Posted: Aug. 9, 2012, 2:55 p.m. EDT
The Honest Kitchen, a San Diego-based manufacturer of all-natural dehydrated whole foods for dogs and cats, was named the 19th best place to work in Outside magazine’s fifth annual list. The company moved up from 37th place on the 2011 list.
“Taking good care of our employees and nurturing a working environment that places an emphasis on health, creativity, diversity–and pets–has been important to me for a long time,” said Lucy Postins, co-founder and CEO of The Honest Kitchen. “It’s not only about the responsibility we have to our team, but also creating a place that fits with our brand, and with animals as the true focus of our workday.”
The Honest Kitchen, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, is the only company involved with pets or pet products to make Outside magazine’s top-100 list for 2012.
The Honest Kitchen co-founders Charlie Postins and Lucy Postins with their dogs Jackson, Taro and Willow.Courtesy of The Honest Kitchen
The company employs 20 people and has 12 office dogs--two pugs, a Dalmatian, a Rhodesian ridgeback, a golden retriever and seven mixed breeds.
“Our fully equipped kitchen is the heart of our office, where we have a communal dining table and lots of seating,” marketing manager Carmen Velasquez said. “It’s home to our twice-monthly teatime meetings and feasts, and serves as the test kitchen for our pet food creations. All of the dogs participate in taste testing.”
Outside zeroed in on companies that set standards for a healthy balance between work and life. The “Best Places to Work” list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association of Boulder, Colo., and Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., a workplace assessment firm.
The magazine’s invitation to apply for the honor was “almost like a casting call,” Velasquez recalled.
Scores were based on employer questionnaires and confidential employee satisfaction surveys that looked at workplace benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach.
Common among many of the “Best Companies” were healthy-living benefits such as free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals and lots of out-of-office time.
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