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    The Globe’s 2012 Top Places to Work list expands

    Employees like Helen Yuan, David Marr, and Jorge Romero helped make the Boston Harbor Hotel the top medium employer in this year's survey.
    Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff
    Employees like Helen Yuan, David Marr, and Jorge Romero helped make the Boston Harbor Hotel the top medium employer in this year's survey.

    Is your organization on The Boston Globe’s 2012 Top Places to Work list?

    The Globe will reveal on Sunday our annual ranking of the region’s best employers. The results are based on a survey of more than 81,000 employees representing more than 300 organizations. Employees are asked to rate their organizations based on several factors including confidence in leadership, whether workers feel appreciated and how much training is offered.

    This is the fifth year the Globe has conducted the survey with its research partner WorkPlaceDynamics, specialists in employee engagement and retention.

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    New this year is inviting companies with 50 to 99 employees to participate in our survey. Top Places to Work now honors employers in four size groups: small, medium, large, and largest.

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    Below, we are offering a sneak preview, uveiling the top 5 winners in each size band.

    The full results will be featured in a special 44-page magazine available in the Boston Sunday Globe and at www.bostonglobe.com/topplaces starting Sunday.

    TOP LARGEST EMPLOYERS

    1. Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co.

    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

    Based in: Cambridge

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    Massachusetts employees: 1,236

    2. Keller Williams Realty

    Industry: Real estate

    Based in: Austin, Texas

    Massachusetts employees: 2,392

    3. Bright Horizons Family Solutions

    Industry: Human services

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    Based in: Watertown

    Massachusetts employees: 1,600

    4. Winchester Hospital

    Industry: Health care

    Based in: Winchester

    Massachusetts employees: 2,700

    5. Herb Chambers Cos.

    Industry: Auto dealer network

    Based in: Somerville

    Massachusetts employees: 1,950

    TOP LARGE EMPLOYERS

    1. Analysis Group

    Industry: Economic, financial, and strategy consulting

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 273

    2. Hill Holiday

    Industry: Advertising and marketing

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 481

    3. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

    Industry: Luxury resort

    Based in: Harwich

    Massachusetts employees: 325

    4. Enterasys Networks

    Industry: Wired and wireless network infastructure

    Based in: Andover

    Massachusetts employees: 516

    5. The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

    Industry: Hotel

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 280

    TOP MEDIUM EMPLOYERS

    1. Boston Harbor Hotel

    Industry: Hotel

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 196

    2. Institution for Savings

    Industry: Banking

    Based in: Newburyport

    Massachusetts employees:126

    3. RE/MAX Leading Edge

    Industry: Real estate

    Based in: Winchester

    Massachusetts employees: 111

    4. Fruit Center Marketplace

    Industry: Grocery

    Based in: Milton

    Massachusetts employees: 170

    5. VNA of Middlesex-East and Visiting Nurse Hospice/Sawtelle Family Hospice House

    Industry: Health care

    Based in: Wakefield

    Massachusetts employees: 125

    TOP SMALL EMPLOYERS

    1. Globoforce

    Industry: Employee recognition provider

    Based in: Southborough

    Massachusetts employees: 52

    2. New England Tractor Trailer Training School

    Industry: Education

    Based in: Quincy

    Massachusetts employees: 52

    3. Cresa Boston

    Industry: Real estate

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 53

    4. Lexington Montessori School

    Industry: Education

    Based in: Lexington

    Massachusetts employees: 57

    5. Chapman Construction/Design

    Industry: Construction management and consulting

    Based in: Newton

    Massachusetts employees: 54

    Check back on Sunday at www.bostonglobe.com/topplaces for the complete rankings, profiles of the top companies, and more.