Petzl America Among Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work 2008

Petzl America, a leading manufacturer of technical climbing gear and hands-free lighting™, has been named as one of Outside’s Best Places to Work 2008.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the country that not only create a great work environment but also promote an environmentally friendly business process and create a work-outdoor life balance for employees. The list is made up of 30 companies split into three categories: 10 small-sized companies (15-49 employees), 10 medium-sized companies (50-249 employees) and 10 large-sized companies (250 and more employees). Petzl has been named one of Outside's Best Places to Work 2008 in the small-sized companies category.

According to Outside's May issue, “Petzl's U.S. office has been operating on 100% wind power since 2006, and its France HQ will soon do business out of a state-of-the-art green building. But what the 44 American employees really value is a sense of community, nourished by an on-site climbing wall, a Ping-Pong table, and regular company cookouts.”

“Receiving this award is an acknowledgement that we are improving on our on-going, long term commitment to build an outstanding workplace,” said Roody Rasmussen, President of Petzl America. “At Petzl America, we have created a community where people not only do their jobs, but support one another, contribute, earn and learn. As employees, we spend a good portionof our waking hours at the workplace and it is imperative that we develop an environment that is not only high performance but also rewarding.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
- Be a publicly or privately held business;
- Have a facility in the United States;
- Have at least 15 employees in the United States;
- Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the nation entered the two-part process to determine Outside's Best Places to Work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall process as well as preformed the analysis and determined the final rankings.

Petzl America has been recognized before for an outstanding work environment by the 2006 Work-Life award, which honors “Utah's Best Places to Work™”.

For more information about Outside's Best Places to Work program, visit

Outside's BEST PLACES TO WORK 2008
Small-Sized Companies (alphabetical order, no ranking)
Adventure Cycling Association
Natural Habitat Adventures
Osprey Packs Inc.
Paradigm Group
Petzl America
Planet Dog
Tabar Inc
Western Spirit Cycling

Medium-Sized Companies (alphabetical order, no ranking)
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Athleta Inc.
Clif Bar & Company
Horny Toad
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
OCSC Sailing
SmartWool Corporation
Smith Optics
Superfeet Worldwide, Inc.
Large-Sized Companies (alphabetical order, no ranking)
Aspen Skiing Company LLC
Avenue A | Razorfish
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Google Inc.
Intel Corporation

Johnson Outdoors Inc.
New Belgium Brewing
Patagonia Inc.
Qualcomm, Incorporated

About Petzl
Petzl America is the U.S. division of Petzl, headquartered in France. For over 50 years, Petzl has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by those entering the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing and alpinism. Petzl climbing hardware and headlamps can be found in outdoor specialty shops and premium sporting goods retailers around the world. For more information, log on to

About Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group was formed in January of 2004, with the purpose of identifying and recognizing best companies around the country. By using state-of-the art survey and indexing tools, BCG has been able to achieve that purpose on national, state-wide, city, and industry stages. BCG will partner with B-to-B and consumer media and other business or human resource organizations to publicize the opportunity, encourage participation and to recognize those who are good enough to make the lists of “Best Places to Work”. BCG currently manages 25 similar programs around the US and in Canada. For more information and a complete list of “Best Employer” programs, visit Best Companies Group is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.

About Outside Magazine
Outside is America's leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at