Great Places to Work
There are hundreds of good companies in Connecticut, but here are 20 that offer more to their employees than just a paycheck.
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Wilton & Norwalk • dattobackup.com
Connecticut employees: 112
Business: Computer backup, recovery and security services
Why is it a great place to work? As the fastest-growing U.S. company in computer backup and security services (as ranked by Inc. magazine), Datto is a technological enterprise fueled by an innovative work environment where creativity and out-of-the-box thinking is strongly encouraged. A sense of community is also fostered with regular catered “Free Lunch Fridays,” golf outings, a company-sanctioned fantasy football league, movie nights at the office and other events, such as when CEO Austin McChord invited the entire staff to opening night of The Dark Knight Rises at the Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX theater. Despite Datto’s rapid growth, fewer than 10 employees have left since 2008, a testament to the company’s dynamic-yet-fun atmosphere.
Financial Accounting Foundation
Norwalk • accountingfoundation.org
Connecticut employees: 150
Business: Accounting standards
Why is it a great place to work? As the organization devoted to setting national accounting and reporting standards, Financial Accounting Foundation is all about numbers, so try these: FAF has a 90 percent employee retention rate with an average employment length of 11.39 years; 22 employees have been there at least 25 years. In addition to a flexible work schedule, benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, plus a 403(b) tax-sheltered retirement plan. An annual health fair featuring flu shots, chair massages and acupuncture helps promote wellness, as does a $30 monthly reimbursement toward a fitness-center membership. Plus, there are company sports teams (volleyball, softball, crew, etc.), annual recognition dinners and an active public-outreach program. It all adds up!
Stamford, Danbury, Norwalk and other locations • gecapital.com
Connecticut employees: 3,300
Business: Financial and banking services
Why is it a great place to work? As one of the largest financial-services companies in the world, GE Capital has offices around the globe, but there are common benefits that employees enjoy—most offices offer on-site cafeterias and gyms as well as nurses and health-care facilities. The company has been recognized by Working Mother magazine for offering nursing rooms for mothers; dads and adoptive parents (who are partially reimbursed for adoption costs) can take compensated leave, while maternity leave is eight fully paid weeks. Worldwide, GE Capital invests $1 billion annually on employee training and education, and provides regular wellness opportunities with medical and nutritional experts.
New Haven • higherone.com
Connecticut employees: 260
Business: Higher education business services
Why is it a great place to work? At Higher One, employees avoid the 9-to-5 grind because there are no set office hours. That’s right—unless employees are needed specifically by a customer or for a meeting, they are free to set their own schedule, provided they complete their work, of course. Employees can work from home or in the office, although many happily opt for the latter—Higher One recently moved into the renovated Winchester Arms Factory in New Haven, an open office space that features an on-site fitness center, a barista (free coffee, espresso, etc.) and a state-of-the-art café where a complimentary healthy lunch is served every day on a top-floor patio overlooking the city. Managers also share information in weekly breakfast and afternoon snack meetings. The Higher One CARES program encourages workers to volunteer in the community, providing one paid “Day of Service” a year.
Honeywell Life Safety
Northford • honeywell.com
Connecticut employees: 600
Business: Personal protective equipment
Why is it a great place to work? Honeywell Life Safety has made it its business to protect consumers for decades, an extension of a proud, vibrant company culture revolving around manufacturing products here in Connecticut that help save lives. Each summer, employees are treated to a day of appreciation, featuring various food and ice cream trucks; the annual holiday luncheon features awards and prizes for individual and team recognition, as well as employment milestones (average employee tenure is better than a decade). HLS workers are also encouraged to support the community—collecting donations and raising funds for various organizations and volunteering for community events, such as the Fantasy of Lights at New Haven’s Lighthouse Park. HLS workers also recently rallied to renovate a local homeless shelter.