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50 Best Small & Medium Companies To Work for in America, 2007



Below are lists of the 25 Best Small and 25 Best Medium Companies to Work for in America. To sort either list by rank (this year's), name or  industry, click the appropriate column heading in the table.

The 25 Best Small Companies To Work for in America

Rank   Company   Employees   Staffing (past year)   Paid Leave (after 1 year)     Employee Training    Health Care    401(k) or 403(b)    Highlights
  2007     2006     Name  Headquarters  Industry   Revenue (millions)      In the
 United States
    
 Change from    
 last year 
 With 6+
 years tenure   
 Hires referred
 by staff     
 Internal    
 promotions 
 Vacation
Days 
Sick
Days   
PTO
Days 
 Avg. hours
 per year 
 per employee     
 % of budget for    
 training
 Premium paid for    
 employees/
 dependents 
 Company
 match/up
 to % of salary 
Great Place to Work Institute Comments

1 1 Badger Mining Corp.     Berlin, Wis.   Mining & Quarrying  Confidential  177  0%  75%  86%  2%  5  5  0  38  20%  100% / 100%  100% / 3% Badger Mining. Employees can take advantage of a flexible schedule, atypical in its shift-driven, hourly industry. There is no limit on time off to deal with family issues. Associates are trained on the company’s decision-making process and are expected to take part where they have expertise.

2 19 InsureMe     Englewood, Colo.   Financial Services & Insurance  $15 million  72  36%  10%  4%  14%  0  0  17  120  1%  85% / 85%  100% / 5% InsureMe. Love is the company’s first value, followed by innovation, leadership and integrity. The Love Team organizes support services, including financial assistance, to employees in need and coordinates employee volunteer efforts at a homeless shelter each month.

3 1 medium list Analytical Graphics Inc.     Exton, Pa.   Information Technology  $50 million  239  -4%  34%  20%  56%  10  10  0  48  2%  100% / 98%  50% / 3% Analytical Graphics. Offices have no doors to encourage openness, and corner offices are used as conference rooms, not enclaves for managers. The firm also has a “brainstorming area” and a fireplace area with comfy chairs. Company values include “It is all about people,” “Flexibility” and “Family environment.”

4 Heinfeld, Meech & Co. PC     Tucson, Ariz.   Financial Services & Insurance  $6 million  54  -7%  31%  14%  46%  0  0  15  80  3%  92% / 0%  20% / 2% Heinfeld, Meech & Co. Everyone’s on a first-name basis in keeping with the company’s values of HEART: Honesty, Excellence, Attitude, Respect and Teamwork. Employees choose the destination for the annual “Trip to Paradise”; in 2006, it was a cruise to Mexico.

5 8 Professional Placement Resources LLC     Jacksonville Beach, Fla.   Professional Services  $43 million  94  24%  13%  97%  *  0  0  12  110  *  88% / 50%  50% / 6% Professional Placement Resources. The company grants up to $3,000 in tuition reimbursement and offers six weeks of paid leave for new moms (four weeks for new dads). During Employee Appreciation Week, people are treated to bowling, catered breakfasts, movies and trivia contests with cash prizes and more.

6 12 Triage Consulting Group     San Francisco   Professional Services  $40 million  229  17%  13%  15%  100%  0  0  20  238  1%  100% / 0%  100% / 2% Triage Consulting Group. A Career Development Squad, made up of the HR staff and selected principals and managers, monitors the progress of each employee monthly. Employees collected more than $820 million for more than 200 hospitals, keeping health care affordable for the un- and under-insured.

7 20 Root Learning Inc.     Maumee, Ohio   Professional Services  $20 million  79  8%  51%  47%  6%  15  5  0  *  2%  83% / 83%  100% / 3% Root Learning. The company promotes individualism with portraits of all 78 “Rootizens” in the lobby. Twice-weekly 15-minute guided relaxation sessions occur in the “brain room,” and in an “idea space” with separate doors for the left- and right-brained (with colored lights connecting the two).

8 4 Insomniac Games Inc.     Burbank, Calif.   Media  $31 million  129  -4%  9%  37%  70%  20  10  0  56  15%  100% / up to 80%  100% / 4% Insomniac Games. The mission statement is simple: “To make great games and have fun doing it.” The CEO hides “bananas” or other silly words in his e-mails; employees who e-mail the words to HR can receive gift certificates, gas cards and other prizes.

