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“Unified by a common passion,” employees say this co-op prioritizes the planet over profits—70% of which go back to members, staff, and community causes. People here gush that the outdoorsy outfitter truly “practices what it preaches.” Black Friday is a paid holiday, and every employee gets two extra paid days off per year to go outside and “get inspired.” There are also gear discounts and paid sabbaticals once employees hit the 15-year mark.

Learn more in the Great Place to Work review here.

Rank last year

26

Years on list

20

HQ location

Kent, Wash.

Total employees

13,014

Job openings (as of February 2017)

205

Industry

Retail

Revenue (2016 or most recent year)

$2.4 billion

Year founded

1938

Type of organization

Cooperative

Number of work sites

153

Perks
offers
Telecommuting
Compressed work weeks
Fully-paid sabbaticals
Domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples
Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation
Sick days for part-timers
Health insurance for part-timers
PTO for volunteering
College tuition reimbursement
does not offer
100% health coverage
Unlimited sick days
Onsite fitness center
Discounted gym memberships
Job sharing
Onsite medical care facility
Medical facility at all locations
Onsite childcare
Diversity
% Women44%
% Minorities18%
% African-American/Black2%
% Asian5%
% Caucasian/White82%
% Hispanic/Latino6%
% Native American/Alaska Native1%
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander1%
% Two or more races3%
% Unknown ethnicity< 1%
Paid Time Off
General PTO19
Total PTO after 5 years24
# Sick days6
Max hours PTO for volunteering-
General PTO for part-timers16
# Sick days for part-timers5
Compensation
Most common job (for salaried employee)Retail Store Manager
Avg. base pay (salaried)-
Avg. extra compensation (salaried)-
Total pay for most common job (salaried)-
Most common job (for hourly employee)Retail Sales Lead
Avg. base pay (hourly)-
Avg. extra compensation (hourly)-
Total pay for most common job (hourly)-
Avg. monthly rate for onsite childcare-
Hiring/Staffing (Past 12 Months)
Full-time job growth %10%
# of job applicants109,536
Avg. # of applicants per opening-
FT voluntary turnover10%
Jobs filled internally922
% Jobs filled by referral12
# New graduates hired-
Avg. college tuition reimbursed$1,300
Training
Avg. # hours training (salaried workers)46
Avg. # hours training (hourly workers)48