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Best Places to Work 2017: Small Companies

The Best Small Companies to Work for in Los Angeles (15 to 49 US employees)

1. Montage Insurance Solutions

Montage is a full service insurance brokerage firm offering Employee Benefits, Workers’ Compensation and Property Casualty. Montage is a Third Party Administrator of COBRA, ERISA and ACA, Human Resources and loss control services. Its culture has evolved to who the company is today, so the entire team is proud to be in its flexible hands-on service programs offering unparalleled wellness and safety support to clients. The Montage team works hand in glove with its clients to bring the best plans and programs for the best price, treating client employees and families as though they were Montage’s own.

Wellness and a healthy balance are important to Montage, and the team practices what they preach. Wellness events are commonplace, including chair massages and biometric screenings. All employees also receive gym membership and opportunities to participate in in-house yoga. Employees also appreciate that Montage management has regularly demonstrated understanding of unexpected family events, an offering of more than average paid time off and a week off during the end of the year Christmas to New Year holidays. The team also proudly supports the community and non-profit clients through walk-a-thons, charitable gala events and serving the blind, disabled, make-a-wish children with life threatening diseases, and matching programs.


Blaze is the go-to partner for lifestyle brands hungry for a real piece of the market share. The Blaze team works together and with its clients to devise and execute strategic communication plans to tell client stories, achieve their goals and retain, regain or claim relevancy in traditional and social media outlets.

Aside from doing a great job making its clients happy, BLAZE also works hard to keep smiles on its employees’ faces as well. One of the ways the firm odes this is through a unique year-end profit sharing program. All of BLAZE’s full and part time staff that have completed their first 90 days are eligible for profit sharing. Plus, on top of competitive base compensation and profit sharing, BLAZE has a generous bonus program based on achieving goals for personal and company profitability. Everyone at BLAZE has skin in the game. To this end, management at BLAZE provides open door opportunities for all team members to provide feedback. The company also offers regular happy hours and other outside of work get-togethers. The firm also provides a number of additional team building and morale boosting activities such as beach clean-ups and other opportunities to work in the community.

3. Konnect Agency

Konnect is an agency with unmatched business acumen, that provides public relations, social media, marketing and content creation services for food & beverage, franchise, lifestyle and family brands. Working closely with startups and fortune 500 companies, Konnect’s team of talented communications specialists know the ins and outs of brand marketing and consumer behavior. Konnect has 3 offices – Los Angeles, New York City and Austin, Texas – and an experienced and knowledgeable team of 45+ full time public relations & marketing specialists. The staff is made up of communicators of authentic messages that reach consumers and insight action. More than that, the team members are passionate professionals who become fully immersed in the work they do.

Konnect truly fosters employees’ work-life balance. The agency is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for all employees, so this manifests in the form of healthy snacks, free spin and yoga classes, chair massages, alternative desk options and other office lifestyle enhancements. Employees also rave about the firm’s amazing year-end, all-inclusive, holiday trips to exciting destinations such as Bermuda, Mexico, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, etc. On the local end, Konnect also provides amazing team building events and trips to Disneyland and other spectacular SoCal locations.

4. Kardent Design

Kardent is a full-service, commercial architecture and interior design firm. It has been the firm’s mission for over 25 years to blend good design and workplace productivity. To make that happen, Kardent’s design process centers on collaboration. Not just among themselves, as they play show-and-tell with concepts, but a total collaboration between pencil, paper and materials to ultimately deliver to people in a multitude of industries the chance to do what they do in a space that they love. Employees are also motivated by the “half-day Fridays,” great annual company trips, creative holiday parties, in-office yoga and Pilates classes twice per week, and even an in-office ice cream cart!

