(Philadelphia, PA) – McKean Defense Group, LLC has been named as one of the Washington, DC area’s 2011 Top 50 Best Places to Work by the Washington Business Journal. The award recognizes companies who are leaders in employee engagement, communication strategies, management effectiveness, trust in leadership, compensation and benefits, training, and employee recognition.
The Washington Business Journal surveyed McKean’s employees to determine how the company ranked in comparison to other small companies in the region. Employees were asked to evaluate McKean’s compensation and benefits, leadership, communications, management, and training in comparison to their previous employers. Employees were encouraged to discuss their engagement with the company and their relationships with other employees and clients. Questions also covered the company’s atmosphere, infrastructure, and dedication to staff.
McKean’s employees repeatedly cited that the benefits package was better than other small companies and previous employers. In addition to comprehensive health, dental, and vision benefits, McKean’s adoption assistance, paid time off policy, 401K, and legal assistance were cited as unique and valuable. Earlier this year McKean converted to a Paid Time Off (PTO) benefit. This vested benefit gives employees the flexibility to manage their time off in ways that work for them. This change was made in part based on feedback from McKean’s annual employee satisfaction survey.
“McKean really benefits when employees are happy in their work,” said Christine Pingelli, Vice President of Human Resources. “When our employees are professionally satisfied, it shows in their work and that benefits our customers, who then come back to us for future work.” McKean is currently working on several projects to enhance professional development for employees including a self-study training tool for technical certifications, career ladder development, and project manager training programs.
Employees also valued their interactions with management, management’s leadership styles, training opportunities, and McKean’s collaborative team environment. Comprehensive results of the survey and the ranking of the Top 50 employers will be released in June in a special edition of the Washington Business Journal.
McKean Defense Group, LLC is a privately held Naval Life Cycle Management, Engineering, Enterprise Transformation and Program Management business headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. McKean’s engineers, developers, technical staff, programmers, analysts, and program managers identify and deploy new shipboard technologies, integrate information technology across shipboard platforms, and develop strategies to support the Warfighter. McKean’s employees create strategic solutions to help customers reach new levels of mission support and transform their organizations.
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