The Top 60 Greatest Companies To Work For

 

With the U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest rate in 18 years and 2.11 million new jobs added in 2017, the job market is more robust than it’s been in decades. For workers who want to change jobs, it’s a golden opportunity.

But as upbeat as these numbers look from a jobs and employee perspective, it can be a tough climate for companies who want to keep their employees. Those companies that hang onto their top performers year after year make retention a priority.

In PPB’s search for this year’s top industry workplaces, 10 key words surfaced again and again as employees of this year’s 60 selected companies told us how they would describe their workplace to a friend. They were culture, family, appreciation, opportunity, fun, freedom, friendly, flexibility, growth and caring. Employee benefits were mentioned only occasionally, and reference to compensation was almost nonexistent among the answers.

While a paycheck is important, the key for industry companies to retaining employees appears to have a lot more to do with happy workers who find joy, satisfaction and camaraderie at work. And it’s not just employees who benefit from this happiness factor. Research shows that when employees enjoy their work and workplace, they are more productive, more positive, more creative, treat customers better, inspire greater performance among peers and are more likely to take calculated risks leading to innovation.

Since 2011, PPB has been sponsoring the competition to identify the industry’s top workplaces. In 2017, we turned the structure of the program on its head by using employee survey scores, instead of an in-house panel, to determine the top companies. The competition now also allows companies to be nominated and selected year after year.

A total of 127 companies were nominated by their employees this year, and 94 companies participated in the employee survey portion of the competition. The top 60, based on employee ratings, earned them the right to be listed among the 2018 PPB Greatest Companies To Work For.

The Greatest Companies To Work For
(in alphabetical order)

Top Micro Companies (Five to nine employees)

Ad Bands Plus
Ads On Magnets, LLC
Elite Fulfillment Solutions
Ideas Unlimited, Inc.
Identify Yourself
Monarch & Company
Red Hills Group
Sock101
The Sourcing Solution

Top Small Companies (10-25 employees)

A+ Wine Designs
Ad-A-Day Co., Inc.
Aprons, Etc.
Artina Promotional Products
Blink Marketing, Inc.
Brandinc US, Inc.
Brandito
Bright Stores, Inc.
CE Competitive Edge, LLC
City Apparel
E Group, Inc.
Fully Promoted/ Mandeville
Gator Garb Apparel & Specialty
KG Specialties, LLC
Logowear House
Maple Ridge Farms, Inc.
Pop! Promos
PromoSpark
Show Your Logo, Inc.
Specialty Incentives, Inc.
Stowebridge Promotion Group, Inc.
The Book Company
The T Shirt Guys
US Flash & Technologies
Wall Street Greetings, LLC
Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions, Inc.
Wizard Creations, Inc.

Top Midsize Companies (26-75 employees)

City Paper Company
Club Colors Buyer, LLC
Goldstar
HandStands
IDProductsource
Image Source, Inc.
Pacesetter Awards
Powerstick.com
Signet, Inc.
Simba
Spectrum Designs Foundation
Strideline, LLC
The Logo Shop, Inc.

Top Large Companies (More than 75 employees)

AIA Corporation
American Solutions For Business
Ariel Premium Supply, Inc.
BAMKO, LLC
BrandVia Alliance, Inc.
Edwards Garment Company
Gemline
OrderMyGear
Pro Towels
The Magnet Group

PPB asked several of the leaders behind the Greatest Companies To Work For what their secret was to creating a workplace where employees are happy and thriving. Click the highlighted names to learn more about their answers.

Top Micro Companies (in alphabetical order)

 

Ad Bands Plus
PPAI 112644

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Bonnie Swayze
Headquarters: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Founded: 1986
Employees: 7
Website: www.ad-bands.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance benefits (pre-tax and the company pays half the flexible spending plan); 401(k) with match up to seven percent; tuition reimbursement, college scholarships; paid time off; summer bonus, Christmas bonus, life insurance, safety program

What employees say: “The best company I’ve ever worked for. The owners and management are very visible, encouraging and informative when it comes to new things happening with the company and the direction of the company as a whole. The company really cares about you and always goes above and beyond to show it.”

