Deckers Outdoor, Mountain Hardwear, Clif Bar, Smartwool and several other companies recently announced their inclusion in Outside Magazine's 2009 list of “Best Places to Work.” Deckers was ranked No. 26 out of 30 selected companies, while Mountain Hardwear was ranked No. 19.


The top 30 companies are as follows:


1 – Intrepid Travel

2 – Natural Habitat Adventures

3 – Clif Bar

4 – Smith Optics

5 – Tabar

6 – Dominion Digital

7 – SmartWool

8 – Paradigm Group

9 – Rally Software Development

10 – Carmichael Lynch

11 – Country Walkers

12 – Chesapeake Energy Corporation

13 – Redspin

14 – Adventure Life

15 – Osprey Packs

16 – Virgin HealthMiles

17 – USANA Health Sciences

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19 – Mountain Hardware

20 – Eagle Creek

21 – Restoration Services

22 – Fitness Anywhere

23 – OluKai Premium Footwear

24 – Patagonia

25 – AmerSports Winter and Outdoor

26 – Deckers Outdoor Corporation

27 – Oakley Inc.

28 – Industrial Revolution

29 – SRAM

30 – National Outdoor Leadership School


“These 30 companies share a common belief: that the secret to success in any economy is empowering employees to live balanced lives and remain committed to their communities and the environment,” said Outside Magazine executive editor Michael Roberts. “Our winners know that happy workers are good for the bottom line. So even in the current financial storm, they're offering on-site fitness classes and massage, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, flexible hours, amazing travel benefits, and opportunities for on-the-clock community service.”


Outside’s “Best Places to Work” list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 30 companies that best enable employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle.