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Best Companies To Work For: Large

The top company prioritizes community service. And movies.

This is a list of large companies. For midsize companies, click here. For small companies, click here. LARGE COMPANIES: 150-plus full-time Washington employees 1.Icertis Technology, Bellevue CEO: Samir Bodas The company, which refers to its workers as “Icertians,” prioritizes community service. Icertis employees last year volunteered to clean up a local park for Earth Day, and…

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Best Companies To Work For: Medium

Snacks, swag and a focus on employee engagement

This is a list of midsize companies. For large companies, click here. For small companies, click here. MIDSIZE COMPANIES: 50-149 full-time Washington employees 1.Omnidian Solar energy, Seattle CEO: Mark Liffmann Monthlong wellness initiatives and online hosted games and activities keep the team humming at Omnidian. The company says 40% of its employees received promotions last…

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Best Companies To Work For: Small

Surprise days off. No overtime. These companies focus on employee engagement.

This is a list of small companies. For large companies, click here. For midsize companies, click here. SMALL COMPANIES: 15-49 full-time Washington employees 1. CloudMoyo, Inc. Technology, Bellevue CEO: Manish Kedia Themed social lunches and monthly events provide “brain breaks” and help build positive relationships among workers. For example, during “Pride Month,” employees learned how…

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Best Companies To Work For

These high-performing companies practice the culture that they preach

The Great Resignation. Quiet quitting. Loud quitting. The labor market is in the midst of a massive transformation. Workplace culture has rarely, if ever, been more volatile or uncertain. A study by HR technology provider Quantum Workplace reveals that two-thirds of executives believe culture is more important than business strategy. At the same time, 65%…

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Seattle Passive House Respects The Environment

Passive House in Ballard treats the environment with respect

Rade and Eli Trimceski didn’t set out to save the planet when they commissioned their new home in Ballard, but the planet sent its regards anyway. Designed and built by First Lamp Architects of Seattle, the project was named the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) National Home of the Year in 2020.  Billed as “the…

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Young Seattle Philanthropists Speak Out

At United Way of King County's Emerging Leaders 365 program, philanthropy is about more than just writing checks

At the young age of 34, Tiffany Go already considers herself a philanthropist — though her broad definition of the word may surprise those in the “I gave at the office” generation. For Go, a health equity program manager at Seattle’s world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, philanthropy  is much more than blindly giving money. It’s…

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Publisher’s Note: The Power of Giving Back

Philanthropy doesn’t have to be complicated

The world is on fire right now. Now is the time to give back. So said a good friend managing philanthropic funds at one of the largest nonprofits in the world headquartered right here in Seattle. At the new “Seattle” magazine, we’re on a mission to demonstrate that Seattle is already a world-class city where…

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Trading Urgency For Impact: Donor-Advised Funds

Why donor-advised funds appeal to investors and nonprofits

In these heady days of affluence in metropolitan Seattle (thank you, technology companies!), people inclined to give back are looking for tax-efficient ways to support their favorite charities. Many have used donor-advised funds (DAFs) to have their cake and eat it, too.  A gift of appreciated stock to a DAF, which can be made through…

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Seattle Philanthropists Have a Message: Just Give

Six ‘quiet giant’ philanthropists speak candidly about what they’ve learned and why charity isn’t nearly as difficult as it’s sometimes made out to be

Often, folks tell me a simple confession: “I want to start giving back but I don’t know how.” While I am no expert on the topic and consider myself recently influenced by several inspiring folks in the region, I can appreciate the lack of candid and direct info on how it all works. My immigrant…

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Why This Tiny Cottage in Shoreline Works For a Family of Four

Why our tiny house makes sense

We live in a world full of hacks, loopholes and workarounds that often lead to more work and dead ends. When my wife, Kristy, and I discovered a way to live mortgage free, it seemed too good to be true. There had to be a catch. Six years later, we are still living out that…

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Every Car Has a Story: Seattle Hotelier Mike Malone’s Car Obsession Goes Back Decades

Hotelier Mike Malone races cars all over the globe. And he’s got stories.

Seattle business leader Mike Malone is well known for his ownership of the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle and his pioneering of the subscription music business when he founded AEI Music, but his passion for cars drives him today. If there is a real-life version of the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World, it’s…

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Seattle Artifacts: The Derelict League

An obscure, amateur baseball league grew from Seattle’s hippie culture

Somewhere, deep in the archives of local sports history, sits a curious entry regarding a forgotten baseball league that once dominated Seattle’s playfields and ballparks. You will not find any trading cards for this particular franchise, nor will you find any of its memorabilia on eBay. The top players were never recruited to the major…

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Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…