To find out, Newsday had the consulting and research firm Energage anonymously poll more than 11,000 employees at 82 LI employers, on everything from pay and benefits to leadership and company alignment.
After analyzing all the results of the 82 companies that participated in the survey, Newsday and Energage have selected 66 as top Long Island workplaces and we are proud to spotlight the winners in each category, along with a look at what their employees had to say, islandwide trends and much more.
500+ Long Island workers
TOP LARGE EMPLOYER NEW YORK LIFE – LONG ISLAND
During COVID-19, New York Life sees increased demand for policies
The Melville-based operation says it has insured 110,000 customers with more than $33 billion worth of insurance plans.
The Long Island office of insurance giant New York Life has more than 700 career agents.
The Melville-based operation says it has insured 110,000 customers with more than $33 billion worth of insurance plans and has placed over $3 billion in assets under management. With corporate roots that date to 1845, the company has operated its Long Island office for over 40 years.
Although the pandemic meant operating remotely, the business saw increased demand for insurance policies, leading to active employee recruitment, said managing partner John Curry.
Employees said they value the flexibility their jobs offer and the opportunity it gives them to help others while also being compensated fairly. In response to Energage's survey, one employee said, "There's no ceiling to my potential."
Describing the firm’s culture, Brian Miller, market development director for New York Life, said the Long Island office "is very much a family-like environment." The firm, he said, also makes a strong effort to include employees’ family members in many office events, including New York Life's annual black tie gala, summer picnic at the office's managing partner's home, and its holiday office party complete with family photos with Santa.
"We appreciate, respect, challenge, celebrate and console each other," Miller said. "This is put on display every time we send an office-wide email announcement celebrating a team member’s wedding or birth of a child, and when we offer condolences to someone in our office who has lost a loved one."
LARGE EMPLOYER RUNNER-UP BNB Bank
BNB Bank adapts to using mix of remote, in-person staff
The bank secured $1 billion in Paycheck Protection Program funding for approximately 2,500 small businesses on Long Island and in New York City.
With assets topping $6.1 billion, Bridgehampton-based BNB Bank has become one of Long Island’s largest community banks with more than 500 employees and 39 branches serving Long Island and the New York metropolitan area.
As an essential business, the firm adapted to using a mix of remote and in-person staff. It secured $1 billion in funding from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for approximately 2,500 small businesses on Long Island and in New York City.
Founded 110 years ago, the bank won a special award for having "clued in senior management." One employee commented, "senior leadership is always available to me. If I need to talk to someone through a phone call or email it is always taken."
LARGE EMPLOYER 2ND RUNNER-UP PIPING ROCK HEALTH PRODUCTS
Employees say company moving in right direction
Employees of the three-generation family business say "it feels good to be part of something successful."
Manufacturer Piping Rock Health Products of Bohemia has been making vitamins, essential oils and other wellness products for the consumer health market since its founding in 2011.
The firm is run by vitamin veteran Scott Rudolph, who previously co-founded Nature’s Bounty Co. — formerly NBTY — with his father Arthur Rudolph in 1986. Today, Scott and his son Michael oversee the growing company and its more than 526 local employees.
Employees of the three-generation family business say they feel the company is moving in the right direction and that "it feels good to be part of something successful."
Adults and Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (human and social services) “I know my job affects the people that I support, and I feel really good after getting something accomplished.”
BNB Bank “Senior leadership is always available to me. If I need to talk to someone through a phone call or email, it is always taken. This is not usually the case at other banks.”
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (research) “I feel that I’m contributing in a very small way to the betterment of our world through the scientific research done at the lab.”
Family Service League Inc. (human and social services) “When you can help someone, who has lost a loved one to suicide, and then be supported by colleagues after the emotional intervention – even if it’s in the evening or on a weekend – you know you are part of a great team and you’re working in the right place.”
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (health care) “Knowing that I’m making a difference in someone’s life during the tough time they are going through is so very rewarding to me. This job has made me decide to go back to school this fall and I am hoping to move up in this company and become a nurse one day!”
New York Life – Long Island “I have real pride for the work I do helping clients with their finances and putting safety measures in place for the unexpected. My family and friends were underinsured before I started this career.”
Piping Rock Health Products, LLC (vitamins and nutritional supplements) “The production of vitamins is very interesting, and the company is growing a lot because it is making the best decisions.”
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital “I grew up in this town, so I know quite a few of the patients and enjoy caring for them. I feel like management really cares about all the employees and our safety.”
WellLife Network Inc. (social services and addiction recovery) “I am caring for children that need mental health support. This is very important to me as a social worker and is why I went into this profession.”