5. Structural Focus

Structural Focus is a structural engineering consulting firm specializing in the design of complex and innovative buildings. Partnering with architects from project conception through the reality of occupancy, Structural Focus embraces the collaborative process of design through an ongoing, open, creative and clear dialogue between the team and owner. Speaking of clear communication, the company offers its employees an open door policy at every level so they feel they can engage with management as needed. Staffers also love the happy hours, paid time off for volunteer activities, and pool table tournaments.

6. Criteria Corp.

Criteria is a leading provider of web-based pre-employment testing services. Its mission is to make high-quality pre-employment testing solutions accessible to companies of all sizes. As a company that understands the importance of managing human capital, Citeria knows how to make its own employees happy to work for the company. Catered food and unlimited snacks are part of the culture, and so is the office’s dog-friendly policy and monthly Lyft allowance of $50 per month. Plus, Criteria boasts a high tech office facility with gorgeous views of West Hollywood hills.

7. Miracle Mile Advisors

Miracle Mile Advisors is an innovative wealth management platform that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and sophisticated investment advice to high net worth families. The firm was founded by ex-Wall Street advisors on the belief that investment advice should be objective, transparent, and customized. To the core, Miracle Mile demonstrates that sophisticated investment strategies and a comprehensive approach to planning deliver better results with the transparency clients are looking for in today’s uncertain market environment. Employees also benefit from internal events, weekly happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, and the company’s non-profit participation sponsorships.

8. Northwestern Mutual – West Los Angeles

Northwestern Mutual – West Los Angeles enjoys a rich heritage as a provider of financial planning services. Its growing office has worked diligently to help people achieve their goals and dreams for financial growth and security by providing a broad range of products and services – including life insurance, investment services, estate analysis, and employee benefit services. Plus, employees are offered a robust mentorship program that pairs new members of the company with more tenured professionals in order to help them better develop skills and expertise in their roles. There’s also fabulous holiday parties for the employees to look forward to.

9. CorpInfo

Founded in 1983, CorpInfo is a leading technology firm providing cloud consulting services, infrastructure solutions, and managed services. The company uses its experience to ensure that clients have the best technical solutions to solve their business challenges and deliver value for their organization. Employees love the company team-building events and frequent employee outings such as the quarterly “All-Hands” meeting that includes an off-site outing such as go-karting, Disneyland, Malibu Wines, yacht parties, and other exciting activities – always ending with an elaborate team dinner. The company also offers the ultimate perk with an unlimited vacation policy.

10. Financial Finesse

Financial Finesse is a small company with the lofty mission to build a financially healthy society. The company recognizes that financial stress goes far beyond missing a credit card payment. They help by providing unbiased financial guidance and coaching, delivered to US employees as an employer paid benefit. For its own employees, it provides large company professionalism with a start-up feel. There is a stability, flexible work schedule, mentorship by the CEO, and at the company’s core, an opportunity to change others’ lives by helping to build a financially healthy society.

11. Vaco Los Angeles, LLC

Vaco is an employment consulting agency whose goal is to match the strongest accounting, financial and information technology professionals with the unique projects and permanent employment needs of its clients. The company also aims to provide its employees with an unparalleled work/life balance with flexible work hours, part-time and full-time positions and telecommuting opportunities. The company has a family friendly atmosphere at the office – encouraging the sharing of family birthday parties, dinners and retreats. In addition, perks such as regular in-office massages, yoga and Zumba in the office, and occasional spa retreats to celebrate a job well done.

12. Citadel Environmental Services, Inc.

Citadel provides environmental consulting; environmental geology and engineering; environmentally regulated materials management; moisture intrusion and microbial; industrial hygiene/occupational health; occupational safety and training; environmental compliance and permitting; sustainability; staff outsourcing; and litigation support. The company is 100% employee owned and offers its staff perks such as flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement and the annual company summer party for all employees and their entire families. Also for employees, there is a distinct emphasis on personal development, to improve job-related skills and enhance the employee’s ability to compete for other reasonably attainable jobs in the company.

