Top places to work

The Google mind

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

Top places to work

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The 25-year-old Watertown company, which operates 800 child care centers around the world, was the number-one large employer for the second year in a row.

Top Places to Work

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Employees praised the 191-year-old bank, which ranked as our top small employer, for its strong ethics, ample benefits, and effort to take care of workers.

Methodology

How we chose the Top Places to Work

The Globe invited 1,076 employers to participate in a survey. Of those, 237 organizations employing a total of nearly 200,000 people went all the way through the process.

Sandra Fenwick (left) of Children’s Hospital, Michelle Stacy of Keurig, Martha Samuelson of Analysis Group, and Steve Vinter of Google.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Executive Roundtable

Finding the best people for the job

If great employees make companies great, then the best employers must know how to attract and retain top talent. Four local leaders talked to the Globe about their hiring techniques.

Video | Executive Roundtable

What was your first job?

Michelle Stacy of Keurig Inc., Sandra Fenwick of Children’s Hospital Boston, Martha Samuelson of Analysis Group, and Steve Vinter of Google’s Cambridge office talk about their first jobs.

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Take 2: Movies that work

Globe movie critics Ty Burr and Wesley Morris talk about their favorite movies about the workplace.

The best movies about working

We sometimes see our own lives reflected in the movies, and that includes our lives at work.

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Letter from the business editor

At Institution for Savings, it’s the company’s thoughtfulness that stands out. At Google Inc., your colleagues are the ones who make you feel special. At Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc., being a top employer isn’t a fluke. What do these companies have in common? They each represent the very best of what our annual Top Places to Work survey has to offer. Each is a No. 1 employer in its respective category - small, medium, and large.

Tim Foley for The Boston Globe

TOP PLACES TO WORK

The best employers appreciate their workers

Employees are working harder, and feeling more appreciated. At the best companies these two go together.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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Companies growing their way through tough times

Despite the sputtering economy, some Boston-area companies are building for a stronger future, which means hiring and moving to accommodate growing pains.

Maria Moya takes the temperature of Milledge Hubert at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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To celebrate our differences

Three employers scored high for diversity and their methods for creating a truly multicultural organization.