Zebra Technologies Corp. (barcode scanners, printers and mobile computers) “Open and transparent communications from upper management allow me to be proactive in planning my work and family life accordingly, especially during this pandemic.”
|Rank||Employer||Founded||Ownership||Sector||Headquarters City||HQ state||LI Locations||LI Employees|
|1||New York Life – Long Island||1845||Cooperative/Mutual||Financial planning||Melville||NY||5||779|
|2||BNB Bank||1910||Public||Community bank||Bridgehampton||NY||34||505|
|3||Piping Rock Health Products, LLC||2011||Private||Manufacturing||Bohemia||NY||8||572|
|4||Family Service League. Inc.||1926||Private||Human and social services||Huntington||NY||25||815|
|5||Zebra Technologies Corp.||1969||Public||Technology||Lincolnshire||IL||1||946|
|6||Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||1890||Non-profit||Research||Cold Spring Harbor||NY||1||943|
|7||Stony Brook Southampton Hospital||1909||Non-profit||Hospitals||Southampton||NY||1||1,330|
|8||New York Cancer & Blood Specialists||1985||Partnership||Health care||Port Jefferson Station||NY||15||875|
|9||WellLife Network Inc||1980||Private||Children, family, human services||Smithtown||NY||12||550|
|10||Adults and Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities, Inc.||1957||Non-profit||Human and social Services||Bethpage||NY||100||938|
150-499 Long Island workers
TOP MIDSIZE EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE PARTNERS
HealthCare Partners: 'We're kind of the backstage people'
The company provides administrative and business support services to insurance plans and to physicians and other health care providers.
Founded in 1996, HealthCare Partners provides support services to medical practices and insurance plans.
The Garden City-based business has 225 employees, who focus on ensuring doctors are set up to provide patients with preventive care. HealthCare Partners supports about 8,000 primary care physicians and specialists across Long Island and New York City, who collectively serve 160,000 patients.
“We’re kind of the backstage people,” an HR executive said.
HealthCare Partners formed an employee activities committee in 2017, which helps plan social gatherings and give back to local communities, according to Rohan Shah, an HR generalist.
“We had boating nights, softball, we’ve done paint nights,” Shah said. The activities are “very significant to our culture.”
The company has cultivated a strong sense of camaraderie, according to comments employees submitted.
“Our department’s staff members feel like a family,” one employee wrote. “This is even extended outside of the office. We collect funds and materials to support local and national charities. During the time of COVID, we have — as individuals — delivered necessities to our senior co-workers.”
The human resources department looks at employees “holistically” and imparts this philosophy on managers through a 12-module leadership training program, the HR executive said. “They learn about everything from interviewing skills, overcoming resistance to change, how to conduct a performance review.”
Employee survey responses garnered a special leadership award for president Robert LoNigro, who hosts weekly webinars “to keep us in the loop.”
HealthCare Partners provides medical and dental coverage to employees at no cost, and offers several other benefits, including a 401(k) and tuition reimbursement, the HR executive said.
MIDSIZE EMPLOYER RUNNER-UP EXIT REALTY ACHIEVE
EXIT Realty Achieve 'designed around the agent'
The residential real estate franchise helps agents build up business and retirement savings, company leaders say.
Since launching in 2010, EXIT Realty Achieve has attracted 156 employees and found itself among the top closing residential groups in Suffolk County.
The Smithtown-based franchise works with buyers and sellers across Long Island, but is consistently listed among the five teams finalizing the most deals in Suffolk County, according to broker Susan Hamblen.
"Our numbers for transactions, closings are pretty impressive for a young company," said Hamblen, who owns the franchise with Robert and Elta Bergold.
Through the national EXIT organization, the Smithtown franchise rewards agents who recruit colleagues and helps staff build retirement funds.
"It’s truly a company that was designed around the agent," said manager and associate broker Jeff Mistretta.
MIDSIZE EMPLOYER 2ND RUNNER-UP POWER HOME REMODELING
Connecting with staff is a priority for Power Home Remodeling
At the exterior remodeling company, 90% of the company's executives previously held entry-level positions at the firm.
Chester, Pennsylvania-based Power Home Remodeling works with manufacturers to design windows, doors, roofing and siding, and install these products on building exteriors in New York and several other states.
Founded in 1992, Power Home Remodeling says it’s the largest full-service, exterior home remodeler in the nation.The company has 2,527 employees nationwide and 213 on Long Island.
Ninety percent of the company’s executives previously held entry-level positions at the firm, so the leadership prioritizes connecting with staff, Power Home Remodeling said. New hires are flown to the company’s headquarters to see each department in action and meet executives.
Based on employee surveys, the firm won a special award for having supportive managers who listen and provide constructive feedback.
Association for Mental Health and Wellness (human and social services) “My job enables me to provide necessary support to clients to enhance their motivation and confidence, and to educate them on how to find resources to help them succeed that they would otherwise not receive.”
CN Guidance & Counseling Services (human and social services) “We get to help those people in the community that need help, and we do it with a great team.”
Darby Dental Supply, LLC “I look around and see all the employees that have been here for 10, 20 and 30-plus years. I think that alone speaks volumes about how this is a very fair and rewarding company.”
EXIT Realty Achieve (real estate) “Helping a family make one of the most important decisions in their lives, being able to guide them correctly, and seeing how it makes them happy is amazing.”
