By: Ken Iglehart, with Micah Castelo and Rebecca Kirkman
Given the usual cycle of economic booms and busts, we know this won’t last forever, so treasure the moment: It’s an employee’s job market out there, and companies looking to hire are increasingly upping the ante with better pay, benefits, and perks to get your attention.
Our best places to work survey received hundreds of nominations this year, and we wouldn’t blame you for assuming that tech firms led the pack. However, the nominees included a range of sectors, from nonprofits, marketing, and manufacturing to health care and even the restaurant industry, which most people don’t normally associate with high job satisfaction.
Companies this year wowed us with perks such as generous vacation time, fat tuition-reimbursement checks, affordable health care, and profit-sharing. And many of the winners put a premium on things like cool work spaces and just having fun.
So after you check out our list of Baltimore’s best places to work, you may decide it’s time to trash some old tweets and roll out the résumé.
601 E. Pratt St., Ste. 300, Baltimore | Number of employees: 90
What they do: Architecture, planning, interiors, landscape architecture, and graphics.
Why we like them: Since its founding in 1978, this firm has been shaping our community and those around the world. With specialties in education, workplaces, and residential and mixed-use spaces, Design Collective is behind developments including West Towson Elementary, Planit headquarters, and The Fitzgerald. A mid-sized, employee-owned firm with a range of expertise, Design Collective creates spaces where communities can live, work, and play.
Best benefits: Headquartered in The Power Plant (one of its own projects), Design Collective’s offices overlook the Inner Harbor and boast abundant natural light and flexible work settings. An in-house library of finishes and a lighting lab allow employees to test product performance. Favorite perks include full medical deductible coverage and 90 percent premium payment; annual passes to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, National Aquarium (a client), and the Baltimore Science Center; 401k plan and ESOP contributions; eight paid holidays and two weeks of vacation starting the day of hire; a bonus after passing professional certifications; and Live Near Your Work home-buying incentive.
Example searches: LEED, interiors, "Design Collective", etc.
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