88 companies in New Jersey lauded by employees as top places to work

The pandemic provided people with ample time to evaluate their lives and careers. Many who realized they were unfulfilled or undercompensated decided to leave their posts, sparking what has become known as the “Great Resignation.”

As employees sought increased levels of flexibility and improved work-life balance, employers found themselves faced with two options: adapt to accommodate the changing needs of their workforce or risk a mass migration that could potentially leave them scrambling to fill positions.

To find out which small, midsize and large companies did a great job navigating these tumultuous times according to their associates, employee engagement platform Energage reached out to New Jersey-based employers with 50 or more employees and surveyed staff members to determine the state’s Top Workplaces. Public and private companies, nonprofit organizations and government entities were eligible. This is the fourth year of the initiative, which is run in partnership with NJ.com and Jersey’s Best.

Bob Helbig, media partnerships director of Pennsylvania-based Energage, explained that a free overview of results from the Top Workplaces survey is provided to employers. This data can help employers assess their company’s health as findings validate achievements, reveal problem areas and assist in establishing a foundation for new goals.

“We invited 6,197 companies to participate and have surveyed 149 of them,” Helbig said. “The surveyed companies employ 79,661 people in New Jersey; 42,498 New Jersey employees have received surveys, and 20,135 have responded — double last year’s figure.”

And what was the universal theme among respondents? Based on results, it’s fair to say 2021 was a year of reflection.

“People were asking, ‘Is this really what I want to be doing with my life?’ ” said Lisa Black, director of data science at Energage.

Family First Funding LLC (midsize, No. 3) has spent four consecutive years on the Top Workplaces list. Photo courtesy of Family First Funding LLC

Because the first half of 2020 was dominated by uncertainty in the job market as the pandemic sparked widespread layoffs, people wanted psychological safety in 2020 and avoided looking for new opportunities.

“People were happy to have a job,” Black said.

But, in 2021, many workers decided that if their employers were calling them back to the office, they no longer wanted to commute, or they didn’t want to give up the flexibility of working from home, Black added.

At Toms River-based Family First Funding LLC, (midsize, No. 3), which has spent four consecutive years on the Top Workplaces list in the midsize category (150-499 employees), the “f” word — flexibility — is cherished by employees.

“We all work as a team and not against each other,” said an anonymous survey respondent. “I do not feel overworked and can balance work and family life so much better than before. I truly appreciate being part of the FFF Family.”

Chad Barris, branch manager and loan officer, noted that Family First Funding is consistently a Top Workplace because of the “positive company culture, bold mission to help others and passion for providing exceptional service.

“We are more than just a workplace; we are a family. I have been in the business for almost 20 years, and this company is by far the best place I have ever worked at,” Barris said.

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Its commitment to employee satisfaction has enabled SWK Technologies Inc. (midsize, #2) to land on the Top Workplaces list in 2022. Photo courtesy of SWK Technologies Inc

That same commitment to employee satisfaction enabled SWK Technologies Inc., (midsize, No. 2), which also made the Top Workplaces list in the midsize category, to “come out of the two-year challenge stronger than ever,” according to Selya Stone, chief human resource officer. Stone shared how the business management software and IT solutions provider accomplished that feat.

“The nature of the economy over the past two years has been painfully unpredictable,” Stone said. “Instead of chasing market data or trends, we chose to focus on our employees. We delved deep into our ocean of culture, from where our success has always risen. What we found was a well-poised group of people more enthusiastic to work closer together than ever to support each other, our customers and our communities.”

An employee at SWK Technologies echoed those sentiments when explaining why they loved their job. “I am able to suggest ideas and projects and execute them to make the company better. I have a great team of people who are excellent in their jobs. We set goals and achieve them. It is very exciting!”

Finding Meaning in Helping Others

Responses from surveyed employees in New Jersey were in line with the rest of the nation when it came to the strong desire to find meaning and fulfillment in their work.

As the pandemic brought on an array of health-related concerns, employees in the caregiving sector saw their value and impact daily.

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Bridgeway Senior Healthcare (large, No. 2) notes it is one of the few family-owned and -operated health care providers in the state. Courtesy of Bridgeway Senior Health Care

Named among the Top Workplaces in the large company category (500 or more employees) for the third consecutive year, Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, (large, No. 2), is proud to be one of the few family-owned and -operated health care providers in the state.

