'I come to work with a smile on my face'

Mike Cutrera makes repairs in the service department of Cherry Hill Volvo, where he has worked 22 years.

Small companies - with less than 150 employees - can offer a family atmosphere, flexible schedules, and diverse experiences. Here's how some workers at the region's top small workplaces anonymously completed the statement: "I love my job because . . . "

Chariot Solutions, Fort Washington

Chariot provides me the flexibility to balance my job as a parent along with my day job.

Every employee feels like a friend. I wake up in the morning and can't wait to get to work.

I get paid to do what I love and I have fun doing it.

We get to do new things every day, work with the latest technology, and we work in a great environment. We work at our own schedule and pace.

Cherry Hill Volvo, Cherry Hill

Everyone cares about each other and is quick to lend a hand!

It feels like a home away from home.

I started as a tech in 1981 and have been promoted through the years all the way to senior management.

Charon Planning Corp., Warrington

Everyone has the opportunity to offer suggestions and make improvements at the company. Most folks here really treat the company like they own it.

I am treated like an adult and get to operate in a work environment that allows me to grow as an individual and an employee.

First Financial Group, Bala Cynwyd

I have the flexibility to leave when I need to in order to take care of my aging mother. This is truly a blessing and the main reason I came to work here.

It allows me to be who I want to be for my clients while making the income I need for my family.

Balfour Beatty Communities L.L.C., Newtown Square

Everyone here is so easy to get along with and willing to give a helping hand. It really creates a stress-free work environment. When I mention to people all the things our company does, everyone always says they wish their company was like mine.

Global Tax Management Inc., Radnor

I get the personal flexibility that I need, the education I desire, and the strong family atmosphere that comes with a small company.

The directors of this company are progressive in their thinking.

Evergreen Printing Co., Bellmawr

I'm given the opportunity to grow and make decisions.

I come to work with a smile on my face, and it grows all day long.

We strive to create jobs in an economy when many people are losing theirs.

Omni Hotel-Independence Park, Philadelphia

I am empowered by senior management to make decisions that affect me and our guests on a daily basis.

My boss is very understanding of work/personal life balance. He is very flexible with my schedule needs.

Miller Insurance Agency, Downingtown

I actually love what I do.

I got a lot of opportunities that I didn't have before. Every day I learn something new.

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia

I have the freedom to do the right thing in my job and for the company. I know the company values my work and the employees really appreciate the extra efforts I give.

We work great as a team within all departments. I have wonderful bosses.