February 13, 2013

Health Implications Internship Fair

Were you at today’s Internship Fair? Want some information about companies’ health implications? You’ve come to the right place! Check out the list below for some pros/cons of working for various companies or organizations!



Altria Group Distribution CompanyAn umbrella organization for Big Tobacco companies that include manufacturing and distribution of cigarettes and/or tobacco products and includes the company Philip Morris)No obvious pros
Ashoka SeattleNo obvious consAshoka was founded in 1980 on the premise that the most effective way to promote positive social change is to invest in social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions that are sustainable and replicable, both nationally and globally
Boeing ClassicNo obvious consBoeing has a rigorous application of preventative and corrective measures, the company has reduced lost work days from injuries sustained on the job and has received numerous awards recognizing its commitment to safety and health in the workplace.
Car2goNo obvious consCar2go attempts to create a convenient and reliable car rental service which aims to reduce the carbon foot print of car exhaust
The Climate CorporationNo obvious consThe Climate Corporation’s goal is to protect the global agricultural industry from the financial impact of adverse weather.  This includes key research and insight from agronomists and growers  to combat and adapt to climate change worldwide.
ComcastNo obvious consComcast is one of the nations largest TV, internet, and phone providers, delivering service to many of the top healthcare organizations aroudn the country.  They have also partnered with many charity organizations and events, such as Stand Up 2 Cancer.
CoziNo obvious consCozi is a Seattle-based startup company that provides mobile and internet-based applications to help families stay organized.  This company was named one of Washington’s Best Workplaces by Puget Sound Business Journal in 2010 due to its strong emphasis on a comfortable workplace, personal health, and family values.
eBay IncNo obvious conseBay is the nations largest customer-to-customer corperation, managing online auctions and selling a variety of goods and services worldwide.  In 2008, they opened the first building in San Jose that was built to LEED Gold Standards, using an array of 3,248 solar panels, an eco-friendly irrigation system, and recycled construction materials. They have also taken meaures to prohibit and minimize the sale of drugs and other negative health products.
E&J Gallo WineryNo obvious consE&J Gallo Winery is one of the world’s largest producers.  With a strong commitment to the environment, they have introduced a 50/50 Give Back plan.  For every acre of land planted in the vineyard, Julio sets asside one acre of property for wildlife habitat.  They were the first winery in the US to revieve the International Organisation of Standards ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems that enhance their efforst to protect the environment.
EnergySavvyNo obvious consEnergySavvy works with some of the top utility companies nationwide to help people and their businesses use less energy and promote energy conservation.
Enterprise Rent A Car NHTSA has been forced to look into the policies of ERAC as they often do not head recall notices.  There have been many instances where ERAC rents or sells cars within their fleet before fixing the affected item that was recalled from an auto manufacturerNo obvious health related pros
Evergreen Mountain Bike AllianceNo obvious consWork with land managers to ensure access to WA State outdoor trails
Expeditors InternationalNo obvious consEmployee health and safety are important to this company.  They have a specific section written into their Code of Conduct for the company.
EveryMoveNo obvious consEveryMove “builds the coolest, easiest rewards system for your health that you have ever seen. The more you do to improve your health, the more rewards you get from insurance companies, employers and brands ready to recognize you for the great things that you are already doing in your life”
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterNo obvious consThe mission of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death
GreenBridge ComputingNo obvious consNo obvious pros
HELP InternationalNo obvious consThe Mission of HELP International is to empower people to fight global poverty through sustainable, life-changing development programs.
King County Department of Natural Resources and ParksNo obvious consDNRP has a mission to foster environmental stewardship and strengthen communities by providing regional parks, protecting the region’s water, air, land and natural habitats, and reducing, safely disposing of and creating resources from wastewater and solid waste.  Promotes healthy living by providing a cleaner enviournment to live in.
Korean Consulate General in SeattleNo obvious consInformational resource regarding Korea
Leverage Information SystemsSolutions provider and full-system integrator for the deliverance of networks in the world (i.e. national security, intelligence, national science programs, etc.)
Liberty Mutual InsuranceNo obvious consThird largest property and casualty insurance
LimeadeNo obvious consTools used to measure improvement of well-being in the world
Lynden IncorporatedNo obvious consFreight transportation company providing a HSE policy and safety program for all its workers
Marcus & MillichapNo obvious consInvestment real estate company
MercentNo obvious consMarketing Software for Online Retailers
Merrill GardensNo obvious consOwnership and operation of 55 senior living communities
Neudesic/AmerishoreNo obvious consNo obvious pros
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterProvide the scientific basis to meet NOAA’s stewardship role to conserve and manage living marine resources and their habitat with emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.
