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

// Analysis Group, where everyone has a say

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

No. 1 Medium Employer

// Institution for Savings puts family before work — and thrives

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

// At ALKU, work and play go hand in hand

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.


More companies encourage camaraderie through sports

Dave Esteves and the ALKU basketball team have never won a game, but they’ve set lofty goals for the upcoming season.


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 to more than 100 businesses a year.

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.

// Feng shui for your desk

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

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// More on each of the Top Places to Work

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.

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