May 23, 2017 Lee Vikre

Introducing The Best of Star: Companies That Shine

Stars send their own light, generated from within and shining bright in our night sky. The 100 Best Arizona Companies Best of Star winners are companies that shine and are described as:

At the height of their powerful success, these companies are masters of their fields, inspiring confidence in customers and employees alike.

Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from five of the Best of Star companies:

Axon

Axon Best of Star WinnerWith a vision bigger than just cameras or weapons, Axon (former Taser) works every day to make the bullet obsolete. “Protect Life” is much more than a tagline, it’s the mission that drives Axon employees.

That mission spurs people on, whether they are writing code or launching new devices. Axon employees view their careers as much more than jobs; they are able to tell stories illustrating how body-worn video could possibly quell civil unrest, and of how TASER smart weapons can actually de-escalate force.  No wonder Axon employees believe their company is a great place to make a difference. Axon, for its part, recognizes the hard work and responsibility of all Axon employees, and gives back by focusing on employee happiness and unique perks.

Better Business Bureau of Greater Arizona

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics

Better Business Bureau (BBB) not only has high ethical standards, they set them. For over 100 years, BBB has helped people make smarter decisions and is evolving to meet fast changing marketplace needs.

Through various programs, BBB reinforces the importance of ethical business practices creating a community of trustworthy businesses. One of the programs is the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics, which recognizes companies for ethics in leadership, communication, performance management, human resources, and commitment to the community. The BBB Business & Community Center is another resource that provides meeting space for those looking to collaborate in a trusted space.

BBB believes in giving back to the communities they serve and offers employees a paid day off a quarter to support a local charity of their choice.

GEICO

A key to GEICO’s strength is developing careers for those who start at entry level. Nearly 80% of the management team started at entry level, including the CEO, so they have a proven track record of success at helping employees develop.

This success is partly due to the accelerated Management Development Program GEICO has created for entry-level college grads. The goal of this 1.5 – 3 year management training program is to develop future business leaders to help GEICO continue on the path of steady growth, profitability and success. The program involves training, mentoring, and real-world experience.

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

Ogletree Deakins Best of StarOgletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

Ogletree Deakins believes that professional development, diversity, and inclusion are integral to their outstanding performance and exceptional client service. They are committed to having a highly talented, vibrant workforce that reflects the growing diversity of our communities and our clients, and that can bring their diverse talent to bear on all client matters.

Stryker Sustainability Solutions

At Stryker, diversity and inclusion drive achievement. By encouraging and valuing the diversity of people, perspectives, experiences and lifestyles, the company can enjoy maximum business performance. Stryker promotes creativity by recruiting people who are invested in working toward a greater cause – making healthcare better. The company helps thousands of healthcare facilities become more financially and environmentally sustainable by saving them millions in supply costs and diverting millions of pounds of waste from landfills each year.

A strengths-based organization, Stryker embraces unique strengths and experiences, providing employees the opportunity to fortify and grow their talents and enjoy dynamic career opportunities. At Stryker, employees have the opportunity to develop careers based on strengths and potential, including the possibility to move geographically, functionally, laterally and vertically.

Congratulations to these additional Best of Star winners: Camden Property Trust,
CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Cresa, Fennemore Craig, General Motors Company, GM Financial, Kitchell, Paychex, PING, Inc., The Plaza Companies, Pollack Investments, Protiviti, Sonora Quest Laboratories, Sundt Construction, Synchrony Financial.

A strong mission, a top-notch training program, and a commitment to the community can go a long way in making a corporation shine!

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