New Belgium 'Best Place to Work'
Apr 23, 2008 - New Belgium Brewing is the best place to work in America according to Outside magazine's inaugural "Best Places to Work" list.
New Belgium Brewing is ranked number one among companies with 250 or more employees. The full list and related stories is published in the May issue of Outside magazine.
"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as a company where people love what they do and truly enjoy coming to work," said Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium Brewing. "One of New Belgium's core values is having fun, and that's actually a very important and fulfilling piece of our culture."
The extensive, year-long process initially identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. The companies were then sent a confidential employee satisfaction survey and employer questionnaire to collect information about benefits, policies and practices. The winners were then broken down into three categories: small (15-49 employees); medium (50-249) and large (250).
New Belgium Brewing is named number one for a variety of benefits that co-workers receive including:
After five years of employment, co-workers enjoy an all-expense paid pilgrimage to Belgium to learn about beer culture.
Co-workers are encouraged to commute by bike and receive a custom cruiser bicycle at the end of their first year.
New Belgium Brewing offers on-site yoga, a volleyball court, climbing wall, indoor slide, foosball table and ping-pong for co-workers.
Co-workers are welcome to enjoy a free case of beer per week and are allowed to bring their pets to work.
Co-workers are encouraged to give back to the community; therefore, for every two hours of time spent volunteering, they receive one hour of paid time off.
New Belgium Brewing has an extensive recycling program that is open to co-workers for personal household usage, taking in many products from co-workers that are not picked up curbside.
New Belgium Brewing is employee-owned and practices open book management style - all co-workers have full disclosure of financial data and other company performance indicators.