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2013 Top Places to Work

Largest companies (1,000 or more employees)

The Globe invited 1,746 employers to participate in the 2013 Top Places to Work survey. Of those, 333 organizations employing over 169,000 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 127,000 employees at those companies and received completed surveys from 76,482 individuals. They were asked to grade their organization’s performance according to 22 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 employeesHeadquarters Hires past 12 months
1Bright Horizons Family SolutionsHuman servicesPublic20180018000Watertown n.a.
2Winchester HospitalHealth careNon-profit4027002700Winchester n.a.
3athenahealthHealth care softwarePublic111162400Watertown 800
4KronosTechnologyPrivate111062549Chelmsford n.a.
5Herb Chambers CompaniesAuto dealer networkPrivate4218751900Somerville n.a.
6Akamai TechnologiesManaged services, InternetPublic212671850Cambridge n.a.
7Tufts Health PlanHealth insuranceNon-profit317871787Watertown 270
8Biogen IdecBiotechnologyPublic425604203Weston 745
9MITRE CorporationResearchNon-profit118577193Bedford, Mass., McLean, Va. 142
10Reliant Medical Group - Atrius HealthHealth careNon-profit2220092009Worcester 120
11Harvard Pilgrim Health CareHealth insuranceNon-profit410641100Wellesley n.a.
12Eastern Bank CorporationFinancial servicesCooperative/Mutual12317021707Boston n.a.
13ComcastTelecommunications and cablePublic204300129000Philadelphia n.a.
14Blue Cross Blue Shield of MAHealth insuranceNon-profit535303530Boston n.a.
15EMC CorporationData managementPublic8930023775Hopkinton 850
16Newton-Wellesley HospitalHealth careNon-profit131943194Newton 560
17Vertex PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticalsPublic214731900Cambridge n.a.
18Roche Bros. SupermarketsFood / GroceryPrivate1943004300Wellesley Hills 1,400
19MeditechElectronic health recordsPrivate636584000Westwood 410
20VA Boston Healthcare SystemHealth careGovernment845864586Boston n.a.
21South Shore HospitalHealth careNon-profit139003900South Weymouth n.a.
22Bay Cove Human ServicesHuman and social servicesNon-profit8516431650Boston n.a.
23Benchmark Senior LivingSenior livingPrivate2218594300Wellesley 275
24Novartis Institutes for BioMedical ResearchPharmaceutical researchPublic916963148Cambridge 54
25Hallmark Health SystemHealth careNon-profit825642675Medford n.a.