Sunday notes: One of best companies to work for? EOG

THE HERALD | Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:15 am

Forbes magazine, in conjunction with the Great Place to Work Institute, recently came out with its list of the top 100 companies to work for, and coming in at No. 72 was EOG Resources.

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a random sample of employees who are asked about their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third is based on pay and benefit programs, hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible for the list.

EOG is based out of Houston, but of course operates one of the largest frac sand processing plants in the nation right here in Chippewa Falls. It has 2,266 employees, and has increased its workforce by 9 percent in the past year.

What makes it come in at No. 72? Forbes says, “The oil and gas driller shares its growing wealth with employees, who are all stockholders. In the past 10 years, the stock price has shot up 500 percent, to $120.” ...

More room at the inn

The Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls opened its doors this past Monday, and it hit the ground running.

More than 1,000 people toured the 78,000-square-foot facility at 2175 E. Park Ave. during an open house last month. While our Jan. 19 story on the dedication said the home had received 199 reservations for its 72 beds, it turns out those were inquiries and didn’t wind up automatically on a waiting list.

Kelly Swartz, manager of market development for Health Dimensions Group, the outfit that is managing the home, said Friday that they actually still have around 20 open beds. So veterans who are still interested in moving in can still apply. ...

Where did they go?

The Cornell School District wants to find out all of the former rural schools that once made up the district.

It has compiled a partial list: Fairview, Keystone, Cleveland Center, Estella, Eleonor, Point View, Golden Rule, White Pine, Huron State Graded and Colburn-Pike Lake.

Anyone who knows of others is asked to call the district at 715-239-6463. ...

A farmer’s share

Ever wonder how much farmers are getting paid for meats and produce at the supermarket? Not very much, according to Wisconsin Farmer’s Union.

Figures from the United States Department of Agriculture show on average only 15.8 cents of every food dollar spent goes back to farmers and ranchers.

Farmers receive 85 cents for a $5.33 pound of bacon, 19 cents for a $2.99 loaf of bread, $1.72 for a $4.19 gallon of milk, and $1.06 for a $3.49 carton of a dozen eggs.

Most of the price tag goes to off-farm costs such as marketing, processing, distribution and retail. ...

Poll results

Using a state surplus to cut Wisconsin’s income tax found favor with many responding to a poll question on the Herald’s website, www.chippewa.com.

A total of 29.4 percent of respondents liked using the surplus to reduce state income taxes, an idea also supported by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Another 26.6 percent said the state should bank the money. That was followed with 24.4 percent saying the money should be used to boost education funding.

The rest: 9.2 percent said the money should be used to increase highway funding, and 3.9 percent said the surplus should be used to reduce the state sales taxes.

This week’s question asks: Should Gov. Walker accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage?