Profiles of companies in this year's Best Places to Work in the plastics industry list is out in the print version of Plastics News this week and also available online.
While PN is very happy to present this list, it is managed by Best Companies Group, a Harrisburg, Pa.-based research firm that has spent more than a decade administrating data and identifying exceptional places to work.
As we read over the background provided by Best Companies on these 22 companies, it's interesting to see what is — and what isn't — cited by employees in the ranking. The companies that rise to the top may pay well and offer generous insurance, but that's not the information cited most often.
What does help companies stand out? Opportunities. Opportunities to add skills needed for promotion, opportunities to be paid while volunteering with local organizations, opportunities to mentor and be mentored, opportunities to adjust your workday so it adapts to your life, rather than forcing you to adapt your life to your workday.
"Every single person is building this organization, and you feel it in the work that you do," said Dan Holloway, vice president of human resources and administration at PureCycle Technologies Inc., which landed at No. 9 among suppliers. "We are shaping what this company is going to look like in the future."