America’s Best Place to Work…

Is almost certainly not in New York. We all work too hard, with long hours and little leisure time. But if by some miracle it is, Outside wants to know.

The magazine is running its second annual best places to work contest, featuring companies that place a high priority on both office productivity and not going insane.

Life-work balance? What’s that? Don’t they know the market is crashing? That said, we’re going to play basketball now.

Full release after the jump.


Nomination Process Ends Friday, October 24

Santa Fe, NM (October 7, 2008) — Outside, America’s leading active-lifestyle magazine, announces the final call to accept nominations for the 2009 “Best Places to Work” search. With the help of the Best Companies Group (BCG) and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Outside’s second annual program will rank U.S. companies in a number of categories. Learn more about the program and nominate your company at

“We are thrilled to again team up with the Best Companies Group and the Outdoor Industry Association as we search for 2009’s Best Places to Work,” said Outside’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Keyes. “We are looking for companies that have great benefits, understand the growing need to balance work and quality of life, and at the same time are responsible to their local communities and the environment.”

Outside’s Best Places to Work program recognizes employers that strive to enhance their employees’ work/life balance, enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement. Last year’s winners ranged from New Belgium Brewing Company and Osprey Packs to Google and Intel and received extensive media coverage including a feature on Good Morning America.

“Our mission is to identify and recognize great places to work,” says Peter B. Burke, President of Best Companies Group. “This program with Outside magazine will have a profound impact on the companies who receive the recognition. Creating company cultures where people love to come to work, combined with incorporating active-lifestyle policies and environmental awareness, will continue to make Outside’s Best Places to Work a unique and prestigious recognition. We are very excited about this initiative.”

The winning companies will be announced in the May 2009 issue of Outside magazine.