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#1 Best Company to Work For: GSSI

Published Friday Sep 27, 2019

Perks are great, but it’s culture that keeps employees. No one knows that better than the organizations on the 2019 list of the Best Companies to Work For in NH. Firms had to complete an extensive employer application detailing not only their benefits, but the policies and programs they have in place geared to creating a great workplace for employees. Here is a profile of one of this year's winning companies:

Designs and manufactures ground penetrating radar equipment

President: Chris Hawekotte
Years in Business: 49
Full-time Employees: 87 (79 in NH)
Years on List: 1
Address: 40 Simon St., Nashua NH 03060

Top Employee-Engagement Survey Measures:
My firm provides opportunities to socialize and celebrate special events: 93% agree
I know what my organization is trying to achieve strategically: 92% agree

Employee engagement begins the moment a new hire starts at Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. (GSSI). The newbie’s desk is bedecked with swag and there’s a welcome lunch to ease first-day jitters. In addition to the formal handbook, new employees receive a 23-page employee-written manual on culture, including “tribal knowledge” not found elsewhere, such as company history, where to find coffee stations, info on area restaurants, an overview of company events and maps of the building.

Once acclimated, employees can take advantage of recreational rooms stocked with employee-suggested exercise equipment like that in a gym, or games, such as ping pong or foosball.

Celebrating is a way of life at the #1 Best Company. Employees are recognized throughout their careers, receiving cash bonuses on milestone anniversaries and frequent parties, BBQs, beer tastings and off-site adventures, such as skydiving or visiting an escape room.

When an employee retires, GSSI sends them off with a companywide party, a personalized video highlighting his or her career and a gift that complements the person’s retirement plans, such as golf clubs or a weekend getaway.

GSSI contributes more than 15% of earnings to fund bonuses, which have been paid every year since 2003. In fact, employees receive about 8% to 17% of their base pay or four to nine weeks’ worth of extra pay annually.

This barely begins to describe GSSI’s culture and benefits, which also include bonuses of up to $10,000 for referring new employees; paid volunteer time; flexible start and stop times; $12,000 annual tuition reimbursements; and the company paying 90% of health insurance premiums.

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