 

Ads On Magnets, LLC
PPAI 491494

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Steve Brown
Headquarters: Castle Rock, Colorado
Founded: 2012
Employees: 7
Website: www.AdsOnMagnets.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance benefits, 401(k) and ESOP, paid time off

What employees say: “Love my job. It's easy to come [to work] when you enjoy what you do, and even easier when you're looking forward to being around the people you work with on a daily basis.”

 

Elite Fulfillment Solutions
PPAI 691602

Category: Business Services
Top Executive: Dave Sedlin
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Founded: 2011
Employees: 9
Website: www.EliteFulfillment.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, retirement, 401(k), paid time off, flex schedule and mass transit discounts

What employees say: “This a great company to work at. It offers great opportunities for advancement in positions. Our leadership team is good at training and making the employees feel they are a part of the team.”

 

Ideas Unlimited, Inc.
PPAI 105759

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Randa Rosenblum
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
Founded: 1972
Employees: 8
Website: ideasunltd.net
Benefits/perks: Telecommuting, insurance (half of cost company paid), 401(k), paid time off, profit sharing, unlimited work-related training/resources, performance-based incentive trips

What employees say: “Working for Ideas Unlimited is fun, transparent, hands-on, adventurous and challenging. Our company strives for excellence, and our owner backs us up 100 percent when it comes to quality provided to our customers.”

 

Identify Yourself, LLC
PPAI 281720

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Alex LeFevre
Headquarters: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Founded: 2002
Employees: 9
Website: idyourself.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, retirement plan,󠄀 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “When your job doesn’t feel like work, you know you’ve ended up in the right place.”

 

Monarch & Company
PPAI 604192

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Yvonne Lyngaas-Zeman
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: 2009
Employees: 5
Website: www.monarchandcompany.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, 401(k), self-managed paid time off

What employees say: “I love working here. They are willing to work with me and not demand I do things their way, which allows me to [give] 100 percent. [They are] very transparent and communicate well so I can see the big picture and understand everyone’s role so I can do my job to the best of my ability and help be a supportive team member.”

 

Red Hills Group, LLC
PPAI 704970

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Jim Mendenhall
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon
Founded: 2017
Employees: 9
Website: www.redhillsgrp.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, paid time off

What employees say: “I’m having fun again! Red Hills is a breath of fresh air compared to my prior company. I understand the company’s goals and how I contribute to making them happen. The owner is fully engaged and leads by example daily. I’m surrounded by smart, creative, likable people who enjoy coming to work every day.”

 

Sock 101
PPAI 625402

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Kelly Yarborough
Headquarters: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Founded: 2012
Employees: 9
Website: custom.sock101.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, paid time off, dog-friendly office

What employees say: “My experience working here has been nothing short of amazing. The CEO is one of the most selfless humans I have ever run across. He truly does things for the best interest of the company and the people who help run his company. He has created a work culture that some people search their whole careers for. I catch myself excited to get to work because no two days are the same here but every single day is exciting.”

 

The Sourcing Solution
PPAI 474924

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Russ Burchard
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Founded: 2010
Employees: 8
Website: www.thesourcingsolution.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, retirement, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “Working for TSS has helped me to develop managerial and leadership skills. Our working environment is very friendly—more than colleagues, we are a little family.”

 

Small Companies

 

A+ Wine Designs
PPAI 173549

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Michael McCarron
Headquarters: San Diego, California
Founded: 1992
Employees: 15
Website: apluswinedesigns.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “It is a fun and friendly work environment, where coworkers pool their strengths to help each other succeed. The atmosphere is calm and inviting, and the management is supportive in many aspects beyond just work.”

 

Ad-A-Day Company, Inc.
PPAI 111105

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Merrill Cross, CAS
Headquarters: Taunton, Massachusetts
Founded: 1946
Employees: 20
Website: www.ad-a-day.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance benefits, tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “I'm proud to be a part of this company. We're a magical little business that allows its staff the room to be innovative and creative while working towards the larger goal of production. Every day I learn something new that I will be using for the rest of my career.”

 

Aprons, Etc.
PPAI 110868

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Jeffrey Hoffman
Headquarters: Greenville, South Carolina
Founded: 1984
Employees: 23
Website: www.ApronsEtc.com and www.Fast-Free.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance benefits, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “This company is family. We care for each other, have common goals, work together and fill in for each other when needed. No one wears just one hat.”