“In our organization, our mission is to care for people like family in communities that feel like home — and this applies to our residents, patients and employees alike,” said Director of Business Development and Strategy Jessica Pelligrino Tsoukalas, a third-generation family member-owner. “Health care is a particularly challenging field these days, but we are grateful for our amazing staff and employees who contribute to making Bridgeway one of the top senior living and care companies in the state.”

“I feel like I make a difference daily,” stated one of the Bridgewater-based employees in the survey’s comment section.

An employee at MTF Biologics, (large, No. 4), named to the list in the large company category for the third year in a row, also noted the importance of helping others. “To have the ability to be part of a foundation that saves and heals lives every day is priceless,” the respondent said.

Joe Yaccarino, CEO of MTF Biologics, added, “This is a survey of our employees, and it speaks to the importance that we place on employee engagement and satisfaction. We strive to constantly improve the experience of working at MTF Biologics where everyone on our team is part of saving and healing lives!”

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Employees at MTF Biologics (large, No. 4) say they are proud to find meaning and fulfillment in their work. Photo courtesy of MTF Biologics

Working as a Team

One area where employees nationwide expressed more positive sentiment in 2021 was inclusiveness.

Marty McGann, owner of Red Bank-based financial services firm PCI, (small, No. 1), said he’s “overjoyed” to see the company make its debut as a Top Workplace in New Jersey within the small company category (50 to 149 employees).

“We thrive on creating a comfortable culture for our employees, encouraging creativity, collaboration and growth,” he said.

AnnieMac CEO and Founder Joseph Panebianco noted that, beyond all the new branches, tools and programs the company has acquired, its most valuable resource remains its employees, whose responses saw the residential mortgage lender named to the list in the large company category for the second consecutive year.

“We wouldn’t be who or where we are without the hard work and dedication of the AnnieMac (large, No. 1) family, so knowing that we continue to provide them with a perfect place to work, to learn and grow fills me with pride,” Panebianco said. “I am truly thankful for our entire team’s dedication because we are just as dedicated to their success and fulfillment as they are.”

An anonymous employee described their feelings about the company this way: “AnnieMac changed my life, and I get to change others’ lives in the process.”

Areas that Need Improvement

While the views of New Jersey’s surveyed employees were mostly in line with those of workers nationwide, Garden Staters are far less positive when it comes to compensation and benefits.

Helbig said, given the cost of living and inflation, this isn’t surprising. Additionally, he noted that it’s rare to find an employee who wouldn’t appreciate an increase in pay.

With competition to hire and retain talent increasing, the distinction of being named to the list of Top Workplaces carries weight as employees seek out companies recognized as leaders that operate by a strong set of values.

“Companies need to authentically represent their brand to job seekers,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “The employee experience needs to be on the mission-critical list. Leaders who embrace a people-first culture will benefit greatly. By giving employees a voice and showcasing your authentic culture through employer branding, organizations can attract those job seekers who complement their culture. Culture drives performance.”

Helbig said he commends employers for not only being brave enough to ask their employees for feedback, but also for listening to their staff members’ concerns and then implementing changes to enhance employee satisfaction.

“Companies really earn their way on to this list,” he said.

The following are 88 companies named to New Jersey’s Top Workplaces list as nominated by their employees and evaluated by Energage, based on questionnaires answered by their employees. They’re broken down by size and ranking.

LARGE COMPANIES (500 EMPLOYEES OR MORE)

