The “Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For” list is Book Business’ annual ranking of companies that embody the philosophy that a company’s employees are the key to its success, and that employee happiness translates to a more motivated, productive workplace. Many companies on the list show that being a great company isn’t just about offering an attractive benefits package (though that certainly helps). The companies that made this year’s list create environments where employees are valued and respected professionally, and they also work to help enhance employees’ personal lives. Whether it’s through profit sharing, ample paid time off, telecommuting options, childcare services, fitness facilities, adoption assistance or pet-friendly policies, these companies go the extra mile to keep their employees happy—and it shows.
What Makes the 'Best Companies' So Great?
1. F.A. Davis Co.
U.S. Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pa.
President: Robert H. Craven Jr.
F.A. Davis is a health science publisher that markets to both students and clinicians.
- Number of new hires*: 21
- Rate of voluntary turnover*: 5.5%
- Bonus or incentive program for all employees: No
- Employee stock option/profit-sharing: No/Yes (discretionary contributions based on percentage of salary; 8.5% in 2007 and 4% in 2008)
401(k) or 403(b) retirement savings program:
- Employer match: 100% of first 3% of employee’s contribution; 50% of 4th and 5th percent.
- Paid holidays/year: 10
- Personal time off (PTO) includes: Vacation, sick, personal
- Vacation days available after 1 year: 10-15, based on employment level
- Maximum no. of vacation days: 20
- Sick days: 7
- Personal days: 2
- Highlights: Exempt employees may work from home one day per week with
- managerial approval or three days per week with presidential approval.
- Option to work compressed work weeks: Yes
- Employee assistance program: Yes
- On-site exercise and fitness facilities: No
- On-site fitness/wellness programs: Yes
- Up to $6,000 per year in adoption assistance.
- Up to $4,000 per year in tuition reimbursement.
Other programs or practices that promote a healthy work/life balance: