Best Liberal Arts Colleges to Work For 2013

Liberal Arts colleges tend to be unique in ideals when it comes to education. Hallmarks are small class sizes and a collaborative attitude amongst the faculty and students. In compiling this list of the best liberal arts colleges to work for, we evaluated overall work environment, compensation, and benefits.

#1. Williams College

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Location: Williamstown, MA

Website: http://wwww.williams.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Employees appreciate the satisfying work environment, which features opportunities for collaboration with high quality co-workers, and the mission of the college as key factors in making this a great place to work. The tiny 7:1 student:faculty ratio makes for an immensely satisfying teaching environment.

Notable Perks: Strong benefits overall.

Average Salary: Assistant professors earn an average of $74,000 per year, Associate Professors earn $89,000 per year, Professors earn an average of $130,000 per year.

#2. Washington and Lee University

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Location: Lexington, VA

Website: http://wwww.wlu.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Washington and Lee provides employees with the unique opportunity to work within a liberal arts environment that is also conducive to research.  The school offers strong benefits and a quality, satisfying work environment featuring many interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities.

Notable Perks: One of the most unique perks of working at Washington and Lee is the home loan benefit available to faculty and administrators. The university itself lends the employee the money and holds the mortgage. Payments are automatically deducted from the employee’s paycheck.

Average Salary: Assistant professors earn an average of $66,000 per year, Associate Professors earn $91,000 per year, Professors earn an average of $134,000 per year.

#3. Swarthmore College

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Location: Swarthmore, PA

Website: http://wwww.swarthmore.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Good compensation and benefits, in addition to working at the third ranked liberal arts college in the United States (ranking according to U.S. News and World Report) are both good reasons to work at Swarthmore. Another draw for many employees is the overall mindset of the university focusing on small class sizes (the average student:faculty ratio is 8:1 according to the Education News Career Index) and the classical learning style.

Notable Perks: There are numerous perks at Swarthmore ranging from tuition benefits for faculty, staff, and their families, to personal health programs.

Average Salary: Assistant professors earn an average of $69,000 per year, Associate Professors earn $88,000 per year, Professors earn an average of $126,000 per year.

#4. Furman University

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Location: Greenville, SC

Website: http://wwww.furman.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Excellent benefits make up for a lower than average salary. Furman employees enjoy the work environment afforded by a small, tightly knit institution and the emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Notable Perks: Comprehensive health benefits allow employees to pick and choose their coverage. Medical, Dental, and Vision are all available in addition to strong life insurance and cancer insurance options.

Average Salary: Professors earn an average of $99,300 per year, Assistant Professors earn $57,107 on average. Associate Professors earn an average of $78,200 per year.

#5. Elon University

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Location: Elon, NC

Website: http://www.elon.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: The collaborative governance of the university helps faculty shape the institution into a place with a fantastic teaching environment and encourages administrators to tangibly demonstrate their appreciation for the faculty. One of the great indicators of job satisfaction is this school’s low 3.3% voluntary turnover rate among faculty according to statistics provided by the Education News Career Index.

Notable Perks: Elon employees working 30+ hours per week at the university may attend two courses per semester for free. Dependents of full time staff working at the university receive a 67% discount on tuition at the start of their third year, this increases to 100% at the start of the fifth year.

Average Salary: Full Professors earn $98,800 per year on average, Associate Professors earn an average of $70,600 per year, Assistant Professors average $62,600

#6. Harvey Mudd College

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Location: Claremont, CA

Website: http://wwww.hmc.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: This small university is dedicated to excellence and its employees. The college’s high standards and its emphasis on mathematics, sciences and engineering ensure that faculty gets the benefit of collaborating with like minded co-workers and students.

Notable Perks: While there aren’t many standout perks, benefits and vacation accrual are strong for the industry and the specialized retirement plan is flexible enough to meet a wide variety of needs.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Researchers earn $40,000, Assistant Professors earn an average of $72,000, Administration earns an average of $78,000.

#7. Colgate University

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Location: Hamilton, NY

Website: http://wwww.colgate.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Spectacular benefits, a beautiful campus and a friendly, intelligent workplace are key reasons behind job satisfaction at Colgate University. Class sizes are small, averaging a 10:1 student to faculty ratio according to the Education News Career Index.

Notable Perks: Colgate is devoted not only to the professional development and career of it employees, but also to helping their spouse or domestic partner secure employment in the area or even at Colgate as well.

