Headquartered in Newport Beach
Owner: Jim Glidewell, CDT
2,375 employees at four locations
Working at Glidewell is like being part of an exclusive club: technicians get members-only, no- and low-cost benefits they wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.
Case in point: Health and wellness is a priority and, in 2012, Glidewell opened the GlideWELLness Center located on its campus in Irvine, CA. The center includes an 4,100-sq-ft gym with cardio equipment, weights, fitness classes and a meditation room; a private, walk-in health clinic that offers reduced co-payments; and massage therapy where technicians pay just $15 for a 30-minute massage. The lab also offers on-site vaccinations; monthly wellness “Lunch-n-Learns” on stress management, nutrition, yoga and more; and reduced-cost services from the lab’s four on-staff dentists.
The staffs’ other amazing perks include:
• A “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” program that offers one-on-one guidance for expecting moms (and dads!) to help prepare them for their new role. The lab even offers comfortable, private lactation rooms for nursing mothers.
• The convenience of an on-site cafeteria, Jimmy G’s, that offers hot entrees—the menu changes daily—sandwiches, soup and salad bars, snacks, coffee and ice cream; prices are cost-supplemented by the company. Jimmy G’s is also a place for technicians to relax during a break: it has an internet café, TVs, pool tables, foosball, juke box, fish tanks filled with exotic fish and an outdoor patio.
• Fantastic company outings: In September, Owner Jim Glidewell rented out Knotts Berry Farm for his entire staff and their families. The employees had the huge amusement park—along with food, kegs and photo booths—all to themselves for the night.
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