1. Storis Inc.
Location: Mount Arlington
Senior executive(s): Donald J. Surdoval
They may call it the Olympics, but employees of STORIS don't have to wait four years.
The company holds an Olympics-style competition every summer, dividing employees into three groups and setting them loose for three days of team-building fun.
Timing isn't the company's only tweak to the original games. It also takes liberties in designing events, which are held both indoors and outdoors. The relay race, for example, includes a water challenge involving super-soakers.
Once the dust clears—and the mud dries—employees get back to work. But the opportunities to win continue.
Everyone is a winner under the company's summer hours, which include half days on Fridays.
All year long, meanwhile, employees can single out coworkers for a ROBOTS award, which stands for Reward Our Best on the Spot. Winners may not get to bask on the podium, but they do get a certificate and a gift, and there is no limit on how many times they can be honored.
The company also rewards persistence in meeting goals. Under the company's milestones plans, employees can win salary increases based on quarterly goals and achievements. Both one- and two-year plans are available.
Founded in 1989, STORIS provides the home furnishings industry with software solutions that enhance business performance and maximize growth opportunities.
Growth opportunities also are available to employees. STORIS works with employees to define the requirements necessary for advancement to the next job level within their departments, and promotions from within are strongly encouraged.
Charity is another priority for STORIS.
Each year, the company contacts the staff at Saint Peter's Orphanage, a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, to ask what young residents need. STORIS furnishes the items, and also a gift for the orphanage as a whole. Holiday gifts are also purchased for low-income students in the Newark school district.
2. Grunenthal USA Inc.
Senior executive(s): Philipp von Gallwitz
It's sitting down that can really make a meeting drag. At Grunenthal USA, employees are encouraged to hold "walking meetings," allowing them to exercise both their minds and bodies on the company's campus-like setting. Grunenthal USA is the U.S. arm of a German pharmaceutical company, The Grunenthal Group. Employees enjoy midday breaks for ice cream in the summer, and hot chocolate and donuts in the winter. They also may find themselves on the way to Starbucks. The company regularly distributes the coffee chain's gift cards to employees.
3. eTeam Inc.
Location: South Plainfield
Senior executive(s): Ben Thakur
There's a room for everything, well, almost everything, at eTeam. A gaming room stocked with video games entices employees in need of a quick escape. A colorful idea room gives employees a setting conducive to brainstorming. Employees also take part in group fitness programs and extreme events, such as obstacle courses and night runs. Founded in 1999, eTeam provides staffing services in SAP, data management, application development and testing. Contractors from eTeam implement enterprise systems for clients around the world.
4. The Casey Group Inc.
Senior executive(s): Richard P. Casey
Who needs a flight simulator when you have a project-management simulator? To hone their management skills, employees of The Casey Group work on simulated projects that allow them to apply what they learn in more formal settings, such as online courses. The company also provides numerous opportunities for employees to upgrade their technical skills. Founded in 1989, Casey specializes in helping companies use technology more effectively, whether that means modernizing existing systems or developing innovative applications.
5. Condor Capital Management
Senior executive(s): Ken Schapiro
Some companies take an open-door approach to communication. Condor Capital takes a no-door approach. Everyone at the wealth management firm, from the president to the interns, works in cubicles. That's not the only way the firm, founded in 1988, eases communication for its employees. After three years on the job, every employee receives a smartphone of their choice. Condor picks up the tab for the device's monthly plan, and makes upgrades available every two years.
6. Red Nucleus
Senior executive(s): Ian Kelly
Visitors to Red Nucleus may want to keep one eye peeled to the sky. You just might spot a remote-controlled helicopter buzzing around the company's office. Or you may hear an impromptu jam session. Musical instruments are on hand at Red Nucleus for employees in search of creative inspiration. Founded in 2007, Red Nucleus designs and develops training and communications applications for clients in the life sciences industry. Services include e-learning applications, mobile apps and video production.
