BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Boston Globe’s annual Top Places to Work magazine honors Bright Horizons, Google Cambridge, and Institution for Savings as the top employers in Massachusetts, according to a most important constituency: their employees. The 44-page magazine, which ranks the top 100 workplaces in the state, will be published November 6 in the Boston Sunday Globe and is also featured on BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com.
The newspaper’s fourth annual Top Places to Work report recognizes 100 employers in three size categories, based on the number of employees in Massachusetts. Topping the charts were: Bright Horizons in the large category; Google Cambridge in the medium; and Institution for Savings in the small.
“This year’s three winning companies are uniquely different, but they all have one thing in common: they retain talented employees by creating an engaging and flexible work environment,” said Boston Globe business editor Shirley Leung.
Bright Horizons, the Watertown based company operating 800 child care centers worldwide, earned top honors for the second year in a row in the large employer category. Employees say their work environment is engaging, flexible and accepting.
Google Cambridge, first in the medium category, is a company that brings together some of the brightest minds in technology and creates a work environment best described as a “techie fantasy land.”
Institution for Savings, the Newburyport bank that is number one in the small category, views its employees as family, paying 100 percent of workers’ health care premiums and giving cash bonuses to celebrate personal milestones, such as weddings.
In addition to the rankings, Top Places to Work 2011 features an executive roundtable on recruiting talent and a roundup of the region’s best company perks. Find out which company gives all employees iPads, and which one features an in-house bar.
The Boston Globe’s 2011 Top Places to Work survey was conducted by WorkPlace Dynamics of Exton, Pa., specialists in employee engagement and retention. The Globe invited 1,076 employers to participate in the survey; 237 organizations employing a total of 200,000 people completed the process. Completed surveys were received from 73,813 individuals, who rated their employers based on such factors as compensation, career opportunities and quality of management.
The Top Places to Work magazine also includes online extras, such as videos, sortable rankings, photo galleries and more data on each of the 100 listed companies. All can be found at www.bostonglobe.com/topworkplaces and www.boston.com/topworkplaces. You can also follow Top Places to Work news on Twitter at #topplacestowork.
By Tim Spagnola
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