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Times Top 100 Workplaces: The special awards

Published Apr. 11, 2014

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.




1,090 employees

What excites you about the direction this company is taking?

"Our leader is willing to take chances to change the industry and our leaders here in Tampa are doing the same and it trickles down to the frontline."

"The new commercials and ads that are taking the industry by storm."

"The new plans make sense and are keeping up with the changes in the industry."

"The positive feedback customers give about how good T-Mobile is to them."

"Since the new CEO has taken over he has really turned it around and gives us hope that we are able to compete with the big boys in the industry."


Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa


162 employees

What does your manager do well?

"Provides positive and constructive feedback. Supports efforts and ideas."

"My manager asks me how I am doing and genuinely listens to what I have to say."

"My manager challenges me to think outside the box."


Laser Spine Institute


496 employees

What do you find most meaningful about working at this company?

"Being able to see lives being changed."

"I believe our work makes a difference."

"The impact we have both on our patients and our employees. We provide superior medical service while also giving our patients a supportive and caring environment."

"They walk the walk, which is very rare in this day and age."

Clued-in senior management

American Strategic Insurance


327 employees

What impresses you most about senior managers at this company?

"Down to earth and open door policy is real."

"The perspective that employee satisfaction is an integral part of company success."

"They are normal people just like you and me."

"They take the time to know you as a person and truly want to help you succeed and aspire to greater things."


Capital One

Financial services

1,639 employees

What formal training have you found most valuable?

"Loyalty training. We learn our cardholders' different personality types, and how best to communicate with them, and provide service."

"The career development center is awesome. I just hope that I can use it more. Also, the ability to get reimbursed for tuition and get a degree of my choosing is fantastic."

"Understanding who our customers are and catering the experience for each customer has helped us assist customers better."

Other special awards

Leadership: Joseph Brancucci, GTE Financial; Richard Dimmitt, Dimmitt Automotive Group; Karen Riffe, Meridian Asset Services

New ideas: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

Doer: White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes

Ethics: It Works! Global

Communication: FairWarning

Appreciation: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School

Work/life balance: Banker, Lopez, Gassler P.A.

Benefits: Fintech