7. Wilkin & Guttenplan P.C.
Location: East Brunswick
Senior executive(s): Edward I. Guttenplan
Employees have plenty of formal ways to critique the environment at Wilkin & Guttenplan. But they also get a great informal opportunity. The accounting firm's managing partner, as well as other partners and managers, strive to take every staff member to lunch several times a year to build relationships and get valuable feedback. Founded in 1983, Wilkin serves closely held and middle-market businesses and their owners, high-net worth individuals, professional practices and companies with a market focus on India, as well as real estate entities.
8. JBL Electric
Location: South Plainfield
Senior executive(s): James B. Leary
Rain and snow don't put a damper on lunchtime at JBL Electric. When the weather's bad, the company brings lunch in, so employees don't have to go out. They'll especially appreciate the meal if they need extra fuel for one of the company's many after-hours sports competitions. Founded in 1993, JBL is a utility contractor serving the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions in the fields of substation construction, transmission and distribution, clean energy, wireless communications and storm restoration.
9. Dynamic Engineering Consultants P.C.
Location: Lake Como
Senior executive(s): Jeffrey D. Spalt
It can be tough to squeeze time for training into a busy workday. But Dynamic Engineering Consultants has found a way. The company offers weekly express lessons, quick classes that everyone can attend, covering topics ranging from marketing to technical writing. Founded in 1994, Dynamic provides professional engineering and related services to commercial and residential land developers. Fridays are especially festive for employees. The company provides breakfast in the morning, and then serves draft beer at an afternoon happy hour.
10. Ferreira Construction Co. Inc.
Senior executive(s): Nelson Ferreira
The holidays are a busy time for elves, especially the elves at Ferreira Construction Co. Each year, company employees band together as the "Ferreira Elves" to pursue charitable activities. Founded in 1988, Ferreira is a full-service heavy construction company specializing in transportation infrastructure, utilities, marine work, buildings, interior renovations, solar installation and construction management. It has additional offices in California, Florida and New York.
11. Sharpe Kawam Carmosino & Co. LLC
Location: Boonton Township
Senior executive(s): Mitchell Sharpe
Whether they want to run faster or climb higher, Sharpe, Kawam, Carmosino & Co. has its employees covered. For those who want to compete in a 5K or other race, the accounting firm provides a running coach, who visits the office every Thursday evening from April to July. Running trails are available at a nearby park. Career coaching, meanwhile, allows employees the opportunity to develop the technical and leadership skills necessary to support their career paths and personal growth. The firm was founded in 1982.
12. G3 Communications
Location: Hasbrouck Heights
Senior executive(s): Andrew Gaffney
Great professional athletes earn trophies. Why shouldn't great professionals? They can, if they work for G3 Communications. Every year, the marketing agency gives trophies to the employees who it considers its most valuable players. Founded in 2006, G3 is a businessto- business media company that specializes in custom content creation and demand generation. Special events in the office include Bagel Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. The company also takes part in numerous charitable initiatives, including one raising money for needy families in Bergen County.
13. RAMPS International Inc.
Senior executive(s): Ramakrishna Nunugonda
Some days, you want to speed things up. Other times, you might prefer to slow them down. Both options are available to employees of RAMPS International. Those looking to move faster—and burn a few extra calories—can join the company's treadmill/cardio fitness program. A slower pace is available to those taking part in the company's yoga program or enjoying its meditation facilities. Founded in 2007, RAMPS is an IT staffing and consulting firm.
14. Kreinces Rollins & Shanker LLC
Senior executive(s): Brad M. Kreinces, Maria T. Rollins, Gerald A. Shanker
Lots of people talk about the gift of time. Kreinces Rollins & Shanker delivers. Employees who put in an extra effort at the accounting firm may be rewarded with an extra day off. They already are eligible for a range of financial incentives. In addition to annual bonuses and raises, interim bonuses, raises and promotions are extended throughout the year to employees who demonstrate exceptional performance. Founded in 2005, the firm specializes in general accounting, auditing, tax planning, management consulting and other services.
