The Tampa Bay Times annual ranking begins its second decade

We thought we were going to be telling you about the best ways to attract and retain top talent during a tight labor market, with examples of companies doing it best. About a month ago, that still seemed like a solid and timely idea.

Florida and Tampa Bay were enjoying the lowest unemployment numbers on record. Employers were telling us they were having trouble filling certain in-demand positions. Just a few weeks back.

Then came the coronavirus outbreak, followed by businesses curtailing hours then closing indefinitely to keep people from congregating. That was quickly followed by furloughs and outright layoffs. Many of us lucky enough to still have a job are working from home while others tough it out at their office or store, Clorox wipes at the ready.

Someday this will pass, ideally sooner than later. Employers will begin rehiring, maybe even thinking about some lessons learned, though who could have imagined the screeching halt brought to the national economy?

Hopefully these rankings, and the stories that accompany them, offer some inspiration for when it comes time to resume normal business operations.

Back in September, we put out the first call for nominations for the Tampa Bay Times Top 100 Workplaces of 2020. This is the start of our second decade doing this.

We surveyed thousands of employees. We asked them a series of questions about their employers, about leadership and pay and workplace culture. Their answers were the sole drivers of our rankings, generated by our survey partner Energage. We grouped companies by their size

To learn more about the methodology, read here.

It’s important to know that we don’t charge any company to participate or publicize their Top Workplace designation, like so many of these best-of undertakings. Its our way of giving you a glimpse inside some businesses that employees say are great places to work. Isn’t that the best endorsement?

It’s also an inexpensive way for companies to get some detailed feedback on the sort of workplaces they operate. Please consider nominating your employer next year.

Join me in congratulating this year’s winners.

And stay safe.

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The best small companies to work for in 2020

Left to Right: Engel & Volkers Brokers Leisa Erickson, Ray Alexander, Kelly Montgomery-Kepler, and Cherie Pattishall, all meet at the St. Petersburg office, 102 2nd Ave NE, Thursday, February 13, 2020, to approve employee quarterly award certificates for all four Tampa Bay locations of the company. [ SCOTT KEELER | TAMPA BAY TIMES ]

No. 1. Engel & Völkers

Sector: Agents/Brokers

Employees: 102

Years Ranked: 2

Read More: At Engel & Völkers, competence and passion are the lure

No, 2, Precision Garage Door of Tampa Bay

Sector: Home Repair

Employees: 83

Years Ranked: 2

No. 3. Vantagepoint AI

Sector: Financial Software - Market Trend Analysis

Employees: 71

Years Ranked: 3

For the rest of the list, click here.

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The best midsize companies to work for in 2020

Craig Beggins, the CEO of Century 21 Beggins, poses for a photo with his pup Lilly. Lilly is a regular office dog at the workplace that ranked No. 1 for mid-size companies in the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces. [ SARA DINATALE | Tampa Bay Times ]

No. 1. Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

Sector: Real Estate

Employees: 397

Years Ranked: 11

Read More: ‘Have fun! Make Money!' That’s the goal at Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

No. 2. The Oaks of Clearwater

Sector: Health Center

Employees: 169

Years Ranked: 2

No. 3. Monin, Inc.

Sector: Food/Beverages Manufacturing

Employees: 198

Years Ranked: 10

For the rest of the list, click here.

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The best large companies to work for in 2020

New employees participate in classes at KnowBe4 U in Clearwater, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The new employees were learning company terminology during the 1-6 week sessions. [ SCOTT KEELER | TAMPA BAY TIMES ]

No. 1. KnowBe4

Sector: Security Awareness Training

Employees: 674

Years Ranked: 5

Read More: KnowBe4 engineered its culture long before it hired its first employee

No. 2. Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

Sector: Credit Union

Employees: 527

Years Ranked: 9

No. 3. Progressive Insurance

Sector: Insurance

Employees: 5,124

Years Ranked: 11

For the rest of the list, click here.

Check out more of our coverage of the 2020 Top Workplaces

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This is how we ranked the Tampa Bay Times 100 Top Workplaces

It starts with a confidential survey of thousands of employees. Read here.

Column: Top Workplaces are built for good times and bad

Employees love working for the Tampa Bay Times’ 100 Top Workplaces. How do we know? They told us. Read here.

Ten fun things to know about some of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces

For instance, resident artist is one of 250 job titles at TradeWinds Island Resort. Read here.

The staff of Ruth Eckerd Hall gathers for a photo in front of part of its recently renovated lobby and members-only area. [ Ruth Eckerd Hall ]

There’s something different every day at Ruth Eckerd Hall

And you don’t have to be a rock star to play an important role. Read here.

This accounting firm treats everyone like they’re part of the team

Company values click for employees at Spoor Bunch Franz because they helped craft them. Read here.

It feels good to be heard by your bosses

Leaders at the best companies listen. On that score, these companies stand out. Read here.

Employees at Avalon Healthcare Solutions take dressing up for Halloween seriously. [Courtesy of Avalon Healthcare Solutions] [ Avalon Healthcare Solutions ]

These 14 companies made the Times’ Top Workplace ranking for the first time this year

These employers, from a insurance giant MetLife to the Pasco County Tax Collector, rated highly with employees. Read here.

Career plateaus? Tricky workplaces situations? A good mentor can help guide you

A good mentoring program can help ensure female employees reach their goals, and yours. Read here.

In the workplace, feeling appreciated matters a lot to employees

In our 2020 survey, employees told us it was one of the most important things. Read here.