March 25, 2017

45 Vt. businesses named Best Places to Work

By John Boutin

Special to the Observer

Last month, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce revealed the most desirable places to land a job in the state of Vermont, with their annual list “Best Places to Work in Vermont 2017.”

The awards program honored 45 businesses, 16 of which were new to the list in 2017. Two companies, Edward Jones and King Arthur Flour, have won the distinction of Best Places to Work in Vermont all 10 years that the survey has been in place.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed in 2006 to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The awards program is presented in partnership between VBM and the Chamber of Commerce with Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development and Best Companies Group.

To be considered, a company must have at least 15 in-state employees, be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity, be publicly or privately held, have a facility in the state and be in business for a minimum of one year. The two-part judging process first evaluates each nominee based on workplace policies, practices and demographics (which makes up one quarter of the evaluation). The remaining 75 percent of the scoring is based on results of an employee survey measuring the experience of workers, and the combined scores inform the winner. Best Companies Group manages the overall registration and survey process, with experts analyzing the data to determine the final rankings.

A special awards presentation to announce the top ranked businesses takes place Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.

Below are the 2017 Best Places to work in Vermont winners, alphabetical order.

Small/Medium Employers
(15-149 employees)

(A star indicates first time on the list.)

* Ascension Technology Corp – an NDI Company

• AsicNorth Inc.

• Basin Harbor Club

* Catamount Solar

* Co-operative Insurance Companies

* Countryside Alarms

* Engelberth Construction, Inc.

• Fuse, LLC

• Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP

* Hergenrother Enterprises

• Heritage Aviation

* NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

* Pomerleau Real Estate

• Renewable NRG Systems

• SunCommon

• The Richards Group

• Union Mutual

• UVM Foundation

• Vermont College of Fine Arts

* Vermont Creamery

• Vermont Housing Finance Agency

• Vermont Public Radio

* VHB

• Wild Apple Graphics, Ltd.

Large Employers
(150 + employees)

(A star indicates first time on the list.)

* A.N. Deringer, Inc.

* City Market, Onion River Co-op

• Comcast — Western New England Region

• Country Home Products

• Crowe Horwath LLP

• Edward Jones

* Heritage Family Credit Union

• King Arthur Flour

• KPMG LLP

• LORD Sensing-MicroStrain

• Marathon Health

• Okemo Mountain Resort

• Seventh Generation, Inc

• Southwestern Vermont Health Care

• Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

• Stowe Mountain Resort

* SymQuest

• Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

* Vermont Information Processing, Inc

• Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

* VSECU

John Boutin is the publisher and president of Vermont Business Magazine, which produces the Best Places to Work list.

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