Outside Magazine Names Missoula, MT Company “Best Place to Work” in America

14 May 2009

(Missoula, MT) – The Missoula, MT-based adventure travel outfitter, Adventure Life, was recently named to Outside magazine’s second annual “Best Places to Work” list. Adventure Life ranked No. 14 out of 30 selected companies. Other companies on the list include household names, such as Oakley Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and SmartWool. The list represents companies that best enable employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle. The full list of companies is listed in the May 2009 issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands, or at www.outsideonline.com. Adventure Life also won the 2009 Employer of Choice Award presented by the Missoula Job Service Employers Council.

“Making Outside’s ‘Best Places to Work’ list is truly an honor,” said Brian Morgan, Adventure Life President and native of Havre, MT. “We try to make the workplace rewarding and fun; it’s nice for such a small company in Missoula, MT to be recognized by one of the nation’s most respected publications.”

Outside’s “Best Places to Work” list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com). The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 30 companies that best enable employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle.

“These 30 companies share a common belief: that the secret to success in any economy is empowering employees to live balanced lives and remain committed to their communities and the environment,” said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. “Our winners know that happy workers are good for the bottom line. So even in the current financial storm, they’re offering on-site fitness classes and massage, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, flexible hours, amazing travel benefits, and opportunities for on-the-clock community service.”

Adventure Life was founded in 1999 with a commitment to providing quality small group tours that have a positive impact on the local culture and environment. Adventure Life’s trips explore local culture, ecology and life from remote villages, to bustling city markets, to the wildest jungles and mountains. The company’s grassroots approach to travel utilizes local guides, family run hotels, and the local transportation infrastructure. For more information contact Adventure Life at 800-344-6118 or visit www.adventure-life.com.