Northwestern Mutualquestionable life insurance policy such as holding  savings account of the deceasedProvides various insurance and investment products primarily in the United States. Not only has this company been offering life, annuity, disability, and long-term care insurance to personal, business, and estate markets, it also support non profit organizations through grants to promote healthy habits
Novo Nordisk Research Centerno obvious consGlobal healthcare company that promotes diabetes care and also has leading positions within haemopilia care, growth hormoance thearpy and hormone replacement therapy.
Paccar Incno obvious consThe PACCAR foundation grants millions of doolars each year fo health care, higher education and the arts.
Pacific Science Centerno obvious consCreated a permanent exhibit called Professor Wellbody’s Acadmey of Health & Wellness, which demonstrates how personal choices can positively affect our health and wellbeing through balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene.
Parent Valetno obvious consCommunity of individuals and organizations that help parents gain insights on schools and out of school programs not available on any other schools, which could accommodate children with special needs.
PCC Aerostructuresno obvious consAerostructures manufacturing company does support local organizations, but does not have a formal corporate giving program. Therefore inconclusive.
PEMCO Mutual Insurance CompanyAccording to customers, PEMCO has a bad reputation with customers. It was also involved in the Wright v. PEMCO case where PEMCO never provided a customer with benefits for 7 years.Local insurance company providing a variety of auto, home, boat and health insurance plans.
PepsiCo/Frito-LayOn top of the obvious detrimental effects soda and chips bring, Pepsi Co. recently voted against Prop 37 in California, which proposed mandatory GMO labeling in food products.Provides a gamut of health benefits to its associates such as preventive health screening, etc. Also, it established a global organization that helps promote working conditions.
Physio-Controlno obvious consFounded locally by a UW cardiac surgeon, Physio-Control pioneered defibrillation technology by developing a device that sent a DC through the heart to terminate ventricular fibrillation. This became the protoype for medical devices used by emergency medical services and hospitals around the world. It chanced the emergency medical care world by introducing the first portable defibrillator/monitor.
Pierce County Assigned Counselno obvious consPierce County Assigned Counsel provides constitutionally mandated legal services to persons detained for involuntary civil commitment proceedings at Western Sate Hospital and other evaluation and treatment facilities.
Plugable TechnologiesHighly values customer support; small business in Bellevue, not corporate. No obvious health-related pros or cons
Port of SeattleCEO Tay Yoshitani accused of conflict of interets between his public official postion and his new “side Job” with a freight-expiditing company. Some argue that the public’s interest is not CEO’s first interest. “A KING 5 investigation reveals safety violations are a chronic problem for trucks working in and around the Port of Seattle.” in 2011 at the port, “32 percent of container haulers were taken out-of-service, one out of every three inspected”. Seems very unregulatedThe Port’s vision is to be the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade, transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest, and is also a key builder of road and rail infrastructure
Predixion Softwareno apparent health-related consProvides predictive, analytic technology for the healthcare field, including the use of hospital data to risk score patients upon admission and throughout their hospital stay to identify patients at risk of readmission before they leave the hospital with up to 86% accuracy. Reduces rates for hospitals and cuts down on the overal US healthcare spending.
Progressive InsuranceThere have been some controversial lawsuits against Progressive, claiming that they support the person/party in court that did damage to their client, so the company will not have to pay. (may not be relevant)No obvious health-related pros
PRR, obvious health-related consProvided marketing, outreach and facilitation services to agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, local health departments, hospitals, universities, non-profits, foundations, private practices, associations and manufacturers of health products.
QThru, obvious health-related consA smartphone shopping app that lets shoppers skip the waits in line, improves throughput in stores, increases customer satisfaction, and is “cost effective.” (not health-related)
Ratify, Incno obvious health-related consdevelops technologies to allow corporations to view network data in one place, designed to help corporations gain better insights into what’s occurring deep inside the network, allowing them to make better buying decisions. Not specifially health-related
RazorfishClients include Coca-Cola, Heinz, Kraft, and McDonalds. Some of these companies have major economical and political influence over policies surrounding US health.One of the world’s largest interactive agencies that provides services including web development, media planning and buying, technology and innovation, emerging media, analytics, mobile, advertising, creative, social influence marketing and search for different companies.