9 7 Dixon Schwabl Advertising     Victor, N.Y.   Advertising & Marketing  $13 million  70  27%  16%  90%  25%  0  0  14  100  5%  0% / 0%  25% / 4% Dixon Schwabl Advertising. Fun is a line item in the budget. The company has not had to run an employment ad in five years, and a majority of its employees are hired on referral. Employees give back more than 5,000 hours to nonprofit agencies in the community.

10 6 McMurry Inc.     Phoenix   Advertising & Marketing  $34 million  130  41%  29%  7%  7%  0  0  24  104  *  75% / 25%  n/a McMurry. “Do the right thing” and “Help one another” are among the eight corporate values. The recipient of the Innov8ion Award, designed to reward good ideas, can earn up to $12,000. New moms get six weeks of paid maternity leave, plus $800 for nursing and cleaning services.

11 14 MATRIX Resources Inc.     Atlanta   Professional Services  $164 million  206  7%  41%  9%  25%  0  0  17  60  2%  83% / 76%  n/a MATRIX Resources. The company involves all of its employees in the annual corporate goal-setting process, including operational, strategic and cultural objectives. The CEO holds quarterly meetings with three separate groups of employees, with no managers present, to solicit direct input and feedback.

12 Clark Nuber     Bellevue, Wash.   Professional Services  $21 million  124  9%  33%  22%  14%  20  5  0  89  1%  100% / 25%  10% / 6% Clark Nuber. Tax services employees can get up to $25,000 for a master’s degree, plus 20 paid hours to study per quarter. The firm also pays 100 percent for all professional exams and review courses, professional memberships, and license and certification renewal fees.

13 McWhinney Real Estate Services     Loveland, Colo.   Construction & Real Estate  $20 million  65  51%  9%  15%  11%  0  0  16  120  1%  100% / 0%  n/a McWhinney Real Estate Services. This small but fast-growing firm believes that “roots go deep” and plants a tree for each associate hired. Employees nominate each other for quarterly awards that include Taking Care of the Culture, Taking Care of the Customer, and Taking Care of the Community.

14 Integrity Applications Inc.     Chantilly, Va.   Professional Services  $36 million  199  27%  7%  91%  100%  17  5  0  82  2%  100% / 100%  100% / 4% Integrity Applications. Above-average salaries in the six figures are common, and last year employees enjoyed bonuses averaging $10,000. The company considers military leave as continuing education, so employees get full pay during their two-week Reservist drill time.

15 5 Northeast Delta Dental     Concord, N.H.   Financial Services & Insurance  $208 million  179  5%  47%  11%  26%  0  0  12  252  1%  100% / 50%  n/a Northeast Delta Dental. The Human Resources Advisory Group meets regularly to address issues affecting employees. A Social Consciousness Committee promotes the company’s philanthropic activities. Employees are reimbursed for 80 percent of the costs of college courses, even if they aren’t job-related.

16 23 Runzheimer International     Rochester, Wis.   Professional Services  Confidential  169  9%  60%  5%  9%  0  0  15  54  *  70% / 70%  50% / 6% Runzheimer International. The “Funzheimer” Committee is made up of volunteers who come up with wild and crazy ideas to help celebrate the day, the month or the year. Employees’ services are recognized every five years with paid trips to anywhere from Chicago to the Caribbean.

17 22 archer>malmo     Memphis, Tenn.   Advertising & Marketing  $145 million  119  6%  27%  25%  10%  10  0  8  78  2%  60% / 60%  50% / 6% archer>malmo. Fifty percent of employees occasionally telecommute; 25 percent work on flex schedules. Employees tutor elementary schoolchildren one day per week. Art directors and copywriters can work on their personal charitable causes on company time.

18 9 Bridge Worldwide     Cincinnati   Advertising & Marketing  $16 million  123  12%  9%  40%  50%  10  4  0  284  1%  55% / 55%  50% / 5% Bridge Worldwide. The HR department holds biannual town hall meetings, and the president holds quarterly “share sessions” to solicit employee suggestions on continuous quality improvements. Employees can also post suggestions on a “wiki” on the company intranet.

19 Bowen Engineering Corp.     Fishers, Ind.   Construction & Real Estate  $170 million  206  10%  45%  12%  100%  10  5  0  102  3%  75% / 75%  50% / 3% Bowen Engineering. Most of the employees share ownership of the company. Last year, $2.5 million was paid out to employees through profit sharing and bonuses, and everyone with six months’ tenure (and their spouses) got to go on a “Celebration Trip” to Jamaica or Las Vegas.

