Best Places to Work in Hawaii 2014
The list is based on a confidential survey of employees and an extensive questionnaire about benefits and working conditions.
(250 or More Hawaii Employees)
Employees: 322 (Hawaii)
This credit union not only offers free movie nights for employees and their families, it sponsored a “Harlem Shake” style video contest with prizes, provides free massages and hosts regular ‘road shows’ to keep all offices updated on the industry.
Employees: 962 (Hawaii) / 986 (U.S.)
This vehicle sales company offers awards for top-performing units, recognizes milestone anniversaries with gifts, encourages employees to send each other ‘e-kudo’ awards, provides an exercise wellness center and promotes fun employee activities throughout the year.
Employees: 488 (Hawaii) / 23,783 (U.S.)
The Chinese restaurant chain offers bonuses for the management teams based on store performance, sponsors smoking cessation programs, recognizes employees of the quarter, celebrates diversity and throws fabulous Christmas parties.
Other Large Companies (Listed Alphabetically)
Employees: 520 (Hawaii)
Office personnel of this oil company enjoy a condensed work week, with every other Friday off. Other perks include a $20 gift certificate for fitness classes, free oatmeal breakfasts at the corporate office, a five-day bonus for outstanding employee, and annual profit-sharing of 2 to 3 percent of wages.
Employees: 1,282 (Hawaii)
Bank employees receive their birthday off as a paid holiday, take part in fun ping pong tournaments, enjoy Employee Appreciation Month where senior management serves up ice-cream at each branch, and participate in the non-executive bonus plan, where payouts are tied to performance.
Employees: 712 (Hawaii)
Hotel employees enjoy Team Member Appreciation Week, the Housekeepers Week Picnic, hourly bonuses based on profitability and guest satisfaction, plus an additional bonus plan for managers. Employees also receive supplemental insurance for such things as accidents and illness.
Employees: 2,142 (Hawaii) / 2,258 (U.S.)
This Hawaii bank offers extraordinary insurance programs that include Long-Term Care insurance, and expanded coverage for everything from eyeglasses to identity theft protection, as well as up to $200 in reimbursement for completing a health assessment and making lifestyle changes. There’s also a free gym downtown for employees.
Employees: 935 (Hawaii) / 936 (U.S.)
This local bank offers free prescription drug coverage when ordering generics and has an annual Health and Wellness Fitness Fair. The company supports employee charities including school clean-ups. Employees also receive on-the-spot Scratch-and-Win recognition cards.
Employees: 419 (Hawaii)
Each year, this hardware supply company sponsors two appreciation celebrations. A Safety Award program gives team members $100 each for keeping a safe workplace for a designated length of time, and discounted parking and bus passes are provided to a team member with the best attendance.
Employees: 2,082 (Hawaii) / 2,210 (U.S.)
This local bank offers the “Yes” award for outstanding employees. The bank matches up to $200 monthly of the employees’ contribution towards care for employee family members. Two locations have on-site fitness centers, while branches create walking teams and weight-loss contests to inspire good health.
(250 or More Hawaii Employees)
Employees: 94(Hawaii) / 35,353 (U.S.)
With more branch offices than any other financial services firm, this company offers all associates with at least three years’ service an opportunity to become owners.
Employees: 72 (Hawaii) / 1,029 (U.S.)
Employees at this construction company have numerous opportunities for professional development, including training in “Deming Theory” and two-day seminars in leadership for all employees. Engineers can use six-month job rotations to try out different positions.
Employees: 114 (Hawaii) / 114 (U.S.)
This architecture/engineering consulting firm combines soft perks like monthly social outings, with professional incentives, like semi-annual bonuses and funding for classes and seminars. Employees can also take advantage of the company’s nationally recognized wellness program.
Other Medium Companies (Listed Alphabetically)
Employees: 130 (Hawaii)
This residential association management company offers employees more than 500 courses, either on-line, in person, or via webinar, to build skills in their professional track. One day each year is “movie day.
Employees: 106 (Hawaii)
On-site farmers markets, guest chefs, and casual Fridays give this insurance company a homey feel. Performance bonuses and 401k matching show the company is serious.
Employees: 82 (Hawaii) / 45,131 (U.S.)
The largest professional services provider in the country, this accounting and tax advisor fosters a climate of open communication with tools like a wellness newsletter and a “yammer group” where employees can post questions, share knowledge and promote community events.
Employees: 197 (Hawaii) / 300 (U.S.)
Employees at this travel information service enjoy a yearly travel allowance, employee appreciation days, monetary performance incentives, and pet insurance.
Hawaii Diagnostic Radiology Services (Formerly Y&M Radiology)
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 80 (Hawaii)
This outpatient imaging services company prides itself on offering all benefits to all employees at all facilities, including a generous medical insurance package and free parking. Employees can also take cash in lieu of these benefits.
