The Boston Globe once again turns its spotlight on the region’s best employers in its Top Places to Work magazine, which will appear in The Boston Sunday Globe on November 4. This year, Millennium, the Analysis Group and the Boston Harbor Hotel won the highest marks, with Globoforce topping the magazine’s new small business category for organizations with 50 to 99 employees. The issue will also be featured on BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com. This is the popular 44-page magazine’s fifth year of honoring the state’s most beloved workplaces based on surveys of the people who know best -- the employees themselves. “When we launched in 2008 during the Great Recession, we wondered if employers would lose focus on keeping their employees happy,” Boston Globe Business Editor Shirley Leung said. “But businesses have continued to make strides in employee appreciation and opportunities. With more than 300 companies surveyed this year, we saw our highest participation rate to date.” Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co., with about 1,200 employees in Cambridge, ranks number one in the largest employer category. Owned by Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Millennium retains workers by valuing collaboration and cross-cultural sensitivity. Analysis Group, number one in the large category, provides employees with plenty of mentoring and opportunities to further their studies. The Boston consultancy, with about 275 employees, provides economic analysis and expert testimony to law firms. The Boston Harbor Hotel topped the medium category for treating its roughly 200 Boston employees as well as it treats its VIP guests. The five-star property rewards employees who go above-and-beyond in customer service. Globoforce, the number one small employer, extends its product to its own workforce. The Southborough firm not only manages workplace appreciation programs for other companies but also utilizes the same rewards program to boost its own morale.
In addition to the rankings, the magazine highlights creative corporate perks from working vacations in Crete to free lunches from food trucks.The Boston Globe’s 2012 Top Places to Work survey was conducted by WorkPlace Dynamics of Exton, Pa., specialists in employee engagement and retention. The Globe invited 1,586 employers to participate in the survey; 304 organizations employing a total of 210,000 people completed the process. Completed surveys were received from 81,907 individuals, who rated their employers based on workplace practices in compensation, leadership, appreciation, career opportunities and management. The Top Places to Work magazine also includes online extras, such as videos, sortable rankings and photo galleries. All can be found at www.bostonglobe.com/topplaces and www.boston.com/topworkplaces. Top Places to Work news is also available via Twitter at #workboston. About The Boston Globe:The Boston Globe is wholly owned by the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of $2.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and related properties. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.