 

Artina Promotional Products
PPAI 107335

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Matina Zenios
Headquarters: Powell, Ohio
Founded: 1967
Employees: 20
Website: www.artina.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement, 401(k), paid time off, on-site gym equipment and wellness program

What employees say: “Great family-owned company. Great benefits offered. The small- company feel makes you feel valued here. Each position matters and is needed.”

 

Blink Marketing, Inc.
PPAI 242202

Category: Distributor
Top Executives: Carolina Junghans and Daniel Gardner
Headquarters: Franklin, Tennessee
Founded: 2002
Employees: 20
Website: www.blinkmarketing.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “Our bosses care about us and show it. The owners have an amazing work ethic and it rubs off on everyone else, so we all strive to be better and do more every day. I am so thankful for landing here, and I can't see myself leaving anytime soon.”

 

Brandinc US, Inc.
PPAI 602113

Category: Distributor
Top Executives: Tad Webster and Adrian Ferrand
Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
Founded: 2014 (U.S.)
Employees: 14
Website: www.brandinc.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “This company nurtures creative thinking and encourages collaborative action, but at the same time, underplays competition among team members. Instead, we cheer each other on as we try to achieve our own personal and professional bests, whatever they might be.”

 

Brandito
PPAI 440314

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Michael Lovern
Headquarters: Richmond, Virginia
Founded: 2009
Employees: 15
Website: www.brandito.net
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “Brandito is an amazing company. Our leadership places great importance on work/home life balance and encourages time off. I am not afraid to ask questions and I know my colleagues have my back, as I have theirs. We are growing rapidly, and with that comes opportunities to learn and become more efficient—and it has been a blast doing both.”

 

BrightStores
PPAI 256593

Category: Business Services
Top Executive: Dan Halama
Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
Founded: 1999
Employees: 16
Website: http://brightstores.com/
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, virtual reality/game room, nap room, snacks

What employees say: “It's a great small business that's cares about its employees, has paths to learn and grow, and pushes to be at the top of the industry.”

 

CE Competitive Edge, LLC
PPAI 103776

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+
Headquarters: Stevensville, Michigan
Founded: 1993
Employees: 21
Website: www.competitive-edge.net
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, 401(k), paid time off, Friday drink cart, summer hours

What employees say: “I would describe working here as a blessing. I feel like I'm very important to the people working here.”

 

City Apparel
PPAI 242048

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Andrea Kramer
Headquarters: Findlay, Ohio
Founded: 2001
Employees: 11
Website: www.CityApparel.net
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, telecommuting, insurance benefits, paid short-term disability; retirement plan; 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off; 40 hours of PTO annually for community service; paid holidays; Christmas Club savings account

What employees say: “I enjoy getting up and coming to work every day. We are all very compassionate about what we do and work as a team. We are a family and all have the same goals. We strive every day to be the best we can be.”

 

DistributorCentral
PPAI 220404

Category: Business Services
Top Executive: Tom Mertz and Jason Nokes
Headquarters: Gardner, Kansas
Founded: 1999
Employees: 19
Website: www.distributorcentral.com
Benefits/perks: 󠄀Flexible schedule, telecommuting (for some jobs), insurance, retirement, 401(k), paid time off, continuing education

What employees say: “It’s a fun company to work for using modern technology with a lot of opportunity to make a big impact.”

 

E Group, Inc.
PPAI 210607

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Paul Estenson
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Founded: 1994
Employees: 22
Website: www.egroupnet.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), paid time off, Friday afternoon summer hours 󠄀

What employees say: “We are a small, passionate, talented group of people. For some reason we attract and retain people with a fierce work ethic and a desire to support each other in all areas—work and personal. We get genuine satisfaction from working as a team to help our clients achieve their business goals. We work hard, play hard—truly.”

 

Fully Promoted/ Mandeville
PPAI 658923

Top Executive: Michael Rosamond
Headquarters: Mandeville, Louisiana
Founded: 2002
Employees: 10
Website: FullyPromoted.com/30041
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, free branded apparel/workwear, paid trade show attendance, monthly team building lunches, annual cookout, community sponsorship and event participation

What employees say: “When I started working [here], I encountered a refreshing style of leadership where the president was a leader and not just a boss. The staff feels connected to the betterment of the business and it shows in their collaborative work and in how much they care about their client accounts and making sure everyone enjoys their experience with the business.”

