At Peckham Inc., 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 273 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.43. It was published on Jul 21, 2016. 7406 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People celebrate special events around here.

What They Do

We asked Peckham Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Peckham is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization. We believe in the abilities of people with disabilities. Through dozens of human services programs and five social enterprises we provide opportunities so clients can experience meaningful employment and personal growth.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Education & Training
US Headquarters: Lansing, Michigan US Sites: 15
Major Locations: Lansing, MI, Michigan; Charlotte, MI, Michigan; Phoenix, AZ, Arizona; Grand Rapids, MI, Michigan; Battle Creek, MI, Michigan; Coralville, Iowa US Employees: 358
US Revenues: $162 million Worldwide Revenues: $162 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1976

Peckham Inc. has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2016 (ranked 38)

Best Workplaces for Flexibility 2016 (ranked 13)

Best Medium Workplaces 2015 (ranked 11)

We love being pet friendly

Perks and Programs

We asked Peckham Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • MEe: MEe Goals: MEe Goals are the Mission Engagement experiences that are provided to allow opportunities for staff to touch, feel and become part of the unique Peckham culture. These goals help drive the mission of maximizing opportunities for persons with disabilities and other barriers. Each year the goals are evaluated to maximize areas of impact for the people served. The goals this year are in the following areas: Sustainability, Inclusion & Diversity, Health & Wellness, Advocacy, and Peckham University. Each year, the Board of Directors approves a Mission Alignment incentive (bonus) based on the ability of the staff to meet the MEe goals.
  • Workplace Flexibility: : Peckham believes flexibility is essential to recruit and retain today’s top talent and the next generation of leaders. Employees are encouraged to work in a manner that works best for them. Peckham encourages flexible thinking and entertains most reasonable requests for flexibility. For some employees it is working from home on occasion, others bring their dogs (or rabbits or marasets) to work, while others flex their time to take continuing education classes. We are trying to make a culture of 'YES' sure you can do that. Giving employees permission to ask for things that would make them more happy at work and increase their flexibility has been very successful.
  • Minigrants: Peckham employees are encouraged to find ways to improve the lives of the individuals that are served and write “minigrants” to the foundation for up to $10,000/year to implement the change. The foundation provides $120,000 per year for funding of these projects. Some of the projects have provided technology for deaf clients to communicate with each other, others have helped clients obtain drivers licenses, take meditation and stress reduction classes, and put on the AbilityTour cycling event to highlight what individuals with disabilities can do given the right assistive technology. Many of these minigrants become essential to either the operations of the organization or to the mission and then they become part of the annual budget and no longer funded by a minigrant.
  • Wellness Incentives: : The Peckham Wellness program encourages all employees to increase their activity and ownership of their personal wellbeing, wherever they are on their wellness journey. In addition to generous fitness incentives (up to $47/pay check) for passing fitness test (for both staff and their spouse/partner), $50/month gym reimbursement, free fruit, Peckham encourages emotional and work life balance as well by providing onsite massages, Employee Assistance programs, and dog friendly worksites. Peckham is also dedicated to improving employee health by offering $750/year for both smoking cessation and weight loss benefits. Peckham also recently started a sustainable farm to provide fresh produce to employees and reasonable prices.
  • Smartphones and technology: Peckham provides all salaried staff unlimited usage smartphones and encourages them to use them not only to stay connected with work, but to stay connected throughout the day with their family. Staff are encouraged to capture photos and videos of cool success stories that happen throughout the day that are then shown to the entire company once a quarter. Employees can have their family members on the corporate phone program and have access to cell phones and cheaper monthly bills.  Hourly workers can participate in the corporate phone program, but are not encouraged to work off hours on their phones or to make sure they are documenting that as time worked.
  • I Thrive, Work Here, Grow Here, Stay Here: i Thrive is our new leadership development program. Under the umbrella of Peckham University, we have developed an entire curriculum of training and development opportunities for staff to become better leaders. There are 12 different programs with several layers of development under each program. These leadership experiences will range from; helping develop our staff to be better and more effective and think about taking on more responsibilities, to those wanting to become entry level managers, up through mid-level managers and up to include executive mentoring, coaching and professional development plans for our executive teams.
  • Local and sustainably grown produce: Through the Peckham farming business, staff can purchase shares in the farm and collect weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) basket each week through the harvest season. In addition to the CSA baskets, Peckham Farms produce is served at the Headquarters in the cafeteria where staff can create an amazing salad and other entrees and know that it was grown locally and sustainably by their fellow coworkers. The Sous chef from the café also does cooking demonstrations to show staff how to prepare and serve various seasonal vegetables and then sells all the cleaned and cut ingredients at a low cost to the employees.


75% Company-paid health coverage for employees 50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
75% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 25 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$17,000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Banking
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Personal travel service
Veterans Day 'Sandbag Mile' Fundraiser


27 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 27 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
13 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 1 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (65% use it)
  • Job sharing (3% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (3% use it)
  • Telecommute option (10% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (6% use it)


65 days Job-protected maternity leave40 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
58 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take65 days Job-protected paternity leave
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$3,000 Adoption benefit65 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (at all locations)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

24 hours Paid time off to volunteer $120,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$25,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • 'Chief People and Culture Officer' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Speakers of English as a second language; Employees reentering the workforce
  • 25 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Smoothie Day


One of our water drives for nearby Flint Miichigan

How to Get Hired

We asked Peckham Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

If an individual is compassionate and believes that people matter to them, a whole heck of a lot – if they are open-minded, respect and embrace diversity and believe that different is awesome – if they believe in the idea of allowing people to be 100% authentic and genuine, and aren’t afraid to express themselves, share their ideas and take risks – if they believe in doing great work, and being proud of the success of each individual and the team as a whole – if they put “We” before “Me” and believe in the power of community, and contributing to something bigger than themselves – and if they believe successful work is about finding the balance of work and play, of mission AND business, AND everything in between, than that individual would be a great fit for our company.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Great prospective employees are individuals who through previous work experience, volunteer experience or life experience have demonstrated an interest and passion in becoming a member of a unique community. One that shares a commitment to working together to make a positive impact in providing opportunities in the employment, training and education, life enhancement and overall well-being of individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  We Believe in hiring people who think people matter, a whole lot... We believe in hiring people who think different is awesome.   We believe in hiring people who like freedom to thrive.  We believe in hiring people who do great work.  We believe in hiring poeple who are proud of what they do.  We believe in hiring people who think 'we' is the password.  Last, we believe in hiring people who embrace the 'and'.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Knock on wood, we arent expecting any higher level positions to turn over this year.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit us on our website at Follow us on social media; including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.  Or look for us on

hiring Outlook

80 Job openings forecast for coming year 5% Job Growth
38 Average applicants per opening 2,750 Applications received
70 Positions filled in past year 10% New hires by employee referrals
15 New positions created 48 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 8 New graduates hired
7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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