50 Best Small and Medium Companies Honored

By SHRM Staff Jun 29, 2009
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Pictured are the leaders of the top Medium Workplace, Ultimate President and CEO Scott Scherr, and and Small Workplace, Badger Mining CEO Michael Hess. Photo by Steven Purcell.

NEW ORLEANS—This year’s winners of the sixth annual 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America have not been immune from the current economic slump.

Yet the winners announced June 29, 2009 at the SHRM 61st Annual Conference & Exposition have endured—and some have grown—thanks to their thoughtful HR and management practices and their nurturing and development of employees. In return, they earn employee loyalty and productivity that help them thrive through good times and bad.

Leading the 2009 lists are repeat winners Badger Mining Corp., a Berlin, Wis., mining and quarrying operation (No. 1 Small), and Ultimate Software, a Weston, Fla., HR technology provider (No. 1 Medium). Badger took top honors in 2006 and 2007, and Ultimate won in 2008.

Accepting the No. 1 Medium award, Ultimate President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Scherr said the company added 200 employees in the past year. “It’s impossible to add that many people without a great HR department,” he said, praising the company’s onboarding process that quickly educates new hires to the company’s culture and products.

Scherr noted that all company employees were involved in the efforts to find cost savings. “The cuts come 100 percent from the bottom up and not from the top down.”

Badger Mining Chief Executive Officer Michael Hess said the family-owned firm’s success is “all due to attracting and retaining skilled workers.” He also praised HR initiatives such as flexible benefits and work hours, the 401(k) plan, and safety and wellness programs—“all tools we use to motivate and reward associates.”

The 50 companies were selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work® Institute Inc., a global workplace research and consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, in two categories: small companies, with 50-250 U.S.-based full- and part-time employees, and medium companies, with 251-999 employees. The institute also selects Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” as well as similar lists in 40 countries.

SHRM has collaborated with the institute for six years to highlight the best U.S. employers with fewer than 1,000 workers. Each winning organization receives one complimentary membership to SHRM.

For this year’s competition, 268 companies participated in the entire selection process, including distributing a 57-question survey to their workforce, completing a management questionnaire, and submitting annual reports, employee handbooks and other materials for review. Employees’ survey responses count for two-thirds of companies’ total score. The remaining third of the score comes from the institute’s evaluation of companies in five areas: credibility (communication to employees), respect (opportunities and benefits), fairness (compensation, diversity), pride (philanthropy) and camaraderie (welcoming new employees, celebrations).

The July cover story of HR Magazine will provide descriptions of all 50 companies. Additional information—including a map, chart of data, employee photos and other data—will be available at www.shrm.org/hrmagazine by July 1. The winners will also be featured in Fortune Small Business magazine.

To learn about eligibility requirements and entry procedures for the 2010 list of the 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America, visit www.greatplacetowork.com. The deadline for 2010 applications is Aug. 14.

Small Companies

  1. Badger Mining Corp., Berlin, Wis., Mining & Quarrying
  2. Dixon Schwabl, Victor, N.Y., Advertising & Marketing
  3. SnagAJob.com, Glen Allen, Va., Professional Services
  4. Heinfeld, Meech & Co. PC, Tucson, Ariz., Financial Services & Insurance—Accounting
  5. McMurry Inc., Phoenix, Advertising & Marketing
  6. Johnson & Johnson Inc., Charleston, S.C., Financial Services & Insurance
  7. AutomationDirect, Cumming, Ga., Industrial Services
  8. Root Learning, Sylvania, Ohio, Professional Services—Consulting, Management
  9. Professional Placement Resources LLC, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Professional Services—Staffing & Recruitment
  10.  DAXKO, Birmingham, Ala., Information Technology—Software
  11. Studer Group, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Professional Services—Consulting, Management
  12. Navigator Management Partners, Columbus, Ohio, Information Technology Consulting
  13. ENGEO Inc., San Ramon, Calif., Professional Services—Consulting, Engineering
  14. Seventh Generation, Burlington, Vt., Manufacturing & Production—Personal and Household Goods
  15. Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico LLP, Tewksbury, Mass., Professional Services
  16. MAYA Design, Pittsburgh, Professional Services—Architecture/Design
  17. TerpSys, Rockville, Md., Information Technology
  18. Landrum Human Resource Companies Inc., Pensacola, Fla., Professional Services—Staffing & Recruitment
  19. InsureMe, Englewood, Colo., Financial Services & Insurance
  20. Clark Nuber, Bellevue, Wash., Professional Services
  21. Paramount Staffing, Northbrook, Ill., Professional Services—Staffing & Recruitment
  22. Kahler Slater, Milwaukee, Wis., Professional Services—Architecture/Design
  23. Bridge Worldwide, Cincinnati, Ohio, Advertising & Marketing
  24. McDonough Bolyard Peck Inc., Fairfax, Va., Professional Services—Consulting, Engineering
  25. RedBrick Health, Minneapolis, Health Care

Medium Companies

  1. Ultimate Software, Weston, Fla., Information Technology—Software
  2. ACUITY, Sheboygan, Wis., Financial Services & Insurance
  3. Holder Construction Co., Atlanta, Construction & Real Estate—Contracting
  4. Integrity Applications Incorporated, Chantilly, Va., Professional Services—Consulting, Engineering
  5. Sage Products Inc., Cary, Ill., Health Care—Medical Sales/Distribution
  6. Development Dimensions International, Pittsburgh, Professional Services—Consulting, Management
  7. Freese and Nichols Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, Professional Services—Consulting, Engineering
  8. Hoar Construction LLC, Birmingham, Ala., Construction & Real Estate—Contracting
  9. The Integer Group, Lakewood, Colo., Advertising & Marketing
  10. 4imprint Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., Advertising & Marketing—Direct Marketing
  11. Triage Consulting Group, San Francisco, Professional Services—Consulting, Management
  12. EILEEN FISHER Inc., Irvington, N.Y., Retail—Clothing
  13. AMX, Richardson, Texas, Electronics
  14. Bowen Engineering, Fishers, Ind., Construction & Real Estate—Contracting
  15. Hilcorp Energy Co., Houston, Manufacturing & Production—Energy Distribution
  16. Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, Denver, Professional Services
  17. Robins & Morton, Birmingham, Ala., Construction & Real Estate—Contracting
  18. City Bank, Lubbock, Texas, Financial Services & Insurance
  19. Advanced Financial Services Inc., Newport, R.I., Financial Services & Insurance—Banking/Credit Services
  20. Pinnacol Assurance, Denver, Financial Services & Insurance
  21. Nevada Federal Credit Union, Las Vegas, Financial Services & Insurance—Banking/Credit Services
  22. Noblis, Falls Church, Va., Professional Services
  23. Rothstein Kass, Roseland, N.J., Professional Services
  24. Parkway Properties Inc., Jackson, Miss., Construction & Real Estate—Property Management
  25. Minitab Inc., State College, Pa., Information Technology—Software
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