Family & Children’s Association (social services) “We are a family who strives to be our very best for those who need us.”
Grassi Advisors & Accountants “I love my job because I get to utilize my accounting skills and work with professionals and clients that I can learn from.”
H2M Architects + Engineers “My ideas are respected, and I am given space to explore them further.”
HealthCare Partners, Management Service Organization “Our president, Dr. Robert LoNigro, hosts weekly webinars to let us know how the organization is doing. He encourages us to ask questions and provides honest answers to those questions.”
Kimco Realty Corp. (commercial real estate) “I love my job because of the good that I am able to do in getting tenants into a space which provides a livelihood for them.”
Marcum LLP (accounting) “Senior managers allow us to ask questions and don’t just expect us to do things a certain way because ‘that’s how it’s always been done.’ ”
Options for Community Living Inc. (housing and other services for vulnerable populations) “I feel like I’m making a difference in our clients’ lives and an impact on the surrounding community.”
Posillico (construction) “The coronavirus put a serious stress on all employees and senior managers tried to ensure all could work as safe as possible because we are deemed essential workers.”
Power Home Remodeling “My managers allow me to fail and get back up stronger. They have trust in me and I have trust in them. The work environment is never negative.”
Precipart (components manufacturing) “I love my job because I am able to produce quality parts which help the world.”
Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp. (manufacturing) “I get to work with great people on interesting projects.”
SUNation Solar Systems (solar panel installation) “CEO Scott Maskin comes in singing most days. It’s a fun place to work and we do a lot of good for the local community by donating solar energy systems and rescuing dogs.”
|Rank||Employer||Founded||Ownership||Sector||Headquarters City||HQ state||LI Locations||LI Employees|
|1||HealthCare Partners, MSO||1996||Private||Health care||Garden City||NY||1||240|
|2||EXIT Realty Achieve||2010||Private||Real estate agents/brokers||Smithtown||NY||1||173|
|3||Power Home Remodeling||1992||Private||Home remodeling||Chester||PA||1||217|
|5||Kimco Realty Corp.||1958||Public||Commercial real estate investment trust||Jericho||NY||1||226|
|6||Association for Mental Health and Wellness||1990||Non-profit||Mental health and wellness||Ronkonkoma||NY||8||198|
|7||Marcum LLP||1951||Partnership||Accounting and consulting advisors||New York||NY||1||187|
|8||Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.||1947||Private||Manufacturing||Hauppauge||NY||1||315|
|9||Grassi Advisors & Accountants||1980||Private||Accounting||Jericho||NY||2||211|
|10||SUNation Solar Systems||2003||Private||Renewable energy||Ronkonkoma||NY||1||174|
|11||Family & Children’s Association||1884||Non-profit||Human services||Mineola||NY||11||218|
|12||Darby Dental Supply, LLC||1947||Private||Dental supply sales and services||Jericho||NY||1||174|
|13||H2M architects + engineers||1933||Private||Architectural and engineer design services||Melville||NY||2||348|
|14||Options for Community Living, Inc.||1982||Private||Human services||Ronkonkoma||NY||3||218|
|15||CN Guidance & Counseling Services||1972||Non-profit||Mental health||Hicksville||NY||3||277|
|16||Precipart||1950||Private||Engineering and manufacturing||Farmingdale||NY||1||285|
50 – 149 Long Island workers
TOP SMALL EMPLOYER NATIONAL BUSINESS CAPITAL & SERVICES
National Business Capital melds technology, empathy
The company that began in a spare bedroom during an economic downturn has grown and made the Top Workplaces list for the second consecutive year.
National Business Capital & Services, ranked the No. 1 small company on Long Island, mingles technology and empathy as it works to fuel clients and employees toward their goals.
Since its founding 13 years ago, the Bohemia company has secured more than $1 billion in financing for small businesses. The company also provides human resources, payroll and credit card processing services.
Internally, the company has a four-person "culture team" that marks holidays and birthdays and organizes company mixers each quarter.
Gifts go out to clients and employees to celebrate or provide a lift.
The company says it uses technology to "foster human intelligence over artificial intelligence."
In an instance of harnessing technology for team-building, chief executive Joseph Camberato, a company founder, produced a virtual cooking event where employees created a chicken dish in tandem with a professional chef.
At the beginning of each month, National Business Capital holds a "motivational huddle" to discuss the previous month’s accomplishments, recognize individual achievements and outline goals to be met.
The approach is paying dividends as a company that began in a spare bedroom during an economic downturn has grown and made the Top Workplaces list for the second consecutive year.
The company, with almost 90 employees when it was shut down during the pandemic, has regrouped with 30 workers and plans to bring back the others in stages.
One employee cited a culture that offers "the freedom to be myself" and "work with the best group of individuals in the industry." That freedom even extends to sometimes tolerating failure "as long as we learned a lesson." The firm won a special award for fostering an atmosphere where "new ideas are encouraged."
