Best Places to Work in Orange County, California

Best Places to Work in Orange County, California

Finding paid employment as a surfer can be tough. What else can you do?

Each year, the Orange County Register and the Orange County Business Journal publish lists of the best places to work in Orange County.

Decide what career you want to pursue and work for a place that values balance as much as any good surfer does.

Orange County Register Winners

1. Wells Fargo Bank

This bank is headquartered in San Francisco, it's true, but has branches all over the U.S., particularly in California. Wells Fargo has remained fiscally solid during the recent economic upheaveal and is noted for its benefits to employees and its responsible dealings with both employees and customers.

2. St. Joseph Hospital - Orange Register 2nd Place

St. Joseph Hospital boasts a relatively high retention rate in an industry that often sees high turnover. The hospital garnered the highest level for patient satisfaction in a statewide survey released by the California Healthcare Organization, and was recently named one of the best hospitals for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report.

Healthcare workers and nurses at St. Joseph's not only receive good benefits and pay, but also enjoy the unique work environment that many compare to a family-run organization, where workers can grow professionally and spiritually.

3. Children's Hospital of Orange County - OC Register 3rd Place

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), located in the heart of the county in Orange, Calif., employs a variety of healthcare and business professionals who help 250,000 children each year.

Like St. Joseph's, salary and benefits are only part of its success. The hospital's caring environment for employees and patients alike, as well as the opportunities for personal and professional growth, are key factors in helping employes feel valued and respected.

Orange County Business Journal Winners

1. Celeris Systems, Inc. - Best Small Company

Headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., Celeris Systems handles project management, systems engineering, and testing for aerospace and defense companies and government agencies, many of whom are also located in Orange County.

As a small company, Celeris's corporate culture emphasizes individual attention, and gives employees the freedoms necessary to solve problems.

"It's the smallness and openness that makes the company what it is" says Jim Aksel, director of Utilities & Energy Business Segment.  "We don't take weeks and months to get things done by needing constant approval to do things." Aksel says, "I have a lot of latitude to explore and solve problems."

2. Motorcycle Industry Council - Best Medium Company

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), based in Irvine, Calif., is a not-for-profit, national trade association that promotes and preserves motorcycling and the U.S. motorcycle industry. Many employees at the MIC are bikers themselves, and enjoy participating in MIC's mission to preserve and promote motorcycling.

The MIC is no stranger to workplace awards, having won 5 awards since 2005 for workplace excellence, including Family Friendly Business of the Year by the City of Irvine and #1 Best Small Company to Work for in California by the Employers Group.

3. Gensler - Best Large Company

Gensler, headquartered in San Francisco, is a global design and architectural firm with 33 offices around the world, including one in Newport Beach, Calif.

The firm,which employs roughly 50 in its Newport Beach office, has won numerous awards for its buildings, including its workplace designs. They understand that design of space can lead to greater employee productivity and happiness. The same is true of their design of benefits. Gensler focuses on career building and training: encouraging employees to take courses, sending designers to conferences, and helping employees network with each other.

Career building, flexible schedules, a fun environment and bonuses are key to Gensler's employee satisfaction.

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