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The perks of working at a <i>Times</i> Top 100 workplace

Published Apr. 11, 2014

American Integrity Insurance Group

Take in the sounds of Margaritaville in the Island Paradise break room at American Integrity Insurance Group.

The company plays Jimmy Buffett all day, every day, to help employees "chill out."

"We try to encourage employees to eat in the break room rather than your desk ... to really take the time to get your sanity back," said Amanda Richter, American Integrity's marketing leader.

But if it's something even more tranquil that workers need, they can visit the Zen Room for more peaceful music and enjoy a massage in the Sogno DreamWave full body massage chair.

"As a pregnant woman," Richter said, "I particularly like our Zen Room. It's full body. You put your arms and your legs in. It's a locked room. It has music and a waterfall. And it's open to all employees."

The Game Room includes an electronic dartboard and a multifunctional game table for playing pingpong, pool or air hockey. The company has an upcoming pingpong tournament that ensures the room gets full use.

And then there are the traditional benefits. Effective the first of the month after a person gets hired, the employee will receive a package that includes medical, dental and vision, AFLAC, long-term care plans and 100 percent employer-paid short-term and long-term disability.

The company provides a matching 401(k) plan with immediate eligibility and vesting. Other benefits include flexible scheduling, tuition reimbursement and wellness activities, including a free membership to an on-site gym.

PostcardMania

If you hate leaving your dog behind each workday, try working for PostcardMania, where there's an open-door office pooch policy.

"The dog policy kind of started with our CEO," said Jessica Lalau, a spokeswoman for PostcardMania. "She brought in a little Maltese. It's just kind of been adopted out of being a flexible workplace."

PostcardMania emphasizes a calm and stress-free workplace.

The company maintains an on-site massage therapist on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those in the "more high-stress positions," Lalau said.

Reach performance goals and enjoy bonus incentives such as a $1,000 shopping spree the company CEO awards quarterly, recently won by four employees for reaching their targets. There are smaller bonus incentives weekly and for reaching specific targets.

All employees have the opportunity to participate in weekly bonus games.

Stay in shape with free corporate fitness classes. Visit the in-house barista and organic cafe that serves fresh beverages, snacks, breakfast and lunch each day.

That's all in addition to the standard paid time off, 401(k) packages and health benefits.

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts - Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

If you want a couple of weeks of free hotel nights, join the staff at the Hyatt Hotels and Resorts - Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

One of the business' "most enjoyed benefits" is the 12 complimentary stays employees receive each year.

Along with free hotel stays, employees receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance as well as a 401(k), discount stock option plans and education reimbursement.

Accusoft Corp.

Need a break from the daily grind or feeling a bit competitive?

Accusoft Corp. offers employees a lounge with video games, a pool table and foosball.

And to ensure employees maintain healthy lifestyles, the company provides an in-house gym with showers. But if the indoors isn't enough, the company encourages workers to jog, walk or stroll through the riverfront park across from the offices.

Breaks include offers of free snacks, soft drinks and coffee.

That all comes along with the company health insurance, dental and vision plans, 401(k) and Roth 401(k) plans, quarterly and annual cash bonuses, tuition reimbursement and a paid group life and disability insurance program.

Triad Retail Media

For those who have a hard time getting away from a busy schedule at the office, Triad Retail Media might be the place for you.

The company maintains a private cafe, dry cleaning and sushi delivery service on site.

Triad also offers support for those who need to be away from the office. Employees can request flexible work schedules, where qualified employees choose their own schedules.

Employees who "go above and beyond" receive recognition through a monthly initiative, called the STAR program, and through the agency's bonuses.

Triad's standard benefits include medical, dental and life insurance, disability assistance, 401(k), paid vacation and sick leave. In addition to holidays, employees receive personal days and their birthday off.

Ivan Penn, Times staff writer

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