'I feel empowered to make a difference'

Marc Simmons (left), Ed Mackey, Christie Wichner, Frank Stoner, Amanda Brewer, and Jim Woodburn discuss software that tracks satellites and debris in space from the boardroom at Analytical Graphics Inc. in Exton.

At midsize employers - those with 150 to 499 employees - many workers responded to our anonymous survey with praise for the people, missions, and even the fast pace at their companies. Here's how some at the top midsize workplaces anonymously finished the sentence "I love my job because . . ."

The Graham Co., Philadelphia

There is a lot of opportunity to grow and all of my coworkers are extremely smart and motivated.

It's a fast-paced environment.

I am empowered, trusted, and given the resources to do what is necessary to succeed.

I am not micromanaged, rewarded for success and supported when I occasionally make a mistake.

Power Windows & Siding, Brookhaven

I have been able to succeed both financially and professionally.

I am thanked on a daily basis for coming to work and doing a good job.

The people [I] work with are great, and make work fun, and time just flies.

Microsoft Corp., Malvern

My teammates all have different backgrounds, educations, personalities.

I feel empowered to make a difference.

We all truly care about each other.

Artman Lutheran Home, Ambler

I enjoy helping my clients. They show so much gratitude.

As a faith-based organization, we strive to meet the spiritual, psychological, mental, physical, and social needs of all of our residents.

We are doing things to help people and having fun doing it.

The Michaels Organization, Marlton

I know just what is expected of me to complete my day's work.

I am respected and encouraged to excel.

I can't say that I love my job, but I can say that I love working for the Michaels Organization.

Analytical Graphics Inc., Exton

I feel that I do something valuable for my country.

I get to work on tough and interesting problems whose solutions have a real impact on the rest of the world.

I have the opportunity to influence the direction of the company and work on problems that I deem to be important.

Weston Solutions Inc., West Chester

As long as I'm willing to try something new, others are willing to let me. You can make your own path.

It provides balance in my life.

Weston provides me the flexibility to work from home or on weekends so that I can balance work and life.

ASTM International, West Conshohocken

I feel empowered to make a difference within an organization that has a positive impact on health and safety around the world.

I'm doing what I've always dreamed of doing. My opinion is listened to and considered in most cases. I feel respected by my superiors and peers.

TruMark Financial Credit Union, Trevose

I have learned valuable skills while employed at TruMark Financial, as well as formed many new friendships with coworkers.

I do not feel stressed, and if I have a problem, I can go directly to the source without feeling pressured. . . . It makes you want to come to work and give it your all.