1. Transwestern Commercial Services
Senior executive(s): Larry Heard, James H. Postell
Whether they're washing their hands or hopping on planes, employees of Transwestern can count on their company's commitment to the environment.
The company has installed faucet aerators and other fixtures in restrooms to conserve water. To mitigate the emissions involved in air travel, the company has begun to purchase carbon offsets for flights taken by employees. The company also recommends renting hybrid cars and staying in hotels that have earned an Energy Star label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Transwestern takes as much care of its employees as it does of the planet. Thanks to the real estate firm's supportive atmosphere, employees flourish both professionally and personally.
To aid career development, the company operates an online portal that offers more than 300 classes in a range of areas, from management and tenant advisory services, to HR and accounting. Peer-to-peer mentoring also is encouraged.
The company's incentive plan, meanwhile, allows eligible employees to see their compensation grow each year based on the financial success of the company. Bonuses are awarded on Valentine's Day, which is the date the company was founded in 1978.
It's not only financial goals that are within reach at Transwestern. The company's educational offerings help employees achieve their fitness goals, as well. The TransForm wellness program, for example, involves a weight-loss challenge that includes lessons covering nutrition and food labels.
Transwestern also pays for the first month of fitness classes for its employees, whether they are interested in trying out yoga, CrossFit or barre work, a ballet-style exercise. Employees in the Parsippany office can take advantage of a nearby path for walking or running.
Based in Texas, Transwestern has 33 offices in the United States and specializes in office, industrial, retail, multifamily and health care. The company also focuses on sustainability and green building practices. Through a strategic alliance with Paris-based BNP Paribas Real Estate, Transwestern serves clients from additional offices in 36 countries.
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2. Edward Jones
Senior executive(s):Robert Lord
Employees enjoy working for Edward Jones so much, they buy it—or at least a piece of it. The investment firm offers ownership shares to any associate in good standing who has notched at least three years of service. Roughly 40 percent of Edward Jones employees have taken advantage of the offer. Based in St. Louis and founded in 1922, Edward Jones taps a network of branch offices to provide financial services to individual investors throughout New Jersey and the United States.
3. Friedman LLP
Location: East Hanover
Senior executive(s): Bruce A. Madnick
Tax season means hard work and long hours. But it's followed by a much better season, the summer. And at Friedman LLP, summer means a four-day workweek. The lighter schedule is one of many ways the accounting firm help employees balance the demands of their careers and their personal lives. Founded in 1924, Friedman serves the accounting, tax and business consulting needs of public and private companies. The firm also is a force on the athletic field, with employees taking part year-round in numerous sports leagues.
4. Mercedes-Benz USA LLC
Senior executive(s): Stephen Cannon
Lots of companies send cards or flowers to employees who get married. Mercedes-Benz USA sends a Mercedes limousine and a chauffeur. But employees don't need to take a vow to benefit from the range of other perks available from the company. They include a fun-filled company picnic, an annual community service day and regular seminars on busting stress. Mercedes-Benz USA oversees sales, marketing and service for Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart brand vehicles throughout the United States.
5. Novo Nordisk Inc.
Senior executive(s): Jesper Hoiland
The folks at Novo Nordisk rarely miss a chance to celebrate milestones, big or small. Parties range from last-minute 'champagne and strawberries' gettogethers in the company's atrium, to large gatherings marking the launch of new drugs. But the most-anticipated event is the company's year-end black-tie gala. Founded in 1923, Novo Nordisk is the U.S. arm of the Danish company of the same name. It provides a portfolio of diabetes treatments, and also is active in hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy and hormone therapy for women.
6. WithumSmith+Brown P.C.
Senior executive(s): William R. Hagaman Jr.
They don't work under the bright lights of Broadway. Nonetheless, the employees of WithumSmith+Brown enjoy a star turn. The accounting firm produces an annual video about itself. Other entertaining activities include trivia games, Wii competitions, bowling parties and softball tournaments. Founded in 1974, WithumSmith+Brown has offices in New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. During the firm's week of caring, held every November, employees are encouraged to give back to their communities.
7. Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Senior executive(s): Gary M. Wingens
Lawyers are used to adding up billable hours. At Lowenstein Sandler, lawyers can add up all the ways they can enjoy the workday. The law firm boasts numerous initiatives to lighten the mood, ranging from free snacks, to on-site exercises classes. The firm also has created affinity groups for employees to bond over non-work topics, such as fitness, parenting and fine dining. Founded in 1961, Lowenstein practices in areas such as bankruptcy, litigation, employment, executive compensation, real estate, venture capital and intellectual property.
8. Power Home Remodeling Group
Senior executive(s): Corey Schiller, Asher Raphael, Adam Kaliner
Who needs a banquet hall when you can go to Cancun? The popular Mexican resort was the site of the 2013 holiday party for Power Home Remodeling Group, which paid the way there for each employee and a guest. The trip provided an opportunity for employees to unwind and build camaraderie. Based in Chester, Pa., Power Home Remodeling provides energy-saving and environmentally friendly exterior remodeling solutions to homeowners in numerous states east of the Mississippi River.
9. Gibbons P.C.
Senior executive(s): Patrick C. Dunican Jr.
