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March 5, 2018 — Best Places to Work in CT

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26 Hartford Business Journal • March 5, 2018 • www.HartfordBusiness.com 26 Hartford Business Journal • March 5, 2018 • www.HartfordBusiness.com BEST PLACES TO WORK IN CONNECTICUT Small/Medium Cos. Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity H artford Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a global nonprofit that focuses on increasing homeownership oppor- tunities. It helps build, renovate and preserve homes and accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing. Employee Benefits: Covers 100 per- cent of employee health insurance premiums. Recognition: Birthdays are acknowledged at each quarterly meeting and at department meetings. Fun & Relaxation: Offers a week- long paid holiday shutdown in December and flexible schedules to support work/life balance. Being Green: All homes are built to meet the Home Energy Rating System in order to increase energy efficiency. Training: All managers are re- quired to participate in a formal training program such as Quest or an emerging-leaders course. Charles IT C harles IT is an outsourced IT company that focuses on medical, manufacturing and nonprofit industries. Employee Bonuses: Once a year if the company hits its goals, the entire office is flown out to an "Epic Outing." Past outings have been to Vegas and helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon or driv- ing supercars in Los Angeles. Fun & Relax- ation: Offers a fully stocked kitchen and break room with a popcorn machine and "kegerator" with beer. Hosts bring your dog to work and office parties as well as ran- dom beach days where employees work at the beach all day and have families come down to enjoy dinner and drinks together. Community Service: Volunteers at and sponsors Middletown Car Cruise. Healthy Living: Has an in-house gym with a shower and lockers. Also pro- vides stress toys and "thinking putty." Communication: Hosts monthly town hall meetings called "Where are we going" about any large decision for the company Realized Solutions Inc. R ealized Solutions Inc. provides comprehensive IT services and customer support, special- izing in network services, hardware support, software development, application integrations and systems analysis and consultation. Employee Bonuses: Pays a holiday bonus to all employees equivalent to at least one week of salary. Healthy Living: Funds a YMCA gym membership for every employee. Community Service: Each year the com- pany purchases 10 bicycles, as- sembles them and donates them to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Communication: The company actively uses Yammer for employee communication and two-way dialogue. Training: Top employee performers are offered the opportunity to partici- pate in the "Future Leaders" program. Being Green: The company has contracted with Earthlight Solar to install a solar power generation sys- tem that will offset 100 percent of the company's annual electrical usage. Preferred Brands International Inc. P referred Brands International is a food company that manu- factures and markets Tasty Bite and a range of natural, conve- nient and specialty foods. Employee Bonuses: Marketing and sales team members have the potential to earn between 3 percent and 33 per- cent in annual performance bonuses. Company also pays 100 percent of employee health insurance premiums. Employee Recognition: Most Valu- able Player Award of the Year: This is a companywide award given to only one employee for outstanding contribution. Spot Award: Given to employees for demonstrating innova- tion, creating new opportunities for teamwork and breakthrough solu- tions, contributing to fun and high energy at the workplace, and initiat- ing activities that enhance employ- ee knowledge and capabilities. Fun & Relax- ation: Offers employees chair massages and smoothies events. For birthdays, the company decorates, has a cake and a card signed by the team. Healthy Living: Has an Employee As- sistance Program (EAP) that provides counseling for marital, parental or fi- nancial problems, and/or assistance for specific conditions such as substance abuse, smoking and gambling. Community Service: Participates in United Way Day of Action volunteer- ing at the Family Centers, working on projects at Camp Rocky Craig Girl Scout Camp and collecting and pack- ing personal-care items for ALICE. Headquarters: Stamford Industry: Food Sales and Marketing Website: www.tastybite.com Twitter: @TastyBite Top Executive: Ashok Vasudevan, CEO Headquarters: Middletown Industry: IT Website: www.charlesit.com Top Executive: Foster Charles, Founder & CEO Headquarters: Southington Industry: Technology Website: www.myrsi.com Top Executive: John Beyer, President Headquarters: Hartford Industry: Nonprofit Website: www.hartfordhabitat.org Twitter: @hartfordhabitat Top Executive: Karraine Moody, Executive Director RANKED 8 TH RANKED 10 TH RANKED 9 TH RANKED 11 TH

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