Average Salary: Assistant professors earn an average of $69,000 per year, Associate Professors earn $89,000 per year, Professors earn an average of $126,000 per year.

#8. Manchester University

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Location: North Manchester, IN

Website: http://wwww.manchester.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Great co-workers encourage a family feeling in this small liberal arts university. According to employee reviews on Glassdoor it is not uncommon for co-workers to take over each other’s responsibilities in emergency situations and supervisors are understanding when it comes to extenuating circumstances.

Notable Perks: Manchester University has a strong devotion to the work/life balance of its employees and seeks to foster a community based around more than just working together.

Average Salary: Assistant professors earn an average of $45,000 per year, Associate Professors earn $50,000 per year, Professors earn an average of $60,000 per year.

#9. Amherst College

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Location: Amherst, MA

Website: http://wwww.amherst.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Employees cite laid back oversight, administrators interested in encouraging innovation and experimentation, and quality, professional, co-workers as key reasons behind job satisfaction.

Notable Perks: Amherst is devoted to professional development and offers employees high quality, educational training opportunities and education assistance programs.

Average Salary: Assistant professors earn an average of $75,000 per year, Associate Professors earn $87,000 per year, Professors earn an average of $135,000 per year.

#10. St. John’s College

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Locations: Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM

Website: http://www.sjca.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Saint John’s College is a unique work environment. Instead of professors, St. John’s has tutors. The reason behind this distinction is that the tutors do not profess, but rather, facilitate discussion in such a way that focuses on learning with the students, instead of teaching them. Faculty at Saint John’s appreciate the opportunity to continue to enrich their own education, and due to the unique class rotation, any tutor may find themselves presiding over any class.

Notable Perks: The small class sizes and fantastic teaching environment are considered huge perks by the faculty, employees also enjoy strong benefits options.

Average Salary: Faculty starting salary is $55,247.

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Education News Career Index was used for salary information and statistical insight into the work environment.

Other information was obtained from college websites.

Best Private Colleges and Universites to Work For 2013

Private colleges and universities can vary greatly from institution to institution, and so can the values of their employees. This list attempts to give prospective employees a good idea of the types of universities that are out there — large, small, religious, secular — and what employees find appealing about each. We considered typical employment packages, working environment, and employee satisfaction.

#1. University of Pennsylvania

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Location: Philadelphia, PA

Website: http://www.upenn.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: The University of Pennsylvania offers strong benefits, competitive pay, a collaborative environment with numerous faculty, staff, and researchers at the forefront of their field. The CEO has a 96% approval rating according to employees surveyed by Glassdoor, which is rare at universities with many opinionated faculty.

Notable Perks: The comprehensive health insurance benefits offered cover medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, and vision.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Researchers earn an average of $43,000 per year, Research Associates earn an average of $50,000 per year, Assistant Professors earn $111,000 per year on average.

#2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Location: Cambridge, MA

Website: http://www.mit.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Good pay and strong benefits are two of the reasons why MIT employees have it good. However, the most common reason to work at MIT is the prestige of the university. This affords employees a chance to work with some of the top people in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences in the world.

Notable Perks: MIT is a large school that manages to maintain a close knit community. The school prioritizes the families of its faculty and staff. MIT offers employees top notch child care, backup child care, and referral services for elder care, making sure that the families of their employees are well looked after.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Associates earn $44,500 per year on average, the average salary for research scientists is $66,800 per year, the average assistant professor at MIT earns $108,200.

#3. Cornell University

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Location: Ithaca, NY

Website: http://www.cornell.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Compensation goes a long way, especially when paired with the low cost of living afforded residents of Ithica, New York. Ivy league professors are often renowned in their field, and student employees, postdoc researchers and grad student employees are afforded very strong networking opportunities in addition to good pay and high caliber education.

Notable Perks: In addition to strong insurance benefits some interesting perks to Cornell faculty and staff are on campus banks with particularly good deals for faculty and staff, on campus dry cleaning facilities, and a meal plan designed specifically for Cornell faculty and staff.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Associates earn $41,000 per year on average, Research Associates earn an average of $49,000 per year, Assistant Professors average $95,500 per year.

#4. Brigham Young University

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Location: Provo, UT

Website: http://www.byu.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Employees appreciate the commitment to academic excellence, and tight knit community of scholars both of which encourage professional and personal growth. Out of 217 reviews on Glassdoor, the CEO has a 98% approval rating and 94% of employees would recommend BYU as a great place to work.