And even in uncertain times, the company encourages a positive attitude with the motto: "Don’t take the ‘fun’ out of ‘funding!’"
SMALL EMPLOYER RUNNER-UP NETWORK SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
'Family' is the business lifeline for Network Solutions and Technology
The East Northport provider of IT consulting services said it strives to "ensure that each of its employees has a voice" within the company.
Network Solutions and Technology debuts this year on the small company list at No. 2.
The East Northport provider of IT consulting services calls its 60 employees "family" and "the lifeline of our business." The company said it strives to "ensure that each one of them has a voice" within the organization. Based on employee surveys, NST won a special award for operating "by strong values."
Workers say they appreciate the latitude the company provides as they tackle assignments.
One employee commented: "I love being handed something that I have never worked on before and being allowed to work through it and resolve issues. Very satisfying."
Another said: "I get to touch a wide array of tech and continuously learn. I am trusted to make my own decisions."
SMALL EMPLOYER 2ND RUNNER-UP TOTAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Total Technology Solutions a newcomer to Top Workplaces
The Melville-based company has been providing IT support, cybersecurity and managed services to Long Island customers since 1988.
Since 1988, Total Technology Solutions has been providing IT support, cybersecurity and managed services to Long Island customers.
The Melville-based newcomer to the Top Workplaces list earned a special leadership award based on employee comments about the dedication and empathy shown by Vincent Tedesco, Total Technology’s president and chief executive.
The 50-person company’s services have taken on even greater gravity since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
"As an IT company that operates 24/7 it is imperative that we continue to support local government … as well as our other clients consisting of law firms, accounting firms and many more," one employee said.
A+ Technology and Security Solutions Inc. (security systems) “We keep kids safe and help give a little comfort in a sometimes-uncomfortable world.”
Above All Store Fronts, Inc. (construction) “The company encourages new ideas and allows me to challenge myself in additional areas to do what I can to help my department grow and become more efficient.”
American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. (broker/dealer) “We are encouraged to do good things in our own town. It’s unlike any other company that I’ve been a part of.”
Appliance World (retailing) “Everyday, I feel proud to work here and be a part of something that is growing at a rapid pace. I’m believed in by my leaders and am well compensated.”
Aurora Contractors, Inc. (construction) “Employees are constantly looking for new exciting and active ways to come together and have fun, such as company picnics, badminton tournaments, rock climbing, bowling and game nights.”
Austin Williams (advertising) “There is occasionally some healthy critique of the work that I produce. Sometimes I’m asked, ‘Why not this way or why not that way?’ Usually I have an answer but sometimes I don’t. I find this healthy criticism extremely helpful because although I believe I’m very good at what I do, I’m far from perfect.”
BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers, P.C. “I love my job because I get to design spaces that support the education of our youth.”
Blue Ocean Wealth Solutions, a Mass Mutual Firm (insurance) “My job allows me to impact the lives of my clients in a very positive and meaningful way because I’m giving them lifelong financial advice.”
College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving “It feels good to help others during a stressful move and provide professionalism and promote positivity during the move.”
DUKAL Corp. (medical devices) “I have never been treated better by any employer and I’ve been in health care sales for nearly 25 years.”
Engel Burman (real estate development) “I love my job because I participate in building great things that help people, and I enjoy the process.”
Future Tech Enterprise (information technology) “At the beginning of the stay-at-home, CEO Bob Venero called me to see how I was doing. It meant the world to me that he took time out of his busy schedule to see how I was doing.”
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (engineering) “I love my job because I have the opportunity to work on amazing structures and follow my passions in bridge building.”
Janover LLC (accountants) “I am able to assist clients in making the right decisions for their businesses based on accurate financial information.”
KidsFirst Evaluation and Advocacy Center (special education) “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined working with a company that allows me to work within and through some of my own limitations.”
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP (attorneys) “The firm allows me to practice law in a professional nonrestrictive environment.”
Long Island Select Healthcare, Inc. (medical clinics) “I get to help care for people who need help, those who live in the community that I live in. For this I am proud.”
Louis K McLean Associates Engineers & Surveyors, PC (civil engineering) “I love my job because I’m able to grow in knowledge of the things that I care about and gain experiences in many areas of engineering.”
McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, and Riordan, LLP (attorneys) “My job allows me to do a great public service helping injured workers.”
Meadowbrook Financial Mortgage Bankers Corp. “I make people happy when I can help them obtain a home.”
Mercy Haven, Inc. (human and social services) “I love my job because I get to help people in need and give back to the community.”
National Business Capital & Services (small business lending) “I feel like I am at my second home with a family that all has a similar goal: to create a smooth and efficient business financing platform for business owners and partners to take advantage of.”
National Consumer Panel (researchers) “I work without feeling pressured and at the end of the day, I don’t worry about not wanting to go back to work the next day. I always look forward to it.”
Network Solutions & Technology (information technology) “I like solving problems and providing positive business outcomes. I need to listen to my clients’ obstacles and find some way to help them overcome their issues.”
