The Best Places to Work in Downtown Boston

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Posted April 18, 2014 by Rosalind Saul in Business
A bird's-eye-view of the Financial District in Downtown Boston. Photo credit: Sean Pavone

Boston is a great place to live and work, and some of the world’s top companies have offices right downtown. Here is a roundup of the best of the best; working in downtown Boston may be a job, but it’s never a chore.

The Boston Consulting Group is ranked third on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2014. It’s gone up from its previous rank of fourth, due in no small part to the efforts of President and CEO Rich Lesser, whose 94% approval rating amongst employees is telling. Employees also report that the work environment at Boston Consulting Group is friendly and open, and that the company encourages learning and development. Career acceleration is a huge priority for this State St. headquartered company, and they like to provide promotion opportunities from within. The culture on the inside is fun and relaxed. The success of BCG proves the old axiom: you’re only as good as your employees. The Boston Consulting Group treats their people well and, in turn, their people enjoy working hard for them. It’s a win/win.

Bingham McCutchen LLP, located at Franklin and Federal, is also rising on the Fortune 100 scale (from 82 to 60). When asked if they would choose to work for the firm if they could do it all again, over half the employees gave an affirmative reply. The culture and general approval rating of colleagues is high (an 8.33 on a scale of 1-10), as is the volume of smart employees; most of the Bingham McCutchen’s 1,000 Lawyers are Harvard graduates (including Chairman Jay Zimmerman). In 2012, attorneys from this firm performed over 44,000 hours of pro bono work for the betterment of the community, demonstrating their commitment to investing in the world around them.

Experian Data Quality, a leading global company in data quality services and software, is another company with an excellent work environment. CEO Thomas Schutz holds an 82% employee approval rating on glassdoor.com, and the company has been recognized by its employees as a great place to work if you’re committed. In essence, this workplace gives back to those who give; ample on-the-job training provides opportunities for growth and the tendency to promote from within gives employees a place to go once they have grown. Additionally, the benefits offered by this company are outstanding, garnering Summer St. located EDQ a spot on the boston.com list of Best Places to Work.

CEO of Hill Holiday Karen Kaplan must be doing something right with her 93% approval rating. This ad agency’s workplace, according to glassdoor.com reviews, is chock full of smart, nice, fun individuals who make certain that coming in to the office (located at Exchange Place) everyday is a treat rather than a chore. Employees claim that supervisors are helpful, and the work environment is productive without being overbearing. Teams inspire each other to strive for more and more every single day, an attitude that surely helped to land Hill Holliday on boston.com’s Best list.

On the whole, these downtown-based companies seem to understand that the key to being a good place to work is to treat your employees well. In turn, people continue to move downtown to be closer to these outstanding places to work. It’s a reciprocal relationship that bodes well for the ongoing growth of Downtown Boston.


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