This year, SGFS was named as one of 100 Best Companies to Work For in Washington by Seattle Business Magazine. Achieving this honor required a two-step process which involved being scrutinized by an external panel of judges selected by Seattle Business Magazine from the corporate community, as well as an extensive internal anonymous survey filled out by all employees. We were judged on ten broad categories varying from benefits to company culture.
It is an amazing honor. So what does it mean exactly? Considering you spend one-third of your life at work, for those of us who work here, it means enjoying our jobs. Perhaps not as obvious, it also reveals quite a bit to our clients and business associates. When you read we are innovative, forward thinking and strive to establish long lasting relationships, it’s more than fancy sounding words. This is a unique law firm. It’s not by accident that I have chosen to stay here for fifteen years.
By thinking outside the box, the partners have built a welcoming workplace. The office is pet friendly. Most days you can find a four-legged friend for a few minutes of belly rubbing time. A monthly food event in the kitchen, usually hosted by Chef Scruggs, gives us a chance to relax and connect. We like each other. Shocking, I know. This allows us to work well together and to build trust based relationships.
Health and wellbeing have always been a priority. When we moved to SODO, the partners built a full gym into our office space so we could enjoy the ability to get a workout in to the day. For those times when you just need ten minutes to blow off some steam, you can play ping pong. It’s in the firm’s DNA to work hard and to enjoy life.
The picture of four smiling people on our website’s about page is genuinely indicative of who the partners are and the culture of the company. They are authentic, real people who care about their employees and their clients. I enjoy coming to work each day. I have great respect for the lawyers and staff who I share my day with. I’m lucky to be part of such an incredible team and that is why this is one of the Best Companies to Work For in Washington.
Laurel Barton is a paralegal at Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs. She has been a vital part of our team for 15 years and counting.