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

1Southwest Michigan FirstKalamazoo, MINon-Profit – Other
2Peak DesignSan Francisco, CAProduct Design
3WhippleWood CPAsLittleton, COAccounting
4Adaptive Sports CenterCrested Butte, CONon-Profit – Other
5ErgodyneSaint Paul, MNSafety Products
6BSW Wealth PartnersBoulder, COFinancial Services – Other
7Global Citizen YearOakland, CAEducation
8GroundFloor MediaDenver, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
9ChoozleDenver, COTechnology
10Power Digital MarketingSan Diego, CAAdvertising/PR/Marketing
11Avid4 AdventureBoulder, COEducation
12J&A RacingVirginia Beach, VAServices – Other
13Hailey SaultDuluth, MNAdvertising/PR/Marketing
14Spawn Ideas, IncAnchorage, AKAdvertising/PR/Marketing
15ATJ (Asia Transpacific Journeys)Boulder, COHospitality/Travel/Tourism
16TDA_BoulderBoulder, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
17SmartEtailingBoulder, COTechnology
18Mathys+PotestioPortland, ORStaffing
19The Garrett CompaniesGreenwood, INReal Estate
20Backbone MediaCarbondale, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
21Development Counsellors InternationalNew York, NYAdvertising/PR/Marketing
22Montana Wilderness AssociationHelena, MTNon-Profit – Other
23Foundant TechnologiesBozeman, MTTechnology
24SportRxSan Diego, CAEcommerce Eye Wear
25SalsifyBoston, MATechnology
26N2 PublishingWilmington, NCPublishing/Printing
27PAIRINDenver, COTechnology
28Sterling-Rice GroupBoulder, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
29GeoExSan Francisco, CAHospitality/Travel/Tourism
31EverCheckJacksonville Beach, FLTechnology
32JRF OrthoCentennial, CONon-Profit – Other
33Young & LaramoreIndianapolis, INAdvertising/PR/Marketing
34TURNERDenver, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
35Powder7Golden, CORetail
36CampMinderBoulder, COTechnology
37KoruCarbondale, COConstruction
38Geocaching HQSeattle, WATechnology
39Small GiantsScottsdale. AZAdvertising/PR/Marketing
40Beach Cities Health DistrictRedondo Beach, CAHealthcare – Provider
41BluetentCarbondale, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
42Ascent360, Inc.Golden, COTechnology
43Camp + KingSan Francisco, CAAdvertising/PR/Marketing
44GoSpotCheckDenver, COTechnology
45HabermanMinneapolis, MNAdvertising/PR/Marketing
46Rustic PathwaysWilloughby Hills, OHExperiential Travel, Education
47Mondo RobotBoulder, COAdvertising/PR/Marketing
48Infinite EnergyGainesville, FLEnergy
49BrainStorm, Inc.American Fork, UTTechnology
50SummitCove Vacation LodgingKeystone, COHospitality/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