Greater Madison’s Best Companies to Work For

InBusiness_November2012In this issue, In Business proudly presents its first annual list of the “Best Companies to Work For.”

When evaluating employee recruitment and retention, there is no greater reflection of a company’s values than its employee benefits. So, for our inaugural list, we placed all of the emphasis on employee benefits. In other words, this recognition is not about fancy facilities or buddy-buddy management. 

All of the organizations certified by IB as a “Best Company” scored very highly in the health care section of the survey, where we measured commitment to individual and family coverage and spouse and domestic partner benefits, plus dental and vision insurance and the depth of wellness programs.

We also asked employers to provide information on their 401(k) plans and any profit sharing, child care (flex time), paid time off provisions, and benefits such as life and disability insurance, transportation reimbursement, and employee training and education.

Each category was assigned a certain number of points to reflect its importance in the overall employee benefits package. After scoring the surveys, we gave extra weight to small companies that scored highly with fewer resources.

Certified companies are divided into three categories: Gold (scoring 226 or better), Silver (scoring 200–225), and Bronze (scoring 175–199)

Inside, we describe the approaches our “Best Companies” use to take care of the people who take care of their customers.

GOLD # of Employees
CUNA Mutual Group 1,750
Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP 53
Tri-North Builders, Inc. 200
SILVER # of Employees
Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corp. 278
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP 254
CG Schmidt, Inc. 50
Fiskars Brands, Inc. 200
Gingras Cates & Luebke, S.C. 12
Mortenson Construction 30
M3 Insurance Solutions 125
Madison College 3,000
QPS Employment Group 8
Suttle-Straus, Inc. 203
Valicom Corp. 14
Widen Enterprises, Inc. 90
The Kosnick Financial Group/Northwestern Mutual 130
The QTI Group 73
BRONZE # of Employees
Agrace HospiceCare 416
Creative Business Interiors 11
First Business Financial Services, Inc. 94
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau 27
JC Rose Associates 5
Melius Schurr Cardwell & Raichle 22
Palmer Johnson Power Systems 130
pc/nametag 58
Safe Bridge Solutions 75
Summit Credit Union 312
Temperature Systems, Inc. 101
Von Briesen & Roper, S.C. 18
Wegner CPAs 81
The Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups 24


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