Welcome to Top Workplaces 2010, an extensive effort to uncover the best employers in the Philadelphia region - from the workers' point of view.
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.
Cashiers, clerks, and stock people, among the several thousand who keep things humming at a family-owned grocery chain, have crowned Brown's Super Stores Inc. the top-rated large employer in the region this year.
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.
In the darkest days of the recession, some executives and business owners gave up bonuses and raises, or agreed to take pay cuts, to save jobs. Some even provided increases for their employees at the same time.
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