Thursday, January 12, 2006

Best Companies to Work For

FORTUNE is out with its annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Six of those companies are either headquartered in Massachusetts or have a large office in the state. They are as follows:

If your goal in 2006 is to change employers, why not work for the best? A more comprehensive listing of Best Places to Work is available from the Boston Business Journal. Three of the employers -- Brigham McCutchen, Bright Horizons, and Genzyme -- appear on both lists.

A few of the benefits that elevate an employer to Best Company status include the following:

  • Health care
  • Child care
  • Work-life balance
  • Telecommuting
  • Sabbaticals
  • Unusual perks
The best way for worker to be attractive to a Best Company is to set goals to become a Best Worker at your current company. Here are three things you can do to improve your employment prospects in 2006:
  • Identify one way in which you add value for your current company -- either by generating revenue or reducing expenses -- and then document your performance.
  • Issue a press release about a recent award you've won for your superior performance -- every one of the six Best Companies have posted press releases about their FORTUNE award.
  • If you don't have a personal Website to post your press release, build one!
When you are ready to begin contacting companies, the Web Apprentices Career Center stands ready to help with your efforts.