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While there is no one right way to become a great place to work, research shows that there are five common themes found in the Best Workplaces: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. This year, the Great Place to Work Institute has recognized six organizations that demonstrated excellence in each of these categories. Here are the winners and the attributes that earned them this special recognition:


Management is competent at running the business

  • Communications are open and accessible
  • Competence in co-ordinating human and material resources
  • Integrity in carrying out vision with consistency

Brand Momentum Inc.
Google Inc.
Habanero Consulting Group
McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
Ryan ULC
Tri Fit Inc.

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I am respected as an individual

  • Supporting professional development and showing appreciation
  • Collaboration with employees on relevant decisions
  • Caring for employees as individuals with personal lives

Google Inc.
Habanero Consulting Group
LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology Ltd.
Ryan ULC
VW Credit Canada, Inc.

No matter what, people here are treated fairly

  • Equity – balanced treatment for all in terms of rewards
  • Impartiality – absence of favouritism in hiring/promotions
  • Justice – lack of discrimination and process for appeals

AOL Canada Corp.
Biogen Canada Inc.
IndustryBuilt Software
Intuit Canada
PYR Software Limited
Royal LePage Performance Realty

I have pride in what I do

  • In personal job, individual contributions
  • In work produced by one’s team or work group
  • In the organization’s products and standing in the community

Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
Capital Engineering
G Adventures
Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
Tri Fit Inc.

I enjoy the people that I work with

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  • Ability to be oneself
  • Socially friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Sense of “family” or “team”

G Adventures
Intelex Technologies Inc.
Morningstar Research Inc.
The PEER Group Inc.
Yum! Restaurants International (Cda)

This content was produced by Randall Anthony Communications, in partnership with The Globe and Mail's advertising department. The Globe's editorial department was not involved in its creation.

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