Our employees are the heart of our business. We strive to provide wellness benefits that go beyond the traditional package. Through practices like flexible scheduling, telecommuting, an on-site gym, massage, and cooking classes, we offer a workplace where employee wellness is a priority.
Core benefits and compensation
In addition to our comprehensive healthcare, 401k, disability, and other benefits, Annie’s works to do even more for our employees. This effort shines through in our sustainability benefits package. After 6 months at Annie’s, employees are eligible for $500 towards the purchase or upgrade of a commuter bike, and $1,000 towards improvements that decrease waste, water, or energy usage in their homes. After 12 months, employees qualify for $5,000 towards a low-emissions vehicle such as a hybrid or plug-in electric. Employees have used these benefits to buy hybrid vehicles, install home composting systems, and upgrade their appliances to more efficient Energy STAR rated units. Our Director of Supply Chain Finance, Jason Lambert, who purchased a car with help from the vehicle benefit, says, “on top of improving my carbon footprint from the daily commute, I feel great about reducing my family’s impact getting to and from soccer practices and other events as well.”
Annie’s supports a healthy workplace, including fitness classes and access to fresh, organic fruit. A member of our marketing team, Sarah Fagin, says, “the on-site gym and fitness classes are some of my favorite things about working at Annie’s. I love the variety of classes offered, the motivating instructors who lead them, and how I have come to know more of my coworkers by attending.” We also support employees who want to participate in healthy activities in the community like Bike to Work Day. For this event, Annie’s sets up a tent and gives away coffee and snacks to bike commuters who cycle to and from work.
Every year, Annie’s hires college interns to join our team for the summer. These interns work with our Product Innovation, Sales, Marketing, Sustainability, IT, Finance, and Operations teams, and not only provide fresh perspectives, but also receive great work experience. Over the years, the internship program has grown in both number of interns and activities. One highlight of the program: interns have weekly lunches with different members of Annie’s senior leadership team, where they learn about the career paths of the speakers and ask questions about the company. As our Sustainability Intern Claire Kelloway says, “it is fascinating to understand the unique limits and opportunities of approaching sustainability on a large scale. The breadth of my assignments helps me learn the big picture and minute details of applied environmentalism.”
On-site organic garden
We have a beautiful edible garden and patio space complete with Wi-Fi where employees can take time during their day to enjoy the sunshine and get fresh air. Employees use the space for meetings and lunch breaks, and are welcome to harvest vegetables to munch on during the workday. Once a week our garden guru brings a bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs in from the garden to the employee kitchen for all to enjoy. We have also trained employees to plant and harvest in our garden. As staff member Tiffany Tran says, “The garden is a beautiful company gem. I love taking strolls in it and seeing which delicious strawberries and gooseberries are ready to be eaten!”
Quarterly sustainability education
As a mission-driven company, we believe that sustainability education is core to who we are and how we can help influence positive change. Many of our employees are engaged in living a more sustainable lifestyle, but they are also interested in continuous education, which is why we have a quarterly sustainability education series. At these informal gatherings, we share lunch and learn about a variety of issues key to Annie’s and society as a whole. Some recent topics included cocoa farming, waste and resource recovery, and climate change.