1. ANNIEMAC HOME MORTGAGE

Headquarters: Mount Laurel

NJ Locations: 7

Industry: Residential mortgage lending

Founded: 2011

Employees: 522

2. BRIDGEWAY SENIOR HEALTHCARE

Headquarters: Bridgewater

NJ Locations: 5

Industry: Care and rehabilitation

Founded: 1987

Employees: 514

3. BURLINGTON STORES INC.

Headquarters: Burlington

NJ Locations: 16

Industry: Off-price retail

Founded: 1972

Employees: 3,565

4. MTF BIOLOGICS

Headquarters: Edison

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Biotechnology

Founded: 1987

Employees: 750

5. YMCA OF GREATER MONMOUTH COUNTY

Headquarters: Shrewsbury

NJ Locations: 12

Industry: Human and social services

Founded: 1845

Employees: 555

6. COMPOSECURE LLC

Headquarters: Somerset

NJ Locations: 4

Industry: Secure payment products

Founded: 2000

Employees: 700

7. INSPIRA HEALTH

Headquarters: Mullica Hill

NJ Location: Mullica Hill

Industry: Hospitals and health systems

Founded: 2012

Employees: 6500

8. ACCU REFERENCE MEDICAL LAB

Headquarters: Linden

NJ Location: Linden

Industry: Hospitals and health systems

Founded: 2004

Employees: 1,074

MIDSIZE COMPANIES (150 TO 499 EMPLOYEES)

1. NJ LENDERS CORP.

Headquarters: Little Falls

NJ Locations: 5

Industry: Mortgage bankers

Founded: 1991

Employees: 270

2. SWK TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Headquarters: East Hanover

NJ Location: East Hanover

Industry: Value added reseller – IT

Founded: 1989

Employees: 159

3. FAMILY FIRST FUNDING LLC

Headquarters: Toms River

NJ Locations: 8

Industry: Mortgage lending

Founded: 2011

Employees: 411

4. ATLANTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER

Headquarters: Sea Girt

NJ Location: Sea Girt

Industry: Health care – physical therapy

Founded: 2001

Employees: 184

5. MANASQUAN BANK

Headquarters: Wall Township

NJ Locations: 16

Industry: Banking

Founded: 1874

Employees: 225

6. AUTOLENDERS

Headquarters: Voorhees Township

NJ Location: Voorhees Township

Industry: Car dealership

Founded: 1989

Employees: 396

7. EXTENSIS HR

Headquarters: Woodbridge Township

NJ Location: Woodbridge Township

Industry: Professional employer organization

Founded: 1997

Employees: 192

8. MANE USA

Headquarters: Parsippany

NJ Locations: 3

Industry: Flavors and fragrances

Founded: 1871

Employees: 225

9. MORGAN PROPERTIES

Headquarters: King of Prussia, Pa.

NJ Locations: NA

Industry: Property management

Founded: 1985

Employees: 182

10. THE EARLE COS.

Headquarters: Wall Township

NJ Location: Wall Township

Industry: Heavy construction and civil engineering

Founded: 1968

Employees: 343

11. NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Headquarters: Burlington, Mass.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Software and technology

Founded: 1992

Employees: 162

12. GPI | GREENMAN-PEDERSEN

Headquarters: Babylon, N.Y.

NJ Locations: 4

Industry: Construction – other

Founded: 1966

Employees: 206

13. MILLENNIUM SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL

Headquarters: Parsippany

NJ Location: Parsippany

Industry: Mass market apps / software

Founded: 1987

Employees: 173

14. EISNERAMPER

Headquarters: New York, NY NJ

Locations: 3

Industry: Accountancy

Founded: 1965

Employees: 466

15. BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FOX & ROACH

Headquarters: Devon, Pa.

NJ Locations: NA

Industry: Agents / brokers

Founded: 1886

Employees: 188

16. MARSH MCLENNAN AGENCY

Headquarters: White Plains, N.Y.

NJ Locations: 5

Industry: Insurance consultants and brokers

Founded: 2009

Employees: 189

17. CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CORP.

Headquarters: McLean, Va.

NJ Locations: 33

Industry: Banking

Founded: 1994

Employees: 273

18. SNOW PARTNERS

Headquarters: Montville

NJ Location: Montville

Industry: Hospitality, entertainment, recreation and travel – other

Founded: 2012

Employees: 241

19. GREYSTAR

Headquarters: McLean, Va.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Real estate

Founded: 1993

Employees: 223

20. SAVVAS LEARNING CO.

Headquarters: Paramus

NJ Location: Paramus

Industry: K-12 education learning solutions provider

Founded: 2019

Employees: 204

21. NORMAN’S HALLMARK

Headquarters: Newtown, Pa.

