50 Best Small and Medium-Size Companies to Work For

September 19, 2013, 11:00 AM UTC
Fortune

Keeping employees motivated (and satisfied) is an eternal challenge, as HR professionals from the biggest global conglomerates to the newest Silicon Valley startups will attest. But as these companies show, it's not impossible. In our second annual ranking of the 50 Best Small and Medium-Size Companies to Work For, we asked our partners at Great Place to Work to determine the top small businesses in the U.S. that have created unique cultures and great workplaces on par with those that appear on our 100 Best Companies list. Though the perks may be similar -- stock options, free food, yoga classes, and unusually generous benefits programs -- there's one big difference: They have under 1,000 employees.

1. Professional Placement Resources

1. Professional Placement Resources

SMALL COMPANY* Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Employees: 80
Revenue: N.A. The pet-friendly staffing agency places nurses in temp jobs in all 50 states -- and provides private housing and travel reimbursement. *Between 25 and 249 employees

SMALL COMPANY*

Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Employees: 80

Revenue: N.A.

The pet-friendly staffing agency places nurses in temp jobs in all 50 states -- and provides private housing and travel reimbursement.

*Between 25 and 249 employees

2. Talent Plus

2. Talent Plus

SMALL COMPANY Lincoln, Neb.
Employees: 116
Revenue: N.A. Rather than performance reviews, employees of this global HR consulting firm have career investment discussions with managers.

SMALL COMPANY

Lincoln, Neb.

Employees: 116

Revenue: N.A.

Rather than performance reviews, employees of this global HR consulting firm have career investment discussions with managers.

3. Ruby Receptionists

3. Ruby Receptionists

SMALL COMPANY Portland, Ore.
Employees: 95
Revenue: $7.8 million The quirky virtual agency provides reception services to small businesses. A five-year milestone is rewarded with a five-week paid sabbatical.

SMALL COMPANY

Portland, Ore.

Employees: 95

Revenue: $7.8 million

The quirky virtual agency provides reception services to small businesses. A five-year milestone is rewarded with a five-week paid sabbatical.

4. Granite Properties

4. Granite Properties

SMALL COMPANY Plano, Texas
Employees: 143
Revenue: $153.3 million New hires at this commercial real estate manager are paired with a tenured field buddy, who gives them tours of the company's properties.

SMALL COMPANY

Plano, Texas

Employees: 143

Revenue: $153.3 million

New hires at this commercial real estate manager are paired with a tenured field buddy, who gives them tours of the company's properties.

5. ENGEO

5. ENGEO

SMALL COMPANY San Ramon, Calif.
Employees: 134
Revenue: N.A. The "dream manager" at this engineering consultant helps colleagues plan personal and professional goals, from home buying to careers.

SMALL COMPANY

San Ramon, Calif.

Employees: 134

Revenue: N.A.

The "dream manager" at this engineering consultant helps colleagues plan personal and professional goals, from home buying to careers.

6. Badger Mining

6. Badger Mining

SMALL COMPANY Berlin, Wis.
Employees: 220
Revenue: N.A. There are few titles and there is no corporate ladder at this family-owned sand extractor, where profit-sharing bonuses are handed out every quarter.

SMALL COMPANY

Berlin, Wis.

Employees: 220

Revenue: N.A.

There are few titles and there is no corporate ladder at this family-owned sand extractor, where profit-sharing bonuses are handed out every quarter.

7. Studer Group

7. Studer Group

SMALL COMPANY Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Employees: 196
Revenue: $60.2 million The founder of this health care consultancy sends gift cards to recognize birthdays: Employees receive $75, and their kids (under 18) get $25.

SMALL COMPANY

Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Employees: 196

Revenue: $60.2 million

The founder of this health care consultancy sends gift cards to recognize birthdays: Employees receive $75, and their kids (under 18) get $25.

8. SnagAJob.com

8. SnagAJob.com

SMALL COMPANY Glen Allen, Va.
Employees: 185
Revenue: N.A. The online employment site rewards tenure with vacation packages on big anniversaries. Ten years are celebrated with a week in the Bahamas.

SMALL COMPANY

Glen Allen, Va.

Employees: 185

Revenue: N.A.

The online employment site rewards tenure with vacation packages on big anniversaries. Ten years are celebrated with a week in the Bahamas.

9. Dixon Schwabl

SMALL COMPANY

Victor, N.Y.

Employees: 77

Revenue: $29.3 million

Not one but two house bands rock the headquarters of this advertising, marketing, and public relations agency near Rochester.