Samsung-SISAPotential and controversial corruption of South Korean CEO/Chairman, with questionable business techniques. Company was recently involved in a patent lawsuit with Apple.  (not health-related)One of the largest worlwide technology companies–Samsung accounts for 20% of South Korea’s GDP. Strives for sustainable practices, while contributing to a better society with new innovations. (not health-related)
Seattle City LightElectricity use not environmentally friendly, but SCL provides a public service few are unwilling to go without.Seattle City Light’s “project share” enables struggling families to pay utilities bills. SCL employees engage in community improvement/restoration projects, and the company has put great emphasis on energy conservation.
Seattle’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Seattle)Educates the public about going out and about in the Seattle area; promotes an active lifestyle.
Seattle Repertory TheatreLabor rights violations from some corporate sponsorsAs the largest nonprofit theatre in Seattle, the Seattle Reperatory Theatre increases community access to the arts
SeeYourImpactPossible unintended consequences from underdeveloped giving projects; overall, a great organization for health.SeeYourImpact is a nonprofit organization that donates 100% of a donor’s gift to a cause. These causes are domestic and international, and range from providing a mentor to a low-income individual or helping a woman in Uganda access family planning services.
ShareBuilder by Capital OneNo obvious negative health impactsAssociates have access to individual and family care insurance plans.
Sock ManiacsNo information on sourcing materials
Spacelabs HealthcareReleased a statement to suppliers informing them California Transparency in Supply Chain Act Disclosure  in light of human slavery and trafficking accusations; Suppliers to who fail to meet expectations threatened terminated, but no evidence of such.A company dedicated to innovative and integrated healthcare; provides clinical education resources.
Student Conservation AssociationSome corporate partners and financial sponsors guilty of labor violations.Enables youth to actively engage in conservation and environmental stewardship; service projects across the nation
Student Edge PaintingInherent exposure to chemical and environmental hazards (paints).Partner with the MS Society, runs an accident prevention program for employees’ safety
SymetraNo negative health impacts identified.Symetra funds classroom projects and raises money for the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
TargetUnsafe lead levels in some China-manufactured toysReuse and recycle programs to promote environmental sustainability, which includes their garment hanger reuse program
T-MobileNo obvious negative health impactsComprehensive health care for employees, including the Wellness Discount Program which offers up to 50% off products and services that promote healthier lifestyles
Twisted Pair SolutionsNo obvious negative health impactsPartnered with Raytheon Company to deliver secure and fast communication amongst first responders (ie. Police, fire, and emergency rescue workers)
Urbansitter.comNo obvious negative health impactsEfficient way to connect qualified babysitters with families who may sometimes be unable to take care of their children
US Army Corps of Engineers Seattle DistrictControversy in management and accountability of flood control and water supply systems has called for reformation of the CorpsInvolved with environmental protection and improvement through restoration projects, water resource management and waste clean up
Valant Medical Solutions, Inc.No obvious negative health impactsWeb-based electronic medical records and administrative services can not only speed up and improve the efficiency of running a medical practice, but also allows practitioners to spend more time in contact with patients.
Valley Cities Counseling and ConsultationNo obvious negative health impactsProvides a holistic framework to provide competent mental health care by offering outreach programs and outpatient clinics. Provides homeless services through housing and support assistance, “wraparound” care for mentally or emotionally disturbed youth, and promotion of health living programs.
Varian Medical SystemsNo obvious negative health impactsDevelopment of critical oncology treatment and x-ray technology to improve diagnostic tests. Technological innovations in radiosurgery treatment and methods
VertaforeNo obvious negative health impactsProvision of efficient insurance software can speed up the processing of patients connected to health insurance companies
Volunteers of AmericaNo obvious negative health impactsOne of the largest providers and developers of afforable housing for seniors, veterans, and youth who are displaced by homelessnes. They also provide specialized support for people with disabilities and early literacy programs for children
WalgreensIllegally offered incentives for federal health care beneficiaries to switch their prescriptions to Walgreens pharmaciesThe Charity Choice program allows Walgreens employees to donate to four organizations promoting health and wellness—Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and United Way. Walgreens partners with these organizations to raise awareness and educate communities
WorkdayNo obvious negative health impactsOffers cloud-based business management innovations to improve integration of workforces. They provide these services to many healthcare and life sciences companies
YahooNo obvious negative health impactsManages online resources for health topics, healthy living, medical treatments, and doctor consulting services.
Zodiac AerospaceNo obvious negative health impactsSpecializes in production and development of safety systems for commercial and business aircraft, as well as space applications.