Employees of Saddleback Communications were invited to attend the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” luncheon on December 2 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

Saddleback Communications Recognized By Phoenix Business Journal as a “Best Place to Work”

By Jennifer Hernandez
Au-Authm Action News

Saddleback Communications was honored at the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” luncheon on December 2 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. The company placed No. 24 in the Micro category, for businesses with 1–49 employees.

Several Saddleback Communications employees attended the luncheon, including Chalyise Schurz and Phenecia Padilla, as well as President/General Manager Bill Bryant and Vice Chairman of the Board at Saddleback Communications Russell Ray. The event honored 137 Phoenix-area firms for their work providing employees with solid foundations. Each company was graded on a scale using employee input that rated their place of business.

Companies competed within size categories based on number of employees: extra large, large, midsize, small and micro.

Saddleback Communications completed its own employee survey in February 2010, and according to Bryant the responses from the employees were quite good. So they decided to enter Saddleback in the 2010 “Best Places to Work” competition. An 80-percent response had to be submitted in order to qualify Saddleback Communications for the recognition. Quantum Research compiled the statistics for the companies that participated. After all the results were in, Saddleback was named among the top 30 Best Places to Work in the Micro category. St. Joseph’s Hospital was named No. 1 in the Extra Large category.

The No. 1 spot in the Micro category went to United Parking Systems, LLC.

Great People and a Family Atmosphere
Saddleback Communications provides residential and business customers on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with reliable local telephone service, high-speed Internet access, and custom business solutions.

“Often times people from outside of the Community come in to request service, but they have to be turned away because we only provide residential service within the Community,” said Schurz, a 13-year Saddleback Communications employee who likes the family-oriented atmosphere.

“I have stuck with Saddleback since the beginning because I really enjoy it here,” said Schurz. Prior to working at Saddleback she worked for the SRPMIC, and she takes great pride in working for her Community.

Schurz said over time the company has become more sophisticated. Padilla, who has worked at Saddleback Communications for 10 years, agreed, saying a big change the company has made is becoming self-sufficient.

Working Together
The people she works with are gifted in their craft, Schurz said. “I am amazed with the talent at work. [Saddleback employees] are really talented and can work [at any company located] off the Community [if they wanted to], but [they] choose to stay here and they love the company. I applaud them for sticking it out and wanting to work for Saddleback.”

Schurz said when Saddleback Communications started, the employees all had to wear many different hats.

“Everyone worked in marketing, billing and janitorial services, and no one was afraid to do it,” she said. “We all pitched in, working late and coming in on weekends. We all stepped up.”

She said it is unfortunate that the company is just now receiving this recognition, because some great workers who paved the way have left or passed on.

“Everyone who has worked here has helped earn this award,” Padilla said.

Both employees believe it is important to recognize good work, and they took great pride in attending the luncheon, saying it represented the Community well.

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