Oregon Business magazine names the 100 top companies in Oregon

A business with a happy environment is not just a pleasant place to work, the editor of Oregon Business said Wednesday. A happy business is likely to be successful.


"There is a direct link between valued people and financial success," Gillian Floren told 800 people at an awards luncheon given by the magazine at the Oregon Convention Center. "When people are happy at work, they show it. Customers get it and are more likely to come back and do business with you again and again.

Oregon Business, published monthly by Mediamerica of Portland, has issued a list of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon" for nine years. The list is calculated from a survey of managers and employees. Areas covered by the survey include recruiting and hiring, organizational communication, performance standards, benefits, compensation and career development. The list recognizes 50 large companies and 50 small companies. The magazine’s 2003 list is published in its March issue. The top five in the two categories:

Large companies:

1) Town & County Dealerships, Portland, automotive sales.

2) BarocView, Beaverton, medical imaging.

3) Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, behavior research group.

4) Cintas Corp., Portland, uniform rentals and facility supplies.

5) Synopsis, Hillsboro, integrated circuit design

Small companies:

1) The Bernhardt Agency, Beaverton, strategic marketing and communications.

2) Boly/Welch, Portland, staffing services and professional recruiting.

3) Pop Art, Portland, Web development.

4) Boom Vang Consulting, Portland, business technology consulting, technology design

5) Professional Tool Manufacturing, Ashland, power tool manufacturing

"In my philosophy, a company is like a bicycle chain," said Ralph Martinez, chief executive officer of Town & Country Dealerships. "For it to work smoothly, every link is essential."

Jonathan Brinckman: 503-221-8190; [email protected].

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