The publications invited 1,640 companies of 50 employees or greater in the Philadelphia-area to participate in a survey, of which 152 responded with adequate submissions. From there, the Inquirer determined the region's 100 best workplaces, broken down into 20 large employers, 35 mid-sized companies, and 45 smaller businesses.
Fort Washington's Research Pharmaceutical Services ranked 15th in the large company profile. The corporation was founded in 1998 and provides development solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. 812 of the company's 2,000+ employees work in Fort Washington.
Survey comments released by TopWorkPlaces.com show that employees lauded the management and transparency of RPS.
" I love the management, people, training and flexibility of RPS. The work-life balance is wonderful. It makes me want to do as much as possible for the company," said one responder.
"The environment is very comfortable. I am able to perform my job without any micro-management. There is flexibility for life/work balance that I appreciate," wrote another.
Dresher's Ascensus also made the list of best workplaces, ranking 26th in the mid-sized category. The company, with just under 500 employees at its Dresher location, delivers outsourcing solutions to the retirement plan marketplace and is a division of Crump Group, Inc., a leading provider of retirement services and insurance wholesale in the U.S.
Bob Guillocheau, President at Ascensus, say the company's success stems from management's desire to keep employees happy.
"Our industry is a very knowledge based business, and it's really all about your people," said Guillocheau. "Our folks are ambassadors to about 27,000 companies, and so we want to create an environment where they feel recognized, appreciated, and rewarded."
Guillocheau says management strives to retain employees.
"It's a huge focal point for our leadership to create a culture where people see Ascensus as a career rather than a job," Guillocheau said. "Every person is a free agent, and you need to create the environment where people want to be a part of this team."
It appears management has succeeded in that goal, as the company boasts a year-to-date retention rate of 93 percent and has also been honored as a top workplace in many leading trade publications covering the retirement plan industry.
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