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Corporate Culture is key at 11 Florida firms on ‘Best’ list

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Fortune magazine’s recently released list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For, 2007” includes 11 Florida employers.

In light of the current tight labor market, it’s important to note the reasons they made the list:

Kimley-Horn & Associates, an engineering consulting firm in West Palm Beach, ranked No. 28 in the nation and first in the state, with flexible scheduling and creative bonus programs touted as major attractions.

JM Family Enterprises, a Toyota distributor based in Deerfield Beach, ranked No. 41 nationally and second in the state, with Fortune lauding its innovative employee emergency fund.

PCL Construction, third in the state, followed at No. 42 and won high marks for 100 percent employee ownership.

Rounding out the Florida employers on the list were Baptist Health Care, headquartered in Pensacola, Publix Super Markets, Pricewaterhouse- Coopers, the Mayo Clinic, HomeBanc Mortgage, Paychex, American Express and homebuilder Standard Pacific.

Fortune evaluated on such standard criteria as job growth, wages, benefits, educational opportunities, turnover and the percentage of women and minorities.

While health care and benefits were key, employees commended many intangibles, such as Baptist Health Care’s “no secrets” communication policy, Publix’s commitment to senior workers, HomeBanc’s decision to eliminate executive bonuses before laying off workers, and Standard Pacific’s “be nice” corporate culture. 

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