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GULF BREEZE, FL—August 5, 2009—AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of e-mail messaging and Web security solutions, today announced it has been recognized as one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For.
To identify Florida’s best employers, Florida Trend magazine partnered with the Best Companies Group to recognize one hundred of the best places to work in the state. To be considered for participation, companies or government entities had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and be at least one year old.
“Our goal is to recognize companies that strive to build even better workplaces for their employees, thereby strengthening their own as well as Florida’s competitive advantage in the national and global arenas,” says Florida Trend Publisher Bruce Faulmann.
Companies that agreed to participate in the selection process underwent a two-part survey process. The first part of the survey involved a questionnaire about company policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part of the survey consisted of an anonymous employee survey that measured employee satisfaction. The questions focused on eight themes: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; pay and benefits; and overall engagement. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. Companies were not required to pay a participation fee to go through the online assessment process.
“We’ve highlighted the practices of companies that have established themselves as great places to work — including everything from how they train their workers to how they communicate and the kind of pay and benefits they provide. This is a great opportunity for companies in Florida to learn from each other as they go about improving their own effectiveness,” says Mark Howard, executive editor.
Firms were divided into three groups – large companies of 250 or more employees, medium-sized companies of 50 to 249 employees, and small companies of fewer than 50 employees. AppRiver placed fourth in the medium category with results published in the August issue of Florida Trend and on FloridaTrend.com.
“We are honored to be among the top Best Companies To Work For in Florida,” said Michael Murdoch, president and CEO of AppRiver. “This award is a true reflection of the level of importance we place on our employees. Without their dedication, AppRiver would not be where it is today.”
Founded in 2002, AppRiver provides award-winning e-mail and Web security solutions to more than 35,500 businesses around the globe without the need for software or hardware. To sustain high performance and continue superior business results, AppRiver deploys employee programs based on critical factors of employee engagement – opportunity, learning, quality of life and work-life balance. For that reason, AppRiver offers many on-site training/certification opportunities through its “AppRiver University.” Since opening its doors, AppRiver University provides several training courses that are designed to develop both technical and professional skills.
The Best Companies To Work For in Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.
For a complete list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Florida, go to www.FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies.
About Florida Trend
Celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, Florida Trend business magazine is recognized each year in regional and national award competitions for editorial and creative excellence and is committed to providing the very best, forward-looking and in-depth reporting on business, finance and public policy in Florida. Florida Trend reaches 156,000 readers monthly. For more information, please visit www.FloridaTrend.com.
About Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and in Canada to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies that have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence. For more information, please visit www.BestCompaniesGroup.com.
AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider offering award-winning e-mail and Web security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from today’s increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, e-mail encryption and Web security on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete managed service for Microsoft® Exchange. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 97% customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than 35,500 companies and over 6 million mailboxes worldwide. In 2009, AppRiver was voted “Best Channel Vendor” by Business Solutions magazine, receiving the highest published scores in Service/Support, Product Reliability and Channel Friendliness. The company is led by a 2009 Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of Year award winner, and has been identified as one of the top 100 companies to watch by Red Herring magazine. For more information, please visit www.appriver.com.