Employees enjoy a collaborative and supportive working environment at Kings Capital Construction Group in Tarrytown. | Photo by Ken Gabrielsen
The 17 firms that scored top marks from employees have one thing in common: creating a sense of community and family in the workplace.
By Nick Brandi, Paul Adler, and Joe Cesarano
Westchester-Based Employees: 28
For our first annual ranking of the Best Places to Work in Westchester, it’s not surprising that Kings Capital took the crown. The Tarrytown-based construction company attributes its success to the strong relationships built among its team and partners. “We know relationships are our business,” says CEO J.D. Summa. “It is critical that we create value for everyone along the way.” The company hosts employee social events, such as summer happy hours, a summer barbecue, and a holiday party. More notably, the firm is the only one on our list to offer its employees subsidized full-time or part-time childcare and backup child or elder care to employees if their caregiver suddenly becomes unavailable. Through these commitments, Kings Capital is continually recognizing its workers as an essential part of their royal family and treating them accordingly.
2 BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT SALES & DISTRIBUTION
Westchester-Based Employees: 16
Prospero has logged a bountiful half-century making it easier for people all over the U.S. and Canada to get their favorite beverages dispensed in the most efficient manner possible. But while the company is clearly adept at pleasing the palates of patrons, it is equally adept at satisfying its employees. In addition to institutionalized training and mentoring its staff, Prospero contributes 100% toward health insurance and offers life insurance, dental, 401(k), PTO, and holiday pay. Supplement that with subsidized company lunches, birthday celebrations, free wine for employees on holidays and special occasions, an annual wine dinner, and employee discounts on products from the company store, and it becomes easy to see why working at Prospero might be a rather rewarding experience.
Westchester-Based Employees: 25
Award-winning hotel management, ownership, and development company Concord Hospitality Enterprises takes pride in its mantra “A Great Place to Work for ALL,” which is no mean feat in the highly competitive arena of continental hospitality. One of the things its workforce appreciates is a culture of politeness and respect for staff, regardless of station. Workers also cite a competitive salary structure and individual-recognition accolades, like the Presidents Circle Award for outstanding contributions to work and community, Hotel Hero Awards, and the disbursement of gift cards to employees.
Westchester-Based Employees: 26
With 2022 marking the company’s 75th year in operation, the founding Pacchiana family of Thalle Construction takes pride not only in its integrity and community service, but also its dedication to employee welfare since its earliest days. Providing quality aggregate, asphalt, and recycled products to the construction industry and local projects, Thalle was nominated by the State Department of Environmental Conservation and received the Outreach Award from the National Association of State Land Reclamationists for its extensive reclamation and quarrying practices. Employees extol the company’s support of professional growth through classes, training, and certifications in addition to fun events, like Yankee games, wine-making events, and off-site retreats. Thalle also gets workforce praise for including non-management personnel in innovation and improvement decision-making processes.
Westchester-Based Employees: 38
This shooting-star local law firm has many reasons to pat itself on the back. Not only is it one of the premier litigation firms in the county; it’s also one of the few that is 100% woman-owned. In the past two years, Fullerton Beck has branched out to two new states, adding offices in both New Jersey and Connecticut. One of Fullerton Beck’s more unique features is how it approaches human fallibility among its staff. Rather than demean, finger-point, or punish, the firm treats mistakes as teachable moments and a genuine opportunity to improve performance through professional nurturing and support. The compassionate mentality, potluck holiday parties with gift exchanges, summer picnics and baseball games, catered breakfasts, and ice-cream-truck Thursdays are just some of the things Fullerton Beck staff say they love about their company.
Westchester-Based Employees: 28
Following consistent growth since its 1993 inception, PCI is now one of the largest managed IT service providers in Westchester, delivering all-in computer system management, cloud and hosted solutions, business continuity technology, VOIP, and cybersecurity services. PCI’s principals like to foster a “one big family” atmosphere, which manifests in a variety of ways, including the home-baked treats the CEO’s wife makes for staff; a cushy rec room with big, cozy chairs, a TV-and-video-game system, a fireplace, even a keyboard; and fun company events, like the Zombie Challenge, Corporate Fun-Runs, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, silly Christmas sweaters, the Juice Cleanse Challenge, and more. Employees also appreciate company lunch parties and happy hours; their Health, Wellness, and Green Practices committees; and quarterly All-Hands meetings, which foster interdepartmental communication.