Employees: 71 (Hawaii)
This HR service provider treats employees to snacks and drinks every day, and once a week brings in a catered lunch. The company also promotes employees when they complete certifications and paid-time off for community volunteering.
Employees: 230 (Hawaii)
The average incentive pay for frontline employees at this financial institution is about $2,400 a year. Back office workers can earn bonuses averaging $4,000 a year. Employees can work off all that largesse in an on-site exercise room.
Employees: 72 (Hawaii)
Hickam Communities LLC has been a Best Place to Work for three years straight. The property management services company offers quarterly employee appreciation lunches, quarterly incentive bonuses and use of the gym at its two community centers.
Employees: 83 (Hawaii)
Employees at Honolulu Home Loans enjoy flexible work hours, telecommuting, and stress-busting, team-building events like bowling, a day at the track on Podium Raceway and even a celebration at an executive’s home. Employees also receive movie passes on their birthday.
Employees: 182 (Hawaii)
This locally owned and managed insurance company offers profit sharing and an annual incentive bonus based on company profitability. On average, bonuses amounted to 28 percent of annual salaries. The company also sponsors Zumba and body sculpting classes, and offers a subsidy at the YMCA for employees and their families.
Employees: 166 (Hawaii)
The Kiewit Corporation, a national construction and engineering firm, helps keep employees fit with wellness events including runs, bikes and walks, and offers a gym membership reimbursement. The company offers leadership and development programs and coaching to help employees throughout their careers.
Employees: 166 (Hawaii)
Maryknoll School’s employees have access to a state-of-the-art gymnasium, weight room and fitness center with classes for workouts like CrossFit, Insanity, Pilates and yoga. A personal trainer is on hand, along with physical education teachers who give health and fitness advice.
Employees: 62 (Hawaii)
This health and human services nonprofit offers flexible work hours and a family friendly work environment. Enrollment is waived at the YMCA, and membership is reimbursed for other fitness and wellness facilities. Each year, staff members nominate fellow employees for the Team Member of the Year.
Employees: 56 (Hawaii) / 10,477 (U.S.)
Navy Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, nonprofit financial cooperative. Its employees receive periodic recognition for leadership, service excellence and innovative thinking, as well as incentive pay based on performance. They also offer tuition reimbursement, leadership programs and loan discounts.
Employees: 102 (Hawaii) / 9,180 (U.S.)
New York Life Insurance Company offers employees career-long training and professional development via national programs, and an opportunity to advance into management positions. The company has a profit-sharing program and monthly staff appreciation luncheons.
Employees: 100 (Hawaii) / 1,440 (U.S.)
One of the largest general building contractors in Hawaii, Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. is employee-owned. All employees can purchase shares and participate in the company’s profits through dividend payments. The company also offers its award-winning College of Construction, a virtual college offering programs in all areas of professional development.
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu
Employees: 83 (Hawaii)
Pacxa, Hawaii’s largest technology services and solutions provider, thanks employees with free tickets to UH sporting events and rewards them with an annual merit adjustment program. The company manages stress with music by holding periodic jam sessions, and offers time in the company massage chair.
Employees: 120 (Hawaii)
The Professional Employer Organization offers its employees financial incentives like a new business referral incentive, holiday bonus and a $1,000 employee referral bonus. Employees enjoy the company events like the holiday party, Halloween costume contest and the summer picnic. And at ProService, every Friday is Casual Friday.
Employees: 61 (Hawaii)
The busiest zipline operator in the country fosters camaraderie among co-workers by doling out recognition cards twice per year. Employees give a recognition card to a colleague they feel has been particularly helpful to them. These cards can then be redeemed at the office for a gift card.
Employees: 100 (Hawaii)/107 (U.S.)
The largest locally owned and operated solar installer cultivates its workforce by encouraging reading. Each month, employees have the opportunity to win $100. To be eligible, employees must read a book from the CEO’s library and submit a report that explains how they will apply what they learned to their daily work.
Employees: 70 (Hawaii)
The mobile phone retailer lavishes employees with all types of prizes and perks for reaching goals — everything from concert tickets to electronic gadgets, but cash definitely rules. Each month, the sales associate with the best sales and metrics to goal gets $100 in cash.
Employees: 53 (Hawaii) / 103 (U.S.)
The financial services firm encourages employees to get involved in their communities. Company employees are allowed to engage in volunteer activities during office hours.
(15 to 49 Hawaii Employees)
Employees: 32 (Hawaii)/33 (U.S.)
The company that manages the State of Hawaii’s website, ehawaii.gov, wants its employees to be in tip-top shape. In the office, it offers stand up desks and, outside the office, it sponsors race entry fees and gym memberships.
