forward to Halloween costume contests and Jeans Day.


Premier Restoration Hawaii

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 75

All employees are eligible for cash bonuses based on quarterly sales and employee referrals. The property damage company fully covers premiums on medical and short and long-term disability insurance. Employees can earn peer-to-peer rewards to redeem for meals or paid time off. Family is prioritized through backup child and elder care.


Premier Solutions Hi LLC

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 51

The woman- and minority-owned technology company provides full employee premium coverage on medical, prescription, vision and dental insurance and offers compressed workweek options. Those earning certifications can receive tuition reimbursement and an employee assistance program emphasizes mental health and financial stability.


ProService Hawaii

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 245

The HR services company gives employees paid parental leave and student loan assistance. Bonuses for candidate or business client referrals can range from $50-$25,000 and five employees are recognized each month with a lei, trophy and $100 gift card. Employees enjoy monthly pau hana parties, complimentary breakfasts every Friday and a bring-your-dog-to-work day.


Skyline Eco-Adventures

Headquarters: Pukalani, Maui
Employees: 90

Employees of this adventure tour company receive reimbursement on gym memberships and tuition for three classes at a local college. Holiday bonuses are given based on years of service and outstanding performance is awarded in gift cards or paid time off. The company hosts end-of-summer barbecues and sponsors paintball, skeet shooting and sunset sailing events.

Skyline Eco-Adventures has made the Best Places to Work list nine of the past 10 years.

T-Mobile Hawaii

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 124

The company promotes team spirit through monthly competitions among stores, charity walk challenges and contests to earn cash incentives. Employees celebrate with pizza parties during sales days and holiday parties with TVs and PlayStations as prizes. Discounts on company services and referral bonuses are offered to all employees.


The Hawaii Group

Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 53

Bonuses are based on profits and referrals and the employee of the quarter chooses between paid time off, cash or a weekend stay at a beach house. The staffing company pays for licensing and certification and offers paid sabbaticals. Employees’ families are invited to holiday parties and internships are offered to their children.


The Howard Hughes Corp.

Headquarters: Dallas
Employees: 80 HI / 1,059 US

The real estate development company offers employees a high deductible healthcare plan and makes an annual contribution to employees’ healthcare savings accounts. Company surfboards, bicycles and FitBits are available for use and surf sessions during lunchtime are common. Incentives include cash bonuses, stock options and restricted shares.

Howard Hughes Corp. provides employees with surfboards, bicycles and FitBits at the company headquarters in the IBM Building – not far from a host of choice surf spots.

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