15. AEPG Wealth Strategies
Senior executive(s): Steven W. Kaye
After five years on the job, employees of AEPG Wealth Strategies get a watch. Five years later, they get another watch, as well as a special period of time to keep track of. The firm allows employees marking 10 years of fulltime work to take a 30-day sabbatical. To everyone, the firm offers shortened summer hours. Employees also enjoy a day off for their birthdays. Founded in 1980, AEPG is a wealth management firm providing a range of financial planning and investment services to individuals, physicians, business owners and families.
16. Lassus Wherley
Location: New Providence
Senior executive(s): Clare E. Wherley, Diahann W. Lassus, Deborah J. Rivosa
Playful companions accompany employees of Lassus Wherley on their workday walks. The investment firm's office is home to two dogs, and employees have a hand in walking, feeding and watching them. Contributing to the firm's homey feel, employees can hang their own photos on office walls. Founded in 1985, Lassus Wherley boasts expertise in financial planning and related services for individuals, couples, families, pension and profit-sharing plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, corporations and other business entities.
17. New Day Underwriting Managers LLC
Senior executive(s): Jefferey S. Lejfer
The signs beckon all year long. But in the summer, they become downright irresistible. So who can blame employees of New Day Underwriting Managers for taking impromptu trips to Rita's or Dairy Queen? Founded in 2005, New Day Underwriting is a specialty service for retail insurance brokers, providing them and their clients with solutions in environmental and construction-related professional liability insurance. Once a month, three employees volunteer during work hours at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
18. IT America Inc.
Senior executive(s): Praveen K. Thadakamalla
Employees at IT America can count on the basics: flexible hours, a positive environment and an impressive package of benefits. But the company also offers some nice extras, including support for community service and robust wellness programs. Founded in 2004, IT America provides strategic consulting services that meet its clients' objectives of combining sustainable growth with a competitive edge. Services delivered by the company's experts include business analysis, technical guidance, project development and application design.
19. Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Senior executive(s): D. Luke Iorio
Wellness often focuses on what can be counted: weight, cholesterol, blood pressure. At the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, the wellness program focuses on what counts. The institution's "Being Health" program examines the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, social and environmental factors that contribute to well-being. By allowing employees the freedom to be themselves, the organization does its part to uphold the social and environmental factors. Founded in 1999, the Institute trains life and business coaches.
20. Brinton Eaton Wealth Advisors
Senior executive(s): Robert J. DiQuollo
Fun takes time. But it's time that employees of Brinton Eaton Wealth Advisors are willing to spend. Consider the firm's annual holiday party. All employees gather during the workday for lunch at a popular, local establishment where they can relax and mingle for the rest of the day. Other fun activities include picnics, bowling and outings to the ballpark to watch the Somerset Patriots. Founded in 1988, Brinton Eaton is a financial advisory firm serving individuals and their families across multiple generations.
21. Tele-Data Solutions Inc.
Senior executive(s): Damon Finaldi, Vincent Finaldi
Technology dominates the menu handed out to clients of Tele-Data Solutions. But its employees see a tastier side of the business. They feast on a range of workplace specials, including a fully stocked refrigerator, end-of-day beer tastings and company-sponsored happy hours. Other perks include chair massages and an early closing time on Fridays. Founded in 1982, Tele-Data provides IT services and communications, including Voice over Internet Protocol systems, to small and medium-sized businesses in New Jersey and New York.
22. V12 Group
Location: Red Bank
Senior executive(s): Paul Conrad Chachko
You may not always get rock-star parking if you work at V12 Group. But if your commitment to the company leads to a new account, a satisfied customer or simply a job well done, you might just earn V12's monthly Rock Star Award. Founded in 2002, V12 is a marketing technology firm that provides data and cross-channel digital marketing, allowing organizations of all sizes to communicate with prospects and customers through email, mobile devices, social media and other channels.
