Top Workplaces 2011
Top Workplaces 2011
- The big question: Who gets the Eagles tickets?
The perks can be as important as the pay. They range from from massages and tai chi classes to free gift wrapping and fancy trips. Bonuses and some flexibility in hours also rate high with employees.
Does your workplace offer tai chi, gift wrapping, exotic trips, or Fridays off in the summer? We asked companies what special perks they offer workers. Here are some of the things they do.
The fact that companies are willing to go the extra distance can mean a lot.
In two lively outtakes from our CEO roundtable, our top bosses go back and forth about one of their toughest responsibilities, letting people go. Then, they kick back and talk about one of their favorites: handing out game tickets.
Joining the discussion are Jeff Kaliner, co-founder and CEO, Power Home Remodeling Group; Bill McNabb, chairman and CEO, the Vanguard Group, and Tom Spann, CEO, Accolade Inc.
Their employees hold them up as the best in the Philadelphia region. But in a roundtable talk, it's clear that these company executives, ranked tops in our Top Workplaces 2011 survey, do not consider themselves to be on a pedestal. Here, an edited transcript of their give-and-take.
- How companies see the signs of recovery
- Qualities that the ideal hire will have
Newly published HR research says that although management still matters, workers are at least partly responsible for job satisfaction. “The opposite of engagement isn’t disengagement,” says co-author Rudy Karsan, “it’s apathy.”
Rejoice! More people quit their jobs in December than were laid off or fired. And that, say the numbers crunchers, is a good sign. Some of these workers might have left companies considered the best places to work. Yet there is no firm definition for job satisfaction.
Talk about your high-wire juggling acts: The 58 employees at Charon Planning serve clients that run the gamut from NASCAR to Bryn Mawr College. They are expected to bring their “A” game to any situation.
The benefits package at the Graham Co., an insurance brokerage in Center City, reminds us of our Great Aunt Alice, except that it doesn’t pinch cheeks. Getting married? You get a check. Have a baby? Ditto.
For a “heritage” brand in the prosaic soup, sauce, and beverages trade, Campbell Soup uses surprisingly sophisticated technology to keep its employees in the loop. But there's also a taste of comfort food.
“Candor” and “integrity” aren’t just words on an inspirational poster at Weston Solutions. Candor could mean coming clean when you goof. Integrity gets discussed and applied to everyday behavior.
Employees at Philadelphia’s Mastery Charter Schools graded their organization the best in the region as a place for employees to learn and grow. One thing they cited: Critiques modeling private-sector practices.
Staff at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge are encouraged to define quality for themselves and do it on the fly. For instance, they could satisty a guest's quandary with a solution that delivers a surprise.
ViroPharma employees enjoy the usual complement of seminars, webinars, and computer training that forward-thinking employers offer to keep employees’ skills sharp. And then there’s “Lunch and Learn.”