Top Workplaces 2010
Top Workplaces 2010
The lunchroom Wii, scholarships, weekly bring-your-dog-to-work days, four-hour Fridays, rafting trips, extra cash for gasoline, karaoke parties, picnics, pool tables, and a CEO as the ice cream man.
We asked companies about special perks for their employees, and how they foster workplace fun. Here are some of the things they do.
The Graham Co., a commercial insurance brokerage, puts huge demands on employees. In exchange, owner William A. Graham IV plows money back into the firm. But it took more than perks to win top honors among medium-size companies.
Critics say American businesses often pay too much attention to the next quarter's results. At Chariot Solutions, which led the small-company pack in the Top Workplaces 2010 survey, management has charted a different course.
We brought together the three chief executives whom employees in our Top Workplaces 2010 survey chose as the Philadelphia region's top leaders to ask what it takes to be a great boss in today's lousy economy. Here is an edited transcript.
Jeff Brown joined Michelle Obama at this year's State of the Union address, an honor that recognized his efforts to bring full-fledged supermarkets with fresh foods to poor urban neighborhoods.
Note the tan: On the day we held our roundtable discussion, Harris Fishman had just flown in from Cancun, where he had treated 15 of his top performers and their significant others to four days of fun in the sun at the Ritz-Carlton.
Jeff Kaliner's company is a home-remodeling contractor specializing in energy-efficient windows, doors and vinyl siding. He has ramped up the business since our survey and now employs about 250 workers.
PhillyInc: Gather together 20 people in a room and you're likely to hear 20 different horror stories about how dreadful their work environment is. When is the last time you heard someone gush, "I have the best boss!"
For a crew of software developers, Chariot Solutions employees were notably un-Dilbert-like in their answers to our survey. Credit a company policy that lets workers spend 10 percent of their time indulging their inner geek.
Global Tax Management Inc., of Radnor, provides corporate tax services, which would seem like the very recipe for frustration. Part of the chill vibe may come from the company's employee stock plan. Part is intrinsic.
Valley Forge-based Vanguard has $1.3 trillion worth of people's nest eggs in its hands, so it may come as a relief to know that the company's employees rated their workplace higher for ethics and values than workers at any other firm.
A full-time workweek at CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., which has 178 employees locally, can be as short as 30 hours and still qualify for full benefits. The firm is also among the greener companies in the Fortune 500.
Special People in Northeast Inc. or SPIN is a non-profit organization that runs group homes, early-intervention programs for children, and a raft of community services, including rides to church or the mall. Efficient social services? In Philadelphia?
The vaunted training program of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. is like a college curriculum, with core requirements and electives at every stage from entry level to top management, and beyond.