Notable Perks: The benefits package includes an extremely affordable and comprehensive insurance plan that includes Medical, Dental, Term Life, and Disability Insurance all rolled into one package.

Average Salary: Assistant Professors earn an average of $78,000 per year, Postdoc Researchers earn an average of $36,000 per year, Research Assistants earn an average of $34,000 per year.

#5. Boston College

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Location: Boston, MA

Website: http://www.bc.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Employees cite a plethora of different reasons that make working at Boston College great. Reviews on Glassdoor indicate that strong benefit programs, an inquisitive and academically focused culture, and diversity of thought are high on the list of key components in employee satisfaction.

Notable Perks: One of the strongest paid vacation day accrual policies around at every level of employment.

Average Salary: Assistant Professors average $106,000 per year, Research Associates average $43,000 per year, Associate Professors average $88,000 per year.

#6. Carnegie Mellon University

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Website: http://www.cmu.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Employees of Carnegie Mellon University enjoy the extremely focused and academic nature of the culture and are afforded the opportunity to work with some of the best minds in the world. 97% of the 119 employees surveyed by glassdoor approve of the CEO, and 90% would recommend CMU as a great workplace.

Notable Perks: CMU offers employees many perks but the one that best demonstrates CMU’s desire to encourage employee loyalty is the Hannah Gold Advantage program which gives employees cash back rewards on selling or purchasing homes, and contributes money toward closing costs.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Fellows earn an average of $51,000 per year, Graduate Research Assistants earn an average of $24,000 per year, Hourly Student Researchers earn an average of $15.00 per hour.

#7. Brown University

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Location: Providence, RI

Website: http://www.brown.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: The intellectually stimulating work environment, great pay, and fantastic benefits are all key reasons behind job satisfaction at Brown University. 67% of the employees surveyed by Glassdoor approve of the CEO, 87% would recommend Brown to a friend.

Notable Perks: Fantastic insurance plans including health, dental, and vision.

Average Salary: Postdoc Research Associates earn an average of $43,000 per year, Assistant Professors average $88,000 per year, Hourly Research Assistants earn an average of $12.63 per hour.

#8. University of Southern California

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Location: Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://www.usc.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Friendly, easy going administration and co-workers committed to academic excellence are one of the key components of job satisfaction at USC. Administration embraces an entrepreneurial mentality and encourages initiative among employees.

Notable Perks: While none of the perks necessarily stand out in and of themselves. USC offers employees extremely strong benefit options across the board designed to meet a multitude of needs.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Research Associates earn an average of $46,000 per year, Research Associates earn an average of $44,000 per year, Assistant Professors earn an average of $107,000 per year.

#9. Endicott College

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Location: Beverly, MA

Website: http://www.endicott.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: This college places a great value on the insights and contributions of its staff and shows it through collaborative governance, which is a key factor in employee satisfaction at this school.

Notable Perks: None that stand out in particular but strong benefits policies across the board. Rated one of the best to work for in the compensation and benefits category by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Average Salary: The average salary per year for an assistant professor is $61,000, the average salary for associate professors is $70,700 per year, the average full professor earns $81,000

#10. Rice University

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Location: Houston, TX

Website: http://www.rice.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: The multicultural diversity lends itself to a pleasant and challenging academic environment that many employees find satisfying. 91% of 65 employees surveyed by Glassdoor would recommend Rice as a great place to work.

Notable Perks: Rice offers employees tuition remission plans for dependents and reimbursement plans for those that desire to attend other institutions.

Average Salary: Postdoctoral Research Associates earn an average of $43,000 per year, Graduate Student Researchers earn an average of $23,000 per year, Assistant Professors average $79,000 per year.

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Glass Door was used primarily for salary information, and to gather an understanding of employee values and regard for the institution based on employee reviews.

Chronicle of Higher Education was used for salary information in some cases, and their “best colleges to work for honor roll” was taken into consideration when deciding which aspects of the university to focus on when considering employee satisfaction.

Other information was obtained direction from college websites.

Best Community Colleges to Work For 2013

Community colleges play a crucial role in higher education. Many students have begun using community colleges to defray the increasing cost of traditional higher education. In response to this demand, much of the job growth in higher education is taking place at the community college level. This article features ten of the top community colleges to work for in the U.S. All these employers offer a quality work environment and above average compensation and benefits among community colleges. We based our rankings on the strength of three major factors in employee satisfaction: work environment, compensation, and benefits.

