Best Places to Work 2017

The Best—There’s no “secret sauce.” What it takes to create a Best Place to Work is simple, but not easy or fast.

March, 2017

Every boss wants employees who put in extra effort to help the company succeed.

That’s what the 72 organizations on this year’s Best Places to Work list enjoy. If you want your company to join them, it will take effort, leadership and consistency over several years to build your employees’ trust in your organization. And you have to re-earn that trust every year to stay on the list – as a pair of companies have done for 13 straight years.

Each year, Hawaii Business partners with the research firm Best Companies Group to administer the Best Places to Work survey. The main part of the survey is a confidential questionnaire sent to all employees or a statistically representative sample at large companies. There are 78 questions and open-ended statements, and the employee responses make up 75 percent of a company’s score. The rest of the score is based on 80 questions answered by the HR department about benefits, working conditions and more.

This year, almost 100 companies and nonprofits in Hawaii nominated themselves; only 72 made the cut as Best Places to Work.

Those 72 have employees who are “engaged.” Peter Burke, president at Best Companies, says engaged employees score high on these factors:

• Plan to stay with the organization at least two more years, which reduces turnover and ensures stability.
• Willing to recommend the company to a friend as a workplace, which replenishes the talent pool.
• Willing to recommend the company’s products and services to a friend, which can attract new customers.
• Willing to make an extra effort to help the organization succeed, which can yield a culture of excellence.
• Look forward to going to work most days.
• Their jobs provide meaning and purpose.
• They are proud to work for the organization.
• The organization has created an environment where employees can do their best work.

Hawaii’s Best Places to Work have those kinds of engaged employees. The organizations did not all use the same strategies to create great workplaces, but the following 10 factors were the most common responses among the employees at Hawaii’s Best Places to Work:

1. I feel I am valued in this organization.
2. I have confidence in the leadership of this organization.
3. I like the type of work I do.
4. Most days, I feel I have made progress at work.
5. At this organization, employees have fun at work.
6. I’m satisfied with this organization’s benefits package.
7. This organization treats me like a person, not a number.
8. My supervisor handles my work-related issues satisfactorily.
9. There is room for me to advance at this organization.
10. I feel part of a team working toward a shared goal.

It’s interesting that pay did not make the list of the Top 10 factors. It is also instructive that the top factors from previous years look a lot like this year’s list. For instance, the following three were the only ones on last year’s list but not on this year’s:

8. My supervisor treats me fairly.
9. Quality is a top priority with this organization.
10. The leaders of this organization care about their employees’ well being.

Engaged employees are emotionally connected to their company, and company leaders are vital in creating those connections, says Burke.

Learn about the specific strategies used by Hawaii’s Best Places to Work by reading their profiles in this article. Those profiles show there is no single way to engage your workers.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

None of the companies on the Best Places to Work started that way.

They all built a workplace full of engaged employees over time, and many used the BPTW survey as a tool to understand their strengths and weaknesses. The confidential survey of your employees reveals the good and the bad, and there is no question that the BPTW is the most useful annual survey in Hawaii.

Take the first step in creating a productive workplace culture. Sign up today for the 2018 survey at hawaiibusiness.com/BPTW2018. By the way, there’s no risk, because if your company doesn’t make the list, no one else will know.


 2017 BEST PLACES TO WORK LIST

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BENEFITS AT-A-GLANCE

COMPANY NAME % of employee’s medical premium paid by employer # of paid holidays/year Average number of annual training & development hours Current permanent full- and part-time Millennial employees working in Hawaii
Aerotek 75% – 99% 6 520 17
AHL 75% – 99% 9 40 19
Ala Moana Dental Care 100% 4 20 30
Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union 75% – 99% 13 20 42
American Carpet One 50% – 74% 10 100 41
American Savings Bank 75% – 99% 10 30 433
Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc. 100% 8 4 28
AXA Advisors, LLC 50% – 74% 6 156 2
Bank of Hawaii 75% – 99% 10 22 821
Bowers + Kubota Consulting 100% 12 30 47
Brett Hill Construction, Inc. 100% 11 20 3
Castaway Construction & Restoration, LLC. 100% 11 16 29
Central Pacific Bank 75% – 99% 10 120 270
Ceramic Tile Plus and
Exclusively Yours Design 100% 6 10 20
City Mill Company, Ltd 75% – 99% 9 30 104
Coffman Engineers, Inc. 100% 9 24 10
Contract Furnishers of Hawaii Inc dba Office Pavilion Hawaii 100% 10 23 9
Crum & Forster 75% – 99% 10 24 17
CW Associates, CPAs 100% 8 50 25
Decision Research Corporation 100% 11 25
Edward Jones 75% – 99% 9 55 29
EnviroServices & Training Center, LLC 100% 10 8 11
Express Employment Professionals 75% – 99% 6 125 15
Finance Factors LTD 75% – 99% 10 8 18
First Hawaiian Bank 75% – 99% 10 40 684
First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. 100% 9 99
Gooses Edge, Inc. 100% 3 16 15
Gourmet Events Hawaii 100% 9 24 16
Grove Farm 50% – 74% 12 16 6
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) 100% 11 10 19
Hawaii Diagnostic Radiology Services 100% 15 40 26
Hawaii Information Service 100% 9 8 4
Hawaii Mortgage Experts 100% 10 8 1
Hawaii National Bank 75% – 99% 14 12 59
Hawaii News Now 75% – 99% 8 54
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union 100% 14 20 78
Hickam Communities LLC 75% – 99% 11 35 40
Honolulu HomeLoans 100% 11 8 12
Imua Family Services 100% 19 40 55
Infiniti of Honolulu 8 5 15
Integrated Security Technologies, Inc. 100% 10 112 8
Integration Technologies, Inc. 100% 9 50 9
Island Insurance 100% 8 47 35
Island Palm Communitites 75% – 99% 11 35 136
Kiewit 50% – 74% 8 96 112
Maui Family Support Services, Inc. 75% – 99% 12 30 28
Monsanto Company 75% – 99% 8 28 172
Na Hoku, Inc. 75% – 99% 40 186
National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii 100% 12 20 6
Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. 75% – 99% 9 60 55
Northwestern Mutual – Hawaii Group 50% – 74% 10 50 17
Okahara and Associates, Inc. 100% 9 12 12
Pacific Administrators, Inc. 75% – 99% 13 20 22
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies 100% 6 250 32
Pacxa 100% 7 40 22
Panda Restaurant Group Inc 0 600
Parents And Children Together 75% – 99% 13 40 91
PATCH 75% – 99% 13 20 11
Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union 100% 11 40 26
ProService Hawaii 100% 9 40 157
Servco Pacific Inc 75% – 99% 10 25 376
Servpac, Inc. 75% – 99% 8 48 2
Simply Organized, LLC 75% – 99% 9 30 3
Skyline Eco-Adventures 100% 7 60 70
Spire Hawaii LLP 100% 10 40 10
Swinerton Builders 75% – 99% 10 250 103
The Hawaii Group 100% 12 40 21
The Howard Hughes Corporation 75% – 99% 12 40 10
The Wedding Ring Shop 100% 7 30 9
T-Mobile Hawaii 75% – 99% 1 80 115
WATG 75% – 99% 12 20 8
Wealth Strategy Partners 50% – 74% 9 272
Yogi Kwong Engineers, LLC 100% 10 45 13

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