20 18 Kahler Slater     Milwaukee   Architecture/Design  $18 million  146  18%  42%  30%  18%  0  0  16  40  4%  73% / 73%  25% / 6% Kahler Slater. Led by three CEOs, or “3EOs,” this design firm adapts its vision statement to reflect employee and client input. A recent addition to the mission is to “secure and nurture the best people.” Employees launched the Culture Corps group to steward firm-wide programs to reinforce the culture.

21 11 Urban Innovations Ltd.     Chicago   Construction & Real Estate  $10 million  96  9%  18%  26%  2%  10  5  0  52  2%  83% / 83%  50% / 4% Urban Innovations. Each department has its own mission statement, all in support of the company goal “to support people in reaching their highest aspirations.” The president takes a couple days each year to clean buildings alongside building maintenance staff and to swing a hammer with construction crews.

22 ENGEO Inc.     San Ramon, Calif.   Professional Services  Confidential  207  -8%  23%  50%  10%  10  8  0  152  4%  85% / 75%  25% / up to IRS limit ENGEO. Employees brainstorm business strategy, and employee committees vote on benefits. Thirty five percent of the company is employee-owned, and over the past 10 years, ENGEO stock valuations have increased more than 2,400 percent.

23 15 Schleuniger Inc.     Manchester, N.H.   Manufacturing & Production  $20 million  60  20%  55%  25%  33%  0  0  15  40  1%  75% / 75%  100% / 7% Schleuniger. Employee focus groups ensure broad buy-in on decisions, and last year employees spent a month working with a consultant to understand their personality differences to improve teamwork. Everyone meets with the president once a year.

24 24 Landrum Human Resource Cos. Inc.     Pensacola, Fla.   Professional Services  $372 million  110  2%  45%  1%  50%  *  *  *  92  3%  100% / 60%  100% / 6% Landrum Human Resource Cos. Employees developed and rolled out their own standards of excellence with “Mayberry Monday” luncheons. The CEO challenged employees to raise $15,000 for a foundation in honor of an employee’s husband and matched that amount with personal funds.

25 Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico LLP     North Andover, Mass.   Professional Services  $9 million  65  20%  18%  6%  13%  0  0  20  80  2%  67% / 67%  50% / 5% Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico. Thank-you lunches paid for by the company allow members to take one another out for lunch in recognition of hard work. Monthly “Breakfast Clubs” are hosted by one of the partners to share ideas, ask questions about the firm, solve world problems and get to know others better.


Notes:
Source: Great Place to Work ® Institute
*: Data unavailable
n/a: Not applicable

The 25 Best Medium Companies To Work for in America

Rank   Company   Employees   Staffing (past year)   Paid Leave (after 1 year)     Employee Training    Health Care    401(k) or 403(b)    Highlights
 2007     2006     Name  Headquarters  Industry   Revenue (millions)      In the
 United States
    
 Change from    
 last year 
 With 6+
 years tenure   
 Hires referred   
 by staff 
 Internal    
 promotions 
 Vacation
  Days 
Sick
Days   
PTO
Days 
 Avg. hours
 per year 
 per employee     
 % of budget for    
 training
 Premium paid for    
 employees/
 dependents 
 Company
 match/up
 to % of salary 
Great Place to Work Institute Comments

1 2 Holder Construction Co.     Atlanta   Construction & Real Estate  $818 million  359  9%  38%  11%  63%  10  6  0  19  2%  100% / 0%  58% / 6% Holder Construction. The firm enhances communication with 23 voluntary cross-peer networks of 14 to 16 cross-divisional employees. Holder’s goals, mission statement and values have not changed in 46 years.

2 The Beryl Cos.     Bedford, Texas   Health Care--Services  $19 million  270  12%  10%  44%  24%  10  8  0  132  15%  85% / 60%  50% / up to IRS limit The Beryl Cos. Everyone in senior leadership is required to spend time each month on the call center floor to interact with team members and listen to calls. The CEO writes 50 notecards a month to recognize and celebrate employees.

3 3 Ultimate Software     Weston, Fla.   Information Technology  $88 million  610  21%  46%  20%  5%  0  0  15  160  2%  100% / 100%  100% / 25% Ultimate Software. Last year, the entire customer support team and their families went to Disney World; the year before, they went to Key West. The IT team also paid a visit to Mickey Mouse, while salespeople who make quota can take their spouses to both Las Vegas and the Bahamas. Every new employee gets stock options.

4 Stark Investments     St. Francis, Wis.   Financial Services & Insurance  $255 million  319  58%  16%  54%  28%  12  8  0  112  *  100% / 100%  100% / 5% Stark Investments. Before the company moved its headquarters from northern to southern Milwaukee, the founders met with all associates to learn how the move would affect their lives. A committee selected the equipment for the on-site fitness center, and associates vote on charitable agencies the company gives to.

