The Honest Kitchen named to OUTSIDE's "Best Places to Work" for Fourth Straight Year

Human grade pet food company honored for employee perks, pet-friendly office and community stewardship

Pets are always invited to meetings at The Honest Kitchen office. (Photo: The Honest Kitchen)

SAN DIEGO--()--The Honest Kitchen has been selected as OUTSIDE’s #87 Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The entire list of winners appears online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.

To find the best places to work in the United States, OUTSIDE conducted a rigorous eight-month vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies, and went straight to the employees to hear about factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies who cultivate a comfortable and collaborative workplace, enable their employees to enjoy the great outdoors and take pride in their roles in the community and the environment.

“If you’re considering a career change or searching for your dream job, OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work list is the first place to look,” said OUTSIDE Executive Editor Michael Roberts. “These companies set the standard for workplaces that really value their employees and offer an experience that’s fulfilling inside and outside the office.”

This is the fourth year in a row that The Honest Kitchen has been awarded the Best Places honor. Employees at the company, which produces a line of 100 percent human grade, FDA-approved whole foods for pets, bring their dogs to work every day. In fact, the office dogs can be found lounging on sofas, attending board meetings and actively participating in the product development process. Employee perks include monthly chair massages, chiropractic adjustments, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box, as well as gym membership reimbursement. Staff at The Honest Kitchen also encouraged to share their time within their community through Contribution “C” Teams, where employees are reimbursed for time they spend volunteering in the community, organizing charitable donations, or contributing to the company’s Culture. The open-plan office, which is connected by a secret corridor to a local craft brewery, boasts a pool table, corn-hole equipment, an outdoor patio and multiple meeting spaces to facilitate communication and collaboration.

“We want our team members to enjoy a workplace and lifestyle-balance that suits them, allows them to contribute in varied ways, and enables them to fulfill their creative potential,” said Lucy Postins, founder and CEO of The Honest Kitchen. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the passion and commitment of our employees, and we’re excited to share this honor – again – with all of them.”

The complete list of Best Places to Work winners is featured online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.

About The Honest Kitchen: The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, which are made with love in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards. Dehydration is a gentle technique that removes only the moisture and retains most natural nutrients found in raw, whole foods. The private, family-owned company was founded by British Immigrants Lucy & Charlie Postins in 2002, and is based in San Diego CA. The company employs twenty-six people and twelve dogs. The Honest Kitchen’s products are developed with an uncompromising attention to detail by a company of pet lovers with a passion for food. For more information, please visit www.thehonestkitchen.com.

About OUTSIDE: OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit us online and on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

About The Best Companies Group: Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

Contacts

The Honest Kitchen
Carmen Velasquez, 619-241-2941
media@thehonestkitchen.com
or
For OUTSIDE
Maya Meredith, 212-255-0945
maya@rosengrouppr.com

Release Summary

The Honest Kitchen has been named OUTSIDE’s #87 Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play.

Contacts

The Honest Kitchen
Carmen Velasquez, 619-241-2941
media@thehonestkitchen.com
or
For OUTSIDE
Maya Meredith, 212-255-0945
maya@rosengrouppr.com