 

Gator Garb Promotions
PPAI 216347

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Cole Stark
Headquarters: Altoona, Wisconsin
Founded: 1997
Employees: 11
Website: www.gatorgarb.com
Benefits/perks: 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “My experience working at Gator Garb promotions is a fulfilling, satisfying, ever growing, ever learning and fun-atmosphere job! Best job ever!”

 

KG Specialties
PPAI 270537

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Kyle Gibson
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon
Founded: 1993
Employees: 11
Website: www.kgspecialties.com
Benefits/perks: flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, end of year bonus, growth incentive, access to company vacation home

What employees say: “This place is by far one of the best places that I've worked. Everyone is so hardworking, and the team atmosphere here is unbeatable. It's not one of those 'only friendly to your face' places. Working here, you know that you're truly appreciated.”

 

Logowear House
PPAI 573460

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Chris Borromeo
Headquarters: Broomall, Pennsylvania
Founded: 2004
Employees: 15
Website: www.logowearhouse.com
Benefits/perks: Job sharing, telecommuting, insurance, paid time off

What employees say: “Great management and great leaders who created a great team from top to bottom. Very fortunate to be part of this team and can’t wait to see how far we will go.”

 

Maple Ridge Farms
PPAI 114165

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Tom Riordan
Headquarters: Mosinee, Wisconsin
Founded: 1979
Employees: 24
Website: www.mapleridge.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, health and wellness initiatives, continuing education, volunteer opportunities, employee referral bonus

What employees say: “Working at the Farm is like going to hang out with great friends who are on the same mission, traveling on the same road and helping one another along the way. We genuinely strive to create this culture with our teams, vendors and customers alike where we are all partners on this journey together—to make great experiences happen.”

 

PromoSpark, Inc.
PPAI 336542

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Sarah Johnston
Headquarters: Fairfield, Ohio
Founded: 2001
Employees: 10
Website: www.promospark.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, 401(k), paid time off, holiday pay

What employees say: “I love the company and the people. Each person understands what his or her responsibilities are, but is also always willing to help when needed. Sarah Johnston operates with the staff, not above them. She does not expect anyone to do anything she would be unwilling to do herself. She is the kind of owner who inspires you to push yourself to exceed your own expectations each day.”

 

Show Your Logo, Inc.
PPAI 511027

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Don Forsell
Headquarters: Oswego, Illinois
Founded: 1999
Employees: 18
Website: www.showyourlogo.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, 401(k), paid time off, beer Fridays

What employees say: “It is the perfect blend of both a laid-back family environment and the flexibility to be as aggressive and ‘go-get ’em’ as I want to be.”

 

Specialty Incentives
PPAI 104275

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Drew Davis, MAS
Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
Founded: 1981
Employees: 18
Website: www.specialtyinc.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, 401(k), paid time off, purchase discounts, paid training, counseling assistance, profit sharing

What employees say: “The company values family connection and supports employees when personal situations demand attention. They also believe learning is a lifelong adventure and provide consistent educational resources as a benefit. I had many choices on where I wanted to continue my career; I chose Specialty Incentives, and have never looked back.”

 

Stowebridge Promotion Group
PPAI 166854

Category: Distributor
Top Executives: Ron and Kathy Thomas
Headquarters: Chandler, Arizona
Founded: 1994
Employees: 22
Website: www.stowebridge.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), paid time off, sample giveaway parties

What employees say: “A friendly environment where everyone feels empowered to make decisions. We all feel part of a team that values each other’s strengths.”

 

The Book Company
PPAI 218850

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Doug Greenhut
Headquarters: Delray Beach, Florida
Founded: 1997
Employees: 15
Website: www.thebookco.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “I work for the best company in the industry. Having the freedom to do my very best in the interest of our company and its customers is priceless. There is no real hierarchy and everyone is accountable. Everyone is professional and understanding. The president of the company encourages each individual to work to their strengths. I hope this is my last job ever.”

 

The T Shirt Guys
PPAI 159987

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Stan Maddox
Headquarters: Grapevine, Texas
Founded: 1998
Employees: 10
Website: www.theTshirtguys.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, paid time off, free lunch Fridays

What employees say: “It's a great place to work and train to learn how to be not only a better employee but a better person.”

