Company Name: Patagonia, Inc.
Location: Ventura, CA
Nature of Business: Designer, distributor and retailer of high quality, technical outdoor clothing and travel gear
Revenue: $314.5 million
Number of Employees: 671
Average Tenure: 8 years
Founded in Ventura, CA, in 1972, Patagonia has grown to become a leading designer, distributor and retailer of high quality, technical outdoor clothing and travel gear for men, women and children. Doing right by the planet and exceptional customer service define this 671-person company in equal measure; less known is the company's role model status when it comes to employee engagement and development. Even with a tough economy and increasingly stiff competition, Patagonia grew revenues in 2009 thanks partly to people practices including job shadowing, promoting from within and open-book management.
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