Local businesses on list of best places to work

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WhippleWood CPAs, Pax8, Polar Field Services Inc. and Zen Planner have been listed among the top places to work by Outside Magazine, a national publication dedicated to covering everything outdoors.

Not only are companies listed as great places to work, but they respect the environment and encourage a balance between work and enjoying life in the great outdoors. This is Outside’s 10th year providing the Best Places to Work list.

Placing at number 4, WhippleWood CPAs provides accounting, business consulting and tax services.

The Littleton-based company gives its employees 16 days of paid time off after one year. It also gives Hero Awards to staff members who give 110 percent; winners receive $110.

Employees are encouraged to use the on-site Zen Room and attend “board” meetings — firm-wide breaks to ride longboards in parking lots. This year, WhippleWood closed the office to race go-karts during tax season.

Sixth-place Pax8 is a B2B cloud services distributor based in Greenwood Village. After one year, employees get unlimited paid time off. Every other week, employees vote on which new local brews should be stocked in the three-tap kegerator.

Polar Field Services Inc., in Littleton, employs global logistics and operations experts. In addition to the 12 days of paid time off after one year, employees work flex hours to allow exercise during work hours. Each day, the office participates in organized stretching exercises, and the office has a garden on-site. Polar Field is listed in 36th place.

Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner comes in at number 63. The company provides management software for the fitness industry. After one year, employees get 18 days of paid time off. Weekly on-site fitness classes include yoga, pull-up progression workshop and bootcamp, all taught by team members. Dogs are welcome in the office every day. A sabbatical program encourages team members to dream big and live large.

“Companies from across the country entered a rigorous two-part survey process to make the winning list,” said Jonah Ogles, articles editor at Outside Magazine. “The Best Companies Group evaluates each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. There’s also an employee survey to measure personal experience.”

The complete list of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2017 is available at OutsideOnline.com. For a list of past winners and for more information on the selection process, visit bestplacestoworkoutside.com.

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