5 5 ACUITY     Sheboygan, Wis.   Financial Services & Insurance  $757 million  827  7%  63%  35%  30%  10  unlimited  0  80  1%  81% / 81%  n/a ACUITY. Field office employees have access to an on-site exercise facility, with aerobics and massage rooms, locker rooms (including towel service) and free yoga, spinning and kickboxing classes. The gourmet cafeteria is subsidized, and everyone receives a holiday food basket.

6 Nevada Federal Credit Union     Las Vegas   Financial Services & Insurance  $49 million  308  8%  36%  22%  57%  0  0  16  59  2%  93% / 74%  50% / 8% Nevada Federal Credit Union. This nonprofit firm boasts more than 30 incentive programs, more than 60 training opportunities and more than 16 recognition programs. The CEO hosts an ongoing online chat room through which all employees from any of the 26 branches can ask him questions.

7 7 EILEEN FISHER INC.     Irvington, N.Y.   Design & Manufacturing  $198 million  671  12%  31%  20%  18%  10  6  0  19  1%  80% / 79%  15% / 70% EILEEN FISHER. Employees own nearly a third of this clothing retailer, where profit-sharing bonuses typically range from six to eight weeks of salary, and even part-timers get in on the action. Everyone gets $1,000 per year for wellness, plus another $1,000 for personal development.

8 9 The Integer Group Denver     Lakewood, Colo.   Advertising & Marketing  Confidential  572  13%  34%  32%  16%  10  10  0  25  15%  75% / 25%  67% / 6% The Integer Group. Employees have fun together, whether on softball teams, bowling leagues, bike-racing teams or the hockey team. When an employee exemplifies one of the six Integer values, anyone can give him a token for “The Machine,” to retrieve a shrink-wrapped gift certificate.

9 4 Sage Products Inc.     Cary, Ill.   Manufacturing & Production  $128 million  491  9%  43%  27%  36%  10  5  0  55  2%  70% / 70%  100% / 10% Sage Products. The company still pays private insurance premiums for the wife of its first plant manager, who has been deceased for 13 years. It paid for funerals of associates and their children, and made Christmas happen for a single mother whose husband walked out shortly before the holidays.

10 Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union     Santa Ana, Calif.   Financial Services & Insurance  $306 million  846  10%  44%  54%  36%  0  0  18  136  1%  100% / 100%  100% / 6% Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union. The company sponsors more than 40 different recognition programs, such as The Abe Lincoln Award for managers who express an opinion contrary to the majority. Each year, 100 people who show commitment to company values earn a two-day trip to Las Vegas.

11 11 Lincoln Industries     Lincoln, Neb.   Manufacturing & Production  $85 million  479  13%  27%  10%  71%  10  0  0  30  2%  71% / 54%  50% / 6% Lincoln Industries. Front-line employees can nominate themselves for a program where they can be mentored by executives, and during internal Career Day, people can browse opportunities in other departments. Managers receive 360-degree reviews from direct reports.

12 6 Hypertherm     Hanover, N.H.   Manufacturing & Production  Confidential  716  12%  51%  14%  26%  0  0  15  76  1%  83% / 83%  25% / 6% Hypertherm. Turnover is just above 3 percent at this firm, which is 30 percent employee-owned. There are no time clocks on the factory floor or elsewhere; associates are automatically paid for 40 hours each week and are trusted to notify payroll to the contrary.

13 3 small list The RightThing Inc.     Findlay, Ohio   Professional Services  Confidential  286  155%  n/a  68%  36%  10  unlimited  0  220  4%  100% / 100%  75% / 8% The RightThing. Everyone reports to the CEO; everyone has the title “relationship manager”; everyone sits in same-sized cubicles; and everyone meets with the CEO every other month. Fifty percent of company profits are distributed to all full-time and part-time employees. Turnover is less than 1 percent.

14 23 AMX     Richardson, Texas   Electronics  Confidential  342  3%  55%  26%  37%  0  0  15  132  1%  80% / 70%  100% / 3% AMX. Full-time and part-time employees can receive recognition awards up to $10,000—awards are approved within 72 hours after they are submitted by managers. The cafeteria serves a daily, all-you-can-eat lunch buffet available for just $3, plus free popcorn and drinks.