10. Putney

10. Putney

SMALL COMPANY Portland, Maine
Employees: 57
Revenue: $19.2 million All employees of this maker of generic prescription drugs for pets are urged to volunteer with local nonprofit charities on company time.

SMALL COMPANY

Portland, Maine

Employees: 57

Revenue: $19.2 million

All employees of this maker of generic prescription drugs for pets are urged to volunteer with local nonprofit charities on company time.

11. The Clymb

11. The Clymb

SMALL COMPANY Portland, Ore.
Employees: 104
Revenue: N.A. Staffers at this outdoor retailer take wellness to another level: They interrupt their work to do group planks at least once a day -- or more.

SMALL COMPANY

Portland, Ore.

Employees: 104

Revenue: N.A.

Staffers at this outdoor retailer take wellness to another level: They interrupt their work to do group planks at least once a day -- or more.

12. City of Rancho Cordova

12. City of Rancho Cordova

SMALL COMPANY Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Employees: 65
Revenue: $71.9 million The municipal government of this Sacramento suburb eliminates bureaucratic red tape by allowing staff to make many decisions.

SMALL COMPANY

Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Employees: 65

Revenue: $71.9 million

The municipal government of this Sacramento suburb eliminates bureaucratic red tape by allowing staff to make many decisions.

13. Radio Flyer

13. Radio Flyer

SMALL COMPANY Chicago
Employees: 60
Revenue: $85 million The 96-year-old little-red-wagon company is still a family-owned business, currently led by the third generation of the Pasin family.

SMALL COMPANY

Chicago

Employees: 60

Revenue: $85 million

The 96-year-old little-red-wagon company is still a family-owned business, currently led by the third generation of the Pasin family.

14. Blach Construction

14. Blach Construction

SMALL COMPANY Santa Clara , Calif.
Employees: 169
Revenue: $125 million Field supervisors at this commercial builder give gift cards for smart decisions. Job excellence is celebrated at lunch with senior managers.

SMALL COMPANY

Santa Clara , Calif.

Employees: 169

Revenue: $125 million

Field supervisors at this commercial builder give gift cards for smart decisions. Job excellence is celebrated at lunch with senior managers.

15. Insomniac Games

15. Insomniac Games

SMALL COMPANY Burbank, Calif.
Employees: 183
Revenue: N.A. Software designers at this independent videogame maker get unlimited paid days to attend developer conferences and entertainment expos.

SMALL COMPANY

Burbank, Calif.

Employees: 183

Revenue: N.A.

Software designers at this independent videogame maker get unlimited paid days to attend developer conferences and entertainment expos.

16. AnswerLab

16. AnswerLab

SMALL COMPANY San Francisco
Employees: 36
Revenue: $7.9 million Staff meetings at this web research firm begin with yoga or stretching and end with outdoor exercises; smaller meetings are walk-and-talks.

SMALL COMPANY

San Francisco

Employees: 36

Revenue: $7.9 million

Staff meetings at this web research firm begin with yoga or stretching and end with outdoor exercises; smaller meetings are walk-and-talks.

17. Kahler Slater

17. Kahler Slater

SMALL COMPANY Milwaukee
Employees: 90
Revenue: $15.8 million The design firm boasts two CEOs, who host monthly breakfast gatherings for staff to share coffee and watch a specially chosen TED talk.

SMALL COMPANY

Milwaukee

Employees: 90

Revenue: $15.8 million

The design firm boasts two CEOs, who host monthly breakfast gatherings for staff to share coffee and watch a specially chosen TED talk.

18. Sage Rutty

18. Sage Rutty

SMALL COMPANY Rochester
Employees: 54
Revenue: $10.5 million The 98-year-old financial services firm has a small-town feel: Each fall it hosts a chili cook-off to benefit breast cancer research.

SMALL COMPANY

Rochester

Employees: 54

Revenue: $10.5 million

The 98-year-old financial services firm has a small-town feel: Each fall it hosts a chili cook-off to benefit breast cancer research.

19. Atlassian

19. Atlassian

SMALL COMPANY San Francisco
Employees: 232
Revenue: N.A. All new hires of this enterprise-software developer are given a travel voucher to take their families on vacation before beginning the new job.

SMALL COMPANY

San Francisco

Employees: 232

Revenue: N.A.

All new hires of this enterprise-software developer are given a travel voucher to take their families on vacation before beginning the new job.

