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Best Places To Work 2009
By Andy Cohen, C.J. Mittica and Dave Vagnoni
Research by Quantum Workplace
September 2009

Who knew the Great Northwest was a hotbed for friendly ad specialty employers? There must be something in the coffee. T You see, Seattle and its outskirts are home to five of the top 20 industry companies (including the top two) on the 2009 Counselor Best Places to Work rankings. While 60 distributors and suppliers make up the list, six alone are headquartered in the state of Washington. Of course, these Best Places to Work are spread out across the map (12 in the Northeast, 16 in the West, 18 in the Midwest, 10 in the South and four in Canada, in fact), but six from the 15th-largest state (ranked by population size) in the U.S.? That’s an impressive trend.
 
Overall, though, the 60 companies that make up the 2009 Best Places to Work represent the places that employees want to go to everyday. They’re the workplaces that have loyal staffs, dependable and trustworthy management, solid and motivating benefits packages and overall team effectiveness that raises organizations to high levels of success. To identify these companies, Counselor again this year partnered with a third-party research firm, Quantum Workplace, which conducts Best Places to Work contests in more than 40 major cities, including Boston, Dallas, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

The list of 60 companies – an increase from 50 last year because participating companies actually received higher scores from their employees this year – is certainly diverse. It has distributors and suppliers, Top 40 companies with hundreds of employees and small firms with only 15 staffers (to qualify for the program a company had to have at least 10 employees).

It’s an impressive group of companies that obviously know how to treat their employees and get the most out of their staffs. Check out their secrets.

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