15 Park Industries     St. Cloud, Minn.   Manufacturing & Production  $81 million  295  16%  44%  27%  42%  0  0  13  47  *  70% / 70%  n/a Park Industries. Full-time turnover is less than 1.5 percent at this firm where core beliefs include, “Associates deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and are essential to our success.” Employees who travel extensively for work receive an additional eight weeks off with pay.

16 Massachusetts Medical Society     Waltham, Mass.   Media  $121 million  410  6%  59%  16%  24%  13  12  0  100  1%  90% / 90%  50% / 6% Massachusetts Medical Society. Founded in 1781, this nonprofit educational institution offers 43 paid days off, including holidays and personal days, after one year; has an on-site backup child care center that allows parents to bring newborns to the center for up to eight weeks; and has an on-site fitness center.

17 21 CXtec     Syracuse, N.Y.   Information Technology  $121 million  343  14%  40%  25%  18%  10  6  0  30  2%  67% / 67%  50% / 6% CXtec. A company choir and house band performs at nursing homes as well as at charitable and company events. The COO asks employees to write down their input on various company programs, initiatives and policies. These ideas are then compiled, and the prevailing ones are implemented monthly.

18 Advanced Financial Services Inc.     Newport, R.I.   Financial Services & Insurance  $63 million  289  27%  23%  53%  22%  15  5  0  79  1%  80% / 80%  100% / 3% Advanced Financial Services (AFS). The mission statement of this medium-sized mortgage lender says that the firm will “Encourage each teammate to succeed,” “Entrust our teammates to make wise decisions,” and “Operate AFS as a family that cares.”

19 Hoar Construction LLC     Birmingham, Ala.   Construction & Real Estate  $350 million  559  30%  20%  35%  40%  10  10  0  156  4%  100% / 50%  50% / up to IRS limit Hoar Construction. Hoar sustains its own university, offering courses to all employees. The company matches every dollar employees donate or collect for community projects, and is starting up a Hoar Construction charitable foundation.

20 12 Michigan State University Federal Credit Union     East Lansing, Mich.   Financial Services & Insurance  $12 million  331  4%  43%  15%  35%  12  13  0  139  6%  100% / 100%  200% / 5% Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. New hires receive five months of cross-training in three separate areas of the organization. They may also participate in a 20-month management development program, which includes shadowing a manager from each department for a total of 12 weeks.

21 InPro Corp.     Muskego, Wis.   Manufacturing & Production  $45 million  369  27%  32%  52%  37%  0  0  15  55  5%  87% / 81%  100% / 5% InPro. Employee perks include scuba diving lessons, on-site personal fitness training, free lunches every Thursday before pay day, gardening classes at lunch and an on-site child care center. The company reimburses tuition up to $20,000.

22 13 Digital Federal Credit Union     Marlborough, Mass.   Financial Services & Insurance  $168 million  701  13%  24%  15%  19%  15  5  0  108  4%  71% / 71%  100% / 6% Digital Federal Credit Union. The intranet is updated daily with a company newsletter, as well as “Success Stories”—correspondence from members regarding how employees have helped them. Employees participate on a rotating basis in Monthly Goal Planning meetings.

23 SuccessFactors Inc.     San Mateo, Calif.   Information Technology  Confidential  333  96%  3%  63%  *  0  0  15  112  *  92% / 92%  n/a SuccessFactors. “Rules of Engagement” for the company include “I will demonstrate respect for the individual,” “I will not use the ‘blind copy’ function in e-mail,” “I will not back-stab or talk badly about anyone.” Everyone gets stock options upon joining this privately held company.

24 SJE-Rhombus Controls     Detroit Lakes, Minn.   Manufacturing & Production  $35 million  267  2%  52%  20%  44%  0  0  12  12  2%  79% / 58%  25% / 5% SJE-Rhombus Controls. At this 100 percent employee-owned firm, employees receive the equivalent of 25 percent of their annual pay in stock that is held in a trust account. Company “owners” enjoy on-site massage therapy, 100 percent tuition reimbursement, a dart board, foosball and pool tables, and a basketball court.

25 Hand Held Products     Skaneateles Falls, N.Y.   Manufacturing & Production  $255 million  794  23%  43%  10%  30%  12  0  5  80  3%  80% / 80%  100% / 3% Hand Held Products. The company sponsors eight active work/life improvement teams. These include a Recognition Team, Safety Team, Awareness/Communications Team, and Life and Workplace Friendly Team. Most of the associates have been there for more than five years; turnover is a low 4 percent.


Notes:
Source: Great Place to Work ® Institute
*: Data unavailable
n/a: Not applicable





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