New Vitality (vitamins and nutritional supplements) “There is a level of trust to make my own decisions, but managers are always available to help find the right route. We are helping people live better and stay healthy.”
NY State Solar (solar panel installation) “Work feels like a second family, especially after a company trip to Greece at the end of 2019. It was the best time of my life.”
Plesser’s Appliances (retailing) “I get along with all of my coworkers and work in one of the busiest appliance stores in the country.”
P.W. Grosser Consulting (engineering) “I am so proud to work for a company that works toward a greener, more sustainable future.”
Prepaid Ventures, Ltd. (financial technology) “I am trusted and valued for the work that I do, and they show their appreciation. Everyone works as a team, which helps us grow as a business.”
Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC “I love helping seniors make a better life for themselves. Reverse Mortgage Funding is a nice working environment with nice people, lots of laughs and some tears – just like a second family.”
SAIL, Inc. (human and social services) “We are helping individuals change the course of their lives in a positive way.”
Stasi Brothers Asphalt & Masonry “I am respected for my abilities and given the opportunity to change things that need to be improved. They treat us all like family and go above and beyond what most bosses would do.”
SupplyHouse.com (plumbing, heating and ventilation supplies) “It doesn’t feel like my company would ever step on us or try to take anything away from us just to make a profit. And I feel like every decision they make is good for our customers and for us.”
Total Technology Solutions (information technology) “As an IT company that operates 24/7 in the pandemic, it is imperative that we continue to support local governments as well as our other clients consisting of law firms, accounting firms and many more.”
Transervice Logistics Inc. (transportation) “My job is never dull. There is continued growth, trust and appreciation from management and the employees.”
Tweezerman International (personal care products) “I feel like I’m valued and my opinion matters.”
United Northern Mortgage Bankers Limited “I am encouraged to become better at my job. The company pays for my training and gives me the time off to take it.”
United States Luggage Company (wholesale distributor) “People are treated like human beings here and not like some replaceable automaton. Ideas are welcome and encouraged. Positive energy is something commonplace here.”
VHB Engineering, Surveying, Landscape Architecture and Geology, P.C. “I feel like I play a vital and appreciated role in significant projects. And I feel like I have the proper room and encouragement to continue growing my career.”
Yardi Systems, Inc. (real estate software) “The company encourages you to find your niche if you are not feeling challenged in your current environment. Their approach is ‘where do you see yourself?’ and then they help you to achieve that goal.”
|Rank||Employer||Founded||Ownership||Sector||Headquarters City||HQ state||LI Locations||LI Employees|
|1||National Business Capital & Services||2007||Private||Business financing||Bohemia||NY||1||87|
|2||Network Solutions and Technology (NST)||2001||Private||Information technology||East Northport||NY||1||54|
|3||Total Technology Solutions||1988||Private||Information technology, cybersecurity||Melville||NY||1||50|
|4||Aurora Contractors, Inc.||1983||Private||Construction management||Ronkonkoma||NY||1||53|
|5||Blue Ocean Wealth Solutions, a Mass Mutual Firm||1851||Cooperative/Mutual||General insurance||East Hills||NY||1||140|
|7||American Portfolios Financial Services Inc.||2001||Private||Broker/dealer||Holbrook||NY||1||117|
|8||McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, and Riordan, LLP||1955||Private||Workers’ compensation||Bay Shore||NY||2||54|
|9||United Northern Mortgage Bankers Limited||1979||Private||Mortgage lending||Levittown||NY||1||108|
|10||DUKAL Corp.||1991||Private||Medical Devices & Products||Ronkonkoma||NY||1||65|
|11||Yardi Systems, Inc.||1984||Private||Custom Software Development & Consulting||Santa Barbara||CA||1||149|
|12||P.W. Grosser Consulting||1990||Private||Environmental engineering||Bohemia||NY||1||50|
|13||Future Tech Enterprise||1996||Private||Information technology||Holbrook||NY||1||110|
|14||United States Luggage Company||1911||Private||Wholesale distributor||Hauppauge||NY||1||65|
|15||Janover LLC||1938||Private||Certified public accountants||Garden City||NY||1||99|
|16||Stasi Brothers Asphalt & Masonry||1962||Private||Construction||Westbury||NY||1||70|
|17||Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP||1993||Private||Law||Islandia||NY||1||145|
|18||NY State Solar||2015||Private||Solar||Hicksville||NY||3||86|
|19||Transervice Logistics Inc.||1969||Private||Transportation||Lake Success||NY||1||61|
|20||Louis K McLean Associates Engineers & Surveyors, PC||1950||Private||Civil engineering||Brookhaven||NY||2||85|
|21||A+ Technology and Security Solutions Inc.||1989||Private||Value Added Reseller – Information Technology||Bay Shore||NY||1||83|
|23||National Consumer Panel||2010||Private||Data analysis & research||Syosset||NY||1||75|
|24||Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC||2012||Private||Reverse mortgages||Bloomfield||NJ||1||68|
|25||College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving||2011||Private||Moving and junk removal||Tampa||FL||1||99|
|26||Meadowbrook Financial Mortgage Bankers Corp.||2010||Private||Mortgage lending||Westbury||NY||2||125|
|27||New Vitality||1998||Public||Multivitamin supplements||Edgewood||NY||1||59|
|28||MSH Inc. dba Plesser’s Appliances||1919||Private||Electronics & appliances||Babylon||NY||3||50|
|29||SAIL, Inc.||1982||Private||Human and social services||Baldwin||NY||7||132|