 

US Flash & Technologies
PPAI 375004

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Gabe Gerhardt
Headquarters: Irvine, California
Founded: 2008
Employees: 10
Website: www.usflash.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, paid time off, insurance, casual dress and pizza Fridays

What employees say: “We all work as part of a team and no one is left hanging out to dry. Every employee here is so friendly and welcoming, and they do their best to help you succeed in all of your goals. I am very confident in my future at US Flash and I would recommend this company to anyone as one of the best companies to work for.”

 

Wall Street Greetings
PPAI 469710

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Mary Ellen Harden
Headquarters: Versailles, Kentucky
Founded: 1992
Employees: 17
Website: www.wallstreetgreetings.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “The owners don't ask the employees to do anything that they aren't willing to do themselves, and they often do things that would be considered ‘beneath’ their position so that someone else on staff doesn’t have to do it. There is a strong sense of collaboration and support, and we recognize that we will all benefit when we work hard and the company does well.”

 

Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions, Inc.
PPAI 288446

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Laura Ward
Headquarters: Modesto, California
Founded: 2000
Employees: 12
Website: www.wardpromotional.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “It is a solid and exciting company to work for that values its team members. They do things in a very ethical way, making sure that the client’s needs are always met or exceeded.”

 

Wizard Creations
PPAI 342741

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Luke Freeman
Headquarters: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Founded: 2006
Employees: 13
Website: www.wizardcreations.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, paid time off, event tickets

What employees say: “Wizard Creations is the most rewarding company to work for—professionally and personally. We give back to the community and it feels so good being a positive force.”

 

Midsize Companies

 

City Paper Company
PPAI 654062

Category: Distributor
Top Executives: Paul Friedman, Jr., Mark Friedman and Brad Friedman
Headquarters: Birmingham, Alabama
Founded: 1897
Employees: 32
Website: www.citypapercompany.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “Working for City Paper Company has been the best learning experience I've had and most beneficial choice I've made for my career. I see my future [here], not only because I want to, but leadership makes a point to create career paths for each employee.”

 

Club Colors
PPAI 135725

Category: Distributor
Top Executives: Jeff Baumet and Cris Tase
Headquarters: Schaumburg, Illinois
Founded: 1992
Employees: 66
Website: clubcolors.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), paid time off, President’s Club incentive trip, annual fishing trip, standing work stations

What employees say: “This is one of the few places I have worked where you get as much out of the job as you put into it. If you work hard, contribute and add value, you will be recognized and rewarded.”

 

Goldstar
PPAI 114031

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Howard Cubberly
Headquarters: San Diego, California
Founded: 1970
Employees: 27
Website: www.goldstarpens.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance benefits, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “We have a great team here at Goldstar. Everyone here is dedicated to providing our distributor partners with excellent products and a high level of service. We also have a lot of fun.”

 

HandStands
PPAI 111285

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Rodd Steuart
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Founded: 1983
Employees: 60
Website: www.handstandspromo.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k)/ROTH with employer match, employee assistance program, paid time off, free daily soda, hot chocolate and coffee

What employees say: “The owners truly do appreciate all their employees and do their best to show us that. They have our backs and make sure we are taken care of. I feel comfortable going to any of the upper management, my manager or the owners if I have a problem or concern. I know they will listen and handle the issue in a fair and understanding way.”

 

IDProductsource
PPAI 384049

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: John Aspinwall and Robin Crampton
Headquarters: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Founded: 2001
Employees: 30
Website: www.idproductsource.com
Benefits/perks: Paid time off, IRA with company match

What employees say: “I absolutely love it here. I love the people, the job and what I can bring to the table. I couldn’t have asked for a better job; it’s my dream job.”

 

Image Source
PPAI 195953

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Brian Haner
Headquarters: Kirkland, Washington
Founded: 1997
Employees: 46
Website: www.imagesourceteam.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “The leadership has invested a great deal of time and effort over the years to build and maintain an incredible culture. Our team is made up of all sorts of folks from different backgrounds, and there's a level of generosity, creativity and fun that spreads throughout the whole office. This is truly a unique place, and I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of the team.”

 

Pacesetter Awards
PPAI: 112642

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Roy Newton
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: 1982
Employees: 70
Website: www.pacesetterawards.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “Working in the manufacturing industry in the U.S. in this day and age can be challenging, but not here. We take pride in our work and the teamwork is great.”

