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2012 Top Workplaces

2012 Top Workplaces

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.

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.


LARGE COMPANIES

The Health Partners CEO not only talks about compassion. It's something that he strives to accomplish on the job.

 
'Least dysfunctional' and other things workers love at big companies
MIDSIZED COMPANIES

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.

 
Why they love their jobs at midsize firms
SMALL COMPANIES

There is plenty of consensus on the benefits of keeping it small. But if you were to ask small-business owners how life is, you better brace yourself for a litany of hardships.

 
Why they love their jobs at the small companies
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
 
Top leaders: Who they are
IN THE WORKPLACE: THE UPS, THE DOWNS, THE FUTURE

PHILLYINC: A book published last year says that "good" Fortune 100 companies are better investments, create better work atmospheres and are better stewards of the environment.


THE PERKS

What are the "extras" that people love about their jobs? Employees mentioned plenty of vacation trips, on-site gyms, personal trainers, paintball excursions and a relaxed dress code.

INNOVATION

We asked managers: What do you do to encourage innovation by workers? The answers included foosball, an "idea of the month" competition and cash awards.

 

JOB MARKET

Who will be adding workers? And what are an applicant's chances? We asked companies about their prospects for hiring this year. And the answers were encouraging.

ROOM TO IMPROVE

Respect, praise, listening and genuine rewards are among the things many workers value most from their bosses. And they told us when those qualities were missing.

SPECIAL AWARDS
Some employers in the region stood out in our survey based on workers' responses to statements about their company. Here are the top workplaces in six of those categories.
DIRECTION
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.
MEANINGFUL
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%.
CAREER GROWTH
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.
CLUED-IN
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.
FLEXIBILITY
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.
TRAINING
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.

 

Last year's edition of the Top Workplaces survey.

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