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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  …

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  1. Leaders of Tampa Bay's top workplaces share insights, suggestions

    Business

    TAMPA — Nearly 300 people gathered at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday morning to hear tips and insights from leaders of the highest-ranked workplaces in Tampa Bay.

    Bays Florida associates (From left) Robert Patterson, Amanda Boser, and Kellly Banchak talk during the reception before the start of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces Live! program at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  2. Lucky 13: How these companies made Top Workplace rankings every single year

    Business

    At the Ditek Corp., a Largo company making surge protectors, manufacturing employees asked for a four-day work week and their bosses figured out how to make it happen.

    Front to back: Jon Snyder, Phillip McElfresh, Scott McConachie and Jack Cicchini participate in the six-month Producer In Training program at Bouchard Insurance that helps employees with general insurance knowledge and personal development.
  3. Top Workplaces: How the survey was done

    Business

    Strong senior leaders set the tone for high-performing companies. But when it comes to judging whether an organization is a terrific place to work, there's only one audience that matters: the employees. For the eighth year, the Tampa Bay Times partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, the employee …

  4. Lessons from the Top: 5 Keys to a Better Workplace

    Business

    What distinguishes a Top Workplace from an average one? The truth is, there's no single practice, no one-size-fits-all solution for achieving great results. But there are common qualities of success you should be able to identify in every company.

    WorkplaceDynamics [Courtesy of Workplace Dynamics]
  5. Promoting a work family propels Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel to a No. 1 ranking

    Working Life

    Mary Anne Casale has greeted patients and visitors from behind the concierge desk at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel since the day it first opened in 2012.

    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel President and CEO Denyse Bales-Chubb stands for a portrait along the hospital's third floor atrium view. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is the No. 1 employer in the large category for Top Workplaces this year.
[BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Special to the Times]
  6. Fun and family help elevate Gold & Diamond Source and Barbizon Modeling to top workplaces

    Business

    This year, 20 businesses graced the list of Tampa Bay's Top Workplaces for the first time, standing out as great places to work. The Tampa Bay Times talked with the owners and operators of two of them to find out what put them on top.

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    Barbizon employee Salina Jones, 41, of Lutz works as an outbound sales representative at the corporate headquarters in Tampa. 
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  7. Couple turns passion for frozen yogurt into profitable business

    Retail

    TAMPA — They had just started dating. But instead of meeting for coffee or cocktails throughout the week, Ean Mendelsohn and Jaclyn Levy would go out for frozen yogurt.

    Ean Mendelsohn, 33, left, his wife, Jaclyn Mendelsohn, 32, and her brother Jordan Levy, 34, are partners in Yogurtology, which has eight locations around the Tampa Bay area and South Florida.
  8. Renaissance Tampa Hotel at International Plaza keys in on empowering workers

    Business

    TAMPA — Jim Bartholomay started his career as a chef: A position where it's pretty normal to shout and throw things.

    The Renaissance Tampa Hotel at International Plaza first opened in 2004 and recently went through a $10 million renovation.
  9. From donning rock concert shirts to pizza parties, Bayshore Home Care builds team spirit

    Business

    LARGO — Instead of its usual holiday party last December, Bayshore Home Care held an '80s gala to celebrate its founding in 1986. As big-haired employees in jeans and rock-concert shirts streamed into the Hilton Carillon Park, other hotel guests took notice.

    Bayshore Home Care employee Geraldine Sterlicchi gets client Mary Hochadel settled with lunch. Sterlicchi spends five days a week at Hochadel’s Belleair home.
  10. Workplace insights from three CEOs singled out in 2017 survey for superior leadership

    Business

    An international financial services firm worth $11 billion. A Riverview shipping logistics firm that has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. A St. Petersburg hair and beauty salon chain.

    Joe Connell
  11. KnowBe4 taps going '90 miles an hour' with enthusiastic, engaged workforce

    Working Life

    CLEARWATER — It's every entrepreneur's dream: a niche position in an exploding market, a reputation as a trusted problem-solver and a talented, energetic team of employees who enjoy coming to work every day.

    KnowBe4 employees wearing purple gather on bean bags during an end-of-month wrap-up meeting on Feb. 29 at the company’s Clearwater headquarters. Purple promotes the company’s commitment to prosperity and success, said HR director Michele Weisensee.
  12. After 8 years, 100's of companies, 1000's of interviews, celebrate Times 2017 Top Workplaces

    Business

    Think of 2017's Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces report as a celebration of 100 area businesses where employees like to work, feel recognized and supported, routinely give back to their community, see a clear corporate direction and believe their bosses will guide them there. Oh yeah, staffers at these businesses …

    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel assistant nurse manager Mariana Gordon says her workplace "feels like a family." That's one reason her employer ranks No. 1 in the large business category in the Tampa Bay Times 2017 Top Workplaces survey. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Special to the Times]
  13. Five ways in 2016 these 100 top Tampa Bay companies wow the workplace

    Working Life

    What nuggets of wisdom are hiding in the year's Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces report, a metrowide ranking of 100 top workplaces? This is the Times' seventh annual look at what some companies, big and small, are doing better than others in this area to instill in their employees a real sense of mission and …

    Top Golf associates gather together with morale building wristbands and pose for a team photo.  Top Golf International is listed as one of the top Tampa area workplaces, pictured is the Brandon, FL location.  [Saturday, February 27, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  14. T-Mobile tops large company ranking for workplace, pushes envelope on work, benefits, fun

    Working Life

    To say T-Mobile's batting 2 for 2 this year is an understatement.

    Larry Grimsley, financial care coach, shows his T-Mobile pride at an event at the Tampa Call Center.
  15. Top-ranked workplace among small firms, KnowBe4 blends cyber savvy, hard work and fun

    Working Life

    CLEARWATER

    Phishing. Ransomware. CEO fraud. ¶ These are the cybersecurity scams awash in the world start-up company KnowBe4 was created to defend against. Its business — providing security awareness training to banks, businesses and organizations — is booming as hacker attacks continue to …

    At the start of each workday at 9 a.m. sharp, KnowBe4 employees gather around bright orange floor cushions in an area of the office called the "town hall" to discuss goals of the day and encourage a "team attitude." Courtesy of KnowBe4
  1. Times Top 100 Workplaces: The special awards

    Business

    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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    T-Mobile

    Communication

    1,090 employees

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

    Business

    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

    Business

    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

    Business

    Top 100 workplaces: By the numbers

    FACT FACTS

  5. At a Top Workplace, employees are truly engaged

    Business

    "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

    Business

    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.