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“The magic is in the people who work for you,” said Aron Ain, 56, chief executive of Kronos, based in Chelmsford.

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“The magic is in the people who work for you,” said Aron Ain, 56, chief executive of Kronos, based in Chelmsford.

Executives get back in the trenches at the companies they run

Officials shared secrets to making workers happy at the highest-ranked companies in this year’s Top Places to Work survey. By Katie Johnston

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Employees recount moments that made them appreciate where they work.

Globe Staff

Here are the companies that scored the highest in terms of appreciation, ethics, management, and motivation.


// Legacy Marketing gives workers incentive to succeed

Employees are recognized for sales as well as accomplishments like dressing well and having a good attitude.


// Hammond Residential Real Estate committed to ‘what is right’

“It’s setting the standard of taking the high road and to always do what is right,” said cofounder Saul Cohen.


// Roche Bros. builds long-term relationships

The supermarket chain has 4,700 workers, and the average job tenure of a full-time employee is more than 11 years.


//,Inc.-3_business.jpg At BBS, nobody gets a head start

BBS gives new hires a welcome packet that clearly defines the sales goals and skills they must demonstrate to progress.

// Corporate philanthropy gets strategic

Employees want more authenticity, involvement and control, and they expect higher-ups to roll up their sleeves.

// Payday: How does your salary stack up?

We polled area residents on their annual salaries, and threw in a few local notables and celebrities, too.

// Fearless fashionistas crack the corporate dress code

What does a punchy yellow tie or a pair of leopard-print Jimmy Choos say about an executive? You’d be surprised.

Top Places to Work

// It’s all about the perks

Some employees let workers take naps, some give out treats, and some help employees brew their own beer.

// These workers love their jobs

Some love to help others, some relish the intellectial stimulation, and some want to help their companies grow.

Miss Conduct

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/24/ Questions on business etiquette

The advice columnist weighs in on nitpicky potluck organizers, passive-aggressive co-workers, and career hopping.


How we chose the top places to work

Every year, the Boston Globe partners with WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, Pa. to survey workers around the state.

2014 Top Places to Work rankings

Letter from the business editor

// A happy, motivated workplace

A decent paycheck helps. So do things such as communication, creativity, and corporate responsibility.


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// The latest in tech and innovation

Want to keep up with the news that matters from Boston’s innovators? Get coverage of apps, biotech, computing, data, and everything else.

Game Changers

// Nominate a 2015 Game Changer

We need your help identifying the 2015 class of Game Changers.

Market Basket in turmoil


A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

Globe Investigations

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// Recent investigative reports

Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

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