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2012 Top Places to Work - The Boston Globe

Largest employers

The Globe invited 1,586 employers to participate in the 2012 Top Places to Work survey. Of those, 304 organizations employing over 210,000 people 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 135,000 employees at those companies and received completed surveys from 81,907 individuals. They were asked to grade their organization’s performance according to 24 distinct statements, ranging from “New ideas are encouraged at this company,” to “My manager makes it easier to do my job well." More on methodology.
RankCompanyDescriptionOwnershipMass. locationsMass. employeesUS employeesUS headquartersProfile revenue
1Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co.PharmaceuticalsPrivate11,2361,417Cambridge N/A
2Keller Williams RealtyReal estatePrivate182,39269,951Austin, Texas $96.7 billion
3Bright Horizons Family SolutionsHuman servicesPrivate551,60019,000Watertown $974 million
4Winchester HospitalHealth careNon-profit262,7002,700Winchester $268 million
5The Herb Chambers Cos.Auto dealer networkPrivate461,9502,000Somerville $1.9 billion
6MITRE CorporationResearchNon-profit12,0907,663Bedford, Mass., McLean,Va. $1.4 billion
7New Balance Athletic ShoeAthletic footwear and apparel makerPrivate71,2572,475Boston $1.1 billion
8FedExDistribution, logistics, and freightPublic101,733260,000Memphis $11.2 billion
9Brooksby Village & Linden Ponds-Erickson LivingSenior housingNon-profit21,50012,000Hingham $123 million
10Tufts Health PlanHealth insurerNon-profit31,7501,753Watertown $2.9 billion
11Harvard Vanguard Medical AssociatesHealth careNon-profit294,2434,243Newton $1.3 billion
12Roche Bros. SupermarketsGroceryPrivate194,2004,200Wellesley Hills $600 million
13Harvard Pilgrim Health CareHealth insurerNon-profit41,0371,100Wellesley $2.8 billion
14Akamai TechnologiesInternet servicesPublic11,0111,600Cambridge $1.2 billion
15South Shore HospitalHealth careNon-profit13,9293,929South Weymouth $436 million
16Vertex PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticalsPublic21,4201,850Cambridge $1.4 billion
17Eastern Bank Corp.Financial servicesCooperative/Mutual1051,6701,677Boston $415 million
18Benchmark Senior LivingSenior housingPrivate221,8114,000Wellesley $276 million
19Novartis Institutes for BioMedical ResearchPharmaceutical researchPublic91,6423,140Cambridge N/A
20VA Boston Healthcare SystemHealth careGovernment74,2584,258Boston N/A
21KronosWorkforce management softwarePrivate11,0852,542Chelmsford $630 million
22Newton-Wellesley HospitalHealth careNon-profit13,1663,166Newton $416 million
23EMC Corp.Data managementPublic139,20022,000Hopkinton $20 billion
24New England Baptist HospitalHealth careNon-profit11,0311,031Boston $206 million
25Blue Cross Blue Shield of MassachusettsHealth insurerNon-profit53,5083,508Boston $6.3 billion