PAIRIN Recognized as One of OUTSIDE’S 50 Best Places to Work 2018

Denver, CO – <November 1, 2018> – Denver-based PAIRIN has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s 50 Best Places to Work 2018. Winning companies provide great workplaces for employees and encourage a balance between work and enjoying life in the great outdoors, while also respecting the environment.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work,” said Michael Simpson, CEO of PAIRIN. “As a company founded by coaches, we strive to provide a meaningful, fun work environment where our team members lean into difficult conversations and personal growth because they know they are valued as a whole person. Our employees created our company culture and values, so it’s no wonder they love working here,” Michael added.

“Companies from across the country entered a rigorous two-part survey process to make the winning list,” said Abigail Wise, online managing editor, OUTSIDE.  “Employees took part in an anonymous survey to measure personal experience, while The Best Companies Group evaluated each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics.”

The winning companies are those that value productivity in combination with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle, for a fulfilling experience inside and outside the office. This is OUTSIDE’s eleventh year providing the Best Places to Work.

PAIRIN is a fast-growing social enterprise software company whose products personalize career exploration, professional development and hiring, helping employers limit unconscious bias when hiring. Their clients include many workforce development programs that serve underserved populations, high schools, colleges and companies of all sizes. PAIRIN lives by the principles that they want to model for all educators and employers as the leadership team deeply values their employees’ ability to think and contribute strategically regardless of position. Employees at PAIRIN have total transparency regarding the company’s direction and are often found sharing and celebrating the stories of how PAIRIN’s products and services impact people of all demographics to live better lives through relevant education and equitable employment.

PAIRIN offers employees flexible schedules and unlimited PTO. Instead of a maximum vacation, team members must take a minimum of two weeks of vacation and are encouraged to work when and where it makes the most sense for them. In addition to Friday happy hours and monthly team gatherings, PAIRIN employees are often found on team hikes and climbs, and the annual company-wide retreat in the mountains is always a favorite. Employees also benefit from amazing benefits including unlimited PTO; 100% employer paid healthcare, vision and dental premiums; company equity through Incentive Stock Options (ISO); a 401K plan and educational reimbursement program; and of course, a dog-friendly office. 

Best Places to Work 2018 Winners:

Company Location Location
1 Southwest Michigan First Kalamazoo, MI Non-Profit – Other
2 Peak Design San Francisco, CA Product Design
3 WhippleWood CPAs Littleton, CO Accounting
4 Adaptive Sports Center Crested Butte, CO Non-Profit – Other
5 Ergodyne Saint Paul, MN Safety Products
6 BSW Wealth Partners Boulder, CO Financial Services – Other
7 Global Citizen Year Oakland, CA Education
8 GroundFloor Media Denver, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
9 Choozle Denver, CO Technology
10 Power Digital Marketing San Diego, CA Advertising/PR/Marketing
11 Avid4 Adventure Boulder, CO Education
12 J&A Racing Virginia Beach, VA Services – Other
13 Hailey Sault Duluth, MN Advertising/PR/Marketing
14 Spawn Ideas, Inc Anchorage, AK Advertising/PR/Marketing
15 ATJ (Asia Transpacific Journeys) Boulder, CO Hospitality/Travel/Tourism
16 TDA_Boulder Boulder, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
17 SmartEtailing Boulder, CO Technology
18 Mathys+Potestio Portland, OR Staffing
19 The Garrett Companies Greenwood, IN Real Estate
20 Backbone Media Carbondale, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
21 Development Counsellors International New York, NY Advertising/PR/Marketing
22 Montana Wilderness Association Helena, MT Non-Profit – Other
23 Foundant Technologies Bozeman, MT Technology
24 SportRx San Diego, CA Ecommerce Eye Wear
25 Salsify Boston, MA Technology
26 N2 Publishing Wilmington, NC Publishing/Printing
27 PAIRIN Denver, CO Technology
28 Sterling-Rice Group Boulder, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
29 GeoEx San Francisco, CA Hospitality/Travel/Tourism
30 Bonusly Boulder,CO Technology
31 EverCheck Jacksonville Beach, FL Technology
32 JRF Ortho Centennial, CO Non-Profit – Other
33 Young & Laramore Indianapolis, IN Advertising/PR/Marketing
34 TURNER Denver, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
35 Powder7 Golden, CO Retail
36 CampMinder Boulder, CO Technology
37 Koru Carbondale, CO Construction
38 Geocaching HQ Seattle, WA Technology
39 Small Giants Scottsdale. AZ Advertising/PR/Marketing
40 Beach Cities Health District Redondo Beach, CA Healthcare – Provider
41 Bluetent Carbondale, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
42 Ascent360, Inc. Golden, CO Technology
43 Camp + King San Francisco, CA Advertising/PR/Marketing
44 GoSpotCheck Denver, CO Technology
45 Haberman Minneapolis, MN Advertising/PR/Marketing
46 Rustic Pathways Willoughby Hills, OH Experiential Travel, Education
47 Mondo Robot Boulder, CO Advertising/PR/Marketing
48 Infinite Energy Gainesville, FL Energy
49 BrainStorm, Inc. American Fork, UT Technology
50 SummitCove Vacation Lodging Keystone, CO Hospitality/Travel/Tourism

The complete list of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2018 (including the 50 honorable mentions) is available at For a list of past winners and for more information on the selection process, visit

For more information on OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2018 or to schedule an interview with an editor, please contact Kailey McGarvey at or 646.695.7046.


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About the Best Companies Group

Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.


PAIRIN is a social enterprise software company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable. The PAIRIN Readiness Management System™ is the world’s first competency-based talent ecosystem that personalizes career exploration, job matching and professional development. Recognized as the 2017 Denver Chamber of Commerce Start-Up of the Year, the 2017 Colorado Technology Association APEX Emerging Tech Company of the Year award, and 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch winner, PAIRIN continues to lead the skills-based talent pipeline evolution for education and industry. Find out more at