Press-Enterprise Honors Top Workplaces


This year marks the inaugural Press-Enterprise Top Workplaces Awards Ceremony, initiated to recognize and celebrate excellence among businesses throughout the Inland Region. A survey garnered more than 3,000 responses from employees with dozens of companies across Riverside and San Bernardino counties who took the time to share their thoughts and opinions about their workplace. Employees were asked to respond anonymously to 20 statements about their workplace experience. Criteria focused on salary and benefits, company values, leadership, and employee culture. So what makes a top workplace? A large percentage of Inland workers say they look for companies that genuinely appreciate their employees, operate with strong values and convey vision for the future. Pay and benefits certainly are factors, but among respondents in The-Press Enterprise Top Workers survey, confidence in leadership and encouragement of new ideas also rate highly with workers.

The survey identified 20 exceptional finalists; including City of Riverside companies Babcock Laboratories, Inc.Brenner FielderAMA PlasticsRaincross Hospitality CorporationSandals Church and The Toro Company. Recognized as one of the 2014 Top Large Workplaces, Riverside based AMA Plastics was honored for their commitment to fostering growth in the community. The company’s CEO, Mark Atchison works to make the Inland Empire better by fostering growth in the community through his participation in Riverside’s Economic Development Agency.

“I feel appreciated each and every day. I enjoy the people I work with. I am given every opportunity to use my talents and creativity to grow AMA Plastics,” says an AMA Plastics employee.

Among the list of 2014 Top Small Workplaces, Babcock Laboratories, Inc. was honored with the third place Social Responsibility Award for their dedication to teamwork and innovation. Providing analytical testing on water, foodstuffs, soil and hazardous materials, Babcock Laboratories collaborates with local nonprofits and is a big supporter of STEM education.

“We’re always interested in advancing the interests that students show in pursuing careers in science, engineering, and technology,” says CEO Allison Mackenzie.

A consistent commonality seen among the top-ranked companies is community outreach. Finalists donate generously to assist schools, aid the homeless, buy Christmas gifts for the less fortunate and spend hours at nonprofits. Many sponsor local sports teams and events, help rebuild housing and community facilities in low-income neighborhoods and support green technologies. Still others serve meals at shelters, sponsor bloodmobiles and aid veterans who need training to re-enter the workforce. Overwhelmingly, winning company executives and their employees agree on one thing: By doing good, they do well.

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