Printing’s Best Workplaces : The Cream of the Crop
Castle Press views every aspect of its operation as a profit center, and as such, the owners hold contests based upon productivity goals and cost savings (a press feeder employee recently won an iPod for devising a way to reduce a process time by 15 minutes).
When the fiscal year comes to an end and Castle shows a profitable campaign, it’s barbecued steaks for everyone. “If we make an obscene amount of money, they get lobster. But, we haven’t had lobster in a few years,” Susan Kinney deadpans.
At these fiscal year-end events, the company provides employee bonuses for top performers (most sales, highest productivity, most new accounts, etc.). The Kinneys speak positively about each honoree, who then selects from envelopes containing random amounts of cash.
Castle Press is also very active with its PIA-Southern California (PIASC) affiliate, supporting the Graphic Arts Education Foundation with a paper drive in their parking lot that draws upon all printers in the Los Angeles area. It also contributes to the PIASC version of Jeopardy, pitting high school students against industry people and each other.
“Every time we do the Jeopardy, I bet my employees $100 that they can’t get all the questions right,” Susan Kinney says. “So far, I haven’t lost that $100.” PI