Pittsburgh Magazine's inaugural Great Places to Work survey highlighted the top large companies (more than 100 employees) and small companies (less than 100 employees -- often less than 10) in the Pittsburgh area.
Employees were surveyed about their company's work-life balance, management, career development opportunities, trust, rewards, and connections. Below are the top 3 winners in each category.
Top Large Companies in Pittsburgh
This online retro and vintage fashion retailer gets rave reviews for employee discounts on independent and emerging fashion lines, its fun, young environment and its philanthropic efforts.
The company was founded in 2002 by Carnegie-Mellon students Susan Gregg-Koger and Eric Koger. Today it employs almost 170 and has more than $15 million in revenue.
Employees cite stock options as a key benefit. The company has raised almost $20 million in recent rounds of venture capital funding, and could raise more. The company is headquartered in Pittsburgh, but is also opening offices in San Francisco for its technology team and in Los Angeles to handle supply chain logistics.
2. P.J. Dick/Trumbull/Lindy Paving
The family of construction companies, P.J. Dick/Trumbull/Lindy Paving, is ranked among the top general contractors in the U.S., and is ranked top by employees for its family vibe. According to Pittsburgh Magazine, the company attracts second- and even third-generation employees to work on projects that range from highways and bridges to airports, arenas, hospitals and more.
Hefren-Tillotson, founded in 1948, is a privately held full-service investment firm headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh. Employees say they enjoy mutual respect and personal connection with management via hand-written thank-you notes, congratulations, birthday wishes, and more that make the family-owned firm feel like ... family. The company also ranks highly for its profit-sharing bonuses, career development and benefits.
Best Small Companies in Pittsburgh
1. Alcoma Dental Association
Alcoma Dental Association is indeed small. The office of Dr. James L. Petraitis, D.M.D., employs just 8. But though it be small, the office is able to offer perks like a permanent three-day weekend to employees, free dental care and bonuses. Employees also point to the the teamwork and friendly coordination in the office, which help give Acoma an A+ rating.
Online ticket service ShowClix employs 18, but offers tickets for events around the U.S. and, recently, Australia. Tickets are sent via mobile multimedia messaging to customers' cell phones or via social media.
ShowClix is run by a youthful Joshua Dziabiak,and the median age of employees is 25. Along with a work-hard, play-hard culture, the company offers a fully array of health benefits, and fun perks like a cereal bar wall, Nerf guns, and Rock Band and Wii competitions.
3. MANY (Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family)
This non-profit helps at-risk youth and their families navigate the maze of agencies to find the one or ones that they need for counseling, mental health, education, substance abuse, or child welfare. The network has over 50 active member agencies.
Staff at MANY have backgrounds in social work, child welfare, counseling, and family therapy. A strong sense of community at the office feeds employee satisfaction, as do perks like staff lunches and flexible schedules. The network also offers a 15% bonus that employees can use for child care, retirement, or insurance.
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