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March 21, 2014

Best Places To Work In CT 2014 – Nos. 4-20, Small/Medium Company Category

Submitted Photo The Fiduciary Investment Advisors employees volunteer at Camp Courant.

#4 Fiduciary Investment Advisors
Fiduciary Investment Advisors is an investment advisory consulting firm providing consulting services to retirement plans (both corporate and municipal), endowments and foundations, and high-net-worth families.
FIA is truly team-oriented, and no individual’s contribution goes unnoticed. FIA celebrates success every step of the way, with free office lunches in honor of new client relationships, commemoration of employee anniversaries, a yearly FIA anniversary celebration, as well as annual summer outings and holiday parties.
The firm acknowledges success by giving back to the community, participating in numerous events every year to raise money for charity, such as the Spring Polar Plunge and the Hartford Marathon. FIA’s Community Service Committee sponsors programs throughout the year to contribute, both financially and physically, to various local organizations.
With a focus on celebrating success, recognizing achievement, and giving back to community, FIA is truly a great place to work.

#5 VLink Inc.
VLink Inc. specializes in providing high value information technology talent resources for staff augmentation, project support, and overall technology workforce solutions. The service offerings include temporary consulting contract, contract-to-hire, direct hire search, and fixed-price project solutions.
VLink Inc. was established in 1999 and employs more than 150 consultants and support staff in the United States. The company’s core business is focused on supporting clients’ information-technology contract staffing requirements, IT staff augmentation, and project support for software development using Microsoft and IBM technologies.
For employees, the company emphasizes work-life balance with remote working capabilities and an annual holiday party with quarterly team gatherings.

#6 Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc.
The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides clients with objective research, marketing, and economic development services. Its mission is to provide services consistent with state strategies, leveraging Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location. Through accomplished, professional staff, commitment to customer service, and connection to a network of strategic partners, CERC has earned a reputation for excellence in Connecticut’s economic development community. CERC celebrated its 20th anniversary as a corporation last year, and most staff members have been employed there for more than half of that time. Its outstanding culture is a reflection of dedicated employees, and the diverse talents that each employee brings to the company.

#7 Prometheus Research, LLC
Prometheus Research’s mission is to help research institutions, healthcare organizations, and funding agencies turn their data into a value-generating asset. Prometheus offers integrated data management services, expert consulting, and software customization to deliver sensible solutions powered by their adaptable, web-based technology. Prometheus’ unique combination of technical skill and deep domain knowledge make them an ideal partner for building centralized data repositories, supporting multidisciplinary collaborations, and securely sharing sensitive data.
Prometheus Research prides itself on engaging in work that is meaningful, and employees enjoy collaborating with others who view their work as an opportunity to make the world a better, smarter place. The environment is open, informal, and, by the company’s own admission, nerdy. The firm is dedicated to learning and to professional growth, and Prometheus consistently looks for opportunities to increase responsibilities to match abilities.

#8 Pullman & Comley, LLC
Founded in 1919, Pullman & Comley has earned a reputation as one of the preeminent providers of legal services in New England, serving clients throughout Connecticut, the Northeast, and internationally. For more than 90 years, Pullman & Comley has continued to grow and adapt to meet clients’ changing needs, whether they are a small entrepreneurial firm, a mid-sized company, or a large established organization.
The company employees are close and trusted partners to clients, committed to providing the highest levels of service and value through hard work, innovative thinking and delivering real results. The firm believes when clients are successful, it is successful.
For its employees, every year Pullman hosts an Animosity Bowl, where partners and associates square off in a football game. The law firm also hosts monthly Lunch n’ Learn meetings and strives to keep the small firm family atmosphere while expanding its business.

#9 Primacy
Primacy is a full-service, award-winning digital agency that helps mid-to-large size companies leverage interactive channels to improve their financial and organizational performance. The company is known for creating digital experiences with meaningful impact.
Primacy combines lead-agency thinking with digital acumen to deliver measurable, actionable results. Its core strengths are in strategic, creative, technical, and interactive marketing services. The company serves a wide range of local, regional, and global organizations from a variety of vertical industries including financial services, health, education, consumer and manufacturing. What sets Primacy apart from other digital agencies is that it never loses sight of the fact that clients are paramount to success.
For employees, the company offers onsite wellness activities, flu clinics, career development and training. One of the more unusual employee benefits is Primary’s organic garden that includes a chicken coop that all employees participate in.

