Best Places to Work in Delaware in 2013
Take this job and love it: Delaware’s best workplaces and bosses, surveys, and advice for graduates.
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Across age, professional role, industry and company size, what makes people
say “I love working here!” is overwhelmingly similar at its core. We asked Delawareans what factors make a great workplace, and while the particulars vary considerably, the central theme generally distills into this: People love working where they can flourish in a culture where they are happy and engaged.
The ones who find it are lucky. Only half of new employees are engaged at their workplace, according to a 2013 Gallup Business Journal study. After that, it slides to 44 percent over the first decade, and one in seven (14 percent) are actually “actively disengaged.”
Rande Vaul loves Trolley Square’s El Diablo. She has worked in places where the food is star of the show, like Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin, as well as a five-star Caribbean hotel, and at the University and Whist Club, and it’s more than the burrito shop’s reputation for fantastic food. It’s how thoroughly her boss, Dean Vilone, cares for his staff and believes in open communication, especially in management meetings. Far from ugly gripe sessions, they are “self-reflective
and team-building. They send everyone away feeling connected, happy, and better equipped.”
To John Gardener, a creative young engineer with a bachelor’s degree, being trusted to manage projects typically headed by seasoned Ph.D.s, and being encouraged to experiment makes W.L. Gore & Associates in Newark a great place to work. In that environment, he works hard, enjoys it, and isn’t afraid to take risks that could result in a significant discovery for the company—or not.
Derek Winn, Western YMCA membership services coordinator, says the nonprofit obviously differs from a previous job in an Ohio tech company, but
both are great for similar reasons: “My colleagues are excellent, the culture is team-oriented, and we have lots of fun as we perform duties we fully understand for organizations that do some good in the community.”
Trust, camaraderie, exploration, fun, purpose, growth, happiness, caring, communication: In many ways, a great workplace sounds a lot like a great relationship.