Nominations for 2017 are open!

Congratulations to the

2016 Top Places to Work honorees!


Gratification Award: Artisans Group

Equity Award: Pacific Air Systems

Appreciation Award: The Doty Group

Solidarity Award: Saturn Barter

Medium Employer Award: SCJ Alliance

Large Employer Award: The Rush Companies

Non-Profit Award: South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

Legacy Award: Jerry Korum


[Download the supplement here.]

The finalists:
Anchor Bank
Artisans Group
Columbia Bank            
Financial Ins​ights
​Gardiant LLC
Group Health        
Pacific Air Systems      
Premier Media
Rapport Benefits Group
Saturn Barter
SCJ Alliance
SPS Habitat
The Doty Group
United Way


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


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Supporting Sponsor

Workplace benefits reimagined

Albers & Company is a full service employee benefit and human resources advisory firm serving Tacoma for over 30 years.  We specialize in helping businesses to create a value-based benefits package that will improve recruitment and retention of exceptional employees while keeping costs low.  Through our Human Resources, Health & Welfare and Retirement Plan & Financial Services divisions, we provide an integrated approach to benefits and human resource solutions, allowing for the development of a complete workforce strategy.


Gratification Sponsor



BPCI is able to offer top quality buildings at a very reasonable cost because it owns and operates many of the sub-trades required to construct a building.  Our in-house specialties include site work, underground utilities, concrete, pre-engineered metal buildings, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, gauge framing, drywall, machinery installation, welding, and pipefitting. On average, BPCI employees perform 60% of the work on every project. Building with our own employees and equipment eliminates the profit and overhead that often goes to rentals and subcontractors; we are happy to pass these savings on to our clients.


Phone:  253-404-0891


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Top Places To Work Past Honorees

2015 - click for program

  • Albers & Company | Appreciation Award 

  • Commencement Bank | Equity Award

  • BPCI | Gratification Award

  • KMB design group | Integrity Award

  • Chuckal's Office Products | Solidarity Award

  • Columbia Bank | Large Employer Award

  • HopeSparks |Small Employer Award

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