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#3 Best Company: Red River

Published Tuesday Oct 5, 2021

Author Matthew J. Mowry

The 2021 class of 25 Best Companies to Work For is exceptional. And that exceptionalism was especially apparent during the past 18 months of pandemic.

Red River

A provider of tech integration, security, networking, analytics, collaboration, mobility and cloud-based products.

Top Employee Engagement Survey Measures:

I would like to be working for this organization one year from today: 96% agree

My manager is interested in my well being: 96% agree

CEO: Alan Dumas
Years in Business:
Full-Time Employees:
737 (147 in NH)
Part-Time Employees:
Years on List:
Address: 21 Water St., Suite 500, Claremont

Red River’s culture stems from one simple tenet—put people first. That is the force behind its programs and benefits, which included shifting to an unlimited paid time-off policy for all full-time employees.

Red River responded to the pandemic by increasing its employee offerings. In 2020, it began offering incentives to exercise, get outdoors, take breaks and recharge. Each week, Red River offers free online wellness classes. Instead of giving out awards once a year, the tech firm began presenting quarterly Impact Awards and monthly Rock the Red Awards.

And, instead of just providing employees with monetary awards, Red River rolled out a new partnership with Blueboard to provide exciting experiences to winners, from a cooking class with a private chef to skydiving, massages, date night at home and fine dinners out.

Red River doubled down on employee development, launching the Red River Emerging Leaders program for recently promoted managers and other high-potential team members. It also expanded its Academy Program, an accelerated development program for recent college graduates or individuals looking to transition into a career in tech. The 12-week program is a crash course on Red River.

Then, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Red River launched an internal company store called Rep the Red with each employee receiving a $75 coupon that covered the full cost for items like branded sweatshirts, jackets and polos.

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