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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Stamford • indeed.com
Connecticut employees: 200
Business: Online employment site
Why is it a great place to work? Some might say it’s ironic that the No. 1 employment website in the world—reaching into more than 50 countries with over 70 million visitors and 1.5 billion job searches per month—is also a great place itself to work, but that’s “Indeed” the case. The company’s Stamford office is a bright, open space that overlooks a rooftop garden (as well as downtown); those who are health-conscious can work at standing desks, and the more active employees can join company softball, soccer or volleyball teams. In addition to excellent benefits (including a 401k match and free health screenings), there’s a fun, collegial atmosphere with regular happy hours, free monthly lunches and Friday breakfasts. Indeed also participates in a student-mentoring program with the Stamford Public Education Foundation, where employee volunteers regularly meet with and provide guidance to area students.
Bloomfield, Middletown, Windsor & five other locations • kaman.com
Connecticut employees: 1,212
Business: Aerospace and aviation technology
Why is it a great place to work? Kaman is the classic example of a desirable workplace because of its decades of success and continued growth, i.e., stability—the average employee tenure here is almost 14 years. In addition to a collaborative environment with opportunities to participate in numerous projects, Kaman workers enjoy access to medical, dental and life insurance, health-care and dependent-care flexible spending accounts, a 401k retirement savings program, an employee stock-purchase plan, and 100 percent tuition reimbursement for undergraduate and graduate studies. The company is also very active in local communities, strongly supporting education and civic programs such as arts councils, Boy and Girl Scouts, food pantries and more.
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
New London • lmhospital.org
Connecticut employees: 3,000
Business: Medical services
Why is it a great place to work? L+M has been providing medical care to Southeastern Connecticut for a century—and while other organizations might come to take their employees for granted over such a stretch, that’s not the case here. In additon to flextime and telecommuting (where possible), plus medical, dental and vision plans, benefits include medical and dependent care flex spending accounts, income protection plans, 401k retirement savings with employer match and educational assistance. L+M is also heavily involved with community outreach and service, including educational programs, health promotion and other efforts. And when work becomes too stressful, employees can get a healthy dose of R & R at the L+M’s private beach in New London.
Wallingford, Newtown and other locations statewide • masonicare.org
Connecticut employees: 2,460
Business: Healthcare and retirement living facilities
Why is it a great place to work? It makes sense that an organization dedicated to attending to the needs of others would also properly take care of its own employees. Pro-rated benefits are available to anyone who works 24 hours a week or more (schedules are flexible), and there are regular employee-appreciation events including picnics and holiday meals—at Thanksgiving, everyone receives a grocery gift card. Masonicare’s Wallingford headquarters has a bistro, gift shop, convenience store, chapel and a nationally accredited child-care center, with discounted rates for children of employees. Employees also receive free flu shots and discounted tickets to area amusement parks, and are eligible for up to 80 percent tuition reimbursement. If they use Masonicare’s primary-care physicians, there’s no co-pay.
Tolland • openskycorp.com
Connecticut employees: 125
Business: Information technology consulting services
Why is it a great place to work? Employees say that what they like about OpenSky is that it’s not “a normal work environment”—and that’s a good thing. In addition to telecommuting and flextime, OpenSky offers a very down-to-earth, trusting and open atmosphere with a “flat” hierarchy, which means employees are given autonomy to creatively solve problems and share opinions, all while knowing that it’s “okay to fail.” In addition to top-notch benefits, employees are regularly recognized for length of service and job performance, and get together for special events and fun, competitive activities like company-sponsored WhirlyBall nights (think bumper cars meet lacrosse), bowling and rock climbing. OpenSky also has an on-site gym, and all employees get free lunches, coffee and snacks.