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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. What matters most to employees?

    Working Life

    The 2015 Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay show great diversity in size and sector. There's healthcare system BayCare Health System Inc., with more than 19,000 employees, and The Container Store, with 50.

    Doug Claffey
  2. J.CON Salon and Spa lacks drama, but not heart



    Let's just get this out of the way first: There is very little daily drama at bustling J.CON Salon and Spa.

    No, really.

    J.Con Salon Spa stylist Andrea Rose, left, finishes customer Megan Felder’s hair. “Andrea is fantastic with hair,” said Felder. “I love this salon and the people that work here.”
  3. A contrarian guide to how to never become a top Tampa Bay workplace


    Rather than sing another refrain of what really makes a Tampa Bay workplace a top workplace, let's do the opposite.

    Steve Griggs, Lightning president
  4. After exciting start, Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza has settled in



    Forget about the proverbial cloud — even a Category 4 hurricane can have a silver lining. ¶ The Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza opened in August 2004, three days before Hurricane Charley threatened to obliterate much of Pinellas County. As Charley loomed — closely followed by Ivan …

    Jim Bartholomay, Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza general manager, second from left, leads a staff meeting in the newly decorated lobby area of his hotel. The Renaissance is in the midst of a major renovation.
  5. Clearwater's FrankCrum keeps management in the family


    CLEARWATER – At 87, legendary Major League Baseball scout Mel Didier not only can regale an audience with inside baseball stories that date to the 1940s. With the wisdom of age and sheer energy, he can also inspire workers. That's why he was back, again, speaking last month about the 10 steps to success — …

    Speaker Mel Didier helps inspire FrankCrum staffers.
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning employees enjoying the Jeff Vinik era


    TAMPA — Ross Markley spent four decades in corporate America. He was a senior vice president at a bank. He made good money and had a good career. But ask the 68-year-old retired executive to name the best job he's ever had, and he doesn't hesitate: It's working part-time for Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff …

    Chef Nelson Rosado, right, hands conversion technician Brett Newmyer, left, fish tacos at the Firestick Grill on March 13.  Three days a week Tampa Bay Lightning employees are offered a discounted all-you-can-eat buffet lunch.
  7. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel tops large companies for Top Workplaces


    WESLEY CHAPEL — From the ground up, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is patient-centric. Its accommodating layout and calming atmosphere — in the form of colored walls, wood doors and natural influences — create a sense of relaxation amid the stress of treatment, said CEO Denyse Bales-Chubb. But for its …

  8. Tampa's Beck Group brings architects, builders together


    TAMPA — The Beck Group was born in Texas in 1912 as a construction company. It merged with a design firm, Urban Architecture, 87 years later. Left brain, meet right brain.

    Ryan Toth, regional director of The Beck Group in Tampa, stands with project drawings and bicycles restored by company employees.
  9. At Container Store in Tampa, cheesy and cheery employees wanted


    TAMPA — Every morning at The Container Store, just before the front doors swing open for business, employees gather for something called "the Huddle." It's a rah-rah ritual of excitable people really excited to sell plastic sorting bins to people equally excited to purchase plastic sorting bins.

    "Wow! Wow! …

    Container Store employees, clockwise from top, Cathy Chopping, Marvin Price, Mandi Cruz, Brandon Coquyt and Jamie Moeller.
  10. At ad agency 22squared, employees care for each other


    TAMPA – Walk into 22squared Inc., and a skater might whiz by on his board or a unicyclist on his lone wheel. Someone might race by on foot, too. It's part of the creative environment of one of the top five independent advertising agencies in the country, one that might seem a bit intense at first. A hustle. An …

    Copy writer Luke Sokolewicz works in his office at 22squared in Tampa.
  11. Many 'small' bay area top workplaces have national, foreign ties


    Turns out many of the smallest Top Workplaces aren't so small after all. Though 50 "small" companies placed on the Tampa Bay Times' annual Top Workplaces report — compiled in cooperation with WorkplaceDynamics — the reach of most recipients extends far beyond Tampa Bay.

  12. Pharmaceutical consulting firm Xcenda focuses on employees


    PALM HARBOR – Over the past two decades, pharmaceutical consulting firm Xcenda grew from three employees in Palm Harbor to 325 across the United States. A little more than a quarter of that number work in the Tampa Bay area. Many work from home. ¶ Xcenda keeps acquiring space to accommodate the growth, …

    Pharmacist Chelsey Campbell says Xcenda’s culture drew her back to the company after interning there while she was a student.  
  13. Robbins Property Associates makes Top Workplaces for third year in a row


    TAMPA – After Robbins Property Associates bought it in 2013, Clearwater's MacArthur Park Apartments metamorphosed from a run-down complex into one boasting "million dollar upgrades'' including an Internet cafe, Bark Park and state-of-the-art fitness center. It also got a new name: Madison Place, courtesy of a …

    Property manager Marionette Sexton and maintenance supervisor Juan Carlos Carvajal in Sexton’s office at Cooper’s Pond.
  14. Toilet H-O-R-S-E, anyone? Family business R.J. Kielty Plumbing has a ball



    Things can get stressful for the 150 men and women working at R.J. Kielty Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. ¶ After all: "There are a lot of people who try to flush cat litter," says dispatch manager Crystal Schuler.

    And remote controls.

    And underwear.

    Dispatch manager Crystal Schuler, left, plumbing service manager Jesse Francher, HVAC manager Joe Rogers and manager Tanner Kielty play a game of “toilet horse” in the company’s Hudson showroom.
  15. Getting hired by Fintech makes workers feel like winners


    TAMPA – Fintech is the alcohol industry's PayPal. ¶ The financial services and data company handles billions in beer, wine and spirits sales payments for retailers and wholesalers. ¶ The company's customers include the likes of Trader Joe's and Publix Super Markets, Target and Walmart, Hilton Worldwide …

    Fintech VP of finance Ben Boehm, Thursday, 3/5/15.  Fintech, is the leader in providing electronic data and payments to the alcohol industry.
  16. Tampa Bay Steel's workplace proves its mettle



    For 24 hours a day, five days a week, Tampa Bay Steel Corp. cuts and reshapes steel to the exact specifications of its customers in construction, manufacturing and shipbuilding. ¶ As if they don't spend enough time together already, Tampa Bay Steel's employees also get together after work — and …

     Mug of Mark Stewart, President of Tampa Bay Steel.  (For top workplaces.)
  17. Cybersecurity firms offer the chance to do cutting edge work


    One helps health care businesses and hospital chains make sure patient data stays private. The other sets international technology standards to help train people to guard their organizations' information assets. ¶ Both Pinellas County companies made the latest Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace ranks. And both …

    Kurt Long, CEO of FairWarning, and Teresa Parks, director of operations, pose in the company’s Feather Sound office, a space FairWarning will soon likely outgrow.
  18. Employees feel valued at law firm GrayRobinson

    Working Life


    When a lawyer in the GrayRobinson law firm began using a stand-up desk, it caught the notice of other staffers worried that too much sitting was hurting their health. ¶ So office administrator Gayle Wetherell scouted around and found an adjustable desk whose $400 cost the firm will split with any …

    “I really like it that GrayRobinson has a great presence in the community,” says Diane Drennon, business development coordinator for the law firm’s Tampa office.