What it means to be one of Pennsylvania's Best Places to Work

On Dec. 3 employers such as Keystone Insurers, Client Solution Architects and Lackawanna College will find out where on the list of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania they fall. 

For now, they and 97 other businesses have the honor of making this year’s list sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Growth and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation.

With industries ranging from higher education to car dealerships, there is a wide variety of what working for one of the best companies in Pennsylvania is like. Tailoring the company’s climate to the needs of the employee is what makes the hundred companies who made the list exceptional.

“The challenge of (human resources) is to determine the value sets of your specific employee population,” Susan Springer, director of Workplace Assessment for Best Companies Group recently told Pennsylvania Business Daily. “For some, it may be they’re jazzed about the title on the door and the corner office, for others it may just be a paycheck, for others it may be the mission of your company.”

Best Companies is the firm that developed the assessment process used in generating the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania list. Pennsylvania was one of the first lists administered by Best Companies 11 years ago; now the company administers nearly 60 lists around the world.

A quarter of the ranking score is based on responses to an employer questionnaire ranging from topics on  percent contribution to health care premiums to what employees do for fun. The remainder of the score is based on responses to an employee assessment that measures satisfaction and engagement in the workplace. This approach is used across the country by Best Companies and the businesses surveyed each year.

“(Pennsylvania’s companies) stack up against companies in Los Angeles, New York City, the major markets that we have our Best Places lists,” Springer said. “When you look at this list of 100 Pennsylvania companies, you can be assured that they are among the companies we named the best all across the nation. And I think that’s pretty exciting stuff.”

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