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Best Places to Work 2015 — March 23, 2015

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28 Hartford Business Journal • March 23, 2015 www.HartfordBusiness.com Meet the Winners Best Places To Work In CT 2015 #10 Burns & McDonnell F ounded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engi- neering, architecture, construction, environmental, and consulting solutions firm. Burns is 100 percent employee- owned by its multi-disciplined staff of more than 4,600. From more than 30 offices across the nation, Burns & McDon- nell plans, designs, permits, constructs, and manages facilities all over the world with one mission in mind: to make clients suc- cessful. With more than 220 Burns & McDonnell employee-own- ers, the New England office is among the firm's fastest-growing. Charitable Matching: Burns matches contributions to employee- owners' charities up to $75,000. McCulture Recognition: Special bonus program allows managers to recognize special employee-owners with gift cards, in addition to the payouts they receive from being owners the day they start with the company. A Healthier You: Burns' wellness programs enable employee-own- ers to earn discounts on their health insurance premiums by par- ticipating in various activities. Supported Charities: United Way, Ronald McDonald House. #11 COCC C OCC is an award winning client-owned financial technol- ogy company servicing financial institutions throughout the Northeastern United States for more than 47 years. In addition to their annual compensation, all employees are eligible for spot bonuses at any time for outstanding work on top of a special peer-to-peer program where employees are recognized by their coworkers with prizes ranging from flat-screen TVs to $750. Workers also receive annual perfor- mance bonuses. Employee Exercise: COCC has mapped a one-mile loop around its facility and encourages all employees to walk it every day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The firm has an onsite fitness center, offers reimbursements for gym memberships and wellness programs, and gift cards for employees who participate in fitness events like 5Ks and triathlons. Philanthropic Causes: The company's community service pro- gram offers employees a paid day off to participate in a charity event of their choice, like the Ice Bucket Challenge (pictured below). COCC also matches employees payroll deductions to chari- ty up to $5,000 per quarter. Favorite Survey: COCC's stairwells have dry erase boards where employees post surveys like "What is your favorite movie of all time?" #12 Kforce Professional and Staffing K force is a professional staffing and solutions firm specializing in the areas of technology, finance and accounting and health information management serving commercial and government organizations. Kforce provides staffing services through more than 60 offices throughout the U.S. and one in the Philippines. Kforce's motto is, "Great People = Great Results." Kforce, an abbreviation for KnowledgeForce, describes the company's heritage and stands as a representation of its business model. Exotic Bonuses: Top performing employees can earn annual trips to destinations like Hawaii and the Bahamas. Daily Stress Relief: Kforce offers bowling days, Wellness Wednesday with healthy snack items, pot lucks, laser tag days, a basketball hoop, Italian ice days, and ice cream truck rentals. Like A Family: Whenever an employee gets married or has a child, his or her department throws a celebration. Employees' birthdays are cause for special events like lunch and/or cake. Community Service: Kforce employees run Employment Boot Camps to teach people how to apply for jobs. The company hosts regular food-packing events. 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And for its 60 Hartford- based employees, the firm's focus on professional development provides a boost not only to staff, but clients as well. "We put a lot of time and effort into the development and training of our people," said Thomas S. Marrion, a partner at the law firm. "Within the last few years, we hired a director of professional development who was a partner at another law firm in Boston. He is devoted entire- ly to the professional development of our people here. It was a major commitment on our part to hire a full-time person in a firm of our size." Marrion said the role reflects the firm's dedication to having all staff properly trained so they can do the best work for their clients. The Hartford office, which has been open since 2008, is also known for its positive, team-based culture. "Everyone in every position at the firm is part of a team that is devoted to providing the best possible service to our clients," Marrion said. Rewarding good work is a priority at Hinckley Allen, which operates six offices and employs more than 300 people compa- nywide. The firm looks for opportunities for people to take on greater responsibilities, and they get greater rewards, Marrion said. "We always try to promote from within," Marrion said. "It doesn't matter what your job is here; if you work hard and work well with others and you're productive, you will be rec- ognized for that and you will succeed here." Megan McCormack, director of human resources, said being recognized as a good place to work helps lift office morale. "It helps support the goals that we have in human resources to create a good culture and good environment for people to work in," McCormack said. "It really is about creating a positive culture and one where people are sup- ported. They're rewarded for hard and qual- regular outside-of-work recreational outings. "People continue to develop strong personal relationships," McCormack said. "People are really proud of what they can accomplish. They prefer to work in teams; they're stronger collectively. It's just enjoy- able to work with people that you genuinely like and respect." A formal committee of staff members orga- nizes community service projects. Employees volunteer at a local soup kitchen, at Camp Courant to benefit underprivileged children, Legal secretary Jean McCarthy, who serves on the committee charged with orga- nizing outside community service events, said the events help with bonding. "It makes it like it's not just a workplace – you're more invested," McCarthy said. The firm also supports a work-life balance. "They're pretty family-oriented, and I think that's kind of different from other large firms," McCarthy said. "Just recently, I had to leave work to pick up my sick grand- daughter, and they really are very support- ▶ " I had to leave work to pick up my sick granddaughter, and they really are very supportive of that Hinckley Allen prioritizes teamwork Hinckley Allen employees (above) volunteer together at Camp Courant, celebrate special occasions together (below), and let loose at office socials (left). Large Company Category S A M P L E R e p r i n t & P l a q u e Connecticut Green Guide, Hartford Business Journal and HartfordBusiness.com content is copyrighted. Visit HartfordBusiness.com/ reprints for more info on article usage and obtaining copyright permissions. ALL PDF LIST REPRINTS COME WITH ADDITIONAL Commemorative Plaque OPTION — Plaques are Walnut Brown woodgrain finish with reprint mounted under beveled plexi-glass. Trimmed with metal corner nails. It's the perfect addition to your office or lobby — Ask for details and pricing. 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