TopWorkPlaces.com polled employees from 3,000 companies and released its 2011 list of the strongest companies, with four here in Redwood City. Rather than using outside “experts” or consultants to identify the companies, TopWorkPlaces.com ranked companies directly based on employees’ responses.
Top WorkPlaces partnered with independent consulting firm WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, to send surveys to 3,000 companies. The surveys asked employees for their opinions on six criteria:
- Direction: Assessment of the company's values, leaders and strategy
- Execution: Assessment of the how the company communicates and gets work done
- Career: Opportunity for training and progression
- Conditions: Assessment of the working atmosphere and working environment
- Managers: quality of the managers and their managerial skills
- Pay & Benefits: Assessment of employee compensation for the work done
Company: , a retail sales store of holistic pet foods and high quality supplies.
372 Woodside Road
Employee Testimonial: What's not to love? This company has a good balance of hard work and play. We deal with people and pets all day AND we get paid!
Company: Nelson Family of Companies, the largest independent human capital solutions company in Northern California
Branch Office, 201 Redwood Shores Parkway Suite 250, Redwood City
Employee testimonial: I feel listened to, am able to be creative, have leadership, have been given a chance to advance, and have been given tools to use to get there.
Company: Merced Systems, a provider of enterprise software solutions focused on Business Execution for Sales and Service organizations
333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 500, Redwood Shores, CA
Employee testimonial: I value the extremely high integrity of the entire team. We treat customers with respect and fairness.
Company: South Bayside Systems Authority, a wastewater treatment plant servicing the cities of Redwood City, Belmont, San Carlos and the West Bay Sanitary District.
1400 Radio Rd, Redwood City
Employee testimonial: What do you find most motivational about working for this organization? The positive attitude of senior management and the sense that my everyday job contributes to my local community every day
From the surveys, Top Workplaces consistently found that the top companies used an inclusive approach to managing their employees and serving customers. It also allowed room for innovation and to operate more ethically and with higher transparency.
The city council has also expounded on highlighting successful local businesses. The council honored CEO Gary Swart of oDesk at Monday night’s city council meeting for his fast-growing Redwood City-based company. connects employers to contractors from around the world, capitalizing on virtual connection rather than forcing re-location. Mayor Jeff Ira said companies like Swart’s will create the jobs needed to help pull the economy out of its recession.
“Redwood City is a great place to work,” Swart said. “It’s right in the heart of tech companies, halfway between San Jose and San Francisco, with real estate at a much more reasonable price than Palo Alto.”