2017 Best Places To Work
Compiled by Angela Blue and Ryan Miller
Spelling out what makes a great job environment is somewhat of an inexact science. The best people to determine a stellar workplace are the employees who experience it day in and day out. For our first annual Best Places to Work campaign, we asked employees to nominate their companies for consideration.
Those featured here, in no particular order, were shared with us by employees and selected for the quality of their work environments, general company culture, training and development opportunities, tangible and intangible benefits and employee satisfaction, among other things. We congratulate these businesses, as well as their presidents, managers and employees, for creating, advocating and implementing fun, fulfilling and family-forward work atmospheres where employees feel valued and eager to be part of the team.
360IT PARTNERS, a computer support and IT consulting company, provides employees with opportunities for career development and decision-making for company policies. Darts, ping pong, and classic arcade games also serve to break up the work day and allow for employees to focus on having fun in the workplace.
Entercom Communications is a national broadcast company that operates several of the area’s radio stations, manages events in the media and entertainment industry and handles digital marketing for related businesses in the field. Offering a fun work place and rewarding benefits, the company combines its work in the entertainment industry with employee engagement and training.
A small business with big capabilities, G2 Ops, Inc. provides model-based systems engineering, cybersecurity architectural analysis and strategic consulting. Employees are empowered and recognized for significant contributions to the success of the company through bonuses, pay raises, promotions and company policies.
INIT is an Intelligent Transportation Systems and Ticketing Systems supplier for buses and trains. Locally they’ve partnered with Hampton Roads Transit for The Tide Light Rail by providing advanced statistical and GPS data for more efficient public transportation. Employees are given the opportunity to advance in their profession with an open work environment, including book clubs that meet weekly to discuss leadership books.
Mosquito Joe provides on-site outdoor mosquito treatment for residential and commercial clients with responsive customer service. At the workplace they focus on company branding and marketing for franchise development. Some of their work perks include playing pool in the warehouse, a fully stocked kitchen with coffee and chocolate and staff happy hours.
Seeing a need for ethical business in the debt recovery industry, PRA is one of today’s largest debt buyers in the world. Their company culture reflects their guiding values of treating people right and rewarding them for a job well done. Their Volunteer Day Program, an employee initiative, allows all full-time employees to volunteer up to eight paid hours at company-sponsored events each year.
Having a focus on preserving ecological systems and protecting the environment, SOLitude Lake Management provides products and services to improve and sustain lake and pond water quality. The company hires individuals who create a hardworking and fun-spirited vibe, and rewards them with volunteer opportunities, outdoor recreation activities and generous profit sharing bonuses.
TowneBank offers a competitive array of business and personal financial services for its clients in Coastal Virginia. Culturally, the workplace is family-oriented, extending benefits to family members as well as the staff. In addition to career development opportunities, paid time off is offered for volunteer projects and activities.
Every time the company books a move, a staff member rings a bell and everyone within an earshot takes a moment to celebrate. Two Men And A Truck provides individuals and businesses with all of their moving needs, and gives their employees the opportunity to grow in the process. Their open-door policy allows for opinion and idea sharing to improve business and the work environment.
Proudly serving members of the military and their families with insurance, USAA’s core values of loyalty, honesty and integrity reflect the beliefs of those who serve the nation. The company also ensures the wellbeing of its employees at the workplace, with access to an onsite fitness center, energize and relax zones, a company store/market and much more.