Westchester-Based Employees: 208
Business leaders are constantly seeking accounting services that they can trust, and with more than 130 years in business, PKF O’Connor Davies has consistently proven itself to be among those up to the task. A primary reason for the success of this full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm is its constant focus on supporting a diverse workforce. This focus on diversity extends to PKF’s Campus Recruiting program, which seeks individuals of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and partners with diversity and minority-student organizations such as Ascend, NABA, and ALPFA. The firm also maintains a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council; offers flexible hours and business-education workshops; has paid parental leave; and operates a profit-sharing plan afforded to all employees, whether they contribute to the company 401(k) or not. It all adds up to a company that focuses on both a happy workforce and top-tier accounting.
Westchester-Based Employees: 112
Leading a burgeoning field is never simple, but somehow Curtis Instruments makes it look easy. A pioneer in electric-vehicle technology, this more than 60-year-old global tech company once provided components for the Apollo XI moon landing. Today, the firm continues its remarkable history, producing components, modules, and controllers for industries ranging from medical mobility to construction. Curtis works equally hard to improve the quality of life for its more than 1,000 employees worldwide and 112 here in Westchester. The company provides on-site personal-development and stress-management workshops, an employer-sponsored employee assistance program for workers facing financial stress, free or discounted tickets to family events, and a number of fun activities, like a bimonthly pizza luncheon, Halloween costume contest, and ice cream socials.
Westchester-Based Employees: 20
Since its 2009 founding, Yankwitt LLP has swiftly risen to become one of the county’s premier trial-and-litigation firms. One of 2021’s “Best Companies to Work for in New York” according to the New York State Society of Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM), and winner of Westchester County Business Journal’s 2020 C-Suite Award, Yankwitt has also been named a “Best Law Firm” by both U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2020 and 2021. Featuring one of the largest litigation teams in Westchester, Yankwitt routinely handles complex cases on behalf of national law firms, as well as government and white-collar crime investigations and prosecutions. The firm also serves as general counsel for several White Plains, New York City and national businesses. Employees benefit from this success with regularly scheduled group lunches, fun after-work activities, a mentoring program, and, since 2009, the ability to work from home when necessary, to encourage a healthy work-life balance.
Westchester-Based Employees: 124
This full-service tax, assurance, and business advisory firm doesn’t take the needs of its clients or its employees lightly. Offering virtual meditation sessions, weekly virtual coffee breaks, and even fun virtual get-togethers, like pumpkin carving contests and illusionist shows, to its 124 Westchester staff members, Citrin Cooperman & Co. has been demonstrating what a happy workforce can do. In 2020, it was ranked the “9th Largest Accounting Firm in the New York Area” by Crain’s New York Business and was just named a “2022 Best Company to Work For” by Vault.com. Employees also enjoy wellness and employee assistance programs, as well as flexible hours, firm matching, and profit sharing. With revenue now exceeding $200 million and 14 offices, stretching from Beverly Hills to Long Island, it’s plain to see this firm’s approach is paying off.
Westchester-Based Employees: 20
The array of services offered by this 37-year-old packaging-inspection-and-testing company is matched only by the numerous ways it consistently goes to bat for its employees. The PTI team consists of engineers, scientists, and professionals deploying a multitude of reliable and practical container-integrity-testing solutions for products ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to foods and beverages. The company also specializes in measurement services, such as helium or high-voltage leak detection. Those working to realize these many offerings can look forward to employee appreciation lunches and celebrations, gift cards, company raffles, and compensation days and bonuses awarded for outstanding work. Add in free or discounted tickets to events like Mets games, flexible hours, food trucks, and plenty of COVID-safe policies, and you have one superb place to work.
