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Top 100 Places to Work in Tampa Bay

Want to know what makes a great company? Almost 35,000 local employees told us the secrets. Meet some of the workers and the three winners. They are all a part of the Tampa Bay's Top 100 Workplaces.

Bob Fisher, Grow Financial’s president and CEO, poses in front of the company headquarters. He insists on a deep corporate loyalty to employees. He refused to consider layoffs or pay cuts during the recession.

Grow Financial Federal Credit Union sows the seeds for happy workers

TAMPA Grow Financial Federal Credit Union couldn't avoid the Great Recession. Members struggled to keep up with mortgage payments; new loans dropped as regulatory requirements tightened; expansion plans were shelved. At least one thing was left virtually unscathed through the downturn: Grow's employees. There were  …


  1. A dozen reasons ASI keeps rating as a top place to work in Tampa Bay


    American Strategic Insurance founder and CEO John Auer can rattle off numerous reasons his company surfaces as a perennial top workplace in Tampa Bay. But everything the company does is secondary, he says, to starting with the right employees. Everything hinges on hiring people who are predisposed to have a happy …

    American Strategic Insurance founder and CEO John Auer, in the lobby of the St. Petersburg headquarters, says success starts with the right employees.
  2. Tampa Bay's No. 1 small top workplace: White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes



    White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes' sprawling new headquarters was, one might assume, designed by a teen with his mom's credit card. Nerf darts whistle among a stereo booming old-school hip-hop, an Xbox 360 and a game of ladder toss. Upstairs, executives convene for a meeting on beanbag chairs with …

  3. Top Workplaces: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union shares strategies for success


    Grow Financial Federal Credit Union is in a league of its own, earning the top spot in the large-company category of Tampa Bay's top workplaces for the second year in a row. Don't expect CEO Bob Fisher to rest on his laurels, however. He and his executive team inside the Tampa-based credit union are constantly looking …

    Grow Financial Federal Credit Union CEO Bob Fisher, left, and executive vice president Thomas Feindt agree that the company’s culture of good customer service has gotten stronger over the last couple of years.
  4. These Tampa Bay car dealers know how to create a top workplace


    CLEARWATER — If you're wondering, yes, car salespeople know many buyers think they're full of slime. The stereotype — that they're sly, shady and a few other words not fit for a family newspaper — is nearly as old as the automobile itself. It's a worry, too, for skeptics newly hired at a dealership. …

    Dimmitt Automotive employees Michelle Adkins, left, and Marianne Vicari throw beanbags in a break area behind the Land Rover dealership in Clearwater last month.
  5. Sandpearl Resort's casual luxury starts with happy hotel staff


    CLEARWATER BEACH — The Sandpearl Resort was built in 2007 to replace the historic Clearwater Beach Hotel — but not to replace what the historic hotel stood for.

    LaTesha Crawford cheerfully holds the door open for guests at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach. “Do you see my beautiful view?” she says. “Who wouldn’t want my view? Who could be unhappy with that view?”
  6. A team of self-starters at e-Ins makes for a happy — and productive — workplace


    ST. PETERSBURG — e-Ins, an insurance services firm debuting among Tampa Bay's Top Workplaces this year, has deep ties to a perennial name on the list: American Strategic Insurance, or ASI. Property insurer ASI — the No. 1 midsize company among Top Workplaces for three out of the past five years (including …

    e-Ins vice president Mark Postier, left, and president Lyle Vincent will be moving to new St. Petersburg offices with ASI in the next few months.
  7. Helping others keeps workers at Mercury Medical


    It's almost more common to hear someone say they've worked at Mercury Medical for decades than to be called a newbie.

    CEO Stanley Tangalakis joined Mercury Medical in 1980 and bought it two years later, turning it into a globally recognized medical device manufacturer.
  8. Mosaic phosphate company mines happy employees


    LITHIA — For employees, working at Mosaic isn't just about mining potash and phosphate and turning it into fertilizer.

    Employee Eddy Fontana works out last month in the gym at Mosaic’s Lithia office, one of the perks the company offers.
  9. The perks of working at a Times Top 100 workplace


    American Integrity Insurance Group

  1. Times Top 100 Workplaces: The special awards


    The special awards

    In creating a top workplace, it helps to be outstanding in one area. The companies on this page scored highest in particular categories critical to keeping employees happy.




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  2. Retaining top employees: Tampa Bay's top workplaces get it done


    We started the Top Workplaces section five years ago during the turmoil left by the worst recession in decades.

  3. There are 2014 Top Workplace companies, and then there are winners five years running


    Big or small, any company must be pretty special to qualify as a "Top Workplace" on the 2014 Tampa Bay Times annual survey. So imagine the strength of culture, discipline and sense of mission a business must share with its employees to make the list every year.

    Executives of Clearwater’s USAmeriBank, including CEO Joe Chillura and Alfred Rogers Jr., let loose at a mock ’80s rock concert.
  4. Tampa Bay's top workplaces: by the numbers


    Top 100 workplaces: By the numbers


  5. At a Top Workplace, employees are truly engaged


    "So it's all about the perks, right?" I get this question all the time. Espresso machines, pingpong tables, massage chairs, beer. Surely these perks make the difference between a Top Workplace and an average workplace.

    Doug Claffey
  6. How the Top Workplaces survey was done


    Here's how the survey was done

    WorkplaceDynamics, project partner with the Tampa Bay Times, invited 1,055 companies to participate in an examination of the best places to work and then surveyed the 176 that accepted. The surveyed companies employ 56,121 people in the Tampa Bay area.