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O.C. Tanner Overview

Salt Lake City, UT
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
O.C. Tanner, number 61 on the 2016 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, helps organizations accomplish and appreciate great work. Thousands of clients globally use our cloud-based technology, tools, awards, and education services to engage talent ... Read more

Mission: We help companies appreciate people who do great work. Because celebrating great work inspires people to invent, to create, to discover. And when people are inspired, companies grow.

O.C. Tanner – Why Work For Us?


We help companies appreciate people who do great work. Because celebrating great work inspires people to invent, to create, to discover. And when people are inspired, companies grow. 

O.C. Tanner develops strategic employee recognition and reward solutions that help people accomplish and appreciate great work.

  • Founded in 1927, pioneered the recognition industry, privately held 
  • Chair of the Board, Carolyn Tanner Irish
  • Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Burlington, Ontario, Canada; Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom; and Mumbai, India, global offices in Frankfurt, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo 
  • 8000+ clients in 150 countries 
  • Serving 23 Fortune 100 companies including DOW Chemical, Caterpillar Inc., and Chevron 
  • 1500+ employees from 56 countries of national origin 
  • Award partnerships with over 400 top name brands 
  • 4.2 million awards delivered to 19 million users worldwide annually 
  • 16,000 selections in our award collection
  • Four exclusively owned brand lines, thousands of hand-crafted symbolic awards
  • Over 99% on time delivery


  • Yearbook™, our latest web and print-on-demand technology, reinvented service awards for the 21st century by allowing leaders and peers to create personalized, one-of-a-kind keepsakes to celebrate each service anniversary. 
  • Our SaaS and cloud-based technologies support social appreciation tools that help clients globally celebrate 100 recognition moments a minute, every minute of every day. 
  • We lead the industry in one-of-a-kind manufacturing capabilities that include cutting edge 3-D CAD design, sophisticated laser technology, and precision milling machines, that help us create over 6000 unique symbolic awards and trophies daily.
  • O.C. Tanner’s Wall of Fame social technology enables recognition to flow up, down, and sideways, peer-to-peer, leader-to-peer, and more, to broadcast recognition company-wide.
  • Our Smarts™ analytics suite allows admins to filter and access big data gathered from recognition programs in more flexible and creative ways than any other recognition provider. So organizations can use real-time numbers to manage programs, people, and performance.
  • We founded the annual Executive Recognition Summit attended by senior executives from around the world to share industry best practices and recognition breakthroughs.
  • Recently commissioned global studies include the Towers Watson Global Recognition study; Global Awards, Performance, and Years Of Service Studies by Cicero Group; and The O.C. Tanner Study of Award-Winning Work which included The Forbes Insights Study. 
  • Insights from the largest-ever study of award-winning work led to the New York Times bestseller, Great Work: how to make a difference people loveby David Sturt and the O.C. Tanner Institute.
  • The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, an endowed lectureship at Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and the universities of Utah, Michigan, and California, was established by Obert C. Tanner to “contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind”. 

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    I have been fortunate to spend most of my career at O.C. Tanner! Simply put, be patient, work hard, view each day and project as an opportunity, and the company takes great care of you. The people I work with, the leadership team, the compensation and benefits are very fair and in some cases unheard of at other companies. Being a Best Places to Work company, there are ongoing efforts to create an even better work environment for everyone.


    There was a day I would have said the company is too conservative, too stodgy, and too “local-belief” driven. In fact, early in my career, I felt there were times this was a disadvantage to me. Some may still position the Company in that light, however it truly has changed. Quite frankly, because of the shift in culture, I plan to continue my career at O.C. Tanner. Other cons? The onsite cafeteria is just too good, just ask my waistline. Another con which is short term, the construction noise. However, the construction once completed only makes it a better place to work.

    Advice to Management

    With the drive for continued growth, continue being a company that is also focused on the employees. There are several reviews that state this isn’t the case and frankly, those reviews just don’t deserve the credit they sometimes receive. Hopefully others reading those reviews see them for what they are…one-offs from those who most likely won’t find a place that will ever be satisfactory. In every meeting I attend, decisions are weighed against the impact on employees. Only advice is for the leadership team to never lose that vision.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at O.C. Tanner (Salt Lake City, UT).


    Long interview process and met with multiple people. There was group and individual interviews. Good experience and everyone was very friendly. You could tell the company had a great culture right away.

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O.C. Tanner Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2015

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