Gibbons Named One of the Best Places to Work in Philadelphia
December 3, 2008
Philadelphia Business Journal has named Gibbons P.C. one of its “Best Places to Work” in the Philadelphia region. The award recognizes the firm’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions, and company culture.
Gibbons, headquartered in Newark, N.J. with a 40-attorney office in Philadelphia, was one of hundreds to enter, securing its position on this prestigious list based on the strength of its benefits and programs, as evaluated by its employees. For the second year in a row, the firm earned a 2nd-place ranking among the finalists in the “Headquartered Outside Philadelphia” category.
“What is good for the individual employee is very often equally good for the firm and for our clients,” says Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “The better an employer we are—the more committed we are to our employees’ positive professional development, workplace environment, and work/life balance—the better quality of employee we attract, and the better productivity and loyalty we encourage among them, which in turn makes us a stronger, more effective, more dedicated law firm to our clients.”
The three winning companies, included among the 50 finalists in six categories, were featured in a special supplement in the October 17 Philadelphia Business Journal. This year’s nomination and selection process began in July. The results of thousands of online surveys completed by employees were tabulated to establish the ranking. Common themes among top companies focused on work-life balance; respect and caring for employees; recognition of accomplishments; employee empowerment; emphasis on teamwork; and commitment to community.
Gibbons employees are offered the ongoing opportunity to be heard. The human resources department not only has an open-door policy for employees, but regularly surveys broad cross-sections of the workforce to determine which initiatives are popular and which are not; which efforts could be improved, and how, in order to be more effective; and whether there are additional benefits or programs that the firm currently does not offer that might make a positive impact on employees and, in turn, their service to clients. In addition, the “Gibbons Experience” is the generous benefits program through which the firm provides something for everyone, to make each employee feel his or her experience at Gibbons is unique and special. Each employee is different, and the “Gibbons Experience” addresses some of their individual needs that go beyond traditional benefits.
“The best places to work are companies that recognize employees as their best asset, instrumental in maintaining the quality and reputation for services and products,” said Bernard Dagenais, Philadelphia Business Journal editor. “The right work environment can create a powerful business advantage.”