Great Places to Work
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Connecticut employees: 85
Business type: Medical equipment
Why is it a great place to work? Practicing what it preaches as a business devoted to providing cancer-detecting products, Beekley is dedicated to the wellness of its employees—it has even been designated by the American Heart Association as a “Fit-Friendly” company. In addition to the on-site fitness center, serenity room and bistro that serves healthy alternatives, employees are treated to special events like farmers’ markets in the parking lot, Tai Chi and yoga classes, and an annual health-and-wellness fair that offers flu shots, massages, bone-density testing and cholesterol and glucose screenings. Beekley’s new 30,000-square-foot facility is situated in a wooded office park, which is ideal for lunchtime walks. In addition to supporting numerous cancer-related charitable organizations, the company and the Beekley family recently donated $1 million to Bristol Hospital for its new comprehensive breast cancer care center. Beekley also invests heavily in training and continuous learning, with employees allocating 15 to 20 percent of their time to professional development.
Connecticut employees: 1,200
Business type: Pharmaceuticals
Why is it a great place to work? Although Bristol-Myers Squibb has been repeatedly recognized as a top workplace by business-savvy and diversity-minded organizations, the thing we liked best about it is its commitment to working parents. In addition to adoption assistance, prenatal programs and benefits for the dependent children of same-sex couples, the Wallingford facility offers on-site child care, including subsidized full- and part-time day care, backup for times when school is out and a full-day kindergarten in addition to other family-friendly options such as telecommuting and flex time. BMS has also long been a model for green business practices, including an official sustainability program that includes eco-friendly designs and improvements. The building sits amid 100 acres of undeveloped forest, woods and fields, and has been certified a “Wildlife at Work” site with two miles of nature and fitness trails and a butterfly garden. Being in the health field, BMS also stresses wellness, with a fitness center, exercise classes and a range of counseling and support services.
Connecticut employees: 69
Business type: Health care services
Why is it a great place to work? Although the majority of CHG employees are concentrated in Utah and the company has been recognized on the national level as a good workplace, the CompHealth division of this health-care staffing company in Norwalk has a great reputation with the physicians it serves as well as with the local community—in the past year alone, Norwalk employees have volunteered at a soup kitchen and held a special barbecue to help support a co-worker fighting breast cancer. The company’s benefits are among the best in the health-care industry, with perks such as multiple medical plans with dependent coverage (including domestic partners), pet insurance, CHG-paid life insurance, a matching 401K plan, up to $3,000 per year in tuition reimbursement and a multitude of paid vacation days, available from the first day of employment. Physical, emotional and financial wellness are also addressed at CompHealth, with offerings such as flexible scheduling, an annual wellness fair, and an in-depth employee advocacy program for outside-of-work issues, such as legal or financial challenges and retirement-planning courses.
Bloomfield, Windsor, Glastonbury and Milford
Connecticut employees: 4,000
Business type: Health care plans
Why is it a great place to work? CIGNA’s core philosophy is “Healthy careers . . . healthy returns,” the idea being that creating a positive working environment will lead to highly productive and motivated employees. To that end, CIGNA provides numerous employee benefits and services: flexible and compressed work schedules, job sharing, telecommuting, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, childcare discounts and generous vacation time (with an option to buy extra time), as well as an on-site fitness center, health clinic and physical therapists. Last year, the company organized “Shape Up CIGNA,” a program that had employees forming teams and focusing on exercising and weight loss. The company recently launched a state-of-the-art CIGNA University facility in Bloomfield, which provides professional development opportunities in subjects such as leadership, innovation, strategy and global business acumen. CIGNA also encourages employees to get involved and give back to the community through charitable donations and volunteerism—the CIGNA Foundation has actively supported organizations like the United Way and Hartford Public Schools.
Berlin, Enfield and 12 regional centers
Connecticut employees: 1,400
Business type: Cable TV services
Why is it a great place to work? Diversity is one of Comcast’s hallmarks, and the cable television company has been recognized for providing great career opportunities for a wide spectrum of employees. The company has partnered with groups such as the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to help develop leadership, as well as national programs aimed specifically at female and young professionals. The company also provides ample opportunities for local community service—last year’s Comcast Cares Day saw 650 Connecticut employees working on seven different charitable projects across the state. Comcast covers 85 percent of medical benefits and matches 100 percent up to 4.5 percent on 401K contributions. The company also provides insurance coverage, education reimbursement, adoption assistance and a stock-purchase plan plus voluntary benefits such as group legal services, homeowner’s insurance and even pet insurance. If they live in Comcast’s service area, employees also get free cable television (including discounted Pay-Per-View) and high-speed Internet service.
Hartford, Stamford and Wilton
Connecticut employees: 1,383
Business type: Accounting/Consulting
Why is it a great place to work? Deloitte employees have a saying: “It’s not where you are, but what you do.” Hence the Mass Career Customization program, which allows employees significant flexibility in working with their managers to determine their own schedules, workloads and locations. Within the program, employees can “dial it up” and get extra busy or accelerate their careers, or “dial it down” and work from home or modify their schedules on certain days. Deloitte also has developed a sabbatical program; approved sabbatical employees can take a three-to-six-month break to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities in the areas of career development or volunteerism while continuing to receive 40 percent of their base salary. In addition to extensive benefits—full health, child-care support, mortgage assistance, pet insurance, etc.—Deloitte has also been cited as a good place to get a financial career started, and has been recognized as one of the top firms in the state for employing Latino professionals as well as people with disabilities.
Diageo North America
Connecticut employees: 900
Business type: Alcoholic beverages
Why is it a great place to work? There probably isn’t a job out there that doesn’t come with some level of stress. But when you work at a company whose business is providing products that help people “relax”—namely, brands like Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Bailey’s and Guinness—it can be nice to dip into the company stock on occasion. To that end, the seventh floor of Diageo’s North American headquarters in Norwalk features a penthouse company cafeteria with an outdoor terrace and a working bar that hosts weekly company-sponsored pub nights where employees can socialize and sample products. On each floor there is a café with a soda-fountainlike area where employees can get nonalcoholic beverages throughout the day, plus there’s a company store where products can be purchased at discount, and laundry and dry-cleaning services. In addition, Diageo also offers such perks as a concierge service and backup day care for times when parents have child-care cancellations; the company also has child-care and nursing- referral services. On top of flex time, job sharing, compressed hours and telecommuting, it also gives parents and grandparents time off to attend children’s school events.