CIRI companies score high marks from employees in Best Places to Work survey

(Anchorage, Alaska) Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native regional corporation based in Anchorage, and its subsidiary CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation placed among the top ten best places to work in Alaska according to an independent survey conducted for the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

The assessment, performed by Best Companies Group, collects feedback from employees of participating companies who anonymously fill out a detailed questionnaire. The survey focuses on eight core areas, including:

  • Leadership and planning
  • Corporate culture and communications
  • Role satisfaction
  • Work environment
  • Relationship with supervisor
  • Training
  • Development and resources
  • Pay and benefits

“CIRI is thrilled to be recognized by our employees in this way,” said Sophie Minich, president and CEO of CIRI. “Our reason for participating in the survey was to use the feedback to ensure we are providing our employees with the tools and support to achieve success. Our greatest asset is our dedicated team of employees, and their satisfaction is important to CIRI. It drives our success as a corporation.”

In addition to CIRI’s recognition, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary, not only placed in the top ten – it returned the highest score. CIRI Alaska Tourism owns and manages a package tour and booking company, three lodges and Alaska’s #1 wildlife and glacier cruise company. For more information about CIRI Alaska Tourism, visit

The results of the survey are published in the Alaska Innovator magazine, a partnership between the Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. To learn more about the Best Places to Work survey, visit

About CIRI

Proudly owned by more than 8,300 Alaska Native shareholders, Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is one of a dozen Alaska-based regional corporations created by the Alaska Native Settlement Act of 1971.  Today, CIRI is recognized as a model of success, with business interests across Alaska and around the world.  Every decision we make is guided by our reason for being: to promote the economic and social well-being and Alaska Native heritage of current and future generations of shareholders. Since its inception, CIRI has provided more than $1 billion in cumulative dividends and distributions to shareholders.