NJ Locations: 20

Industry: Specialty gift shop

Founded: 1939

Employees: 250

22. MADISON AREA YMCA

Headquarters: Madison

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Nonprofit – other

Founded: 1873

Employees: 265

23. EXPRESS STORES

Headquarters: East Brunswick

NJ Location: East Brunswick

Industry: Wireless phone sales

Founded: 2008

Employees: 239

24. MAROTTA CONTROLS

Headquarters: Montville

NJ Location: Montville

Industry: Aerospace / defense

Founded: 1943

Employees: 458

SMALL COMPANIES (50 TO 149 EMPLOYEES)

1. PCI

Headquarters: Red Bank

NJ Location: Red Bank

Industry: Financial management consulting services, implementation and audit support

Founded: 2009

Employees: 67

2. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.

Headquarters: Madison, Wis.

NJ Locations: 10

Industry: Mortgage lending

Founded: 1996

Employees: 60

3. Daugherty Business Solutions

Headquarters: St. Louis, Mo.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Management and IT consulting

Founded: 1985

Employees: 50

4. Bernie Robbins Jewelers

Headquarters: Somers Point

NJ Locations: 3

Industry: Jewelry

Founded: 1954

Employees: 59

5. Solar Landscape

Headquarters: Asbury Park

NJ Location: Asbury Park

Industry: Solar energy developer and owner

Founded: 2010

Employees: 100

6. Staffing Alternatives

Headquarters: North Brunswick

NJ Locations: 10

Industry: Temporary staffing service

Founded: 1994

Employees: 106

7. Princeton Child Development Institute

Headquarters: Princeton

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Autism intervention

Founded: 1970

Employees: 81

8. Primepoint

Headquarters: Westampton

NJ Location: Westampton

Industry: Payroll

Founded: 2000

Employees: 63

9. Primary Financial

Headquarters: Edison

NJ Locations: 7

Industry: Life insurance, annuities and retirement investment

Founded: 2013

Employees: 70

10. DLA LLC

Headquarters: Fairfield

NJ Location: Fairfield

Industry: Accounting

Founded: 2001

Employees: 60

11. FFW Agency

Headquarters: Holmdel Township

NJ Location: Holmdel Township

Industry: Custom software development and consulting

Founded: 2000

Employees: 82

12. Robert Half

Headquarters: Menlo Park, Calif.

NJ Locations: 9

Industry: Staffing

Founded: 1948

Employees: 148

13. Algo

Headquarters: Berlin

NJ Location: Berlin

Industry: Car buying

Founded: 2017

Employees: 52

14. All American Ford in Old Bridge

Headquarters: Old Bridge

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Auto dealerships

Founded: 2009

Employees: 107

15. Carl’s Fencing, Decking, and Home Improvements

Headquarters: Toms River

NJ Location: Toms River

Industry: Fencing, decking, home improvements and remodeling

Founded: 2006

Employees: 79

16. Keysight Technologies

Headquarters: Santa Rosa, Calif.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: IT – other

Founded: 1939

Employees: 76

17. Resources Real Estate

Headquarters: Shrewsbury

NJ Locations: 5

Industry: Residential and commercial real estate

Founded: 2000

Employees: 110

18. DPR Construction

Headquarters: Redwood City, Calif.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Commercial construction services

Founded: 1990

Employees: 99

19. EDA Contractors

Headquarters: Bensalem, Pa.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Multidisciplined exterior envelope contractor

Founded: 1999

Employees: 77

20. PB Roofing

Headquarters: Elmwood Park

NJ Location: Elmwood Park

Industry: Commercial roofing

Founded: 2007

Employees: 51

21. Panda Restaurant Group

Headquarters: Rosemead, Calif.

NJ Locations: 16

Industry: Restaurant

Founded: 1973

Employees: 145

22. Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC

Headquarters: Bloomfield

NJ Location: Bloomfield

Industry: Reverse mortgage

Founded: 2012

Employees: 83

23. InspiriTec Inc.

Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pa.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Contact center and IT help desk services

Founded: 2000

Employees: 67

24. STORIS

Headquarters: Mount Arlington

NJ Location: Mount Arlington

Industry: Enterprise software

Founded: 1989

Employees: 140

25. Iris Software Inc.

Headquarters: Edison

NJ Location: Edison

Industry: IT services

Founded: 1996

Employees: 78

26. Hudson Milestones

Headquarters: Jersey City

NJ Location: Jersey City

Industry: Human and social services

Founded: 1950

Employees: 137

27. Horizon Pest Control

Headquarters: Midland Park

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Other – consumer services

Founded: 1970

Employees: 57

28. Ferrilli

Headquarters: Haddonfield

NJ Location: Haddonfield

Industry: Managed services and outsourcing

Founded: 2003

Employees: 110

29. NeurAbilities Healthcare

Headquarters: Voorhees Township

NJ Locations: 4

Industry: Health care – other

Founded: 2005

Employees: 77

30. Ocean Partnership for Children

Headquarters: Toms River

NJ Location: Toms River

Industry: Human and social services

Founded: 2005

Employees: 120

31. Duane Morris LLP

Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pa.