#1. Rio Salado College

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Location: Tempe, AZ

Website: http://www.riosalado.edu/Pages/default.aspx

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: One example of Rio Salado’s focus on its employees is the health and wellness coordinator. It is not uncommon for the health and wellness coordinator to arrange massage therapy sessions for faculty and staff during particularly high stress times of the year such as finals week.

Notable Perks: Strong compensation and benefits across the board when compared to most community colleges.

Average Salary: Full time faculty earn an average of $87,000 per year, salaried staff earn an average of $47,000 per year, adjunct and part time professors earn $4,000 per year.

#2. Blue Ridge Community College

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Location: Weyers Cave, VA

Website: http://www.brcc.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Great compensation and benefits, flexible work schedules, and creative freedom for faculty according to an employee review on Glassdoor.

Notable Perks: 100% tuition remission for full time faculty and staff make this community college a fantastic place to work for support staff looking to get started on or finish a degree.

Average Salary: Full time faculty average a $56,000 per year salary, salaried professional staff average $49,000 per year, and adjunct professors average between $1,500 and $2,000 per course.

#3. Howard Community College

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Location: Columbia, MD

Website: http://www.howardcc.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Howard received top marks in ten out of 12 categories on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list. The faculty is engaged with the students and is know to form learning communities outside of class to facilitate important discussion.

Notable Perks: The benefits and perks here meet and in many cases exceed those that are available at other, larger institutions.

Average Salary: Full-time faculty earns an average salary of $69,000 per year, salaried staff averages $50,000 per year, and adjunct professors earn between $2,000 and $4,000 per class.

#4. Panola College

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Location: Carthage, TX

Website: http://www.panola.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Panola has a low voluntary turnover rate among faculty, and it’s only .4% higher among support staff according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. This level of job satisfaction among both faculty and support staff is rare.

Notable Perks: Panola College features strong benefits, including both state administered and optional privately administered retirement plans.

Average Salary: Full-time faculty averages $52,000 per year, salaried staff earns an average of $53,000 per year, and adjunct professors earn between $1,500 and $2,000 per three credit course.

#5. Lake Area Technical Institute

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Location: Watertown, SD

Website: http://www.lakeareatech.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work:  Collaborative governance fosters respect between administrators and faculty, and demonstrates the trust of the administration in the opinions of the faculty while ensuring the intelligence of the staff is being utilized to its full potential. The president has been known to write personal thank you notes to faculty and staff she notices going above and beyond to help students.

Notable Perks: Lake Area Tech offers strong general benefits packages for full-time employees.

Average Salary: Salaried professionals earn an average of $38,000 per year, full-time faculty average $47,000 per year, adjunct faculty earn between $2,000 and $4,000 per course.

#6. Somerset Community College

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Location: Somerset, KY

Website: http://www.somerset.kctcs.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: This small Kentucky community college makes sure that faculty and staff can fully enjoy its idyllic location. The campus features nature trails for walking and running, and the school’s attention to the smallest details is demonstrated by a biology department effort which posted informative signs identifying various examples of local plant life.

Notable Perks: Somerset Community College is strong both in compensation and the benefits offered to full time employees.

Average Salary: Full-time faculty earn an average salary of $48,000 per year, salaried professionals average $39,000, adjunct and part time faculty earn between $1,500 and $2,000 per three credit course.

#7. North Arkansas College

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Location: Harrison, AR

Website: http://www.northark.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: North Arkansas College cares about its employees and their families and features several policies that demonstrate this care. Voluntary turnover among staff in particular is low, at just 1.1% according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Notable Perks: Employees and their families can take any course at the college for a grand total of $5. Employees are guaranteed an extra paid half hour off per day for time they specifically devote to exercise.

Average Salary: Full-time faculty earn an average of $48,000 per year, salaried staff averages $39,000 per year, and adjunct faculty average between $1,500 and $2,000 per three credit course.

#8. Miami Dade College

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Location: Miami, FL

Website: http://www.mdc.edu/main

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Miami Dade College boasts a diverse intellectual community devoted to mutual growth. The college encourages collaboration between students and professors and hosts one of the largest literary events nationwide annually.

Notable Perks: Medical and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement (for those employees attending other schools) and waivers (for those employees attending Miami Dade College) and a host of others.

Average Salary: Salaried professionals earn an average of $45,000 per year, full-time faculty average $65,000 per year, adjunct and part time faculty earn between $2,000 and $4,000 per class.

