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March 28, 2016 — Best Places to Work in CT

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24 Hartford Business Journal • March 28, 2016 www.HartfordBusiness.com 24 Hartford Business Journal • March 28, 2016 www.HartfordBusiness.com BEST PL ACES TO WORK IN CT 2016 #8 The Lockwood Group T he Lockwood Group communicates clinical and therapeutic advances to a variety of medical experts, healthcare practitioners, and decision makers. Lockwood teams have experience in all major therapeutic areas and many rare diseases, along with highly special- ized knowledge in biologics, devices and diagnostics. Employee Bonuses: All employees are eligible for 2 percent commission for any new business they bring in. Employee Recognition: Brag book — kudos received by employees and clients are recorded throughout the year and consolidated into a display available at the company. Fun & Relaxation: Company outings such as fam- ily summer off-site retreat (catered box-office seats at Met's stadium), annual company meeting in Mexico, spontaneous events such as local yacht ride and ice cream social. Recent Awards/Recognitions: Best Places to Work in CT, 2015. Training: There are active discussions between HR and managers to identify and provide real- time exposure for employees to new areas of responsibility. #9 OFI O FI is a provid- er of interior environments. Its signature line is furniture manu- facturer Herman Miller. In addition, the firm represents over 250 other manufacturers of furniture, equip- ment and floor cov- ering. They offer a full range of pro- fessional services including design support, project c o o r d i n a t i o n , installation, refur- bishing and repair. Employee Bonuses: If monthly sales goals are met, each employee receives a bonus. Community Service: Donates to dozens of organi- zations including Catholic Charities of Hartford, American Legion, CT Sports Foundation, and Hartford HS Nepal Project, among others. Fun & Relaxation: Hosts martini nights, al-fresco Fridays, summer picnic, purge parties (to encourage workplace wellness and recycling), a Halloween costume party, Thanksgiving lunch, holiday party and Cinco de Mayo. Healthy Living: OFI provides daily healthy snacks, water dispensers and herbal tea. Sounding Board: OFI has an open-door policy. No one at OFI has a private office. Manage- ment sits amongst their teams allowing them to be easily accessible and promoting open communication. Training: OFI offers continuing-education units, which provide certification credits, network- ing events, formal training and internal and external mentoring programs. #10 Cooperative Systems C ooperative Systems provides IT support services, business technology strategy and design, cloud computing and data backup for small to medium businesses in Hartford, Boston and Springfield, Mass. Employee Bonuses: Individual salary bonus program, which is based on individual perfor- mance metrics, team performance metrics and company performance. Fun & Relaxation: Holds company-sponsored employee events three to four times per year that are fun, and also promote team building. Community Service: Provides discounted service rates to nonprofit customers. Healthy Living: Allows for flexible work schedule to deal with employee's personal needs. Sounding Board: All staff members have breakfast or lunch with the CEO once every couple of months to promote communication and dialogue. Training: Every position in the company has a career advancement path defined. #11 Digital Surgeons D igital Surgeons is a digital-first marketing agency that helps companies build better brands. Employee Bonuses: Provides bonuses for employee performance and new-hire referrals. Employee Recognition: "Hero of the week" award is presented to someone who has shined through that week. They are presented with the handmade award to then pass off to the next "hero" a week later. Fun & Relaxation: Hosts monthly game nights to promote creativity and fun. Play a variation of card games, Xbox games, Dance Dance Revolution and more. Digital also allows for casual workplace attire. Community Service: Participates in tree plant- ings in New Haven. Healthy Living: Provides employees healthy food and snack options and company outings like hiking after work. Training: Hosts "Lunch and Learns," which are monthly meetings for anyone interested in the current topic to bring their lunch and hear the presentation. SMALL / MEDIUM COMPANY CATEGORY

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