PBN Best Places to Work 2017 celebration draws record crowd

PBN CELEBRATED THE HONOREES of the Best Places to Work 2017 on Wednesday evening.
PBN CELEBRATED THE HONOREES of the Best Places to Work 2017 on Wednesday evening.

WARWICK – The region’s business leaders were celebrated at Providence Business News’ Best Places to Work 2017 event Wednesday night at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. The event, now in its 12th year, was attended by 775 people, PBN’s largest event in its history.

PBN's Best Places to Work was attended by 775 people, the paper's largest event ever.
PBN’S BEST PLACES to Work was attended by 775 people, the paper’s largest event ever. /PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

The competition recognizes companies in the region of all sizes for having progressive human resources policies as well as engaged and satisfied employees.

PBN presents the results of the program, which is conducted by Best Companies Group, a national research firm that sets benchmarks for HR policies and then conducts anonymous surveys of companies that commit to the program to see if their companies achieve the standards they set.

This year, 60 companies were recognized as winners in four categories based on number of employees each company has in the region.

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EXECUTIVES FROM NAVIGANT Credit Union celbrating at Best Places to Work 2017. Navigant placed first in the Large Companies category and won a spirit award at the event. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SLAERNO
EXECUTIVES FROM NAVIGANT Credit Union cheer during PBN’s Best Places to Work 2017 event. Navigant placed first in the Large Companies category. /PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The winners of the four categories were:

  • Enterprise (500 or more employees) – Amgen Rhode Island
  • Large Companies (150-499 employees) – Navigant Credit Union
  • Midsize Companies (50-149 employees) –Edward Jones
  • Small Companies (15-49 employees) – Vertikal6

In addition to revealing the rankings of the 60 winners at the event, PBN awarded four on-site massage sessions donated by Massage Envy based on the amount of spirit the companies showed when their names were introduced during a video played at the event. Blount Fine Foods Corp., Greenwood Credit Union, Healthcentric Advisors, and People’s Credit Union won the sessions.

Executives from Amgen celebrating the Best Places to Work 2017. /PBN FILE PHOTO MICHAEL SALERNO
EXECUTIVES FROM AMGEN celebrate the Best Places to Work 2017. /PBN FILE PHOTO MICHAEL SALERNO

The special section that includes profiles of all the companies honored will be available in the current edition of PBN.

Presenting sponsor for the 2017 Best Places To Work program was UnitedHealthcare, while partner sponsors were Cox Business, Pawtucket Credit Union and USI Insurance Services.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.

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