Entrepreneur.com and the Great Place to Work Institute took a look at small employer practices in workplaces across the U.S. Here is our list of companies that made the cut for our annual ranking.

Top 25 Small Businesses to Work for 2011

1
Snagajob
Snagajob
Industry: Media -- online internet services
Location: Richmond, VA Employees: 231
Snagajob leaps to the No. 1 position this year, up from No. 9 last year. With plans to add more than 100 new hires this year, the management team at this online recruitment business fosters company...more
2
Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation
Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation
Industry: Engineering and analytical services
Location: Huntsville, AL Employees: 167
Intuitive Research, a privately-owned aerospace company serving the U.S. military, conducts transparent all-employee communications in support of its president's favorite truism: "Bad news doesn't...more
3
Dixon Schwabl
Dixon Schwabl
Industry: Advertising and marketing
Location: Victor, NY Employees: 85
Employees are empowered to put their ideas into action -- whether it's launching a new product, contributing to business strategy or starting an onsite Wii bowling league. With up to four weeks of...more
4
AutomationDirect
AutomationDirect
Industry: Industrial services
Location: Cumming, GA Employees: 188
A direct seller of automation controls for manufacturing machines, AutomationDirect puts an emphasis on balance in supporting employees. Its approach draws on a version of the "Wheel of Life" as a...more
5
Studer Group
Studer Group
Industry: Professional services -- consulting -- management
Location: Gulf Breeze, FL Employees: 120
This health-care consulting firm regularly shares what it calls Connect to Purpose moments -- stories from the "front lines" of the hospitals it serves. The idea is to remind employees of the value...more
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Talent Plus
Talent Plus
Industry: Professional services -- consulting -- management
Location: Lincoln, NE Employees: 75
While some companies make the workplace only about the work, this human-resources consulting firm makes it about the people. With its "Focus On You" approach, Talent Plus kicks off new-employee...more
7
Radio Flyer
Radio Flyer
Industry: Manufacturing and production
Location: Chicago, IL Employees: 68
A producer of kid's wagons and tricycles, Radio Flyer communicates the importance of "having fun while working hard" through monthly celebrations, customer service awards and flexible scheduling....more
8
McMurry
McMurry
Industry: Advertising and marketing
Location: Phoenix, AZ Employees: 172
This family-owned marketing and communications firm solicits innovative ideas from employees through its "WOW" program, which encourages employees to contribute to the growth of the organization....more
9
ENGEO
ENGEO
Industry: Professional services -- consulting engineering
Location: San Ramon, CA Employees: 101
Managers are referred to as "servant leaders" at this Bay Area-based geotechnical and civil engineering firm. This servant leadership philosophy determines much of the culture at ENGEO, where...more
10
Schleuniger
Schleuniger
Industry: Manufacturing and production -- machinery and equipment
Location: Manchester, NH Employees: 49
With a motto of "Have Fun and Get the Job Done," Swiss-owned Schleuniger manufactures wire-stripping machines, while striving to have a fun workplace. Every summer, an outing is planned for...more
11
Badger Mining Corporation
Badger Mining Corporation
Industry: Mining and quarrying
Location: Berlin, WI Employees: 185
Employees at this sand mining operation feel so much like family that the company has established a group, called the Golden Badger Society, of retired "associates" who've served 25 years or more....more
12
Heinfeld, Meech & Co.
Heinfeld, Meech & Co.
Industry: Financial services and insurance -- accounting
Location: Tucson, AZ Employees: 63
Founded in 1986 by accountants who wanted to dispel the "accountant as bean-counter" stereotype, Heinfeld, Meech & Co.'s slogan is "Imagine What We Can Do Together." The company sponsors employee...more
13
FatWallet
FatWallet
Industry: Advertising and marketing
Location: Beloit, WI Employees: 47
This online coupon site pays homage to its Midwest roots by taking the cow as its mascot. "Corey," the revered life-size purple cow statue who is stationed in the company's main lobby, is...more
14
Akraya
Akraya
Industry: Professional services -- staffing and recruitment
Location: Sunnyvale, CA Employees: 35
Three quarters of the employees are women and 92 percent are minorities at this staffing and recruitment firm. Perks such as the free bi-monthly house-cleaning service as well as flexible...more
15
Infusionsoft
Infusionsoft
Industry: Information technology -- software
Location: Gilbert, AZ Employees: 144
This sales-and-marketing automation software company says it is on a crusade to help small businesses grow quickly and profitably. Every week the company shares with employees the difficulties of...more
16
Insomniac Games
Insomniac Games
Industry: Media -- television/film/video
Location: Burbank, CA Employees: 197
An independent developer of PlayStation video games, Insomniac Games has sold more than 36 million games in 17 years. Quarterly royalty checks are distributed to all "Insomniacs" based on net...more
17
XPLANE | Dachis Group
XPLANE | Dachis Group
Industry: Professional services -- consulting -- management
Location: Portland, OR Employees: 51
With offices in Oregon, St. Louis, Madrid and The Netherlands, business-design consulting firm XPLANE develops interactive materials to make complex information more accessible for its clients....more
18
Professional Placement Resources
Professional Placement Resources
Industry: Professional services -- staffing and recruitment
Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL Employees: 65
At this company that recruits and staffs health-care professionals for a variety of medical settings, it isn't unusual to find employees down at the beach where the chief executive officer leads...more
19
Integrated Project Management Company
Integrated Project Management Company
Industry: Professional services -- consulting -- management
Location: Burr Ridge, IL Employees: 88
With an emphasis on integrity and "walking the talk," employees at Integrated Project Management are responsible for helping themselves, and the company, achieve their growth goals. In addition to...more
20
Kahler Slater
Kahler Slater
Industry: Professional services -- architecture/design
Location: Milwaukee, WI Employees: 85
Kahler Slater's two co-executive officers work side-by-side with employees in an open, "office-less" environment. Employees can attend to the company's bi-weekly "Same Page" meeting to discuss any...more
21
Root Learning
Root Learning
Industry: Professional services -- consulting -- management
Location: Sylvania, OH Employees: 98
Employees celebrate co-workers' "Rootiversaries" at this consulting firm with home movies, songs and poems based on the company value the person embodies most. Values include authenticity and...more
22
Navigator Management Partners
Navigator Management Partners
Industry: Professional services -- consulting -- management
Location: Columbus, OH Employees: 76
In order to help deliver quality service to clients, this professional services firm offers employees personal and professional growth support through 100 percent tuition reimbursement for graduate...more
23
Freeborn & Peters
Freeborn & Peters
Industry: Professional services -- legal
Location: Chicago, IL Employees: 202
Founded in 1983 by a group of lawyers fed up with "typical" law firm culture, Freeborn & Peters sponsors fun events such as a "pod crawl," a party with different themes on six floors of their...more
24
Upshot
Upshot
Industry: Advertising and marketing
Location: Chicago, IL Employees: 164
Upshot has a "culture mission" it says encourages people to challenge conventional thinking. Employees' art work is on display throughout the office and the firm sponsors competitions for employees...more
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Decision Lens
Decision Lens
Industry: Information technology -- software
Location: Arlington, VA Employees: 27
Arlington, Virginia-based firm develops software to help clients like Boeing and the Green Bay Packers prioritize their decision-making. Forget steak knives -- successful sales people here get...more

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