13. QLess

QLess is the global leader in customer experience, wait management, and mobile check-in technology. The cloud-based platform eliminates lines and time spent in waiting rooms, reduces operating costs, increases staff productivity, and boosts customer satisfaction. QLess employees are a satisfied bunch as well, thanks in large part to beneficial employee perks and benefits such as having lunch delivered throughout the week, weekly on-site chair massages by a professional masseuse, an end of year holiday party with gifts, an unlimited vacation policy and the flexibility for employees to work at home.

14. Nelson Hardiman

Nelson Hardiman is one of the largest healthcare specialty law firms in California. The firm represents healthcare providers, including hospitals, physician organizations, and behavioral care facilities in business litigation, transactions, and regulatory matters. All clients, big and small, benefit from the firm’s singular healthcare focus and broad industry experience. Employees benefit too – from the firm’s staff-friendly, inclusive atmosphere, which includes annual retreats, team building events, Friday night happy hours, a game room and movie nights. Plus, Nelson Hardiman attorneys and family members have teamed together to participate in the 2017 American Heart Association walk.

15. 123 Home Care

123 Home Care is a leading provider of high-quality non-medical home care services. The company provides caregivers in the homes of its clients (typically seniors and/or individuals with disabilities) to assist with activities of daily living and certain household services and to provide companionship to clients. Employees receive a number of recognition-related opportunities, such as being rewarded for hitting milestones every two weeks, receiving rewards for coming up with new ideas on how to improve the company, and “Employee of the Month” and “Employee of the Year” awards. They also enjoy company/team outings and free lunches every two weeks.

16. Syncromatics

Syncromatics provides technology focused on serving the Mobility industry, including public transportation agencies and private mobility providers. The company provides a software as a service (SaaS) business model, as well as integrating hardware technologies in the transport vehicles. Employees love that Syncromatics pays 100% of all transit costs to encourage all employees to get out of the car and use transit to commute to and from work. They also appreciate the generous annual bonus program and quarterly group events, including fun activities like bowling as well as meaningful team building and community events such as volunteering at a soup kitchen.


BAMKO designs, engineers, manufactures, and delivers award-winning merchandise that creates lasting connections between brands and their customers. The company also creates meaningful connections with its employees, as evidenced by the quarterly offsite culture building events and $300 charitable donation match program the company has set up as a policy. Practicing what it preaches to customers, the staff at BAMKO utilize their own internally developed proprietary software and communication tools, so they have a first-hand relationship with their company’s wares. BAMKO also proactively fosters a collaborative work environment and offers continuing education stipends to its employees. Plus, there are a number of fun employee activities such as MasterChef-style cooking competitions.

18. FloQast

FloQast is close management software created by accountants for accountants to help accounting teams close faster and more accurately. FloQast provides a single place to manage the close and give everyone visibility. It improves team alignment and is the future of the month-end close. On average FloQast customers close three days faster. Similar to the level of comfort FloQast’s software provides customers, FloQast the company provides a confortable work environment for employees as well. Team dinners, happy hours in-office catered meals, and other regular social events like Dodgers games, day trips to Catalina Island and bowling nights are par for the course at FloQast.

19. Infrastructure Factor Consulting

Infrastructure Factor Consulting, Inc. (iFactor) was established with the goal of providing clients with integrated, highly technical, strategic solutions to their critical business needs. iFactor’s team understands that the infrastructure that supports a company’s operations is a key factor in determining its success in the marketplace. iFactor also stresses the importance of a healthy work/life balance. About 40% of iFactor’s employees work from home at least one day per week. The company also knows how to celebrate. Whether it’s the annual Thanksgiving potluck, an employee’s birthday, completing a big project, or acing an exam, iFactor likes to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of its employees.

