Well, the kudos just keep rolling in. And we don’t mean the granola bar (although a little nosh right about now wouldn’t be bad.) For the fifth year, Kimpton has been named to the FORTUNE Best Places to Work For list. And that’s coming after recent announcements of our inclusion in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Poll of the country’s best hotels and our perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
Ranking number 21 in the survey, we were one of only four hotel companies on the list (congrats Marriott, Four Seasons and Hyatt) and the only one in the top 50. Obviously it’s not easy to compete with number-one ranked Google’s subsidized massages or adult-sized playground slide, or Microsoft’s full-service health center, but the beauty of this survey is that it comes straight from the source: employees.
And as FORTUNE’s post points out, employees are the secret ingredient to our success, noting that just as no two of our hotels and restaurants are the same, no two employees are, either. And we let everyone just be who they are, while also empowering them to make every guests’ stay a great one. Our Kimpton culture also got a shout-out in the Great Rated piece that accompanies the FORTUNE list, highlighting our creative, entrepreneurial and yes, even zany, workplace. And if you need some visual proof, just check out this slightly surreal video of our Hotel Solamar staff in San Diego cavorting in the lobby.
FORTUNE’s compilation is the most in-depth employee survey in corporate America, conducted with the Great Place to Work Institute, reaching out to nearly 260 firms and more than 250,000 employees. The participants are randomly sampled, answering questions about job satisfaction, camaraderie, diversity, management credibility and communication, among other benchmarks. Companies must also be at least five years old and have a minimum of 1,000 employees.
So the bottom line? We’re always looking for new ways to show our peeps the love and appreciation they deserve. And as you probably know, they pass it right along to you.