#9. Tallahassee Community College

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Location: Tallahassee, FL

Website: https://www.tcc.fl.edu/Pages/default.aspx

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Features a great environment for both faculty and staff. The institution goes to great lengths to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Notable Perks: Faculty and staff have access to an employee gym where they can use the facilities, take nutrition classes, and engage the services of a personal trainer, it’s all free.

Average Salary: Full-time faculty earn an average salary of $74,000, salaried staff earn an average of $47,000, adjunct and part time faculty earn between $2,000 and $4,000 per class.

#10. Southside Virginia Community College

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Location: Alberta, VA

Website: http://www.sv.vccs.edu

Why It’s a Great Place to Work: Employees enjoy the small, caring intellectual community they find at this community college. Both the employees and students care about the institution and collaborate on projects to improve the campus.

Notable Perks: This college features several strong retirement plan options.

Average Salary: Full-time faculty earn an average salary of $57,000 per year, salaried professionals average $46,000 per year, adjunct and part time faculty earn between $1,500 and $2,000 per year.

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Glass Door was used for both salary information, and to evaluate employee values and regard for the institution based on the included employee reviews.

Chronicle of Higher Education’s “best colleges to work for honor roll” was taken into consideration when deciding which aspects of the college to focus on while evaluating the components of employee satisfaction.

Other information was obtained from college websites.

The Top 10 Best Large Companies to Work For (5k+ employees)

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Google: BRG’s #1 Best Large Company to Work For

It is easy for an employee at a large company (one with 5,000 or more employees) to feel like just another cog in the machine. Among thousands of other employees it can be difficult to stand out and easy to feel lost in the crowd. This list is of some of the large employers that go the extra mile for their employees, to make sure they are appreciated and that they share in the success of the company, whether that be offering killer benefits, top of the line pay, or amazing perks, some companies make such things available even to entry level associates. This article is part of our feature on The Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S.

Ranking the Best Large Companies to Work For

This list highlights the companies that stand out at making their employees feel like something more than just another worker among thousands.

1. Google

Internet Search, Web Application Development, Mobile App and OS development

Employees love Google, this has been well known for a long time. Google has its pick of employees, the best of the best, but if you make it through the rigorous hiring requirements there is virtually no reason to turn down the job. The pay is outstanding, the company has continued to thrive in these uncertain economic times and the company makes sure to show employees much love. The facilities are state of the art, the free services provided to employees are top notch and you would be hard pressed to find a better benefits package.

2. Net App

Data Storage

NetApp shows its employees the love with huge bonuses based on performance up to 31% of their salary. The setting is a meritocracy which makes it the perfect place for competent, hard working people. There is an on-site fitness center and the average pay for the most commonly held hourly and salaried positions is high compared to other options.

3. Wegmans Food Markets

Grocery Chain

Wegmans is a family owned grocery chain that prides itself on taking care of its family. With strong employee health programs for things like smoking cessation and a 24 hour employee health hotline, Wegmans does what it can to take care of the family. The most common positions are much higher paying than many others in the industry as well and the commitment to health means subsidized memberships at local gyms.

4. Edward Jones

Investment Firm

This investment firm has made it through the recession thus far without laying off a single employee. When times get tough that kind of commitment to employees is almost impossible to find in financial industry. The benefits are competitive as well. All this isn’t to say that the job is easy, but that those with the skills and dedication to succeed will find themselves rewarded here.

5. PricewaterhouseCoopers

Consulting

On site fitness centers, subsidized gym memberships, and fully paid sabbaticals (though according to employees these are fundamentally necessary to survive the demanding hours) are just a few of the basic perks for employees of this consulting firm. The company has some quirks that set it apart as well, like the reverse-mentorship program where younger staff members help older employees understand millennials.

6. Marriott International

Hospitality and Hotels

On-site Childcare, On-site fitness centers and a commitment to the upward mobility of all staff make Marriot a good opportunity for many. More than 3,000 of the company’s managers started in hourly positions. The hospitality industry isn’t an easy one to work in, but Marriott provides its employees with incentive to do well by promoting from within often.

7. Nordstrom

Retail

A strong choice for those looking for entry level positions where high performance is rewarded. Benefits for hourly workers aren’t very strong but the average income of a sales person is $40,000 per year which is high for any retail position and only 9,000 less on average than the average of the most common salaried position.

