By Amanda Cooper
Whenever I tell someone I work at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), I always get the response “Ohh – they’re supposed to a great place to work!” And I always agree with them; GMCR is a great place to work. In fact, on Monday, March 28th 2011 we were honored as one the best places to work in Vermont! Among others, recipients included small companies like HUBER+SUHNER, Inc and large companies like Mascoma Savings Bank.
To determine these awards, the Best Companies Group assesses both the Employee Benefits and Policies as well as conducting an employee survey at each participating company.
So what makes GMCR a great place to work? For many folks, they say it is working for a company that gives back. Although not all of our jobs directly relate to Corporate Social Responsibility, working for a company that is creating positive change in the world is inspiring. We also support employees’ passion and inspiration through our company volunteer program (CAFE), which provides employees with 52-hours of paid time-off to volunteer at organizations of their choice. Our matching donation program matches 100% of employees’ cash donations to non-profits up to $1000.00 per year.
Other employees value our commitment to continuous learning. Our goal for each employee is 30 learning hours per year. The company offers classes such as
Applied Math, English as a Second Language, Business Spanish, Yoga, Tai Chi, Advanced Excel techniques and many more. It’s great knowing that the company is investing in your future and career.
Another benefit I value is the company’s commitment to wellness. I have affordable health care, opportunities to take yoga on campus, and even get reimbursed up to $500 per year for wellness activities, such as skiing, gym memberships and even massages!
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