An Alaska advertising and public relations firm has landed among the 30 best places to work in the United States, as rated by Outside Magazine.
What does Anchorage-based Nerland Agency offer? According to Outside:
An open office with a deck that looks out over the Chugach Mountains. The office is just a couple blocks from the Coastal Trail, a bike/run/ski trail that runs along the Turnagain inlet of the Pacific Ocean for 12 miles. Since Nerland is employee-owned company, the staff has a larger-than-usual incentive to work hard and produce. To relax, many employees go to or from work along the trail, or take advantage of its proximity at the lunch hour. There's also a fitness club just two blocks away, to which each employee has a paid membership courtesy of Nerland. Office anglers can catch wild Alaska salmon three minutes from the office's front door. And in the wintertime, skiers and snowboarders can head for Alyeska Resort, just 45 minutes away.
If that's not good enough, Nerland even reimburses the costs of entering competitive athletic events, a pretty sweet perk considering that it costs upwards of $50 or more to enter an Alaska half- or full marathon, for example.
Nerland Agency landed 28th on the list, sandwiched between Missoula, Mont.-based Ecology Project International and Salt Communications, a marketing firm with offices in Chicago, Connecticut and Portland, Ore.