20. Decision Lens

20. Decision Lens

SMALL COMPANY Arlington, Va.
Employees: 63
Revenue: $8.5 million This software designer takes staff on unusual trips to see how other teams work -- including a visit to the U.S.S. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.

SMALL COMPANY

Arlington, Va.

Employees: 63

Revenue: $8.5 million

This software designer takes staff on unusual trips to see how other teams work -- including a visit to the U.S.S. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.

21. AgileThought

21. AgileThought

SMALL COMPANY Tampa
Employees: 90
Revenue: $16.8 million Staff of this software maker who travel for work extensively have had their families flown to meet them -- all on the company's dime.

SMALL COMPANY

Tampa

Employees: 90

Revenue: $16.8 million

Staff of this software maker who travel for work extensively have had their families flown to meet them -- all on the company's dime.

22. Integrated Project Management

22. Integrated Project Management

SMALL COMPANY Burr Ridge, Ill.
Employees: 108
Revenue: $22.1 million The consulting firm covers 100% of health care premiums for employees and dependents. Bonuses of $5,000 are paid for hiring referrals.

SMALL COMPANY

Burr Ridge, Ill.

Employees: 108

Revenue: $22.1 million

The consulting firm covers 100% of health care premiums for employees and dependents. Bonuses of $5,000 are paid for hiring referrals.

23. Alvarado Street Bakery

23. Alvarado Street Bakery

SMALL COMPANY Petaluma, Calif.
Employees: 121
Revenue: $28 million This organic bakery, founded in 1977 as a small hippie baker in the Bay Area, invites staff to become part owners and offers profit sharing.

SMALL COMPANY

Petaluma, Calif.

Employees: 121

Revenue: $28 million

This organic bakery, founded in 1977 as a small hippie baker in the Bay Area, invites staff to become part owners and offers profit sharing.

24. Daxko

24. Daxko

SMALL COMPANY Birmingham, Ala.
Employees: 241
Revenue: $21.2 million Three times a year employees at this software maker for nonprofits take a two-week break to form new teams and develop ideas.

SMALL COMPANY

Birmingham, Ala.

Employees: 241

Revenue: $21.2 million

Three times a year employees at this software maker for nonprofits take a two-week break to form new teams and develop ideas.

25. Globoforce

25. Globoforce

SMALL COMPANY Southborough, Mass.
Employees: 93
Revenue: N.A. Eric Mosley, CEO of this HR consulting firm, discusses its recognition programs in his new book, The Crowdsourced Performance Review.

SMALL COMPANY

Southborough, Mass.

Employees: 93

Revenue: N.A.

Eric Mosley, CEO of this HR consulting firm, discusses its recognition programs in his new book, The Crowdsourced Performance Review.

1. Acuity

1. Acuity

MEDIUM COMPANY* Sheboygan, Wis.
Employees: 956
Revenue: $982.9 million The regional insurer has no cap on tuition reimbursement for job-related classes. Staff can vie for one of 130 plots in an onsite community garden. *Between 250 and 999 employees

MEDIUM COMPANY*

Sheboygan, Wis.

Employees: 956

Revenue: $982.9 million

The regional insurer has no cap on tuition reimbursement for job-related classes. Staff can vie for one of 130 plots in an onsite community garden.

*Between 250 and 999 employees

2. Intuitive Research & Technology

2. Intuitive Research & Technology

MEDIUM COMPANY Huntsville, Ala.
Employees: 266
Revenue: $187.4 million Military-contract consultant takes job applicants to meet the client during the interview process, since most employees work on location.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Huntsville, Ala.

Employees: 266

Revenue: $187.4 million

Military-contract consultant takes job applicants to meet the client during the interview process, since most employees work on location.

3. Riot Games

3. Riot Games

MEDIUM COMPANY Santa Monica
Employees: 846
Revenue: N.A. Videogame developer hosts quarterly Thunderdome hackathons that allow Rioters to test out pet projects on gamer colleagues.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Santa Monica

Employees: 846

Revenue: N.A.

Videogame developer hosts quarterly Thunderdome hackathons that allow Rioters to test out pet projects on gamer colleagues.

4. Return Path

4. Return Path

MEDIUM COMPANY New York City
Employees: 300
Revenue: $58 million In addition to stretch bonuses for taking on extra responsibilities, this email software developer awards annual stock option grants.

MEDIUM COMPANY

New York City

Employees: 300

Revenue: $58 million

In addition to stretch bonuses for taking on extra responsibilities, this email software developer awards annual stock option grants.

