Camden Property Trust
Camden Property Trust
Best Companies rank: 7
Name: Bridget Riley
Title: Community Manager
Years with the company:

When Bridget Riley started at real estate investment company Camden, she wasn't passionate about housing. "To be honest, when I first started with Camden, it was a job -- it was giving me a paycheck every two weeks," she says. But now, "I'm fully acclimated ... and I believe in it."

Camden was Riley's first job out of college. "In my six years at Camden I have married, had two children, and been divorced. What was shocking in all of that was the amount of support and compassion I received from my employer."

After her divorce, Riley negotiated a flexible work schedule with Camden so that she could stay home and spend more time with her children. She worked from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a full year. At the end of that year, Johnson received the company's "A.C.E" recognition award. "When I got that, there were tears, for the people giving it too. They knew what they were doing, it was like, 'you're moving forward, you're getting it done.'" She still gets choked up remembering it.

The company also offered an environment where she could have fun at work despite her struggles at home. "We're a little nutty and a little crazy from the outside looking in," Riley says. "We do flash mob dances and polar bear plunges on bets."

And that attitude is written in the company rules. Camden has nine different values, Johnson says, including common ones like acting with integrity and being a team player. But, she says, "It's funny because, out of the nine, they always tell us that the most important one is about having fun."

By Shelley DuBois, writer-reporter @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 20 2012: 6:55 AM ET
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