Welcome to Top Workplaces 2012, an extensive effort to uncover the best employers in the Philadelphia region - as decided by each company's employees. More than 28,000 people took part in this year's survey. We now present the best large, midsize and small companies.
The Health Partners CEO not only talks about compassion. It's something that he strives to accomplish on the job.
Like a boxer who moves up in weight class, Tom Spann - last year's top leader for small workplaces - is No. 1 this year for midsize employers.
THE BOSSES ROUNDTABLE
MEET THE LEADERS
Although workers want to be paid what's fair, how much they make matters less than how they feel about their work and the people for whom they work. That's why we decided to talk to the two women and one man who lead the businesses that came in first this year on the Top Workplaces list.
The leaders of the top workplaces for 2012:
- Large: Jim McFalls, KenCrest
- Midsize: Janet Lorenzon, Artman Lutheran Home
- Small: Judith Krupnick, Cherry Hill Autos
IN THE WORKPLACE: THE UPS, THE DOWNS, THE FUTURE
ROOM TO IMPROVE
ViroPharma's employees - from top execs to scientists to support staff - stay the course by participating in disease education, community activities, patient advocacy and "lunch and learns," regular midday opportunities to meet patients to eat, talk and get to know each other.
At YouthBuild Charter, teachers' rewards aren't just abundant, they're also nearly immediate. Each year, they take 210 high-school dropouts and shepherd them through a rigorous program of academic, vocational, and community learning with a success rate of 75%.
The Philadelphia Eagles want their people to dream big, think big and grow beyond their original job descriptions. In fact, 52 of the organization's employees began working there as interns.
Founded and run by a family that believes in careful financial planning, operating without debt, and keeping employees informed and happy, Lincoln Investment didn't lay off a single worker as the recession came and went.
Training Research Institute's flexible policies on working from home and switching up schedules are integral to not just the well-being of its staff, but also of the people who benefit from their work.
Hands-on, over-and-above coursework is a part of the day-to-day at SPIN, a 40-year-old nonprofit that serves locals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE TOP WORKPLACES SURVEY
Visit the WorkplaceDynamics website for more information about the 2012 workplaces survey, the companies in the survey and an interactive map.