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Law

Founded: 1904

Employees: 55

32. Greater New York Mutual

Insurance Co.

Headquarters: New York, N.Y.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Business property, liability and causality insurance

Founded: 1880

Employees: 58

33. CBIZ

Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio

NJ Locations: 7

Industry: Business services

Founded: 1996

Employees: 70

34. A3 Technology Inc.

Headquarters: Egg Harbor City

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: IT – other

Founded: 2001

Employees: 71

35. Capitol Lighting

Headquarters: Boca Raton, Fla.

NJ Locations: 3

Industry: Lighting, home furnishings and accessories

Founded: 1924

Employees: 68

36. PLM Trailer Leasing Inc.

Headquarters: Newark

NJ Locations: 3

Industry: Refrigerated trailer leasing

Founded: 1971

Employees: 86

37. Kiswe

Headquarters: New Providence

NJ Location: New Providence

Industry: Enterprise software

Founded: 2013

Employees: 58

38. CMC Energy Services

Headquarters: Ft. Washington, Pa.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Energy efficiency

Founded: 1977

Employees: 90

39. Pegasystems

Headquarters: Cambridge, Mass.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Software as a service

Founded: 1983

Employees: 55

40. DriveWealth

Headquarters: Jersey City

NJ Location: Jersey City

Industry: FinTech

Founded: 2012

Employees: 140

41. Ipsen

Headquarters: Cambridge, Mass.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Founded: 1929

Employees: 63

42. HMP Global

Headquarters: Malvern, Pa.

NJ Locations: 7

Industry: Continuing medical education events and medical publishing

Founded: 1985

Employees: 126

43. All American

Subaru in Old Bridge

Headquarters: Old Bridge Township

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Auto dealerships

Founded: 2009

Employees: 61

44. Aequor Technologies LLC

Headquarters: Piscataway

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Staffing agency

Founded: 1998

Employees: 138

45. Hengrui USA

Headquarters: Princeton

NJ Location: Princeton

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Founded: 2019

Employees: 80

46. The Container Store

Headquarters: Coppell, Texas

NJ Locations: 4

Industry: Storage and organization retailer

Founded: 1978

Employees: 124

47. WSFS Bank

Headquarters: Wilmington, Del.

NJ Locations: 14

Industry: Bank and trust company

Founded: 1832

Employees: 131

48. BenefitMall

Headquarters: Dallas, Texas

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Back office services

Founded: 1979

Employees: 60

49. DOWC

Headquarters: Ringwood

NJ Location: Ringwood

Industry: Automotive service contract provider and administrator

Founded: 2014

Employees: 71

50. Viking Pest Control

Headquarters: Basking Ridge

NJ Location: Basking Ridge

Industry: Full-service pest control company

Founded: 1980

Employees: 106

51. Orbit Energy & Power

Headquarters: Mantua Township

NJ Location: Mantua Township

Industry: Construction – other electrical, HVAC, roofing, general construction, water treatment

Founded: 2017

Employees: 138

52. CRP Industries

Headquarters: Cranbury

NJ Location: Cranbury

Industry: Motor vehicles, components and parts

Founded: 1954

Employees: 89

53. Woodmont Properties LLC

Headquarters: Fairfield

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Integrated development, construction and management

Founded: 1963

Employees: 121

54. BeiGene

Headquarters: Cambridge, Mass.

NJ Location: 1

Industry: Biotechnology

Founded: 2010

Employees: 126

55. Advanced Digital Data Inc.

Headquarters: Flanders

NJ Locations: 2

Industry: Computer software

Founded: 1973

Employees: 126

56. Graybar

Headquarters: Clayton, Mo.

NJ Locations: 5

Industry: Electrical distribution

Founded: 1869

Employees: 145

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