By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

Two Bend businesses made the Outside magazine 100 best places to work this year, one a newcomer and the other a familiar name.

Cairn Inc., a subscription service that provides a monthly box of outdoor products for subscriber reviews, made the list on the first try. Cairn ranked No. 72.

Deschutes Brewery, the 15th-largest brewery in the U.S., made the list for the fourth time in five years. It ranked No. 93.

The rankings, published Tuesday in the magazine’s November issue, are based on feedback from employees and an evaluation by The Best Companies Group, an independent research firm.

Among the perks provided its 17 employees by Cairn, a 3-year-old company, are an office gear closet, 4 p.m. Beer Fridays, working from home two days per week and group outdoor activities such as trail cleanups, fatbiking or cave exploration four times per year. The average salary for exempt employees is $35,000 and employees receive unlimited paid time off, according to Outside.

“This was the first year we met the requirements in terms of size,” said Cairn co-founder Jared Peterson on Wednesday. “Surprised? Yes and no. We were hopeful but at the same time we created a really attractive place to work.”

Deschutes Brewery employs 526 people and provides an employee stock ownership plan. The average salary for exempt employees is $79,781. Deschutes also provides a company bike-share for off-site meetings, yoga and 10 vacation days after a year on the job, according to Outside’s list.

“We work hard to ensure that the positive, close-knit culture that we maintain here within Deschutes Brewery extends outside the company to our customers and partners,” the brewery quoted Michael LaLonde, president and CEO, as saying. “Being named to Outside’s best places to work list helps spread the word that when a customer drinks our beer, or visits our pubs or tasting rooms, they’re going to experience that culture; they’re family.”

The company this year donated $374,000, $1 per barrel of beer sold, to nonprofits. The brewery’s traveling street pub, which visits cities around the U.S., has raised more than $1 million in three years for charity, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The No. 1 best place to work in the U.S., according to Outside, is Forum Phi Architecture, of Aspen, Colorado. The firm employs 21 people for whom the average salary is $65,819, according to Outside’s list.

Seven Oregon companies made the list, including No. 71, IDX Broker, a Eugene software provider for the real estate industry with 54 employees. Colorado had the most companies on the list, 39, with California second with 15.

— Reporter: 541-617-7815,