Employees: 33 (Hawaii)
The trade organization cares for its employees and their loved ones, offering paid leave time to care for sick children, parents and spouses/partners. HBR also includes reciprocal beneficiaries and civil union partners in its health insurance and currently pay 30 percent of the premium.
Employees: 17 (Hawaii)
All employees at the full-service financial planning firm receive an end-of-the-year bonus. The company likes to celebrate, recognizing employees (and enjoying group lunches) for occasions like 5-year work anniversaries, administrators’ day, monthly team meetings, and birthdays.
Other Small Companies (Listed Alphabetically)
Employees: 35 (Hawaii)
Aloha United Way has served as a major fundraiser for Oahu-based nonprofits for over 90 years. Among its unique employee perks is a free, bi-weekly fitness class led by a personal trainer, and a monthly healthy salad bar lunch day.
Employees: 39 (Hawaii)
Sales employees at the mattress retailer are offered incentives based on a percentage of sales over their goal. Warehouse and administrative employees are also eligible for quarterly bonuses. The company crosstrains employees between departments so it can promote internal candidates.
Employees: 44 (Hawaii) / 1,200 (U.S.)
Employees at this advertising and marketing company can earn extra paid time off through a contest. Top performers are honored at an annual recognition dinner. The company also holds “Team Fun Flash Day” and recently spent a day at the beach.
Employees: 38 (Hawaii)/ 39 (U.S.)
Employees can use the amenities of the “Bamboo Lounge,” which includes arcade games, a ping pong table and a big screen TV. All non-management employees are eligible for bonuses, typically up to one month’s base pay, based on profits and employee reviews.
Employees: 20 (Hawaii)
Gourmet Events Hawaii has celebrated a job well done with fine dining and champagne, appropriate for the local event planning company. Other fun company outings have included bowling, paintball and Ropes, an outdoor retreat/team building program.
Employees: 49 (Hawaii)
Employees at this nursing home have flexible schedules in an environment where children are always welcome. Employees can take cash-in-lieu of benefits if they’re already covered by another health plan. The staff gets pampered once-a-year with chair massages, manicures and makeovers.
Employees: 36 (Hawaii)
Employees at this nonprofit enjoy spending time together, playing basketball in the company parking lot and celebrating with a luncheon after a big inventory day. All employees are eligible for a bonus, typically a percentage of salary, determined by the board of directors.
Employees: 42 (Hawaii)
The eco-tourism company gives employees a flexible work schedule and good benefits like paid time off, 401k and health coverage. Employee anniversaries are recognized with a gift and an announcement during the annual holiday party.
Employees: 27 (Hawaii)
This mortgage broker holds contests for prizes and trips. All positions – including loan officers and the staff in the marketing and processing departments – have salary and incentive-based pay.
Employees: 46 (Hawaii)
All employees at the eye center are eligible for productivity bonuses. Employees with professional licensure or certification are given continuing education allowances, and the company also pays professional dues and subscriptions for these employees. The company holds occasional staff lunch meetings offsite.
Employees: 37 (Hawaii)
All employees at this Maui-based aerospace company are eligible for a bonus pool by generating programs for the company, whether it is through proposals for Small Business Innovative Research grants, Broad Agency Announcements or by following up with current customers.
Employees: 41 (Hawaii)
The Maui-based nonprofit offers a generous amount of paid time off, ranging from 15 to 25 days a year. The nonprofit involves the whole staff in strategic planning. Imua has brought in national speakers for staff development. Employees receive monetary gifts for certain milestone anniversaries.
Employees: 19 (Hawaii)
The security system company gives employees a flexible work schedule and telecommuting options. Employees receive gift cards for customer appreciation statements. The company highly encourages ideas and often have lunch meetings around the discussion for company improvement.
Employees: 20 (Hawaii)
The IT services provider hosts monthly lunches, a holiday party and other get-togethers like karaoke and bowling nights for its employees. Incentives are offered for the sales team and new hire referrals. Employees receive a $500 raise for every technical certification test passed and a $500 raise for the certification itself.
Employees: 28 (Hawaii)
Legacy of Life Hawaii is the only federally designated organization in Hawaii authorized to recover organs and tissue for transplant. The company celebrates its employees with an Employee Appreciation Day and flexible work hours.
Employees: 30 (Hawaii)
Life Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who live with HIV and AIDS. The nonprofit recognizes its hard-working employees with annual staff retreats at the beach and other places, and celebrates milestone anniversaries.
Employees: 17 (Hawaii)
Employees at the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii enjoy the ability to work from home and flexible scheduling, as well as bringing their children to the office as necessary. Staff members celebrate birthdays with a potluck or lunch at a restaurant.
Employees: 47 (Hawaii)
The local benefits administration company holds employee functions like movie days and a Halloween costume contest. The company offers a Perfect Attendance Award where monthly winners receive $10 cash and recognition, while semi-annual winners receive $50 cash and recognition.
