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District named Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads

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Published on Jul 14, 2010

The best places to work overall for 2010, ladies and gentlemen, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,

And with that announcement, Norfolk District became Inside Business' best Overall place to work in Hampton Roads, which according to District Commander, Colonel Andy Backus, is a reflection of the employees.

Colonel Andy Backus - A lot of the credit goes to all the folks who show up every day, they're the ones who really made the Norfolk District the best place to work.

The award recognizes companies in Hampton Roads that go above and beyond in providing a work environment employees find both productive and enjoyable.

Carol Lichti - We look at compensation, what starting salary is, we look at turnover rate what there is for their industry as well as what they experience.

With half of the 404 employees working at the District for their entire career, retention is an area that the district did well in.

It also scored highly with judges for many of the activities that are offered to employees ranging from gym memberships and concert outings to picnics and career development opportunities.

For first year employee Danit Tal the award only validates her feelings.

Danit Tal - I wasn't surprised that we are the best place to work because I genuinely believe it.
Col Backus -- I am not surprised that our great team is being recognized.

As part of the awards process employees had to fill out an online satisfaction survey which weighed heavily on the judges.

Carol Lichti - A big factor for this was the response from employees and the comments that came through the Employee Survey.

For the organizers of the Best Places to Work awards program it gives them the ability to highlight area businesses that go the extra mile for their employees.

Carol Lichti - Glad to be able to honor these companies that obviously do a lot for their workers and we see that as enhancing the development of the work force and helping the economy of Hampton Roads.

From Virginia Beach, Va. Patrick Bloodgood

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