#10 ADNET Technologies, LLC
ADNET Technologies, LLC, is an information-technology and business advisory firm serving clients throughout the greater New England and New York region. Founded in 1991, ADNET’s mission is to become a trusted partner to clients, supporting their growth and transformation.
ADNET works hard and plays hard; the team of dedicated professionals is passionate about serving clients and celebrating success. Throughout the year, ADNET and its employees are proud to donate time, resources, and financial assistance to a wide variety of local charities that provide much-needed support to the community.
“To learn that our policies and systems meet some of the highest standards in our market, and more importantly, that our employees deem us worthy to hold such a high honor is an achievement we are truly proud of,” said Executive Vice President Christopher J. Luise. “We are grateful to everyone on our team for making ADNET such a great place to work.”

After 19 years of business, IMCORP maintains a startup feel combined with the excitement of a rapidly-growing global company. Recognized as UConn’s Top Startup Company in 2012, IMCORP is also an INC 5000 Honor Roll inductee for fastest growing firms in the United States for five years running. IMCORP is ranked as the fastest growing private engineering firm in New England, fueled by its employees’ commitment to innovation and technological leadership. IMCORP has maintained the record growth through a commitment to career development and continuous learning. The constantly growing work force enjoys both opportunities to travel the country and headquarter perks such as basketball, billiards, ping-pong, team walks, and summer barbecues. Blending the fun environment of a university startup with a strong service culture, IMCORP’s employees enjoy the excitement of rapid growth with the stability of sound professional management.

#12 Media Partnership Corp.
Media Partnership Corp. optimizes media solutions, ranging from mobile apps and social media to cable networks and mailings. The success of clients including Aetna, L’Oreal, and Fujifilm are testimony to how well the company’s people people do it.
Employees take part in a host of fun and meaningful events, including an annual inter-agency dodgeball tournament that promotes teamwork and healthy competition, and the Caring About Cancer committee, which raises funds and support for cancer-related charitable activities. The company host breakfasts, holiday parties, and raffles, as well as quarterly themed happy hours (St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo) and a Decorate Your Space contest that spans themes like summertime fun and holidays.

#13 Dur-A-Flex, Inc.
Dur-A-Flex, Inc. is a privately-held, leading manufacturer of quality epoxy, urethane, methyl methacrylate, and colored aggregates offering a complete line of high performance polymer flooring and wall systems. The versatile seamless applications provide improved safety, minimal downtime, and easy maintenance to all industries.
Dur-A-Flex employs 98 nationwide, with 81 owners based at company headquarters in East Hartford. Dur-A-Flex is a great place to work primarily because of the company’s culture and the work ethic of its owners. Owners who take a vested interest in the success of the company are rewarded generously through company trips, an on-site gym and exercise program, bi-weekly massages, lunches, and themed events. Dur-A-Flex owners are challenged to continuously learn through the internal DAF University as well as external training. Owners give back by donating time and money for the better of the communities in which they reside. The camaraderie among owners is unparalleled.  

#14 OFI
OFI serves the education, healthcare, corporate, and government arenas and takes pride in partnering with clients to establish strong, long-term relationships. Herman Miller, OFI’s signature line, is a global leader in sustainable office products and inspires the company’s own green friendly office.
Founded in 1968, OFI is the region’s leading provider of interior environments and creates clean, productive, and inspiring spaces. Experts offer a full range of professional services including design support, project coordination, installation, refurbishing, and repair.
OFI encourages employees to grow their careers, get things done, and have fun. The company prides itself on using internal resources to maintain outstanding employee morale and hosts a summer picnic, holiday gatherings, and other social events throughout the year. Employees are also encouraged to give back to the community and maintain a productive work-life balance.

