Adventure Life

Jonathan Brunger, Jenny Johnston and Mary Curry, from left holding pictures of their children, and Kassi Magruder, sitting, have taken advantage of the travel company Adventure Life’s flexible policies with regard to paid leave after having children.

Adventure Life, a Missoula-based adventure travel company that specializes in organizing international tours, offers a host of generous and unique policies and benefits to keep employees happy.

“I have a pretty extensive list of why I love working here,” said employee Lynessa Nelson. “My favorites include the international travel opportunities, my flexible schedule and the amazing team environment.”

The Travel Education Opportunities allow employees who sell tours to experience the destinations like Peru and Egypt first-hand so they can better serve their clients and answer questions.

Nelson’s dog had surgery recently, and her schedule allowed her to telecommute until he was better.

“Our CEO has made it a priority to invest in technology that allows us to connect from anywhere, a great tool to have when juggling a hectic family schedule,” Nelson said.

The company has implemented a paid maternity leave policy that gives new mothers four weeks of paid absence if they’ve worked there for three years, and new parents can bring their babies in the office until they’re six months old.

Twice a week, a Pilates/barre instructor teaches a class in the company’s break room.

“The casual environment helps me work as a team with my coworkers and managers,” Nelson said. “Instead of sitting in a conference room for meetings, we take a walk around the neighborhood for a quick stretch to get the blood and creativity flowing again.”

General manager Jonathan Brunger said that the company also has a unique policy called Pursue Your Passion.

“Adventure Life will pay 50 percent up to $300 of your costs to spend on a gym membership, recreational team fees, a Snowbowl pass, taking a photography class or any interest that you have,” he said. “We know you have outside interests outside work, and we want to motivate you to pursue that.”

Nelson said the company fosters a balanced environment to maintain productivity at work, and longtime workers “nurse and foster” new hires.

“Our leaders foster a family-like atmosphere and managers all have open-door policies,” she said. “We hold ourselves to a very high standard and so we appreciate the chances to blow off steam together during birthday celebrations or beer Fridays with growlers from Draught Works brewery next door.”

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