8. Starbucks

Coffee Chain Stores

Full health insurance benefits for part time work are almost impossible to find, and Starbucks itself has one of the highest part-time work forces in the country. The work can be difficult and hospitality is a stressful work environment but this kind of treatment for part-time employees does show that Starbucks does care about their employees on some level. The wages may not be high on the surface, but full insurance coverage is very expensive.

9. Publix

Grocery Chain

This is the largest employee owned company in the nation and every year employees get stock infusions. It’s more satisfying working for a company where part of your benefits are directly tied to company performance, and that is recognized by the high level management at Publix. The grocery chain also offers the cheapest on-site childcare available, at $130 per month it is nearly ¼ the cost of any other company’s on-site childcare.

10. Recreational Equipment (REI)

Retail

Between fully paid sabbaticals (want to take Saturday off to go rock climbing? That reason alone is good enough, no need to fake sick), free equipment rentals, amazing employee discounts and a culture that loves the outdoors, this is one of the best retail companies out there especially if you love the outdoors. Did I mention benefits for part-time employees? Very strong company for those looking for entry level jobs. Managers make competitive salaries as well.

The Top 10 Best Small-Medium Companies to Work For (15-5000 employees)

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Nugget Markets: BRG’s #1 Best SMB to Work For 2012

One of the most attractive thing about working in a small to medium company (10-5000 employees) is a smaller, more close-knit family feel that can come along with the job. Many of these companies, though smaller, are able to match or exceed the competitive pay and benefits offered by larger corporations. These are ten of the best small companies with a family feel that appreciate their employees and show that appreciation through making sure to match and in many cases exceed pay and benefits offered by larger chains. This article is part of our feature on The Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S.

1. Nugget Markets

Regional Grocery Chain

Another company with a close knit feel, Nugget Markets is a family owned regional grocery chain. The employees love the family atmosphere and it’s easy to feel appreciated when even checkers make an average of over $40,000 per year. The store doesn’t offer as many of the perks that can be found at other companies, but it makes up for it with 100% health care coverage, which is one of the rarest, most valuable benefits to be found.

2. DPR

Construction

If one of the major attractions of small companies is feeling like you’re more than just a cog in the machine, then DPR Construction hits the nail right on the head. Employees are encouraged to attend quarterly meetings and give their input on various topics, the benefits are strong with fully paid sabbaticals, an on-site fitness center and subsidized gym memberships. The average pay for the most common salary and hourly positions is very competitive. DPR does it right.

3. Build a Bear Workshop

Novelty Toy Manufacturer and Retailer

Good health insurance and a 401k plan combined with a small, family atmosphere and the joy of making bears for children combine to make Build-A-Bear workshop a great place to be employed. The pay is very good and the employee satisfaction is high, which is demonstrated by a turnover that is roughly half the industry average.

4. Umpqua Bank

Bank

Umpqua Bank is odd for a bank. The family feel contributes to employee satisfaction and the amazing benefits are another factor in this. There is a tuition reimbursement program, a professional dress advance to help employees purchase appropriate attire, 100% health coverage, 401k, employee assistance program that aids employees dealing with various issues, special product pricing and ample opportunity to develop your professional skills and advance your career with the company.

5. Plante Moran

Auditing

This auditing firm makes sure to provide its employees with the chance to give back. Every office has volunteer teams that do everything from making care packages for troops stationed overseas to working with local shelters. On-site Childcare, fully paid sabbaticals and subsidized gym memberships are just some of the benefits of working for Plante Moran. All of this combined with very competitive pay at all levels of employment make this company great to work for all around.

6. Hasbro

Toy Manufacturer

Good benefits, good pay and a strong emphasis on family make Hasbro a great company to work for. This toy manufacturer regularly hosts events for employee families. The annual voluntary turnover is just 3% which is incredibly low for a primarily manufacturing company.

7. NuStar Energy

Energy

A family feel is not the first thing one expects when thinking about an energy company but NuStar pulls it off. The benefits are fantastic, the company pays 100% of employees health insurance premiums, will match 401k contributions up to 6% of the employee’s salary and the company does whatever it can to aid employees going through a crisis including a track record of lending the corporate jet to employees that need to make a fast trip due to death or other crises.

8. Perkins Coie

Law Firm

Another of the top mid-sized companies to work for, Perkins Coie tries to keep the atmosphere both productive and fun. This means the law firm even has happiness committees whose responsibility it is to gauge the overall happiness and satisfaction of the employees and if this is found to be lacking, throw a party or another event to raise company morale. Everybody, from legal secretaries to associates is very well paid and Perkins Coie is another example of a company devoted to caring for its employees, paying 100% of employee health insurance premiums.

