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October 13, 2021

Dechra takes top spot in 'Best Places to Work in Maine' rankings

The 2021 ranking of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” is out, and winners include two top contenders from 2020 — and a nonprofit that returns to the list after a few years.

The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management on Tuesday released the 16th annual rankings, which compared 100 employers that made an initial cut in August. Best Places applicants are evaluated on criteria that include employee benefits, workplace policies and employee responses to a satisfaction survey.

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Maine staff members of Dechra Pharmaceuticals celebrate the company's selection as a "best place to work."

Taking the No. 1 spot in the large-company category (250 or more U.S. employees) was Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, the British veterinary pharma company that acquired Portland-based Putney Inc. in 2016 for $200 million. Dechra ranked No. 3 on the 2020 Best Places to Work in Maine list.

After ranking near the top in 2017 and 2010, Jobs for Maine Graduates Inc. took the No. 1 spot in the medium-size company category (50-249 U.S. employees). The Augusta-based nonprofit, known as JMG, works to strengthen Maine’s workforce and help students reach their potential by partnering with public middle and high schools and the state’s higher education system. 

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Augusta-based nonprofit JMG was named the best place to work among medium-size Maine companies. Shown here, from left, are JMG staff Dena Shorey, Charity West, Robin Allen, Tracie Travers, Mary Fortin, Jane Golden, Kim Lipp, Craig Larrabee, Matthew St. John, Sara Lozefski and Samantha Turcotte.

NIC Maine, formerly Maine Information Network, ranked No. 1 among small companies (15-49 U.S. employees). The Augusta company, which came in second last year, provides digital services to government clients and is a subsidiary of NIC Inc. NIC was acquired earlier this year by Texas-based Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL), which has operations in Falmouth and Yarmouth and employs 1,000 Mainers.

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At NIC Maine, General Manager Dan Andrews and Director of Operations Kim Duplisea are shown with the company's Best Places to Work award.

Because of the risks of COVID-19 spread, the Maine council of SHRM again opted not to announce the 2021 BPTW winners at the competition’s usual award ceremony. No event was held last year also.

Employers and their rankings are shown below in order of the highest scores in the evaluation process.

Endorsing partners of the 2021 Best Places program include the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Maine HR Convention and Mainebiz. Sponsors include KMA Consulting, Clark Insurance, HUB International, Pro Search, Machias Savings Bank, cPort Credit Union and Sebago Technics.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct information about JMG's previous rankings and the inadvertent omission of Machias Savings Bank from the list.

Best Places to Work: Large Companies (250+ U.S. employees)

  1. Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC
  2. Machias Savings Bank
  3. Summit Utilities Inc.
  4. Edward Jones
  5. MMG Insurance
  6. Bangor Savings Bank
  7. The Granite Group
  8. Darling's
  9. Consigli Construction Co. Inc.
  10. Kennebec Behavioral Health
  11. NFI North
  12. Hancock Lumber
  13. Hammond Lumber Co.
  14. athenahealth
  15. The Cianbro Cos.
  16. TD Bank, N.A.
  17. Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice
  18. Camden National Bank
  19. Tyler Technologies Inc.
  20. Cary Medical Center

Medium-Size Companies (50-249 U.S. employees)

  1. JMG
  2. Wings for Children and Families
  3. SHP Management Corporation
  4. Allagash Brewing Co.
  5. Landry/French Construction
  6. Colby Co. Engineering
  7. CCB, Inc.
  8. DeBlois Electric, Inc.
  9. VividCloud
  10. Evergreen Credit Union
  11. Systems Engineering
  12. Community Health Options
  13. Dave's World
  14. Drummond Woodsum
  15. RxAnte
  16. Albin, Randall & Bennett
  17. Knickerbocker Group
  18. Infinity Credit Union
  19. Allen Insurance and Financial
  20. cPort Credit Union
  21. Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine
  22. Moody's Co-worker Owned Inc.
  23. James W. Sewall Co.
  24. Downeast Credit Union
  25. MaineHousing
  26. PeoplesChoice Credit Union
  27. Bernstein Shur
  28. Maine Credit Union League/Synergent
  29. Bath Savings Institution
  30. Sebago Technics Inc.
  31. Finance Authority of Maine
  32. Trueline
  33. Mainely Tubs
  34. Haley Ward Inc.
  35. Maine State Credit Union
  36. Katahdin Trust Co.
  37. Midcoast Federal Credit Union
  38. SeniorsPlus
  39. The Nonantum Resort
  40. The County Federal Credit Union
  41. Horch Roofing
  42. GreenPages Inc.
  43. University Credit Union
  44. MAS Medical Staffing
  45. Atlantic Federal Credit Union
  46. Day's Jewelers
  47. Volk Packaging Corp.

Small Companies (15-49 U.S. employees)

  1. NIC Maine
  2. Acadia Benefits
  3. Maine Rural Water Association
  4. iBec Creative
  5. Saco Valley Credit Union
  6. Sevigney-Lyons Insurance
  7. Spinnaker Trust
  8. TruChoice Federal Credit Union
  9. Maine Dentistry
  10. Barrett Made
  11. Planson International
  12. Onpoint Health Data
  13. Oxford Federal Credit Union
  14. Arkatechture
  15. Lebel & Harriman LLP
  16. Chase Custom Homes
  17. Chilton Furniture
  18. Trademark Federal Credit Union
  19. MPX
  20. Main Eco Homes
  21. Sweep & Slate
  22. Nurse Anesthesia of Maine
  23. Biddeford Internet dba GWI
  24. Basham & Scott, LLC
  25. Page One Web Solutions
  26. Senior Planning Center, Inc
  28. Main-Land Development Consultants Inc.
  29. Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union
  30. Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc.
  31. Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
  32. CedarWorks
  33. Alternative Wellness Services

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