Employees: 40 (Hawaii)/ 47 (U.S.)
The local producer of biofuel pays for 100 percent of its employee healthcare premiums, contributes to employees 401k and pay annual bonuses. And if employees drive a diesel vehicle, employees get a discount on the company’s biofuel.
Employees: 43 (Hawaii)
The electrical engineering firm provides bi-annual raises to new engineers (within the first three years) and annual raises to the rest of its employees. Employees enjoy trips to Las Vegas and fun holiday parties.
Employees: 28 (Hawaii)
The storage and organization product retailer holds two celebrations a year to recognize team members for individual achievements. The company participates in a safety competition between locations. Each person in the winning store receives $100 for keeping an accident-free workplace for 300 days.
Employees: 26 (Hawaii)
The largest medical sleep center in the state offers flexible work hours and telecommuting options to its employees. Financial incentives for employees include bonuses for referrals, pay increases for new certifications and reimbursement for continuing education.
Employees: 49 (Hawaii) / 2,700 (U.S.)
The technology and office equipment company encourages Kaizen team membership for employees to improve the company. The company also promotes health with a weekly visit from a massage therapist or employee exercise groups at lunch.
Employees: 48 (Hawaii) / 55,000 (U.S.)
The financial services provider allows employees a day off to donate time in the community. Employees receive a referral bonus for bringing in qualified financial advisors who join the company. UBS offers training and development programs for new financial advisors, managers and wealth strategists.
Employees: 21 (Hawaii) / 23 (U.S.)
The technology and telecommunications company gives recognition for outstanding performance and achievement, presented either at the client site or at a company luncheon. The annual holiday event for employees and their guests have been hosted at the Battleship Missouri and Island Seaplanes.
Employees: 23 (Hawaii)
Employees at the diamond and fine jewelry retailer like benefits like 401k matching and profit sharing. The company also provides a comprehensive medical benefits package at no charge to its employees. When sales benchmarks are reached, sales associates receive bonuses of up to $1,800 per month.
Employees: 16 (Hawaii) / 21 (U.S.)
Employees at the technology company can receive up to $1,000 for referring new hires, or for completing certifications. For fun events, the company holds an annual bowling competition and has a company fantasy football league.
Top Nonprofit Companies
Small Companies (15-49 local employees)
Medium Companies (50 – 249 local employees)
41% percent of the Best Places to Work allow employees paid time off for community service activities or volunteer work.
55% percent of Best Places to Work companies offer employees the option to work flexible work hours or a compressed work week.
Medical Benefits of the Best Places to Work
Among the companies on this year’s Best Places to Work list:
94% – Percentage of companies that paid the entire premium of its employee’s medical coverage
10% – Percentage of companies that paid the entire premium of its employee’s dependent’s medical coverage
58% – Companies that paid the entire premium of its employee’s dental coverage
53% – Companies that paid the entire premium of its employee’s vision coverage
When is a new employee eligible to enroll in the organization’s healthcare plan?
Fourteen percent of the Best Places to Work companies said on the first day of hire, 27 percent on the first day of the next month after hire, and 29 percent said 30 days after the hire.
Promoting Work/Life Balance
|62% percent of companies have no overtime, or overtime is kept to a minimum.||57% percent of companies provide productivity or time management workshops, seminars or classes.||2% percent of companies offer paid sabbaticals.||62% percent of companies hold meetings and staff-only events during work hours only.|
Best Places to Work By Industry
Construction & Development
Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.
Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.
Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates
American Savings Bank
Bank of Hawaii
Central Pacific Bank
First Hawaiian Bank
Hawaii Mortgage Experts
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
Navy Federal Credit Union
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Wealth Managing Partners, Inc.
Wealth Strategy Partners, LLC
Hale Ola Kino
Hawaii Diagnostic Radiology Services
Hawaiian Eye Center
Sleep Center Hawaii
Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc.
Island Insurance Company, Ltd.
New York Life Insurance Company
Aloha United Way
Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.
Imua Family Services
Legacy of Life Hawaii
Maui Family Support Services, Inc.
National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii
Real Estate (Development/Commercial Properties/Residential)
Hickam Communities, LLC
Honolulu Board of Realtors
City Mill Company, Ltd.
Servco Pacific, Inc.
Simply Organized, LLC
The Wedding Ring Shop
Expedia Local Expert
The Berry Company
EnviroServices & Training Center, LLC
Gourmet Events Hawaii
Hawaii Forest & Trail, Ltd.
Hawaii Human Resources, Inc.
Hawaii Information Consortium, LLC
IAI – Pacific Defense Solutions
Integrated Security Technologies, Inc.
Integration Technologies, Inc.
Pacific Administrators, Inc.
Toshiba Business Solutions (USA)
Wakelight Technologies, Inc.
ZR Systems Group LLC