 

Pop! Promos
PPAI 564497

Category: Supplier
Top Executives: Erin Reilly and Sterling Wilson
Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founded: 2012
Employees: 30
Website: www.poppromos.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, 401(k), paid time off, dog-friendly office

What employees say: “A young, energetic and dedicated company that welcomes new and fresh perspectives no matter what your position is. The opportunity for growth is tremendous.”

 

PowerStick.com
PPAI 383252

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Nigel Harris
Headquarters: Ottawa, Canada
Founded: 2009
Employees: 32
Website: www.powerstick.com/main
Benefits/perks: Insurance, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “I have worked at a number of companies throughout my career, but have never felt such a connection and pride as I feel working here at PowerStick. There is no hierarchy here where issues have to be reported through channels. The door to the CEO’s office is always open, and he encourages us to drop by to discuss anything we feel is important to us or to the company.”

 

Signet, Inc.
PPAI 107030

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Elizabeth Tate
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
Founded: 1976
Employees: 45
Website: www.gosignet.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance benefits including HRA and FSA plans, 401(k), paid time off, employee purchase program, employee shipping program

What employees say: “They hold my core values in high regard here. Honesty, integrity and kindness are paramount for me, and they display these values every single day.”

 

Simba
PPAI 110881

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Casey Schechter
Headquarters: Oxnard, California
Founded: 1974
Employees: 75
Website: www.simbacal.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “Simba takes great care of their employees and is always open to new and fresh ideas. If you’re ever overwhelmed, they help you. They always say we are more than a team, we are a family, and they prove it every single day.”

 

Spectrum Designs Foundation
PPAI 673690

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Patrick Bardsley
Headquarters: Port Washington, New York
Founded: 2011
Employees: 35
Website: www.spectrumdesigns.org
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedules (depending on employee/position), paid time off, monthly team breakfast, annual staff training/ workshops and conferences

What employees say: “Spectrum Designs has a supportive staff, an innovative business model and an amazing/exciting work environment where all are encouraged to succeed.”

 

Strideline, LLC
PPAI 658220

Category: Supplier
Top Executives: Riley Goodman, Jake Director and Taylor Marean
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
Founded: 2009
Employees: 35
Website: www.strideline.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, paid time off

What employees say: “Strideline's innovative approach to the promotions industry makes it an extremely exciting place to work.”

 

The Logo Shop, Inc.
PPAI 257285

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Jason Pond
Headquarters: Logan, Utah
Founded: 1990
Employees: 30
Website: www.welogostuff.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, 401(k), paid time off, free tickets to Utah State University sporting events

What employees say: “The Logo Shop is a family. We work as a team and each player fills an important and unique role. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We might not always be perfect, but whatever we do, we do it together and we're better for it. I can’t begin to explain the gratitude I have for the opportunities that my work here has provided me. The experiences and the way this company has shaped my life has made me who I am.”


Large Companies


AIA Corporation

PPAI 101364

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Matt Gresge
Headquarters: Neenah, Wisconsin
Founded: 1980
Employees: 78
Website: www.aiacommunity.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, fitness reimbursement, dog-friendly office, race reimbursement, free coffee, employee development, bonus plan, casual dress

What employees say: “AIA is a company where you can exponentially grow on both a personal and a professional level. The management staff understands that we are adults that have many responsibilities outside of work, and they do whatever they can to work with us to bring balance between the two areas. They put a great amount of stock into the ethics and integrity of the business and do an amazing job of rewarding staff for mirroring those traits.”


American Solutions for Business

PPAI 101656

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Larry Zavadil
Headquarters: Glenwood, Minnesota
Founded: 1981
Employees: 1,111
Website: www.americanbus.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, job sharing, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, company shares based on sales and time vested with the company

What employees say: “American is a fast-moving company that embraces positive change with an environment that promotes creative thinking.”


Ariel Premium Supply, Inc.

PPAI 161650

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Tai Lin and Yuhling Lu
Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri
Founded: 1993
Employees: 203
Website: www.arielpremium.com
Benefits/perks: Telecommuting in some departments, insurance (employee premium is 100 percent company paid); 󠄀401(k) with company match, paid time off, free yoga classes three days a week, free onsite ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, monthly social painting classes onsite

What employees say: “Ariel is extremely supportive and caring regarding their employees. It’s the best place to work in the industry.”


