Best Places to Work in DC: Merritt Group

Tysons; 54 employees

Jobs in public relations and marketing aren’t always easy, but this woman-owned strategic-communications firm takes care of its own—literally. Regular happy hours have been replaced with “happy and healthy” hours that might involve an active outing such as a hike. Other benefits to keep the staff happy and healthy: 20 to 30 vacation days a year, fully paid health-care premiums, one paid day a quarter for volunteering, meetings on a rooftop deck, and either $750 (individuals) or $1,500 (families) deposited into a health savings account each year.

Perk: Everyone works from home on Fridays.

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