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

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    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

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    TARPON SPRINGS

    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

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    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

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    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. Employees' passion for products reaps rewards for Container Store, Bill Jackson's

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    One store focuses on the outdoors. The other focuses on the indoors. Both succeed by putting employees first and letting their people's passions take care of sales. At Bill Jackson's, employees share an enthusiasm for camping, hunting and other adventurous pursuits. At the Container Store, it's about organizing, …

    Store manager Jaimie Moeller, left, leads a team huddle before the Container Store in Tampa opens March 28. The company has made Fortune’s list of 100 Best Places to Work in America 15 years in a row.
  6. Sandpearl Resort's casual luxury starts with happy hotel staff

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    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?”
  7. A team of self-starters at e-Ins makes for a happy — and productive — workplace

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    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.
  8. Helping others keeps workers at Mercury Medical

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    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.
  9. Mosaic phosphate company mines happy employees

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    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.
  10. The perks of working at a Times Top 100 workplace

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    American Integrity Insurance Group

  1. Times Top 100 Workplaces: The special awards

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    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.

    DIRECTION

    T-Mobile

    Communication

    1,090 employees

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

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    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

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    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

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    Top 100 workplaces: By the numbers

    FACT FACTS

  5. At a Top Workplace, employees are truly engaged

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    "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

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    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.