5. Pinnacle Financial Partners

5. Pinnacle Financial Partners

MEDIUM COMPANY Nashville
Employees: 764
Revenue: $206.2 million All employees are invited to join a book club, which meets a few times a year to discuss business books -- often at the home of the CEO.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Nashville

Employees: 764

Revenue: $206.2 million

All employees are invited to join a book club, which meets a few times a year to discuss business books -- often at the home of the CEO.

6. Assurance Agency

MEDIUM COMPANY

Schaumburg, Ill.

Employees: 297

Revenue: $59.4 million

Last year staff of this insurance broker were invited to run a 5K. Everyone completed it and earned a 2% salary bonus and $600 in cash.

7. EKS&H

7. EKS&H

MEDIUM COMPANY Denver
Employees: 430
Revenue: $63.5 million Accounting firm offers an 11-month year to full-time employees, who may trade pay for additional time off, separate from paid vacation.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Denver

Employees: 430

Revenue: $63.5 million

Accounting firm offers an 11-month year to full-time employees, who may trade pay for additional time off, separate from paid vacation.

8. CustomInk

8. CustomInk

MEDIUM COMPANY Tysons Corner, Va.
Employees: 650
Revenue: $113 million Free food is the culture at this online custom T-shirt designer, which provides two meals to the staff each week, in addition to snacks.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Tysons Corner, Va.

Employees: 650

Revenue: $113 million

Free food is the culture at this online custom T-shirt designer, which provides two meals to the staff each week, in addition to snacks.

9. Clif Bar

9. Clif Bar

MEDIUM COMPANY Emeryville, Calif.
Employees: 340
Revenue: N.A. The maker of energy bars and organic foods holds to its sustainability mission with a $6,500 incentive for purchasing hybrid or eco-friendly cars.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Emeryville, Calif.

Employees: 340

Revenue: N.A.

The maker of energy bars and organic foods holds to its sustainability mission with a $6,500 incentive for purchasing hybrid or eco-friendly cars.

10. Holder Construction

10. Holder Construction

MEDIUM COMPANY Atlanta
Employees: 553
Revenue: $1.1 billion Associates who move for out-of-town projects are offered a variety of relocation benefits to make the transition easier for their families.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Atlanta

Employees: 553

Revenue: $1.1 billion

Associates who move for out-of-town projects are offered a variety of relocation benefits to make the transition easier for their families.

11. Cirrus Logic

11. Cirrus Logic

MEDIUM COMPANY Austin
Employees: 665
Revenue: $426 million Music is in the heart of this maker of audio gear and tech products: Employees get VIP treatment and tickets to the South by Southwest festival.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Austin

Employees: 665

Revenue: $426 million

Music is in the heart of this maker of audio gear and tech products: Employees get VIP treatment and tickets to the South by Southwest festival.

12. Eileen Fisher

12. Eileen Fisher

MEDIUM COMPANY Irvington, N.Y.
Employees: 985
Revenue: $368 million Everyone gets the same percentage salary increase at this retailer instead of raises tied to performance. Profit sharing is also divided evenly.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Irvington, N.Y.

Employees: 985

Revenue: $368 million

Everyone gets the same percentage salary increase at this retailer instead of raises tied to performance. Profit sharing is also divided evenly.

13. Hagerty

13. Hagerty

MEDIUM COMPANY Traverse City, Mich.
Employees: 534
Revenue: N.A. The world's biggest insurer of classic cars and boats allows employees to collect points for outstanding work and redeem them for gift cards.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Traverse City, Mich.

Employees: 534

Revenue: N.A.

The world's biggest insurer of classic cars and boats allows employees to collect points for outstanding work and redeem them for gift cards.

14. ESL Federal Credit Union

14. ESL Federal Credit Union

MEDIUM COMPANY Rochester
Employees: 649
Revenue: $165.5 million The CEO of this credit union, started by Kodak founder George Eastman in 1920, goes on "road shows" to pay personal visits to staff.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Rochester

Employees: 649

Revenue: $165.5 million

The CEO of this credit union, started by Kodak founder George Eastman in 1920, goes on "road shows" to pay personal visits to staff.

15. 4imprint

15. 4imprint

MEDIUM COMPANY Oshkosh, Wis.
Employees: 522
Revenue: $256.5 million The maker of promotional products has no offices and a laid-back culture -- even the president wears a white T-shirt and blue jeans to work.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Oshkosh, Wis.