9. TDIndustries

Construction

This construction company is employee owned and operated and the company holds regular meetings between employees and executives where the opinions of employees are considered and respected in the decision making process. The core of the company’s management philosophy revolves around the idea of servant leadership, meaning everybody works together and serves one another in order to keep company morale high. The benefits are pretty standard, but it is rare to find a company that values the input of employees to the extent that TDIndustries does.

10. FactSet Research Systems

Investment Firm

This investment firm offers employees loads of benefits, not the least of which is 100% health insurance premium coverage but there is a focus beyond this on the general morale of the employees. This company definitely understands at least one basic thing about people. This is that people love free food, and the company delivers. Free lunches, cheese trucks, pie trucks, barbecues and more are all part of the food loving culture at FactSet, don’t worry, they also have an on-site fitness center and subsidized gym memberships so everybody can work off the extra calories.

About this List

This list is based on an original list of top small business employers developed by Dan Chambers of Pipe Up Media, a small business consulting firm specializing in online marketing for small businesses.

The Top 10 Best Healthcare Companies and Hospitals to Work For

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The Everett Clinic: BRG’s #1 Best Healthcare Company to Work For

This industry is famous for long hours and high pressure, difficult work that requires a lot of education. For those that are qualified, however, there is much opportunity in the field as healthcare is a fairly recession-proof industry. Many of the top healthcare providers offer top of the line pay and benefits to attract the highest caliber employees available. This article is part of our feature on The Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S.

Ranking the Best Healthcare Companies and Hospitals to Work For

1. The Everett Clinic

A small family atmosphere at this physician owned clinic with an emphasis on employee appreciation and 100% health care coverage, the Everett Clinic really knows how to make its employees feel like family. Employees that have done something to stand out may receive a herogram which may entitle them to a day off or even some cash.

2. Scripps Health

On-site child care and fitness center are a couple of perks Scripps offers in addition to relatively standard benefits packages. The thing that really sets them apart is that they pay out large bonuses to employees based on patient satisfaction.

3. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Company garden, subsidized tuition, and fully paid sabbaticals are nice perks of working here, but not the real reason anybody does. Employees derive a great sense of satisfaction out of working for this non-profit research hospital where families won’t pay a dime for the treatment their child needs.

4. Baptist Health South Florida

Offering an unbelievable array of benefits, BHSF has a track record of investing in its employees. Everything from the $26.5 million in matching contributions it put in to employee retirement funds in 2009, to the $176,000 it spent helping employees buy their first house. The loyalty this inspires is obvious in the 4% voluntary turnover which is incredibly low in this high turnover field.

5. Novo Nordisk

This company that specifically caters to the health concerns and treatment of diabetics is focused on changing lives. The benefits for employees are extensive with many optional programs of which to take advantage. These include adoption assistance, and every sort of insurance from health, travel and life insurance to pet insurance. A credit union and strong 401k plans are also part of the offerings.

6. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Employees here are treated well and the upper management makes sure to show their appreciation for all of the work. Strong benefits, competitive pay and basic perks make this a great place for those that want to make a difference in the lives of children, a satisfying and fulfilling occupation in and of itself.

7. Atlantic Health

Atlantic Health recognizes that sometimes it’s the little things that help employees get through a stressful situation and thus commonly offers acupressure sessions for those going through a stressful time. They also offer fantastic benefits with a wide array of options for those in every stage of life and every sort of need.

8. Mayo Clinic

Incredibly low voluntary turnover and 25% of their staff has been there for over 15 years are both good indicators that employee satisfaction at the Mayo Clinic is high. A standard array of competitive benefits and employee appreciation initiatives no doubt contributes to the satisfaction of those working at this non-profit research institution.

9. Meridian Healthcare

Competitive pay and a strong benefits package contribute to employee satisfaction. The company is committed to competent management and employee satisfaction through striving for excellence in every aspect of their services and interactions with the patients and guests.

10. Ohio Health

Strong benefits packages and competitive pay aren’t enough when it comes to Ohio Health. They also find ways to surprise employees with gift cards and other small favors to brighten their day and thank them for the work they do.

About the Author

Susan Montgomery, editor of the website Prerequisites for Nursing, contributed to this article.

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