20. Mercer Vine

Mercer Vine is a real estate agency that specializes in unique, high-end homes and development properties in Los Angeles. It is made up of a team of some of the best real estate agents in the city, and most importantly, they work as a team to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. The comfortable and welcoming office, complete with Gian projector, Apple TV and cable, and Restoration Hardware sofas, is appreciated by the staff, along with the generous selection of snacks in the office, music, and overall beautiful environment. Dogs are welcome too!

21. Gibson International

Driven by the principle that exceptional service begins with extraordinary people, Gibson International is a leading full-service luxury real estate company that is building Los Angeles’ first invitation-only real estate brokerage. Founded in 2008, Gibson International has grown from one office, 30 agents and $142 million in sales during its first year of operation to nearly 170 agents servicing the greater Los Angeles area with offices in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey and Santa Monica who are forecasted to close $1 billion in sales this year. Employees appreciate the holiday bonuses, company parties, and various staff appreciation policies, among other perks.

22. T2 Tech Group

T2 Tech Group is a leader in the practical application of technology for healthcare

and a range of other industries. Since it was founded in 2006, T2 Tech has consistently delivered high-quality consulting and management advisory services to executives and IT leaders. Unlike many consulting firms, T2 Tech has no financial interest in vendor selection, freeing the company to focus completely on realizing client goals. The company keeps its employees inspired as well, with a range of special features and activities including Friday lunches, year-end awards functions, and naming its “Social Media Hero of the Month” each month.


Ozobot’s mission is to turn consumers of technology into creators. Ozobots are remarkably small, smart robots that teach coding, inspire creativity and connect friends. Kids and teens love the endless hours of creative and entertaining activities Ozobots empower, and teachers praise the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills they instill. Ozobots are currently used in 3,000 schools nationwide. Meanwhile, Ozobot employees love what they do and their company’s spirit. The CEO takes the time to sit, chat and brainstorm with line employees on a casual basis and employees are provided with excellent hardware, software, and network equipment to develop with.

  1. Halbert Hargrove Global Advisors

Halbert Hargrove is a fiduciary investment management and wealth advisory firm serving quietly wealthy individuals and families. Clients typically have many aspirations for their wealth, including preserving assets for future generations. The team at Halbert Hargrove think of themselves as guides, gurus and gladiators: they ask the tough questions so they can fully understand clients’ needs and goals, carefully advise them on a unified strategy for their wealth, and fiercely defend their financial interests. Team members like the company’s responsible vacation policy, which allows unlimited time off, as well as the relocation allowance that enables employees to get a monthly bonus for moving within 20 minutes of the office.

25. Epic Freight Solutions

Epic Freight Solutions (EFS) is a leading domestic and international transportation provider. The company specializes in high value, time sensitive and managed services shipments. It’s also a great place to work, with weekly Friday lunches provided, regular family events such as football and baseball games, an annual company kickoff meeting and party, annual golf events, company beach days, volunteer events and more. There are also quarterly bonuses for employees and an annual monetary MVP of the Year Award, as well as extra days off.

26. Seek Capital, LLC

Seek Capital provides business services, specializing in funding, for status and early stage business owners. The company has become the go to destination for early stage businesses across America to successfully obtain funding to start or grow their business. Funding approvals range from $10,000- $500,000 and approvals are nationwide. Employees at Seek Capital benefit from excellent training programs, “All Hands” meetings every week, memberships to LA Fitness, Pizza Tuesdays, and “Happy Hour Fridays.” Plus, the company’s Salesforce Feed enables all staff to communicate notes and updates on a particular client file in an easy to use platform.

27. gish SEIDEN LLP

gish SEIDEN is a leading local CPA Firm that has serviced small to mid-size businesses, their owners and successful individuals for the past 75 years. It is a firm with deep technical expertise in tax, assurance, and financial and business consulting services. The diversity of the practice has enabled the firm to succeed through many fluctuations in the broader economy. Employees enjoy the firm’s annual “After Tax Season” party in Las Vegas and flex time policy. Plus, there are monthly gift card drawings, chair massages and an ice cream social.

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