17Pop

1326 Fifth Ave, Ste 800, Seattle
206-728-7997; pop.us
Total Local Employees 139

What They Do
Digital agency Pop has done it all: redesigned websites for the Metropolitan and Seattle operas, served as lead consultant for Google Analytics, and built Nintendo a fantasy league for Pokemon. The company crafts experiences for the web, mobile devices, and emerging digital platforms—and makes it easy to talk to the boss: Employees use the “Ask Bill” tool on the company intranet to submit questions to founder and president Bill Predmore.

Perks, Praise, and Play Annual days off: 26. Pop pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premiums. Gym discount. Monthly happy hour. Fun Team plans Ping-Pong tournaments and ice cream socials. Game room with Ping-Pong, foosball, and vintage arcade games. Tuition reimbursement. Peer-based Pop Star award program, Pop Legend award, tenure awards. In March, the company holds an annual all-day PopSquatch event in honor of Pop’s history and its people. Bonus for referrals.

What the Boss Wants “We look for smart, scrappy individuals with strong skills and a passion for all things digital, including websites, social, mobile, and emerging platforms. Previous experience at a digital agency is often preferred/required.” —Katie Kramer, Marketing Coordinator

Reasons to Love This Job “Pop employees all have a scrappy, creative, ‘let’s figure it out’ mentality that makes it a great place to work.”

Hiring? Yes, pop.us/#/careers

Communication Channels Quarterly off-site all-staff meetings. Employees use the “Ask Bill” tool on the intranet to submit questions to founder and president Bill Predmore. New work, clients, and notable accomplishments are discussed at informal monthly breakfast meetings.

Benefits 401(k) with employer match; employer pays 100% medical, 100% dental, 100% vision; paternity leave; lactation facilities

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18Forsberg and Umlauf

901 Fifth Ave, Ste 1400, Seattle
206-689-8500; forsberg-umlauf.com
Total Local Employees 55

What They Do
With 30 lawyers practicing in Seattle and Tacoma, 18-year-old litigation firm Forsberg and Umlauf defends clients in cases as diverse as construction site accidents, workplace discrimination, and environmental cleanup.

Perks, Praise, and Play Annual days off: 28. Forsberg and Umlauf pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premiums. Team building events: firm lunches, spa days, and staff parties (casino nights and bowling). Tuition reimbursement. Tenure awards. Bonus. Profit sharing.

Reasons to Love This Job “If a paralegal and/or attorney has met the year’s goal for billable hours, that person shall be guaranteed a minimum of 6 percent of their salary as a year-end bonus.”

Hiring? Yes, forsberg-umlauf.com/careers.html

Communication Channels Attorney-associate meetings every other month. Once monthly staff meetings.

Benefits 401(k) with employer match; employer pays 100% medical, 100% dental, 100% vision; $1,000 health savings account credit for each employee

Average Annual Compensation (Salaried) Not Available

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19Guidant Financial Group

13122 NE 20th St, Ste 100, Bellevue
888-472-4455; guidantfinancial.com
Total Local Employees 60

What They Do
Guidant offers creative financing to entrepreneurs, helping clients to use retirement funds to buy a new or existing business without taking out a loan.

Perks, Praise, and Play Annual days off: 23. Guidant pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premiums. Free gym membership. On-site treadmills. Daily 15-minute group walk (rain or shine). Jigsaw puzzles in the break room. Annual weeklong Guidant “Olympics.” Three monthly award winners (Rock Star for most sales, Wind Beneath My Wings for internal customer service, and Top Hat for external customer service) who can compete in the Let’s Make a Deal game to win cash or gifts like a Wii, Flip camera, etc.

Reasons to Love This Job “If the company meets revenue targets, three employees can win cash payouts by playing the Pay the Bills trivia game.”

Hiring? Yes, guidantfinancial.com/about/jobs/default.aspx

Communication Channels Weekly Monday-morning all-staff stand-up meetings. CEO and COO sit in an open arrangement with the general staff.

Benefits 401(k) with employer match; employer pays 100% medical, 100% dental, 100% vision; paternity leave; lactation facilities

More Time Off Employees can donate time off to fellow employees and earn extra time off for volunteer work.

Average Annual Compensation (Salaried) $85,000

Average Annual Compensation (Hourly) $45,000

20 Metia

10220 NE Points Dr, Kirkland
425-629 5800; metia.com
Total Local Employees 55

What They Do
From offices in Kirkland, Singapore, New York, and London, Metia designs digital marketing strategies for companies such as AT&T, Microsoft, and EA Games, helping to promote their businesses through social media, web marketing, email campaigns, and more.

Perks, Praise, and Play Annual days off: 39. Metia pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premiums. Free on-site gym. Staff lunches, chili cook-offs, happy hours. Wii bowling competition. Lounge with Ping-Pong table and TV/DVD player. Tuition reimbursement. Bonus. Stock options. “Exceptional performance is rewarded with additional time off, and spot bonuses or gifts at management’s discretion.”

What the Boss Wants Initiative is encouraged and awarded.

Reasons to Love This Job “Our employees enjoy a culture that embraces true work-life balance, not just the promise of it. We believe in fostering a learning environment in which we can continuously grow and develop skills and competencies.”

Hiring? Yes, metia.com/seattle/p/jobs.aspx

Communication Channels “We have a sealed suggestion box for employees to anonymously ask questions or make suggestions. It’s opened at monthly all-hands meetings and all questions and suggestions are addressed in front of all employees by the vice president.”

Benefits 401(k); employer pays 100% medical, 100% dental, 100% vision; paternity leave; flexible benefit allowance can be used toward insurance premiums, health account, or 401(k).

Average Annual Compensation (Salaried) $78,900

Average Annual Compensation (Hourly) $31,200