23. Rue Insurance
Senior executive(s): William M. Rue Jr.
A big sale is a big deal. The folks at Rue Insurance know how to mark the occasion. On Friday afternoons, the company's sales staff celebrates the addition of major new accounts by wheeling a beverage cart through the office and doling out drinks. Employees then meet in the company cafeteria to toast the sale. Founded in 1917, Rue Insurance serves the insurance, employee benefits and financial services needs of more than 11,000 clients in 44 states.
24. Solidia Technologies Inc.
Senior executive(s): Tom Schuler
If there were a formal suggestion box at Solidia Technologies, it might look like a treasure chest. It certainly would to company managers. They've seen ideas raised by the company's technicians translated into numerous patents. Founded in 2007, Solidia uses carbon dioxide to create construction and industrial products, such as concrete, that help customers to reduce their carbon footprint. The company's sustainable mission is mirrored in its offices. Solidia recycles paper, plastic, glass and metal, and stocks reusable dishes and flatware.
25. Applied Information Group Inc.
Senior executive(s): Mitchell Rubin
Half-day Fridays are a summertime staple at many companies. Applied Information Group has found a formula for extending the popular perk year-round. Each month, the company divides employees into two groups, and lets them take off early on alternating Fridays. Founded in 1988, Applied Information Group is a marketing firm specializing in Web-based database and email marketing services. The company's relaxed work environment features music selected by employees, as well as frequent fun-filled breaks.
26. Advisors Mortgage Group LLC
Senior executive(s): Steven Meyer
A little understanding goes a long way, and that's what employees get from their managers at Advisors Mortgage Group. The company strives to be flexible in meeting employee needs. Founded in 1999, Advisors is a mortgage banker/correspondent lender offering a branch program to qualified applicants, with a back office that handles underwriting, closing, funding, accounting, licensing and other aspects of the business. The company supports branch offices up and down the East coast, as well as in California and Texas.
27. Global Planners Inc.
Senior executive(s): Megan Buzzetta
Positive comments from clients and vendors get a second look at Global Planners. The events company created a "Wall of Fame," where it posts glowing feedback about its employees. Founded in 2000, Global Planners handles conferences, meetings, continuing-education seminars and training campaigns for a spectrum of clients. A division of the company, BUZZ Registration, offers outsourced services to other meeting planners and corporate planning departments. Services include housing, registration, transportation and lead retrieval.
28. Jennifer Connelly Public Relations
Senior executive(s): Jennifer Connelly
The requirements for being allowed to work from home couldn't be any clearer to employees of Jennifer Connelly Public Relations. Under the company's Flex Friday program, any employee who has worked there for at least six months is eligible to telecommute on Fridays. Founded in 2003, JCPR is a one-stop communications shop whose services include media strategy, event planning and brand development. On Wednesday mornings before work, employees enjoy energizing yoga sessions at the company's on-site studio.
29. Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC
Senior executive(s): Sanjay P. Ibrahim
It's called Administrative Professionals Day. But at Parker Ibrahim & Berg, the celebration of staff lasts all week. Not that the law firm and its employees need an excuse to have fun. They regularly take time out of their busy days to bowl, barbecue, play softball or simply enjoy a relaxing chair massage. The Somerset office is expanding to include an additional floor of office space and another floor for a full-service employee gym. Founded in 2011, Parker Ibrahim also has offices in New York and Philadelphia.
30. XCEL Federal Credit Union
Senior executive(s): Linda McFadden
It doesn't take long to accrue a big bank of paid days off at XCEL Federal Credit Union. Even new employees start with 26 days, more than five weeks in all. The credit union's leaders are generous with time in other ways, as well. The CEO and HR manager regularly visit with every employee for oneon- one chats about anything and everything. Founded in 1964, XCEL offers a range of financial services and products to employees at dozens of companies.