Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (November 16, 2016) – Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike-share systems, has been named to OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work of 2016. One of only two honorees from Massachusetts, Zagster earned recognition for promoting active lifestyles — through perks such as reimbursements for fitness expenditures and new bike purchases — that "incentivize Outside’s core ideals of getting out, being active, and having fun.“
The award caps a banner year for Zagster that included impressive growth across multiple business metrics, including 150 percent growth in staff, 200 percent growth in unique customers and programs and 400 percent growth in the number of bikes deployed nationwide. In the past year, Zagster also opened a West Coast field office, in San Francisco; moved into a larger, amenity-rich headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts; debuted a landmark technology platform; and secured a first-of-its-kind national sponsorship deal with Zipcar.
In June, the Boston Business Journal named Zagster to its annual “Best Places to Work” list, placing it seventh overall for a company of its size. Zagster is also a finalist for BostInno's annual "50 on Fire" ranking of metro Boston's top innovators.
Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The complete list of Best Places to Work winners is published here.
“This year’s list of Best Places to Work highlights employers who go above and beyond for their staff,” said OUTSIDE Online Editor Scott Rosenfield. “Included are organizations that emphasis a healthy work life balance and promote, encourage and reward employees to live active and healthier lives.”
To create the best places to work 2016 list, OUTSIDE started by comparing employers to five core categories, reflecting the magazine’s values and focus: Adventure/Travel, Wellness, Culture, Gear, and Media. OUTSIDE then conducted a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies.
Powered by employee workplace reviews and taking into account factors like corporate culture, job satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement, the Best Places to Work list represents only the top companies that are not only empowering but also encouraging their employees to live better, healthier and more active lives.
Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine the 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 registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 135 cities, universities, businesses and properties across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.
More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at www.zagster.com
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