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MG Retailer’s 50 Best Companies to Work for in Cannabis

The cannabis industry is in a phase of unprecedented growth. A report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics noted the industry employed an estimated 200,000 people in 2017 and is expected to create another 400,000 jobs nationwide by 2021.

In October 2018, mainstream job-hunting platforms Glassdoor and LinkedIn, combined, listed more than 7,000 open positions for cannabis workers, ranging from dispensary staff to C-suite executives. Where once a handshake and cash under the table were perfectly acceptable—and employment contracts unheard of—now exists a full-blown corporate landscape and the labor pool to match.

Today’s cannabis employees have high expectations. They want and deserve more than just a paycheck. So, what makes a company one of the best places to work? What benefits do employees find the most enticing? The mg staff and advisors evaluated hundreds of nominations, considering incentives, benefits, and reports from employees themselves in order to find companies that do right by their people. From basics like health and dental insurance, which all the honorees offer, to unique perks like fully-stocked breakrooms and stock options, here are fifty cannabis companies that invest in their employees.

ADVANCED NUTRIENTS

HQ: Los Angeles
Founded: 1999
Employees: 100+
Job Openings: 1-5
Paid Education: Yes
Web: AdvancedNutrients.com

Among numerous perks, employees tout great office locations with incredible views, a collaborative and tight-knit team environment, staff meals and event-launch parties, flexible work schedules, opportunities for professional growth, a pet-friendly workplace, and honest, caring leadership. When Hurricane Maria stranded a team member in Puerto Rico, Chief Executive Officer Michael “BigMike” Straumietis sought ways to help them evacuate.


ALOHA GREEN APOTHECARY

HQ: Honolulu
Founded: 2016
Employees: 26-50
Job Openings: 1-5
Paid Education: Yes
Web: AGApoth.com

In Hawaii the “spirit of Aloha” is a way of life, and at Aloha Green Apothecary it’s the driving force behind everything. From the initial interview when every prospective employee is asked, with utmost sincerity, “where [they] really want to be in the company” to the day-to-day family-like atmosphere where “people are people first, before they’re employees,” every facet of the company’s culture revolves around the value of relationships and community.


APEKS SUPERCRITICAL

HQ: Johnstown, Ohio
Founded: 2001
Employees: 26-50
Job Openings: 1-5
Paid Education: No
Web: ApeksSupercritical.com

With monthly meetings that provide the entire staff with “the lowdown about how the company is doing,” employees here enjoy “total transparency” and the feeling of being fully vested in the company’s success. Stress reduction and physical health play a key role in unique perks such as an on-site frisbee golf course, two resident office dogs, shortened work days for company golf outings, plus cash-incentivized walking and wellness programs.


Meeting space at Baker TechnologiesBAKER TECHNOLOGIES

HQ: Denver
Founded: 2014
Employees: 51-100
Job Openings: 1-5
Paid Education: No
Web: TryBaker.com

Headquartered in an award-winning, custom-designed office with automated blinds, couches, cafe-style booths, swinging chairs, adjustable desks, copious plants, and a 1970s ski gondola converted into a phone booth, Baker employees are surrounded by creativity. Among other benefits—notably, meditation time and a fully stocked kitchen—employees receive an abundance of paid time off, including more than fifteen days annually in addition to the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.


BDS ANALYTICS

HQ: Boulder, Colo.
Founded: 2016
Employees: 11-25
Job Openings: 1-5
Paid Education: Yes
Web: BDSanalytics.com

With an emphasis on finding talented staff members who will “augment existing company culture,” BDS maintains an even-keeled environment with “good mojo.” Employees say they feel “empowered to take initiative” and enjoy the company’s start-up-like feel and the lack of micromanaging seen in many corporate atmospheres. Notable perks include dispensary discounts, a generous paid time off and vacation plan, and employee stock options.

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Published: December 04, 2018

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