ICCU again wins a best place to work in Idaho honor

Apr 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured
Idaho Central Credit Union employees stand outside the Yellowstone branch at its grand opening last week in Pocatello. (Photo courtesy of ICCU)

Idaho Central Credit Union employees stand outside the Yellowstone branch at its grand opening last week in Pocatello. (Photo courtesy of ICCU)

By Sarah Glenn

Throughout the past year, thousands of employees across Idaho scribbled and jotted responses on anonymous surveys; marketing and HR research firm POPULUS wanted to collect their unfettered opinions about the best places to work in Idaho. They released the results of their surveys in April.

For the fifth year in a row, the Pocatello-grown Idaho Central Credit Union took the top honor for companies with 250 or more employees.

“We believe that we are good for the people of Idaho and the people of Idaho are good for us,” said Kent Oram, president and CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union. “There’s no place we’d rather be.”

The other no. 1 companies were Tsheets (100-249 employees), CBH Homes (50-99 employees), The Better Business Bureau in Boise (20-49 employees) and Tribute Media (10-19 employees).

Each company-size category has 10 winners. Around East Idaho, other best places to work that made the list include the East Idaho Credit Union based in Idaho Falls, and Care Connection of Idaho in Pocatello.

POPULUS gleans a wealth of information from the surveys. According to the company’s website, “the Best Places to Work in Idaho winners, as chosen by their own employees, have demonstrated exceptional performance in the areas of Compensation and Benefits, Employee Growth and Development, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Environment, and Company Management.”

With all the data that POPULOUS released, winning company Tsheets decided to collect their own data. The company, which pioneered a time-tracking app for mobile phones, talked to the CEOs of every company recognized by POPULUS. Their research found several common themes that made Idaho companies attractive to employees. The full link can be found here.

Many CEO’s responded that their employees thrived on Idaho’s high quality of life combined with a low cost of living.

“The quality of the schools, the access to the outdoors and open spaces, and feeling of safety and security in our neighborhood and community was something we felt was unique and special about Idaho,” said Matt Thomas, a second-generation owner of Thomas Cuisine Design. “We knew we wanted to be here and others who would come work for us would feel the same way.”

The food service management company is based in Meridian, as were many of the other companies whose CEO’s emphasized Idaho’s quality of life in their responses.

Other employers felt that locating their company in Idaho was a good alternative to the quickly overcrowding Silicon Valley.

“I am currently selling my house in North Idaho and moving to a location two miles away,” said Jacob Borg of Pointe Pest Control. “I am receiving calls from potential buyers in Oregon, Washington and California. They are almost always looking for another state to call home, one that reflects their values and lifestyle — and they think Idaho.”

“Idaho was an effortless choice for Taos,” said company CEO Ric Urrutia. “Boise is a natural extension of the Bay Area. We quickly found that any role we could look for in the Bay Area can just as easily be found in Boise. Bottom line, Idaho offers technical talent that is second to none in both breadth and depth, as well as a committed culture of hard work a dedication.”

TSheets CEO Matt Rissell said he believes that rural Idaho is going to be America’s next great tech hub. To back up his prediction, he pointed to MSN Money recently naming Idaho the No. 3 state with the fastest job growth. He added that Boise has been ranked by Forbes as a top 10 city “where the jobs will be.”

In January, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the creation of a workforce development task force. The task force will mull ways to build and attract talent to Idaho companies.

Otter says the task force will submit its recommendations by July 1.

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