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Tampa Bay's Top 100 Workplaces

Want to know what makes a great company? More than 30,000 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.

  1. Lucky 13: How these companies made Top Workplace rankings every single year


    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.
  2. Top Workplaces: How the survey was done


    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 …

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


    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.

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  4. Promoting a work family propels Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel to a No. 1 ranking

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    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]
  5. Fun and family help elevate Gold & Diamond Source and Barbizon Modeling to top workplaces


    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]
  6. Couple turns passion for frozen yogurt into profitable business


    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.
  7. Renaissance Tampa Hotel at International Plaza keys in on empowering workers


    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.
  8. From donning rock concert shirts to pizza parties, Bayshore Home Care builds team spirit


    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.
  9. Workplace insights from three CEOs singled out in 2017 survey for superior leadership


    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
  10. KnowBe4 taps going '90 miles an hour' with enthusiastic, engaged workforce

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    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.
  11. After 8 years, 100's of companies, 1000's of interviews, celebrate Times 2017 Top Workplaces


    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]