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Santa Fe, NM (November 16, 2015) — What do free ski passes, unlimited vacation time, and exotic trips have in common? They are all part of the job at the companies recognized as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015. A staggering number of companies around the country understand that the road to success depends on work-life balance, a healthy, active staff, and a willingness to give back. OUTSIDE has done the hard work to narrow the list down to the top 100 picks that could lead to a dream job.

To find the best places to work in the United States in 2015, OUTSIDE started by creating five company categories that reflect the magazine’s values and focus: Adventure/Travel, Wellness, Culture, Gear, and Media. OUTSIDE then conducted a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies. Outside’s Best Places to Work 2015 was driven by employee reviews of their workplaces, taking into account factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies that are empowering their employees to live bigger, better lives.

“The companies recognized in this year’s Best Places to Work list are the gold standard for stellar work environments that seek to empower their employees both in and out of the office,” said OUTSIDE Online Editor Scott Rosenfield. “The new categories in this year’s list serve to highlight outstanding workplaces in distinctive fields—making it all the easier for our readers to find their dream jobs.”

OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work include:

  1. GroundFloor Media (Denver, CO): A strategic communications and crisis management firm that boasts an office kegerator and playroom.
  2. Drake Cooper (Boise, ID): “Work hard, play hard” is the motto of this ad agency that is dog friendly, values quality time off, and encourages employees to take meetings while biking. Ergodyne (St. Paul, MN): This protective workwear company is a bastion of fitness thanks to its frequent wellness challenges, in-house gym, standing desks and annual office-wide 5K race.
  3. Spawn Ideas (Anchorage, AK): Spawn-ers receive a  $250 stipend each year to cover outdoorsy expenditures like gear and race entrance fees—plus, parents can bring their babies to work at this ad agency.
  4. CauseLabs (Denver, CO): This tech company’s employees are spread all around the globe, but manage to foster a sense of community through care packages, daily staff calls and a yearly all-hands-on-deck retreat in Colorado.
  5. Young & Laramore (Indianapolis, IN): Dogs in the office, beers on Thursdays and shower and locker room space for all makes this advertising firm, located at the convergence of two bike paths, a great place to work.
  6. Nemo Design (Portland, OR): A design agency that has a company boat and regularly rents out an indoor skate park for employees to blow off steam on the ramps and rails.
  7. Stance (San Clemente, CA): The sock company with a vision and an office that features a basketball court, skate bowl, table tennis, a golf simulator, and a full gym staffed with a personal trainer.
  8. The Trade Desk (Ventura, CA): An online advertising company that is dedicated to bringing its employees outside, with an office stacked with surfboard storage, balance boards to relieve stress and the occasional taco party. 
  9. TDA_Boulder (Boulder, CO): Indoor soccer teams, kegs of beer and outdoor trips in the summer and winter are just some of the perks from this S corporation advertising agency, where profits are divvied up in the form of employee bonuses.

The complete list of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015 can be found at Readers can browse companies by category or check out the master list of all 100 finalists.

For more information on OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2015 or to schedule an interview with an editor, please contact Suzanne Byowitz at or 646.695.7049.

About OUTSIDE: OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit us online and on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP: Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

Monday, November 16, 2015