Joon Lim, 2, relaxes with a book at a day-care center run by Bright Horizons, which has been a number one employer three times.

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Joon Lim, 2, relaxes with a book at a day-care center run by Bright Horizons, which has been a number one employer three times.

Bright Horizons, where leaders listen

David Lissy, the chief executive at the global day-care giant, shows new managers that he values them by serving them lunch in his Needham home. By Megan Woolhouse

No. 1 Large Employer

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The firm rewards those who perform well and encourages employees at all levels to come forward when they see problems.

No. 1 Medium Employer

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The Newburyport bank’s basement houses a thoroughly modern amenity for its 137 employees: a gym, equipped with weights, treadmills, elliptical machines, and a spa-like bathroom.

No. 1 Small Employer

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The Andover consulting and staffing firm maintains a $100,000 a year “internal entertainment” budget aimed at rewarding its 51 employees for their hard work.

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More companies encourage camaraderie through sports

A growing number of local businesses are sponsoring athletic pursuits for their employees.

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Workplace do’s and don’ts

A little workplace humor from Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette, cofounders of Improv Asylum, a Boston comedy troupe that provides “anticorporate” corporate training.

Clockwise from top left: Raj Aggarwal of Localytics, Jim Gemmell of Akamai, Leslie Brunner of athenahealth, and James Kizielewicz of Kronos.

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Executive roundtable

For tech firms, culture is king

Four local tech executives from Localytics, Kronos, athenahealth, and Akamai Technologies gathered to talk culture and recruitment in Boston.

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People generally think of feng shui as a method for arranging furniture for optimal energy flow. But the philosophy can be applied to a space as small as a desktop.

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Top Places in your town

See what companies that ranked in the 2013 Top Places to Work survey have offices near where you live.

2012 Top Places to Work

Top Largest Company

The turnover rate at Millennium, where Teena Varghese works, has dropped to 5 percent — among the lowest in an industry where competition for workers is fierce.

Cultural synergy at Millennium Pharmaceuticals

When the Cambridge company was bought by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. in 2008, the Japanese firm was clear that it wanted to retain Millennium’s talent and capabilities.

2011 Top Places to Work

Top places to work

To earn their “Noogler” caps, new Google employees must demonstrate more than “raw intellectual horsepower.”

The Google mind

Employees at Google, our top medium employer, often credit smart colleagues with making the workplace vibrant and interesting.

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Learn more about each of the 125 organizations honored in the Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work, including quotes from employees and more information on each company.

Globe 100

Special section

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The Boston Globe’s annual rankings of the best in Massachusetts business.