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    2013 Top Places to Work recognized at Boston reception

    Bright Horizons believes in recognizing the work done by employees like Daniela Salerno.
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    Bright Horizons believes in recognizing the work done by employees like Daniela Salerno.

    Is your organization on The Boston Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work list?

    The Globe will reveal on Sunday our annual ranking of the region’s best employers. The Globe invited 1,746 employers to participate, and the results are based on a survey of more than 76,000 employees from 333 organizations. Employees were asked to rate their organizations based on several factors including confidence in leadership, appreciation, and training.

    This is the sixth year the Globe has conducted the survey with its research partner WorkplaceDynamics, specialists in employee engagement and retention. The ranking honors employers in four size groups: small, medium, large, and largest.

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    The companies were recognized at a reception Thursday evening at the Seaport Boston Hotel, and below is a sneak preview of the top 3 winners in each size category.

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    The full results will be featured in a special 48-page magazine available in the Boston Sunday Globe and at www.bostonglobe.com/topplaces starting Sunday.

    TOP LARGEST EMPLOYERS

    1. Bright Horizons Family Solutions

    Industry: Human services

    Based in: Watertown

    Massachusetts employees: 1,800

    2. Winchester Hospital

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    Industry: Health care

    Based in: Winchester

    Massachusetts employees: 2,700

    3. athenahealth

    Industry: Health care software

    Based in: Watertown

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    Massachusetts employees: 1,116

    TOP LARGE EMPLOYERS

    1. Analysis Group

    Industry: Financial and strategy consulting

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 284

    2. Comfort Home Care

    Industry: Home health care services

    Based in: Methuen

    Massachusetts employees: 250

    3. Hill Holiday

    Industry: Advertising and marketing

    Based in: Boston

    Massachusetts employees: 533

    TOP MEDIUM EMPLOYERS

    1. Institution for Savings

    Industry: Mutual banking

    Based in: Newburyport

    Massachusetts employees: 127

    2. Foundation Medicine

    Industry: Biotechnology

    Based in: Cambridge

    Massachusetts employees: 110

    3. Broad Reach Healthcare/Liberty Commons

    Industry: Health care

    Based in: Chatham

    Massachusetts employees: 223

    TOP SMALL EMPLOYERS

    1. ALKU

    Industry: Consulting

    Based in: Andover

    Massachusetts employees: 51

    2. Southers Marsh Golf Club

    Industry: Golf course and country club

    Based in: Plymouth

    Massachusetts employees: 50

    3. BBS

    Industry: Direct marking

    Based in: Woburn

    Massachusetts employees: 50