Saturday, December 20, 2014

Top Workplaces

Top Workplaces 2014 is an effort to discover the best employers in the Philadelphia region - as decided by each company's employees. More than 34,000 were surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics of Exton. Here are their findings for best large, midsize and small companies, including firms based elsewhere that have a major area presence.

Four words are painted on a meeting room wall in Keller Williams' Center City office: "Learning for earnings sake." It's an approach that has served the company well.

How many people can say they never want to leave their job? It's common, these days, for workers to bounce around jobs; after all, the quit rate is the highest it's been since 2008 during the recession. But for the employees at Graham Co. - the Philadelphia commercial insurance brokerage - things are done a little differently. They want to stay.

Michael Rappaport's strategy for keeping employees happy isn't complicated. The CEO of Chariot Solutions, a software development firm in Fort Washington, simply listens.

Being a top leader in today's corporate world takes a good ear, strong communication skills and a willingness to trust your workers, traits shared in abundance by chief executives William S. George, Corey Schiller and Michael Rappaport, according to their employees.

Jesus Feliciano is a man of few words. Fortunately, his actions say plenty about him. Feliciano, 27, a patient at MossRehab's outpatient facility in Elkins Park, was shot multiple times in the neck near his North Philly home in 2008.

The company has long provided medical and dental benefits for same sex partners, and new moms returning to work are not only given the option to breastfeed, the company provides equipment, privacy and time off.

For more information about the 2014 workplaces survey, the companies in the survey and an interactive map, visit the WorkplaceDynamics website.

GO TO WORKPLACE DYNAMICS' WEBSITE

Nominations are open for Philly.com's annual Top Workplaces survey. To nominate a company or organization, click here or call (484) 323-6270 by Oct. 24. To see last year's winners, click here.

See who the winners were in last year's edition of the Top Workplaces survey.