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Boston Globe Names Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to Top Places to Work 2010 List

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BOSTON — November 5, 2010 — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), a locally-based, community-focused health plan, today announced it's been named as one of the 25 best large companies to work for in The Boston Globe's third annual Top Places to Work in Massachusetts list.

Top Places to Work recognizes the most progressive companies in the state based on employee opinions about company leadership, compensation and training, diversity/inclusion, career development, family-friendly flexibility, and values and ethics. Private companies and nonprofits, as well as publicly-held businesses, were included in the analysis. This year the rankings were organized into three categories: small, medium, and large companies.

The Globe invited 1,160 employers to participate in the process. Of those, 236 organizations went all the way through the process, allowing a confidential survey of their workers to be conducted. Research partner WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, Pa., specialists in employee engagement and retention, contacted more than 133,000 employees at the companies, and received completed surveys from 82,000 individuals. Each was asked to grade their organization's performance according to 23 distinct statements ranging from, "This organization demonstrates it values employees during difficult times," to "It's easy to tell my boss the truth."

"Our employees are our greatest asset," said Ann Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. "They are what makes our company successful, and we greatly value their loyalty and dedication, especially during this challenging time in the health care industry."

The publisher of The Boston Globe Chris Mayer stated, "Each of the companies included in the Top Places to Work 2010 deserve recognition for creating a positive workplace for their employees. Their accomplishment adds to the vitality of this state's business environment."

To qualify for The Boston Globe's Top Places to Work, a company must have more than 100 employees in Massachusetts. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( was founded 73 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to nearly 3 million members. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers, and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


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