The beginning of Anthro’s 30th
year brought some very good news. We’ve been named one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine.
Number five, in fact, among the large companies category. We’re particularly thrilled because the recognition is determined by employees; the survey asks employees to rate satisfaction with their employer. It’s proof that Anthro employees truly enjoy coming to work.
For this edition of our series “Anthro Turns 30”, we want to take a step back and appreciate the main reasons Anthro employees love coming to work.
It’s all about the People
Anthro exemplifies the idea that satisfaction at work is all about the people you work with. Ever since I joined the company, I’ve been impressed by how often it’s commented on and appreciated. As our Senior Creative Designer, Michael Morris eloquently puts it: “We have some of the best down-to-earth people here who accept you with open arms.”
It’s true; company picnics, team lunches, Hood-to-Coast and Portland-to-Coast teams (among other races), and after-work activities prove that Anthro employees like spending time with each other. And every day it’s clear that how thoughtful our people are. When my Creative team moved areas, closer to the Customer Service and Sales teams, they gave us a proper welcome, fit with balloons, decorations, and snacks that lasted for days. Happiness at work really is all about who you work with. Luckily, we work with the best.
Communication is Key
Open and clear communication is another characteristic of Anthro that employees are most satisfied with. Management has worked hard to ensure this fact: financials are discussed openly at company meetings, so all employees know exactly what’s going on; there are no offices or closed doors at Anthro, so team leads and managers are easy to approach and chat with; a newspaper, The AnthroGonian
(fondly called the Gonian,
after the Oregonian)
is sent out daily, giving employees the opportunity to share personal and professional news with their colleagues.
is perhaps the strongest testament to Anthro’s commitment to clear and open communication. It was started in 1989, just five years after we opened our doors, and it’s still going strong. The venerable publication is edited each day by a different editor, and has been an effective and fun way to keep the lines of communication open across two campuses and various departments.
Support for the Sustainable
Anthro has long been committed to being as green as possible, despite the inherent challenge of being a manufacturing company. That commitment is something our employees clearly value. Over 70% of our waste materials are recycled, and we choose renewable power and recovered materials over less expensive and less sustainable options.
Anthro also supports employees who strive to live sustainably. Those who take public transit, walk or bike to work receive a monthly reimbursement, and those who drive a hybrid or electric vehicle receive a monthly stipend for gas. Sustainability is a hugely successful part of Anthro’s mission, thanks to our dedicated employees who help to make it a reality.
We’re excited to start off our 30th
year with this exciting accolade. Thanks to our employees for their hard work, dedication and loyalty. Here’s to another successful year!
Maggie Summers writes about educational technology, healthcare IT, and healthy living for Anthro Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of furniture for technology in Portland, OR.