Drake Cooper, Balihoo make Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work"

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanAugust 5, 2013 

Two Boise companies were named to Outside Magazine’s list of 100 Best Places to Work.

Advertising agency Drake Cooper moved up to No. 11 on the list after ranking 26th in 2012. Marketing agency Balihoo made the list at No. 50.

Ketchum company Smith Optics ranked 57th.The list was based on information from confidential employee surveys and employer questionnaires. The compilers considered benefits, pay, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs. The rankers also considered how enabled workers were to pursue active lifestyles and social and environmental efforts.

Drake Cooper, which has 27 employees, earned points for its recycled materials in its Downtown office, on-the-clock yoga and workout classes and days off on sunny summer afternoons, among other perks and charities.

Drake Cooper’s culture helps the creative process, said Dylan Amundson, Brand and Business Developer Manager. “Culture is something we focus on here,” Amundson said. “We have company rafting trips and barbecues. We’re all friends here, so we all hang out outside of work.”

Balihoo has about 100 employees in its Downtown office and markets for national companies such as New Balance, Zumba Fitness and ACE Hardware. The company gives incentives for employees to participate in a bike-to-work program. Among other active lifestyle programs and charities, the company has quarterly Passion Days in which the employees and their family participate in a passion of a coworker. Recent Passion Days included Frisbee, ice skating and home brew sampling.

“I’m excited we’re on this list but not really surprised," said Susan Tormollen, Balihoo director of Marketing. "I’ve worked in a lot of places, and the employees here are outrageously active and outrageously balanced in their lives and work."

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