|30||KidsFirst Evaluation and Advocacy Center||1997||Private||Special education support services||Deer Park||NY||2||90|
|32||Prepaid Ventures, Ltd.||2007||Private||Financial services||New Hyde Park||NY||1||50|
|33||BBS Architects, Landscape Architects, & Engineers, P.C.||1985||Private||Architecture & engineering||Patchogue||NY||1||63|
|34||VHB Engineering, Surveying, Landscape Architecture and Geology, P.C.||1979||Private||Engineering and designing services||Watertown||MA||1||62|
|35||Mercy Haven, Inc.||1985||Non-profit||Human and social services||Islip Terrace||NY||5||77|
|36||Above All Store Fronts, Inc.||1993||Private||Construction||Hauppauge||NY||1||80|
|38||Engel Burman||1997||Private||Real estate development||Garden City||NY||2||71|
|39||Long Island Select Healthcare, Inc.||2016||Private||Health services||Central Islip||NY||6||113|
|40||Tweezerman International||1980||Private||Beauty products||Port Washington||NY||1||115|
Companies that employees scored highest in each category
Family Service League
HealthCare Partners, MSO
Total Technology Solutions
Direction Piping Rock Health Products
Managers Power Home Remodeling
New ideas National Business Capital & Services
Doers College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving
Meaningfulness Aurora Contractors, Inc.
Values Network Solutions and Technology
Clued in senior management BNB Bank
Communication Zebra Technologies Corporation
Work/life flexibility McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, and Riordan, LLP
Training Association for Mental Health and Wellness
Benefits Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Find a top workplace
No matter where you are on LI, there’s a top workplace near you
This year's Long Island winners were chosen based on survey responses from more than 11,000 employees on questions about how engaged they are with their jobs and their employer's business and mission.
Who determines Top Workplaces? The best judges: the employees who work there.
For the third year, Newsday has partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to rank the Top Workplaces on Long Island. The process is based on a scientific survey of employees who rate their workplace culture. It also gives company insights about what makes them unique.
"In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization."
The process began in February, when Newsday began news coverage and promotions welcoming people to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage also reached out to companies on Long Island. Throughout the process, 1,637 employers in the region were invited to have their employees take the survey. Any organization was eligible to participate, provided it had at least 50 employees in the region. Employers could be public, private, nonprofit, or governmental. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.
Combined, the companies surveyed in 2020 employed 19,225 people on Long Island. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 11,242 responded, either on paper or online. For this year’s winners list, 66 employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces and were ranked based on their employee survey feedback.
The employee engagement survey of 24 questions gathers responses regarding issues relating to workplace culture:
• Alignment – where the company is headed, its values, cooperation, effective meetings
• Coaching – managers care about concerns, are helpful, encourage employee development
• Connection – employees feel appreciated, work is meaningful, working at full potential, clued in to each other
• Engagement – productivity, retention, recruiting
• Leadership – confidence in company leaders
• Performance – execution, open-mindedness, innovation, clued-in leadership
• The Basics – pay, benefits, flexibility, training, expectations
Employers that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. Employers are categorized by size, and they are ranked within those size groups, to accurately compare results. Energage also determines special award winners based on standout scores on specific survey topics.
Did you look over the list and wonder why a particular company was not on it? It might be because it chose not to participate, or because it did not score well enough in the survey process. Energage occasionally disqualifies employers based on questionable results detected through statistical tests it runs to ensure organizations are accurately administering the survey.
-Bob Helbig, Energage
Surviving the worst has required that firms bring their best ideas to the table and evolve alongside a situation no one could have predicted.
Eight months into a national health crisis that has changed how business is done, workplaces across Long Island have found ways to navigate the challenges of the pandemic and adapt their businesses, from redefining the workplace altogether to finding new ways to keep morale high.
Surviving the worst of COVID has required that firms bring their best ideas to the table and evolve alongside a situation no one could have predicted. Despite the challenge, many business owners on Energage’s 2020 list of Long Island’s Top Workplaces found ways to make the best of a life-changing crisis.
The businesses that have made it through these unprecedented times are those "who actually sit down and think strategically rather than just reacting to whatever is coming in their directions," said Steve Davies, president of Huntington management consulting firm Edge Initiatives.
"You’ve got to look at your customers, you’ve got to look at the trends in the marketplace, you’ve got to try and forecast wherever you’re going to be," said Davies, who also runs the Nassau chapter of the Alternative Board, an organization that groups owners of small- to mid-size businesses to act as unofficial advisers for each other.
