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Top work places 2010

The employees have spoken: Despite tough times they love their workplaces.

They are the St. Petersburg Times' Top Places to Work 2010.

How did the winners create a work culture that succeeds in these tough economic times? How did they ensure that they got 100 percent from their employees? How did they keep them motivated, challenged and happy?

The findings: Tough times cement loyalty. Leadership matters. Respect and fairness are valued. And a fulfilling work life starts with a baseline of good pay and benefits, but to make this list, companies also had to convey a sense of direction -- employees had to believe in the company's mission.

What you'll find in these pages is a blueprint for success -- for small businesses looking for an edge, for workers looking for a better job, for busy managers struggling to focus on what really matters, for executives pulling their companies out of the Great Recession.

The list is also about resilience, as several of the companies had to lay people off and cut pay, but they still created a workplace that their employees believed in.

To make the list, employers had to agree to have their employees fill out a survey. Our partner, Workplace Dynamics, gathered 16,797 responses and scored them on a number of factors. Only the 60 with the top scores made the cut.

Congratulations to them all.

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Locations of the Top Work Places

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Large

Rank

Company

1

New York Life

2

The Progressive Group of Insurance Cos.

3

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

4

T-Mobile

5

Western Reserve Life Assurance Co. of Ohio

6

Raymond James Financial Inc.

7

Moffitt Cancer Center

8

Busch Gardens

9

HSN

10

Aviation Authority

Midsize

Rank

Company

1

American Strategic Insurance Corp.

2

APG Electric

3

Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

4

SouthEast Personnel Leasing Inc.

5

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Ltd.

6

Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel

7

JSA Healthcare

8

Oak Manor Senior Living Community

9

Gulf Coast Enterprises

10

Lazydays RV Center Inc.

11

Accuform Signs

12

Laser Spine Institute

13

Capital One

14

Answers Systems

15

Eckerd College Inc.

16

FrankCrum

17

CAE USA Inc.

18

Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office

19

St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute

20

MTS Medication Technologies Inc.

Small

Rank

Company

1

St. Mary's Episcopal Day School

2

Residence at Timber Pines

3

Camden Property Trust

4

Bay Area Legal Services Inc.

5

Banker Lopez Gassler P.A.

6

National Title Network Inc.

7

Realtec Group Inc.

8

Gregory Sharer & Stuart P.A.

9

Vology Data Systems (Formerly Network Liquidators)

10

Brandon Ford

11

Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Enforcement

12

Electric Supply Inc.

13

USAmeribank

14

Bouchard Insurance

15

Tampa Bay & Co.

16

Tribridge

17

Bay Area Heart Center

18

Pro Tech Monitoring Inc.

19

DITEK Corp.

20

ConnectWise

21

Applicant Insight Inc.

22

Religious Community Services Inc.

23

Pender Newkirk & Co. LLP

24

RedVector.com Inc.

25

HSA Engineers & Scientists

26

Greystone Healthcare

27

Beck Group

28

Esurance

29

Accusoft Pegasus

30

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Top Places To Work 2010: Survey methodology

Eager for your company to make the list next year? We will be taking nominations again starting in the fall. Stay tuned to the business section and money.tampabay.com for details.

Workplace Dynamics, survey partner with the St. Petersburg Times, invited 914 Tampa Bay area companies to participate and surveyed 111 of them. The surveyed companies employ 42,424 people in the Tampa Bay area. Of those, 28,477 employees received surveys, and 16,797 responded.

The survey breaks down workplaces into three sizes based on the number of locally-based employees -- large, 500 or more employees; mid size, 150-499; and small, 50-149. Why? Because, Workplace Dynamics says, smaller employers tend to score higher than mid-size employers, and mid-size employers tend to score higher than large employers. Ranking workplaces with similar sized organizations offers a more apples-to-apples comparison.

The survey company then ranks employers within their size category based solely on the employee responses to the survey statements. The Times didn't choose the companies; the employees of the companies did.

The top employers in each size category are then selected as the Top Places To Work. The survey company also determines a list of special awards based on standout scores on specific survey statements.

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