Outside Magazine Names Flathead Beacon One of Best Places to Work

Six Montana companies listed on seventh annual survey

By Kellyn Brown

The Flathead Beacon, along with five other Montana companies, was included on Outside Magazine’s list of “Best Places to Work 2014.” The Beacon ranked No. 58 of 100 companies chosen nationwide in the seventh annual survey.

“The 100 amazing companies on the 2014 list made it through a year-long vetting process overseen by our independent research partner, Best Companies Group, come in many forms, but they all agree that the secret to success is empowering employees to live bigger, better lives,” according to the magazine’s editors.

In its write-up on the Beacon, Outside wrote:

“What makes a company a Best Places to Work nominee? Sometimes, it’s the benefits or the perks. Other times, it’s the location or the work itself. All those things pushed Flathead Beacon Productions onto this list, but “bleeding Beacon”—the intense employee pride in the publishing company—elevated it to number 58 on the list. The reporters, editors, and other staffers at FBP are neighbors to Whitefish Mountain Resort and Flathead Lake, the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi. With only a million residents in all of Montana (fewer than 90,000 in all of Flathead County), they don’t worry about bumping elbows on the clear waters or empty trails of the region’s pristine wilderness.”

Along with the Beacon, Seeley Lake Elementary, PartnersCreative in Missoula, Ecology Project International in Missoula, Mercury CSC in Bozeman, and Foundant Technologies in Bozeman were also listed.

Whenever I’m asked what I like best about my job, I offer the same canned response, “I work with incredibly talented and driven people.” It’s corny, but it’s true. And I congratulate them on making this company such a great place to work.

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