Staff members at Gibbons focus on what they can give, not just on what they can get. The law firm offers its employees a variety of ways to contribute to their communities and to Newark, the city their firm calls home. One example is Gibbons Cares, a philanthropic and pro bono program that facilitates volunteer service and collects annual donations of more than $1 million, all while encouraging employee leadership and fostering teamwork. Founded in 1926, Gibbons has additional offices in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Senior executive(s): Gary C. Tolman
Whether you're bent on improving the community or fine-tuning the workplace, Esurance has a program for you. Among the company's charitable endeavors is the gift of paid time off to employees who volunteer for local charities. Employees who contribute to a better workplace are eligible for an award under the company's "Mad Props" program. Founded in 1999 and based in Hauppage, N.Y., Esurance sells insurance for automobiles, motorcycles, homes and rental units. The office in Bridgewater handles claims.
Location: Florham Park
Senior executive(s): John Zilg
At Insperity, every month has its award. In fact, every month has several awards. Employees are nominated for monthly honors in areas such as administration, operations, gross profit enhancement and community involvement. The company's multi-tiered recognition program singles out employees who demonstrate excellence in customer service, teamwork and productivity. Based in Texas, Insperity offers an array of HR and business-performance solutions for small and medium-sized companies. The company has a sales office in New Jersey.
12. Sundance Vacations
Senior executive(s): John and Tina Dowd
Working with customers to arrange their dream vacations is a dream job for employees of Sundance Vacations. The company offers its employees a fun work environment, flexible schedules and full-time pay for part-time work, as well as low-cost getaways. Based in Wilkes- Barre, Pa., Sundance is a wholesale travel service used by consumers to book vacations at a discount. The company, which has a sales office in Parsippany, has access to resorts in Florida, the Caribbean and other popular destinations.
13. BDO USA LLP
Senior executive(s): Wayne Berson
Employees of BDO USA are stretching the company's "work anywhere" philosophy to new heights. Under the company's secondment program, senior associates can request temporary postings to any BDO office around the world. Employees who want to stay closer to home take advantage of the company's BDO Flex strategy, which allows them to alter their schedules or make other changes to ensure a healthier work-life balance. Founded in 1910, BDO is a professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services.
14. Goldberg Segalla LLP
Senior executive(s): Richard J. Cohen
New hires at Goldberg Segalla are greeted by a basket full of promotional items, including fleeces, pullovers and sweaters. The law firm's casual dress policy gives them an opportunity to wear their new logoed clothing around the office. Founded in 2001, Goldberg Segalla has offices in Connecticut, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as London. While the business of law may often be serious, Goldberg ensures the workday has its share of lighter moments, filled with birthday celebrations, special meals and wellness activities.
15. iCIMS Inc.
Senior executive(s): Colin Day
For a high-tech company, iCIMS incorporates some decidedly lowtech approaches to enlivening the workplace. The company relies on basics like Bagel Fridays and company lunches to bring employees together. But it also uses more sophisticated tools, including an internal texting tool with a video component, and an interactive intranet known as iWatercooler. Founded in 1999, iCIMS provides software-as-a-service talent management solutions to more than 1,300 clients worldwide. Its offices are certified as environmentally friendly.
16. Holy Name Medical Center
Senior executive(s): Michael Maron
It's known officially as National Hospital Week. At Holy Name Medical Center, it's an invitation to a good time. Last year, hospital employees were treated to breakfast, a sundae and frozen yogurt bar, a barbecue lunch and a day at the "carnival," complete with games and a photo booth. Employees also were encouraged to express appreciation for their colleagues. Founded in 1925, Holy Name is an acute-care hospital that provides inpatient, ambulatory, home-health and community services. Holy Name also operates nursing schools.
17. The North Highland Co.
Senior executive(s): Daniel D. Reardon
You can leave the conference room behind if you work at The North Highland Company. When the consulting firm wants to hold a meeting, it doesn't hold back. Employees have been known to convene at zoos, baseball stadiums, aquariums and art museums. In the evening, employees may get together to bowl, sing karaoke, jam to the game "Guitar Hero," compete in Wii games or play laser tag. Based in Atlanta, North Highland has offices in Princeton, across the United States and around the world.
18. AnnieMac Home Mortgage
Location: Mount Laurel
Senior executive(s): Joseph Panebianco
When it comes time to plan the fun, employee voices get a fair hearing at AnnieMac Home Mortgage. The financial company's culture committee strives to reflect a majority of employees as it designs events. The results—ranging from casino-themed fundraisers, to regular happy hours—are sure to please everyone. Founded in 2011, AnnieMac provides mortgage loan products to consumers nationwide. The company's president briefs employees daily on market conditions, and brightens the office with a "joke of the day."
19. Golder Associates Inc.
Location: Mount Laurel
Senior executive(s): Mark E. Case
Because they own the company, employees of Golder Associates can set their own measures of success. One of their yardsticks is environmental impact. Employees have worked over the years to make the company and its operations more sustainable, winning numerous awards along the way. For example, the company tracks emissions from employee commutes and offers incentives to use resources more wisely. Founded in 1960, Golder specializes in consulting, design and construction services in the areas of earth, the environment and energy.
20. Lundbeck Research USA
Senior executive(s): Stevin Zorn
Employees of Lundbeck Research USA spend many hours researching treatments for epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. But their commitment goes beyond the lab. They also are supporters of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the Epilepsy Foundation. Founded in 1915, Lundbeck is a full-service research facility devoted to creating innovative therapies for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, including depression, anxiety, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.