D-backs named among best places to work in Phoenix for eighth straight year

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks were named among Valley companies as one of the "Best Places to Work," when the Phoenix Business Journal announced its list of 2014 recipients at an awards luncheon today at the Scottsdale Double Tree Resort. The D-backs finished among the top medium-sized companies for the eighth year in a row.

"We are honored to once again be ranked among the best places to work in Phoenix," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Like the unique opportunity to bring employees to Sydney, Australia and San Diego this year, we are always looking for ways to create a dynamic corporate culture."

Founded in 2003, the "Best Places to Work" program ranks Valley companies through a third-party administered employee survey. The areas surveyed include various parts of employee life, including workplace environment, leadership direction, culture and management practices. Hundreds of companies were nominated for the award and selected companies were named among the "Best Places to Work" in small-, medium-, large- and extra-large-sized company categories. The D-backs were the first professional sports organization to receive the honor in 2007.

D-backs employees operate under core values established by the leadership team that provide true framework for effective decision making. Those values include investing into the people who work for the organization, cultivating and enhancing relationships with employees, establishing integrity by accepting individual and collective responsibility, foster learning throughout the organization while considering outside points of view, and expecting positive results from the organization both on and off the field. Culture is also one of the five areas of focus within the organization's Circle of Success.

Among the unique perks enjoyed by employees in 2014 was an opportunity for all full-time employees to purchase a discounted travel package to see the D-backs open the 2014 season in Sydney, Australia. Also in 2014, D-backs employees were treated to a trip to San Diego to see the team play the Padres with transportation, game tickets and hotel provided by the D-backs. The D-backs also continued their employee-driven community service program titled the "D-backs Give Back League" which featured nine groups working on separate projects to help improve the Arizona community. The winning team from 2013, along with an MVP from each team, enjoyed a community service trip to Portland, Oregon. Employees also receive a number of other benefits, including an extended two-week holiday break, quarterly company outings, roundtable meetings between management and employees and a rotating council comprised of members from all levels of the organization focusing on enhancing company events and culture.