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Salt Lake City, UT
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$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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    "Outstanding company"

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    I have been working at O.C. Tanner full-time (More than 10 years)


    Great culture. Owners care deeply about the company and invest their earnings back into the company. Great people to work with. Great purpose that everyone connects with -- appreciating people and improving workplace cultures around the world. Company has reinvented itself over 90 years. Strong financially. Gives 10% of profits to many deserving charities.


    It is a privately held company, so you cannot buy stock in the company, or get stock options.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great mission and culture, and consider acquisitions to accelerate company growth.

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    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at O.C. Tanner (Salt Lake City, UT) in August 2016.


    There was a phone interview, followed by an in person interview where I paired with the other candidate. We worked on refactoring some java code, and then we talked with the manager and other team members about how we felt we did and how the other person did.

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    • They asked me to rate how I did, and how the other candidate did.   Answer Question
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O.C. Tanner Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, Salt Lake Tribune, 2017
  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2016
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2015
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