Most pet-friendly company
Pets are so central to the animal-loving culture at Trupanion that sometimes, employees tell us, the "furry kids" who come to work with their owners seem to outnumber the humans. Dogs of all kinds, and cats as well, can be found running around the courtyard at the Ballard headquarters of this pet insurance provider, sleeping underneath and on top of desks. And just like the humans in the office, they're all friends. "I love being able to bring my dog to work! He hangs out with other dogs and enjoys his day while I get my work done," one staffer says. The company was started in Canada in 1999 and was later expanded to the U.S. by CEO Darryl Rawlings, who saw the success of pet insurance in Europe and thought it was a product North America should have. At the 60-person Seattle office, each employee gets full insurance coverage for one pet. The company even chose its office space for its enclosed courtyard where the dogs can run around and play. And every day a dog walker comes to take the furry friends out to stretch their legs so that the staff can focus on their jobs of making sure they're taking care of not only their own animals, but their customers' pets as well.