VHFA tops list of best places to work

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau

VHFA was ranked number one Best Place to Work among small and medium sized companies across the state by the Vermont Business Magazine. The award was made last night at the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, where hundreds of employees from the 38 companies ranked as finalists gathered.

“This honor directly reflects the dedication of our staff. While I’m proud of what we can offer our employees, it’s also very clear that VHFA’s staff believes in our mission of financing housing for low and moderate income Vermonters. We are one of the best places to work because we believe so strongly in our work,” explained Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. When accepting the award at last night’s ceremony, Carpenter was accompanied by Maura Collins, Policy and Administration Director and Steve Gronlund, Human Resources Manager.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part selection process. The results of an employee survey counted for 75 percent of each nominated company's score. The remaining 25 percent of the score consisted of evaluating each company's workplace policies, compensation, benefits package and demographics. Companies were split into two groups--those with more than 150 employees and small and medium sized companies with 15 to 149 employees.