Effective communication, engagement and employee morale have all become increasingly important for Long Island employers, Davies said.
"After people figured out how to get their workforce to go digital, the next challenge was the communication issues," he said. "How do you communicate and how do you preserve a culture that relied on people seeing each other every day."
On-site company goes fully remote
For many top workplaces, one of the biggest obstacles has been redefining the idea of a workplace altogether.
Employees at HealthCare Partners, MSO in Garden City began working remotely in March, a major departure from what had traditionally been an in-person office culture, said Dr. Robert LoNigro, president of the firm.
"We viewed ourselves as an on-site company," LoNigro said. "And overnight we forced ourselves to become a remote company with not a lot of clarity with how it was going to work, but with the expectation that everyone was in it together and that we were going to do the best we could to make it work."
Now, operating fully remote, employee engagement looks different for the company. Previously, HealthCare Partners would host a variety of in-person employee appreciation activities, such as bowling, softball and painting nights.
LoNigro said since joining the company three years ago the firm has aimed "to give employees the opportunity to engage not only with themselves but with leadership."
And while in-person gatherings are no longer the norm, the company has found ways through interactive online lunch sessions and frequent communication to keep morale high.
Still, the new world of working has had its challenges, especially when it comes to taking "the pulse of the company in real time," LoNigro said.
"Because I don’t have the ability to walk around to see people on the front lines … it’s hard to get a sense how people are doing," he said.
Staying on top of communications
Some businesses had no choice but to have employees come to work.
For Stasi Brothers Asphalt & Masonry, the onset of COVID meant putting measures in place to keep employees of the essential business safe amid a time of many unknowns.
"We were trying to collectively figure out what was going to happen and how we were going to proceed," said Sal Karim, senior manager of the nearly 60-year-old business.
While the family-run firm made many adjustments to keep workers safe in the field, communication came easier, an aspect of their business that won them high marks in Energage’s employee survey.
"We’re not like an office-based business where everyone is big on emails," Karim said. In many instances a few text messages from senior leadership to small teams ensured all workers were in the loop.
"The leaders of each team relayed the messages," he said. "Everybody talks anyway."
Working ‘very hard on engagement’
Keeping employees engaged during the pandemic was a top priority for National Consumer Panel in Syosset, a market research company, which went remote earlier this year.
Jane Slater, director of human resources, said the firm has been focused on employee engagement for years, even starting an engagement committee about 10 years ago.
"We work very hard on engagement," Slater said. "It’s not rocket science. Don’t treat people the way you want to be treated, treat them the way they want to be treated."
One major goal for the company when switching to a remote workforce, she said, was ensuring that employees felt connected to the organization, even when face-to-face interactions were no longer on the table.
"You can bring in a brass band and bagels every day, but if people don’t like what they do and don’t feel connected to an organization, that’s where the disengagement comes in."
Working from home isn’t easy, but these Long Islanders are making it work.
Ruff day at the “home” office?
Never, Suzy Silverstein might say. Silverstein, a project manager at VHB Engineering, set up her workspace on her pool deck in the company of her favorite four-legged colleagues, Bubbles, a dachshund, and Blanket, a two-year-old Juliana mini pig, who also goes by Blanky, Blankarooni or Blankisaurus.
Those not fortunate enough to work poolside created variations of their “home office” space, some making do with makeshift desks and chairs, others claiming their “corner office” in quiet, kid-free, no-traffic zones in their den, kitchen, bedroom, basement, or other spaces.
A Huntington Station woman, Pattie Dougherty, of H2M Architects + Engineers, designed her own mobile space — in the back of her SUV.
Now, can you take breaks when working from home? One employee found a quick minute to stretch her legs, while others sought company with their kids, sometimes giving crying babies a lift.
Working from the “home” office sure has its perks. You can go Friday casual or wear a tie. Suit yourself. And when you can finally take that much-delayed staycation to spend time with your two-legged companions (socially distanced, of course) you can even set your email to say: I will be out of the (home) office until next week.
Oh, another perk of working from home: You don’t have to deal with those petty office pet peeves. (But if you’re seriously wondering whether Bubbles and Blanky get along, you may just have to get back to the office.)
To see more employees of Long Island’s Top Workplaces sharing their home-office setups, click here.
— Leema Thomas
Some employees went the extra mile, according to the employers who nominated their staff as workplace heroes.
The state went on pause but the pandemic kept many employees on their toes, with some going the extra mile, according to the employers who nominated their staff as workplace heroes.
One employee initiated a wellness series for colleagues.
Another not only continued to work in the office despite her compromised immune system as a cancer survivor but she also started a food drive, and then drove around distributing food and supplies to hospital workers and cancer patients, her employer said.
Across companies on Long Island, these workers rose to the occasion and were recognized for their passion and dedication, for their philanthropy and volunteerism, for helping their businesses survive and thrive.
One even used his creative skills to help design a face covering for employees to return to the office.
