Johnson Outdoors Top Company To Work For

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM EDT

A Conklin company makes a list of best companies to work for in 2008.

That's according to the latest issue of Outside Magazine.

Johnson Outdoors ranks third best of large companies.

With needle and thread, Johnson Outdoors employees sew and stitch tents together.

160 people work here making Eureka brand camping products.

Many employees call Johnson Outdoors...a family company.

"It's not just about the dollar. When people are down they help them," says Trent Nelson of Johnson Outdoors.

"It's just a great place to work. It's like we're family. We have a lot of good people here," says Andrea Buchinsky of Johnson Outdoors Production Department.

People working at the Conklin site played a role in the company nabbing one of Outside Magazine's top nods.

One of America's best companies to work for.

Over the course of a year, employees were surveyed about workplace satisfaction.

"The results really led us to this award is very satisfying because, they're only going to get as far as the people take them," says Johnson Outdoors Director of Finance Tim Andersen.

Johnson Outdoors manufactures a variety of tents, camping, party rentals, even military.

"With 65 miles an hour wind gusts and 10 pound snow loads, but they still want it to go up in under 8 minutes," says Nelson.

Johnson Outdoors bids for contracts from the federal government to make military field tents.

The company says this kind of business comes in peaks and valleys.

Sometimes it forces lay-offs.

But, it does its best to find other work within the company for those employees.

"When the business needs it, people will take on and wear different hats, they take on different jobs," says Andersen.

And communication is key.

The company says it's the only way to stitch together a smooth operation.

The May issue of Outside Magazine hits news-stands tomorrow.

Rankings are based on a variety of factors including benefits like health, profit sharing and even tuition reimbursement.

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