Employees: 522

Revenue: $256.5 million

The maker of promotional products has no offices and a laid-back culture -- even the president wears a white T-shirt and blue jeans to work.

16. Walker & Dunlop

16. Walker & Dunlop

MEDIUM COMPANY Bethesda, Md.
Employees: 450
Revenue: $256.7 million Last year 27 employees at this financier of commercial real estate projects received $2,000 each for reaching three years of service.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Bethesda, Md.

Employees: 450

Revenue: $256.7 million

Last year 27 employees at this financier of commercial real estate projects received $2,000 each for reaching three years of service.

17. Infusionsoft

17. Infusionsoft

MEDIUM COMPANY Chandler, Ariz.
Employees: 398
Revenue: $39 million Once a month employees at this maker of sales and marketing software are given a catered lunch and released from work at 2:30 p.m.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Chandler, Ariz.

Employees: 398

Revenue: $39 million

Once a month employees at this maker of sales and marketing software are given a catered lunch and released from work at 2:30 p.m.

18. ZocDoc

18. ZocDoc

MEDIUM COMPANY New York City
Employees: 450
Revenue: N.A. The headquarters of this medical tech company has an office rec room, replete with arcade games, Ping-Pong tables, and a hammock.

MEDIUM COMPANY

New York City

Employees: 450

Revenue: N.A.

The headquarters of this medical tech company has an office rec room, replete with arcade games, Ping-Pong tables, and a hammock.

19. Lincoln Industries

19. Lincoln Industries

MEDIUM COMPANY Lincoln, Neb.
Employees: 525
Revenue: $120.4 million This metal finisher encourages employees to get outside the factory. This year more than 200 took a free mountain-climbing trip to Colorado.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Lincoln, Neb.

Employees: 525

Revenue: $120.4 million

This metal finisher encourages employees to get outside the factory. This year more than 200 took a free mountain-climbing trip to Colorado.

20. West Monroe Partners

20. West Monroe Partners

MEDIUM COMPANY Chicago
Employees: 373
Revenue: $65.4 million Employees at this tech consultant come up with their own titles. Not surprisingly the position of chief beer brewer has already been taken.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Chicago

Employees: 373

Revenue: $65.4 million

Employees at this tech consultant come up with their own titles. Not surprisingly the position of chief beer brewer has already been taken.

21. Capco

21. Capco

MEDIUM COMPANY New York City
Employees: 563
Revenue: $93.7 million The financial consultant insists that everyone take a two-week vacation each year -- $1,000 bonuses are given for taking 10 consecutive workdays.

MEDIUM COMPANY

New York City

Employees: 563

Revenue: $93.7 million

The financial consultant insists that everyone take a two-week vacation each year -- $1,000 bonuses are given for taking 10 consecutive workdays.

22. LeasePlan USA

22. LeasePlan USA

MEDIUM COMPANY Alpharetta, Ga.
Employees: 489
Revenue: N.A. A Fun at Work committee at this fleet manager plans special events such as goofy golf, Ping-Pong tournaments, and turkey bowling.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Alpharetta, Ga.

Employees: 489

Revenue: N.A.

A Fun at Work committee at this fleet manager plans special events such as goofy golf, Ping-Pong tournaments, and turkey bowling.

23. Etsy

23. Etsy

MEDIUM COMPANY Brooklyn
Employees: 450
Revenue: N.A. The online marketplace for handmade artisanal goods is a beehive of hipster activity and creative expression. (See full story.)

MEDIUM COMPANY

Brooklyn

Employees: 450

Revenue: N.A.

The online marketplace for handmade artisanal goods is a beehive of hipster activity and creative expression. (See full story.)

24. DELTA Resources

24. DELTA Resources

MEDIUM COMPANY Alexandria, Va.
Employees: 275
Revenue: $43.1 million The defense contractor allows unused time off to be paid out as a lump sum at the end of the year -- unusual in any industry.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Alexandria, Va.

Employees: 275

Revenue: $43.1 million

The defense contractor allows unused time off to be paid out as a lump sum at the end of the year -- unusual in any industry.

25. dunnhumbyUSA

25. dunnhumbyUSA

MEDIUM COMPANY Cincinnati
Employees: 715
Revenue: $300 million The U.S. subsidiary of the London-based consumer research firm conducts twice-yearly Innovation Fridays to improve workplace practices.

MEDIUM COMPANY

Cincinnati

Employees: 715

Revenue: $300 million

The U.S. subsidiary of the London-based consumer research firm conducts twice-yearly Innovation Fridays to improve workplace practices.