Westchester-Based Employees: 68
Since its founding in 2008 to its recent acquisition by New Jersey’s Valley Bank, The Westchester Bank has stated that employees are the most important component of a successful bank — a key reason the institution strives to treat its entire workforce with respect and appreciation. The Westchester Bank also prides itself on being a good corporate citizen, which is why it encourages employees to be actively engaged in community service, volunteerism, and charitable work. In addition to regularly promoting team-building opportunities, the bank rewards good work not just with positive reinforcement but also stock options as appropriate, as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and disability benefits on the first day of employment. Through its safe-harbor 401(k), The Westchester Bank provides immediate vesting to all participants and a match of 100% of the first 3% deferral and a 50% match up to a 5% deferral. Employees say they also enjoy the bank’s paid-parking policy.
Westchester-Based Employees: 15
Even though Brooks Berne & Herndon is a law firm that zealously represents its clients in courts throughout the United States, it equally fosters a humane culture that encourages volunteering, camaraderie, and family time. BB&H management encourages professional development and growth, with each employee empowered to find and foster his/her specific interests in the law, fine-tune skills, and obtain certification and licensure beyond what they had when joining the company. With diversity and inclusiveness as bedrock principles, BB&H offers hiring and training initiatives, programs, and sponsorship of multiple affinity groups, in addition to perks like generous vacation time, flexible schedules, and an employer-funded 401(k) with or without employee contributions.
14 FINANCIAL SERVICES
Westchester-Based Employees: 35
This rapidly expanding mortgage company, launched by Irene Amato in 2001, has been racking up its share of accolades and “Best Of” awards, including a Best of Westchester award in 2015. A.S.A.P. is a full-service mortgage brokerage firm with an experienced staff offering expertise in every aspect of the mortgage process, with loan originators licensed and bonded through the NMLS and state regulatory agencies. What A.S.A.P. employees love about their company includes exciting company retreats to places such as Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, in Tucson; in-office work/life balance strategies, including midday meditations; a bonus program; and a weekly office lunch subsidized by the company.
Westchester-Based Employees: 246
Now in its 75th year, MHA promotes mental health through advocacy, community education, and direct services, supporting more than 10,000 children, youth, and adults in Westchester and Rockland counties. And just as MHA promotes whole health for its clients, it also promotes the well-being of its staff, with a sun-drenched Wellness Room featuring a variety of fun activities and comfortable seating for all. A work/life balance is enhanced through Summer Fridays, a great PTO policy, a comprehensive wellness initiative, stress-management workshops, and more. Staff say they love the institution’s flexible workplace schedule policy, tuition reimbursement, and staff-support teams, which help colleagues deal with the often difficult and challenging situations that arise during the caregiving process they provide to clients.
Westchester-Based Employees: 224
One of just 67 University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, WIHD has, for more than 45 years, improved the lives of people with disabilities and vulnerable children through direct service provision, innovative research, and advocacy. It provides a wide range of medical, dental, clinical, and social services, along with training and education for current and future professionals. Among the features WIHD staff enjoy are flexible schedules; Family and Medical Leave Act coverage even if the employee doesn’t qualify for it; institutionalized support of personal and professional growth; and a welcoming, inclusive culture. According to one employee: “WIHD is the best place to work because there is a consistent environment of empathy and compassion, allowing each employee to approach professional and personal demands with a feeling of support and understanding, every step of the way.”
Westchester-Based Employees: 46
AMHAC is a nationally recognized, award-winning, and family-owned HVAC, green-systems, and generator-installation company that has used superior leadership and experienced personnel to serve the Westchester region for more than 65 years. Founded by Holocaust survivors Stefan and Anna Weinberg, it’s no surprise that the company’s longstanding tagline is “AMHAC STRONG.” Where the company shines as an employer includes a recruitment policy that finds talented new employees from all walks of life, then develops them through an effective mentorship program that catalyzes vertical mobility. In fact, AMHAC’s entire management team started their careers there as novices who worked their way up the ladder through the guidance, tutelage, and support of the company.