2010 Top Places to Work - The Boston Globe

Large employers

The Globe invited 1,160 employers to participate in its third annual Top Places to Work. Of those, 236 went all the way through the process, allowing us to conduct a confidential survey of their workers. Research partner WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, Pa., specialists in employee engagement and retention, contacted more than 133,000 employees at those companies and received completed surveys from 82,000 individuals. Each was asked to grade their organization's performance according to 23 distinct statements, ranging from "I believe this organization is going in the right direction" to "It's easy to tell my boss the truth." More on methodology.
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RankCompanyDescriptionOwnershipMass. locationsMass. employees US employees US headquartersGlobal revenue (last fiscal year)
1Bright Horizons Family SolutionsHuman servicesPrivate1 1,600 19,000 Watertown$850 million
2MITRE Corp.ResearchNot-for-profit1 1,876 7,200 Bedford, MA & McLean, VA$1.263 billion
3Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co.PharmaceuticalsPrivate1 1,079 1,265 CambridgeN/A
4Lowell General HospitalCommunity hospitalNon-profit1 1,872 1,872 Lowell$233 million
5Winchester HospitalCommunity hospitalNon-profit23 2,700 2,700 Winchester$280 million
6South Shore HospitalCommunity hospitalNon-profit1 3,700 3,700 South Weymouth$420 million
7Harvard Pilgrim Health CareHealth insuranceNon-profit2 1,150 1,200 Wellesley$2.7 billion
8Herb Chambers Cos.Auto dealer networkPrivate39 1,700 1,810 Somerville$1.461 billion
9ComcastCable and communicationsPublic25 4,400 100,000 Philadelphia, PA$35.8 billion
10Roche Bros. SupermarketsFood retailPrivate18 4,200 4,200 Wellesely Hills$600 million
11Eastern Bank Corp.Commercial bankCooperative/Mutual105 1,717 1,731 Boston$337 million
12Children's Hospital BostonChildren's hospitalNon-profit5 8,978 8,978 Boston$1.287 billion
13VA Boston Healthcare SystemHealth care servicesGovernment9 4,000 4,000 BostonN/A
14Vertex PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticalsPublic2 1,138 1,400 Cambridge$102 million
15Hallmark Health SystemHealth care servicesNon-profit9 2,850 3,150 Medford$308 million
16Harvard Vanguard Medical AssociatesHealth careNon-profit21 4,125 4,125 Newton$1.251 billion
17Massachusetts General HospitalHealth careParent company9 23,000 23,000 Boston$2.6 billion
18Newton-Wellesley HospitalHealth careNon-profit1 3,044 3,100 Newton$407 million
19Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteCancer research and treatmentNon-profit14 3,900 4,000 Boston$807.8 million
20Blue Cross Blue Shield of MAHealth insuranceNon-profit5 3,605 3,605 Boston$6.7 billion
21Benchmark Senior LivingSenior livingPrivate22 1,030 3,500 Wellesley$16.5 million
22EMC Corp.Data managementPublic19 8,731 20,200 Hopkinton$14 billion
23Hanover Insurance GroupInsurancePublic6 1,825 4,200 Worcester$2.8 billion
24Hanscom Air Force BaseGovernmentGovernment1 2,757 4,979 BedfordN/A
25Partners HealthCareHealthcare systemNon-profit10 3,926 3926BostonN/A