To see more employees of Long Island’s Top Workplaces who have gone the extra mile, click here.
— Leema Thomas
Although COVID-19 put a brake on many business operations, a number of Long Islanders across various sectors, showed up to work — in their offices or in the field — in PPE gear.
Call it the pandemic couture.
Although COVID-19 put a brake on many business operations, a number of Long Islanders across various sectors, showed up to work — in their offices or in the field. While business was surely not as usual, these employees stepped up to the (fashion) plate, dressing for style, health and success.
Employees — from doctors, nurses, accountants, architects, engineers, mental health and social service workers, volunteers and even summer interns — kept the business engine running, suited up in various personal protective gear including facial coverings, masks, gloves, N95 respirators and other accessories, mindful of following health-mandated protocols.
Some like Carlos Vargas, landscape architecture team leader at VHB Engineering, worked alone in the field.
Others like Ayodeji Grace Oloke, Alexandria Attivissimo, Taylor Alicanti, Ama Serwah and Christina Metz, all employees at CN Guidance & Counseling Services, worked in the office.
Yet others like Greg Genovese and Alison Longstreet, both employees at New York Life Insurance Co., outfitted in their PPE, delivered meals to the “overnight crew” at a hospital. We “decided we needed to do something to show our appreciation,” Longstreet said.
From H2M Architects + Engineers employees at a job site in protective helmets and masks to fashion forward real estate agent Rudy Rodriguez donning disposable boot covers and carrying hand sanitizers, businesses and employees put safety first.
So, yes, while the pandemic may have crimped many personal styles, Long Islanders looked haute, or cool, as they put their best face forward and performed their jobs.
To see more employees of Long Island’s Top Workplaces who have had to don PPE to do their jobs, click here.
— Leema Thomas
From shared workspaces to chitchats, Long Island employees missed aspects of being in the office that ranged from the mundane to the esoteric.
Birthdays, baby showers, office parties.
A thriving workplace is also one that’s convivial.
Chit-chats around the office water-cooler or copy machine sharing morsels of gossip can help build camaraderie and foster career growth.But the pandemic put a kibosh on in-person, face-to-face office bashes and gatherings this year.
Those working remotely perhaps sorely missed their “work spouses” and suffered a bout of anxiety after their sudden separation from their work partners and shared workspaces during the lockdown, and what they missed most about the office ranged from the mundane to the esoteric.
To see more employees of Long Island’s Top Workplaces discuss what they miss about being in the office, click here.
— Leema Thomas
For countless remote workers, virtual video conferencing has become the primary link to staying in touch with colleagues and managers.
OK, Zoomers! (Now, that’s a compliment!)
For countless remote workers, virtual video conferencing has become the primary link to staying in touch with colleagues and managers.
Chances are if you are a non-millennial, you needed a lesson or two on how to get the lights, camera and audio going. Perhaps seeing a sea of faces on your desktop or laptop monitors made you jittery, and you made a mental note to comb your hair and put on a clean T-shirt the next time. Or, perhaps, you’ve committed a few Zoom faux pas (wait, was that your toddler who walked in front of the camera crying “mommy” as you were about to clinch that deal?) or someone Zoom-bombed your meeting.
Love it or hate it, you have come to live with it and get on with the business.
Employees at Grassi Advisors & Accountants, EXIT Realty Achieve and Aurora Contractors were among businesses that connected with their staff via Zoom meetings.
Grassi employees from the Jericho, Ronkonkoma, White Plains, New York City and New Jersey offices stayed connected through weekly Zoom check-ins. Even the company’s CEO and managing partner, Louis C. Grassi, checked in.
But all work and no play make Jack and Jill quite dull people.
Employees of CN Guidance and Counseling Services gathered on Zoom for a game of scavenger hunt. And National Consumer Panel’s employee engagement committee held several virtual events, from virtual trivia to “Watercooler Chats” and bingo, to “boost morale and keep employees connected.”
Now, if you haven’t zoned out on Zoom sessions at least once, kudos. If you haven’t had your fill yet, “see” you later.
— Leema Thomas
A letter from
Flexible. Dedicated. Resilient. Words we’ve heard a lot over the past few months as organizations describe the challenging times they’ve faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s not just their businesses they’re describing, it’s also their workforce.
Be it with kids in their arms or pets at their feet, at make-shift home offices or on-the-go in their mobile offices, despite the many hurdles they tackle each day, employees at the Top Long Island Workplaces are learning to adapt to these unprecedented times.
Top Long Island Workplaces honor organizations where employees feel engaged, appreciated and empowered. Nominated by their own employees, these places of work are leading the way for others in the business community. All of us at Newsday feel privileged to be able to recognize organizations right here on Long Island, who are truly doing it right.
History has taught us that during times where we are tested the most, it is also a time of great opportunity. And though the pandemic has impacted business in many ways, where we go from here has yet to be written. Top honors today can help shape Long Island’s next chapter.
Congratulations to all of the 2020 Top Workplaces.