BAMKO, LLC

PPAI 131431

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Phil Koosed
Headquarters: Los Angeles, California
Founded: 1999
Employees: 200
Website: www.bamko.net
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) with employer match, paid time off, charitable donation match

What employees say: “Working at BAMKO has been a transformative experience for me, both personally and professionally. I’ve been challenged and inspired to grow in ways I never thought possible. BAMKO has succeeded in creating a workplace that is filled with purpose, passion, and camaraderie. My co-workers are fun, funny and genuinely enjoy pitching in and helping each other out. I am a better version of myself for having worked here and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.”


BrandVia Alliance, Inc.

PPAI 161650

Category: Distributor
Top Executive: Jim Childers
Headquarters: San Jose, California
Founded: 2003
Employees: 145
Website: www.brandvia.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, flexible spending account, paid time off, volunteer program, 401(k), wellness program, employee assistance program, referral bonuses

What employees say: “BrandVia is an amazing place to work. I have never encountered a culture so supportive and fun. The people are just outstanding.”


Edwards Garment

PPAI 198530

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Gary Schultz
Headquarters: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Founded: Kalamazoo Pant Company 1867; Edwards Garment 1954
Employees: 175
Website: edwardsgarment.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, paid bereavement leave, wellness program and incentives, paid volunteer time, paid time for parent/teacher conferences

What employees say: “Edwards is an exceptional company to work for. The company genuinely believes in creating an atmosphere where associates can learn, grow and achieve career goals. There are many associates who have been with the company 20-plus years, which tells you something.”


Gemline

PPAI 113948

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Jonathan Isaacson
Headquarters: Lawrence, Massachusetts
Founded: 1958
Employees: 450
Website: www.gemline.com
Benefits/perks: Ongoing training and development, insurance benefits, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, employee assistance program, on-site cafeteria, development/training opportunities, baby bonus, community giving time off, fitness subsidy, tenure sabbatical leave, recognition of veterans and citizenship, free parking

What employees say: “Gemline is a great place to work. The leadership is dedicated to growing and developing their employees. You do not see this sort of dedication to development at many other companies; this is where Gemline shines and I am proud to work for such a great company.”


OrderMyGear, LLC

PPAI 704581

Category: Business Services
Top Executive: Kent McKeaigg
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Founded: 2008
Employees: 83
Website: ordermygear.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, insurance, 401(k), paid time off, free breakfast and lunch once a week, unlimited snacks and drink fridge, dog friendly office

What employees say: “OrderMyGear has provided the open and creative workplace that most companies claim to be. There is a high level of trust, expectation and performance throughout all levels of the company.”


The Pro Towels Family

Includes Pro Towels, Neet Feet, Kanata and Superior Decorating
PPAI 112755

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Kevin Nord
Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Founded: 2001
Employees: 245
Website: www.protowels.com
Benefits/perks: Flexible schedule, telecommuting, insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), paid time off

What employees say: “I love my job and all the people I work with. They appreciate my hard work and show me every day how important I am to our growth and success.”


The Magnet Group

Includes Castelli and Perfect Line
PPAI 338534

Category: Supplier
Top Executive: Bill Korowitz and Aaron Gunderson
Headquarters: Washington, Missouri
Founded: 1985
Employees: 400
Website: www.themagnetgroup.com
Benefits/perks: Insurance, retirement plan, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off

What employees say: “TMG is a forward-thinking company who values their employees in the way a small, family-owned business would. Employees aren't just numbers, but rather people who are all seen as an important part of the growth and excellence TMG strives to achieve.”

Flex Time: The Top Perk

Research shows that American workers want more flex time—meaning flexible hours and working from home part-time or full-time. Almost 65 percent of PPB’s Greatest Companies To Work For say they offer a flexible schedule; 46 percent offer telecommuting. A survey conducted by FlexJobs found the top factors influencing a prospect when evaluating a new job were these:

Work flexibility 80%
Work-life balance and salary (tied) 74%
Health insurance 43%
Company reputation 41%
401(k) retirement benefits 31%
Source: Quill.com

Tina Berres Filipski is editor of PPB.

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