#15 Clarity Software Solutions, Inc.
Clarity Software Solutions, Inc. assists clients to optimize customer relationships by enhancing flexibility and control over their document management and communications delivery. Clarity serves various health insurance organizations around the country. Clarity’s custom solutions are built within secure web-based technology, are easy to use and allow a single communication to be published to any media type – print, web, mobile or email.
Clarity just moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Guilford, where the company offers employees free coffee and candy. Employees receive profit-sharing, and Clarity puts on multiple events each year, including summer picnics, lunches, and a year-end party. To keep its commitment to sustainability, Clarity keeps non-disposable utensils and plates in its lunchrooms, has a recycling program, and uses motion-sensored lighting to cut energy use.

#16 Mountainside Treatment Center
Mountainside, a drug and alcoholism rehabilitation facility located on 60 acres in Canaan, is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its addiction treatment programs.
“We strive to not only provide the absolute best rehabilitative care to our clients, but also make it a central goal to create an engaging and rewarding workplace for all of our employees by providing a positive work environment, excellent benefits, and ongoing training and development,” said Nancy Degree, vice president of human resources.
To achieve its mission of providing an unsurpassed treatment experience for its clients, Mountainside relies on dedicated employees with the same vision of excellence. Ensuring employees’ needs are met is central to Mountainside’s success. Employees praise the company’s generous compensation package, as well as its culture of open communication and opportunity.
In 2014, Mountainside continues to expand services to clients and will complete construction on a new detox center, extended care facilities as well as an outpatient and family wellness centers.

#17 Travel Insured International
Travel Insured International is one of the leading travel insurance providers, offering the highest quality worldwide travel insurance protection since 1994. Located in East Hartford, the company offers an array of travel insurance protection benefits including emergency assistance and evacuation, trip cancellation and trip interruption protection, medical insurance, baggage insurance, airline ticket protection, and more. Travel Insured maintains a network of more than 5,000 travel agents, tour operators, and specialty travel providers as well as provides 24/7 insurance assistance. Travel Insured has been named a Best Place to Work in Connecticut for three consecutive years and strives to maintain a positive, open, and family-friendly atmosphere for all employees.

#18 WORX
WORX is a nationally recognized branding, digital, and marketing firm. Organizations come to WORX to solve two big issues at once: how to define an ownable business position, and how to generate revenue from it. Since managing multiple agencies is often a recipe for lost time and money, organizations partner with WORX for single-source branding, digital, and marketing solutions. Unlike many agencies who tend to focus on visual communications, WORX does the heavy lifting — building strategies and content not only for marketing but also for sales, operations, employee communications, and community outreach.
This unique perspective — executed by an integrated team of business strategists, creatives, and technologists — is leveraged by a diverse set of companies around the corner and corporations around the globe.
What makes WORX a great place to work is the palpable energy — a unique sense of team collaboration — that helps both employees and client partners truly grow.

#19 Capital Workforce Partners
As North Central Connecticut’s workforce investment board, Capital Workforce Partners is represented by a consortium of 37 chief elected officials in the region, a volunteer 46 member board with more than 50 percent private sector business leaders, and 45-person staff committed to the development of workforce talent in our region. The staff members are strategic and innovative in their thinking and approaches, to prepare youth and adults to have skills demanded by today’s businesses. Capital Workforce Partners promotes and invests in youth and future workforce solutions, identifies and supports the development of sustainable career paths for adults, assists employers helping them grow and remain competitive, and convenes key partners to support the region’s job creation efforts. Whether it is through the CTWorks Career Centers, Jobs Funnel, Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program, Step Up wage incentive program, or others, it’s all about jobs for people and people for jobs.

#20 Cooperative Systems, Inc.
Cooperative Systems is a leading information-technology services provider with offices in Hartford and Boston. Last November, the Coopsys team celebrated 20 years of forward thinking IT, proving the Coopsys employee-centric culture is good for business.
Sure, there are arcade games in the break room, and lots of fun outings to enjoy, like bowling and cooking competitions, but the perks are not what drives the Coopsys team to perform at their best every day. It’s about being part of a collective energy and making meaningful contributions.
Cooperative Systems excels at creating a culture where employees feel purposeful, connected, challenged, and valued. Each member of the team is essential — the team gels. The absence of one is a detriment to all. Taking a proactive approach to creating a happy workplace and committing to innovative improvements is what makes Cooperative Systems a great place to work. Happy employees equal happy customers.

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