Business Examiner Top Places To Work

Top Places to Work recognizes outstanding company cultures in the South Sound.

Congratulations to the the 2014 Honorees!

Premier Media Group - Small/Medium award

Farrelli's Wood Fired Pizza -Large Employer award

Better Business Bureau - Non-Profit award

Rapport Benefits Group - Appreciation award

CodeSmart Inc - Equity Award

Print NW - Gratification award

The Artisans Group - Integrity award

Panagiotu Pension Advisors - Solidarity award

Late Chairman of Roman Meal, Charles Matthaei - Legacy award 


View the supplement here.




2014 Finalists: A Step Ahead, Albers & Company, The Artisans Group, Auburn VW, Better Business Bureau, BiNW, CodeSmart, Columbia Bank, Doty Beardsley & Rosengren, Farrelli's Wood Fired Pizza, Financial Insights, KMB Design Groups, LaborWorks, Machine & Fabrication, Panagiotu Pension Advisors, Premier Media Group, Print NW, Rapport Benefits Group, Reber Ranch, Smith Fire Systems, Sunset Air, Tacoma Community House, Torklift Central, Washington Architectural Hardware, Washington Business Bank & Ziegele Smile Studio

Presented by

Heritage Bank

  • Heritage Bank has been creating financial solutions for the needs of our neighbors since 1927. We are known as the "quality bank" because our staff works together as a team, focused on building lasting relationships to help customers reach their financial goals. We are dedicated to exceeding customers' expectations. Combine this with a devoted focus on giving back to the communities through contributions and staff volunteer efforts, and you have exactly what customers and communities deserve from their local bank.


Supporting sponsors

  • Lucky Eagle Casino is the place to stay for business, leisure or special events. Featuring over 1,000 machines, plus 115 slot games in a private non smoking room.

Machine & Fabrication

  • Machine & Fabrication's company culture, or DNA, is rooted in the idea that every job is a rush job and absolutely must be delivered on time and be 100% correct no matter how unreasonable the schedule might seem. We run our operations 24 hours a day in order to insure that we deliver on our promise of quality and service every time.


Contributing sponsor

  • Albers & Co.


Photo booth sponsor

  • Groomingdales Pet Salon is a local community business offering great service for pets at affordable rates for pet parents. Deanna Clarke has 20 plus years of experience as a professional grooming stylist and she brings her expertise and experience to pet lovers as the proud owner of Groomingdales Pet Salon in Lakewood, Washington. Deanna believes that keeping your pet well groomed and providing a caring, personal touch is one of the best ways to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and looking their very best.



  • Dane Gregory Meyer Photography

  • Excell CEO Training

  • Hardcastle AV






Nominees are evaluated in five categories:

  • Solidarity
    Fosters a socially welcoming work culture
    Sense of team or family
    Ability to be genuine and authentic as individuals

  • Gratification
    Employees are proud of: personal contributions, team contributions, organization's products and reputation.

  • Equity 
    Rewards are distributed with fairness
    Promotions and hiring are based on ability and qualifications
    There is a process for appeals
    Discrimination is intolerable

  • Appreciation
    Employees are consulted on relevant decisions
    Professional development is supported
    Personal lives are respected

  • Integrity
    Company vision is communicated and consistent with employee responsibilities
    Employees are provided with resources and tools needed to be successful and complete tasks
    Communication is open and accessible

Top honors are given to companies who exhibit high rankings in all five judging categories:

  • Overall 

  • Non-profit category


  • Organization must be headquartered in the South Sound (Pierce, Thurston, Mason or Lewis Counties, or South King County)

  • Organization must be at least five years old

  • Organization may not be the subsidiary of a parent organization

  • Organization must complete the application process

  • 30% of the nominee's South Sound workforce must submit an employee opinion survey evaluating their workplace culture


Phone:  253-404-0891


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Top Places To Work Past Honorees

2014 - click for program

  • Premier Media Group | Small/Medium award

  • Farrelli's Wood Fired Pizza | Large Employer award

  • Better Business Bureau | Non-Profit award

  • Rapport Benefits Group | Appreciation award

  • CodeSmart Inc | Equity Award

  • Print NW | Gratification award

  • The Artisans Group | Integrity award

  • ​Panagiotu Pension Advisors | Solidarity award

  • Late Chairman of Roman Meal, Charles Matthaei | Legacy award

2013 - click for program

  • Associated Petroleum Products | Top Honors/Overall Award Winner

  • Business Interiors Northwest | Solidarity Award Winner

  • Columbia Bank | Integrity Award Winner

  • Heritage Bank | Equity Award Winner

  • Premier Media Group | Gratification Award Winner

  • Rusty George Creative | Appreciation Award Winner

  • HopeSparks | Non-Profit Award Winner

2012 - click for program


  • Avaunt Technologies | Equity

  • BLRB Architects | Medium Company

  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell | Large Company

  • HopeSparks Family Services | Solidarity 

  • KMB Design Groups |Appreciation

  • Sitecrafting | Small Company 

  • York Enterprises | Gratification 

  • YWCA Pierce County | Integrity

  • YWCA Pierce County | Non-profit


  • Frost & Co. | Gratification

  • ImageSource | Appreciation

  • Premier Media Group | Solidarity

  • Sprague Pest Solutions | Large Company

  • Tacoma Community House | Nonprofit

  • Vision Service Group | Small-Medium Company

  • Washington Architectural Hardware | Integrity

  • Washington State Employees Credit Union | Equity


  • Associated Petroleum Products |Integrity

  • BLRB Architects | Appreciation

  • Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell | Solidarity

  • Heritage Bank | Equity

  • Heritage Bank | Large Company

  • South Sound Bank | Small-Medium Company

  • Tacoma Rescue Mission | Nonprofit

  • Ziegele Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry | Gratification


  • Artisans Group | Small-Medium Company

  • Envizage Development Group | Equity

  • Premier Media Group | Solidarity

  • Puyallup Valley Dental Care | Integrity

  • Rushforth Construction | Large Company

  • SiteCrafting | Appreciation

  • Tacoma Rescue Mission | Nonprofit

  • The Bead Factory | Gratification


  • BLRB Architects | Equity

  • Brantley Janson Yost & Ellison | Solidarity

  • Community Youth Services | Nonprofit

  • Hughes Panagiotu, P.S. | Small-Medium

  • Hughes Panagiotu, P.S. |  Appreciation

  • Rush Companies | Integrity 

  • Rushforth Taylor Construction | Large Company

  • The Artisans Group | Gratification 


  • APA Engineered Wood Association | Nonprofit

  • Apple Physical Therapy | Large Company

  • Dwyer Pemberton & Coulson PC | Gratification

  • Harmon Brewing Company | Appreciation

  • Hughes Panagiotu, P.S. | Solidarity

  • Rusty George Design | Equity 

  • The Artisans Group | Integrity 

  • Topia Technology, Inc | Small-Medium Company


  • Dillanos Coffee Roasters | Top Place To Work

  • Helping Hand House | Integrity

  • Paguirigan Branding & Design | Solidarity

  • Rushforth Construction Co. Inc. | Appreciation

  • Tacoma Rescue Mission | Gratification

  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce | Equity