Burnham Benefits Ranked #1 "Best Place To Work" By Orange County Business Journal For 2nd Consecutive Year

OCBJ’s Survey of Employees and Managers Named Burnham's Work Environment #1 Among Small Companies

IRVINE, CA (Nov. 13, 2012) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, a leading employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm based in Orange County, Calif., took the top spot for its second year in a row in the Orange County Business Journal’s annual survey of the best places to work. The survey of Orange County managers and employees named Burnham Benefits the number-one place to work in the small business category.

"Given the challenges facing our industry right now, we’re especially proud of our ability to maintain a strong and positive work environment," says Kristen Allison, president of Burnham Benefits. "It’s easy for firms to lose sight of the importance of their staff when things get tough, but that’s something that’s always set us apart. We know that we’re in this together and that nothing sets us apart from the competition as much as our talented, knowledgeable team."

Burnham’s strategy of putting employees first allows the firm to attract and retain the best of the best in the industry, because the staff appreciates the trusting and respectful environment and the ability to "grow at their own rate." Team members formulate personal career goals and are encouraged to strike the balance of work and home life that brings out the best in them. While at work, they benefit from modern green offices featuring natural light, filtered water and expertly tended plants. Weekly catered lunches, birthday parties, holiday gifts, a cozy kitchen and prizes for goal achievement keep things fun. Employees are proud to work for a firm that matches their personal charitable donations of up to $500.

A full-service benefits firm with a team of 40 Southern California employee benefits consultants, Burnham Benefits is a standout organization when it comes to client advocacy, education, preparation and planning. With the latest legislation changes surrounding Healthcare Reform, Burnham Benefits advisors can be trusted as a valuable resource to help companies navigate through the many expected changes, delays and challenges ahead. Burnham Benefit’s unmatched expertise in Pay or Play Modeling, Cadillac Tax Modeling/Benefit Planning and Wellness Plan Design/Implementation are some of the ways the firm’s best-in-class resources can offer companies viable solutions to help improve health and drive costs down.

Burnham Benefits is widely known for its leading-edge, research-driven client solutions that utilize actuarial data and company-specific information with support from in-house underwriters, attorneys, compliance officers and communications specialists. These customized, solutions-based services set Burnham apart from competitors, and are further enhanced by the firm’s continual integration of the latest software, innovative ideas and state-of-the-art online enrollment and administration systems to control client costs and provide optimal flexibility. These strengths have led Burnham Benefits to successfully address the complex and unique needs of companies from a range of industries with focus on maximum value and cost control.

About Burnham Benefits Insurance Services:
Based in Irvine, Calif., Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc. is one of the largest employee benefits brokerages in Southern California and one of the few to specialize solely in employee benefits insurance. Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego employers trust Burnham to understand the unique challenges of the Southern California market. Kristen Allison, president of Burnham Benefits and a 30-year industry veteran, acquired the firm in 1995 from John Burnham Insurance Services, an Orange County mainstay for more than 50 years. Boasting the in-depth industry knowledge and Fortune 500 resources of a large firm, Burnham Benefits prides itself on retaining the flexibility, creativity and consultative service of a boutique. After steady growth of 20 percent annually for the past 10 years, the company serves more than 300 corporate clients throughout the United States and manages more than $500 million in premiums. Working with its colleagues at Burnham Gibson Financial Group, and having the added expertise of in-house underwriters, compliance officers and communications specialists, Burnham Benefits provides an integrated approach to managing a client’s full spectrum of employee benefits. Named Best Place to Work by the Orange County Business Journal in 2011 and 2012, the company has three offices in California: Irvine, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, as well as offices in Oregon and the Washington D.C. metro area. For more information, visit

Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications

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