What makes it a “better place to work”: While jobs can be stressful and demanding throughout the year, the company says DHWC tries to “lighten things up” as often as possible by finding ways for all team members to spend time together at an office potluck, party or company outing. .
DHWC is home to the Sonoma County Backpack Project, which donates backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged youth. Volunteer time is paid for by the company supporting the YWCA Sonoma County Safe ‘n’ Warm Holiday Coat Drive, Adopt a Family, and through donations to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
What employees have to say: “DH Wine is a flexible, honest, fun and hardworking place, and my colleagues are fantastic…. As a team we are very productive and efficient…. The owner creates a wonderful working environment and supports each of us…. Management is always open to hearing our feedback and continually improving the way things are done. » [back to the top]
DICKENSON PEATMAN & FOGARTY
six times winner
Company profile: Rooted in the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma, the Napa-based firm’s primary practice areas include liquor law, commercial and corporate relations, land use issues, labor and employment. , civil litigation, intellectual property, geographical indications, real estate transactions, water law as well as wine law.
What the managing partners say: “We are a full-service law firm in business since 1964, providing legal representation to clients worldwide in the alcohol and hospitality industries,” said Jennifer Douglas and David Balter, co- managers.
“We truly value our staff, appreciate the talents of our employees, and provide a supportive and educational framework for personal and professional growth. We also strive to provide a balanced work environment that provides them with a combination of large law firm opportunities and real-world experience, enabling them to provide a level of representation normally associated with legal practices in major metropolitan centers.
What makes it a “better place to work”: Company-sponsored events include summer and holiday parties, happy hours, cooking classes, birthdays and retirement parties. Free snacks and drinks are provided at work, there is a Bevi machine, wine tastings as well as regular company parties and happy hours.
Lawyers volunteer, do pro bono work, or serve on nonprofit boards of legal aid and other charitable groups. DP&F makes monetary donations to many community organizations and matches employee contributions.
What employees have to say: “Managers are understanding about continuing our education and training…. This is a forward-looking company, and I look forward to the opening of our new offices…. It’s a great group of people, great environment and good support…. We take our clients and our work very seriously, but not always ourselves. [back to the top]
DILLWOOD BURKEL & MILLAR, LLP
Company profile: Founded in 2000 with offices in Santa Rosa, DBM provides public accounting and tax preparation services to a list of industries including wine, real estate, manufacturing, professional services organizations, retail and non-profit organizations.
What the CPA and its partner say: “We recognize that the success of our business depends on the success of our employees. We strive to cultivate a culture that encourages teamwork, learning, collaboration and excellent customer service,” said David Dillwood. “We have an open door policy for all levels, including owners, and we make sure that team members know they are valued and that their individual career development is also part of growing the company. the company.”
The partners encourage the individual training of mentors. Staff members are encouraged to obtain their CPA licenses and other professional designations. DBM team members speak eight languages and come from many ethnic backgrounds.
What makes it a “better place to work”: Company benefits include flexible work hours to study for CPA exams, a
$5,000 bonus for passing all CPA exams, paid professional education, paid license renewal and professional membership dues, plus cell phone reimbursement and up to $500 in annual donations to charities. nonprofit organizations, its leaders said.
Fringes include free tickets to nonprofit fundraisers and a well-stocked snack bar during tax season. There are dog friendly days every week and “Wine Time” on Friday afternoons.
Staff members volunteer with the Active 20/30 Club, Rotary, Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, REFB, Salvation Army, Kiwanis, Community Foundation Sonoma County and Human Breed. Employees receive 12 hours per year as paid time for any voluntary work.