For the first time since the great recession, the economy actually feels strong. Unemployment is at historic lows, and the stock market near historic highs. Wages are even growing — albeit slowly and unequally — as companies try to hire in an extremely tight job market.
Companies are working hard to make the employees they already have happy, too. Some employers even give six months of free diapers to workers when they have a baby, or a $5,000 vacation stipend when they hit the five-year mark.
For the 11th year, The Boston Globe has partnered with Energage, a Philadelphia-based employee research and consulting firm, to identify companies that go above and beyond for their staff. More than 2,700 employers around the state were invited to have their employees take an anonymous survey covering 24 factors, including their compensation and the confidence they have in their companies’ direction. Any employer with at least 50 employees in Massachusetts was eligible.
In all, 82,151 people at 318 organizations took the survey, and 128 of these employers ranked high enough to make this year’s Top Places to Work list. The winners are divided into four size categories, based on number of employees: small (50-99); medium (100-249); large (250-999); and largest (1,000 or more).
In addition to listing the year’s top-ranked employers, this year we’re sharing stories about workplaces with thoughtful leaders, great views, and a unique sense of style, to name a few. Oh, and really good coffee. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
The No. 1 companies, by size:
> Annkissam ranks No. 1 on list of top small Mass. employers
> Acorio rises to top of list of medium-size companies
> Compass lands No. 1 spot on list of top large companies in Mass.
> Kronos tops the list of Massachusetts’ largest companies
To participate next year, go to bostonglobe.com/nominate. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.