Edward Jones and athenahealth have been ranked as "Best Places to Work in Maine."

Edward Jones, based in Belfast, is ranked as the No. 1 “Best Place to Work in Maine” in the large company category, while athenahealth ranked No. 7 in that category.

The assessment process, administered by the Best Companies Group, evaluated each company’s employee policies and procedures, as well as survey responses from the company’s employees.

In August, the Best Companies Group released a list of the 70 companies who made the cut as the overall Best Places to Work. The program marks the most recent step in a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence throughout all Maine companies.

The 2014 Best Places to Work in Maine program recognizes companies who have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. Partners endorsing the program include: Best Companies Group, Maine HR Convention, The Maine State Chamber of Commerce, The Maine Department of Labor, The Department of Economic and Community Development, and Mainebiz.

The Society for Human Resource Management’s Maine State Council’s awards and recognition dinner took place Oct. 8 at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, where the top 10 companies in each category to a packed house of more than 500 people.

The rankings for all 70 companies that made the "2014 Best Places to Work in Maine" are as follows:

Large Companies (250-plus U.S. employees)

Edward Jones, Belfast

CIANBRO, Pittsfield

Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Lewiston

Diversified Communications, Portland

Tyler Technologies Inc., Yarmouth

Geiger Group, Lewiston

athenahealth Inc., Belfast

Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor

Unum, Portland

InterMed P.A., South Portland

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., Norridgewock

T-Mobile US, Oakland

Carbonite Inc., Lewiston

Barclays, Wilton

Consigli Construction Co. Inc., Portland

Maine Veterans' Homes, Augusta

Hancock Lumber Company, Casco

Kaplan University Maine Campuses, South Portland

Cintas Corporation, Westbrook

Hollywood Casino Bangor, Bangor

Medium Companies (50 to 249 U.S. employees)

Patriot Subaru, Saco

Town & Country Federal Credit Union, South Portland

Infinity Federal Credit Union, Westbrook

Kepware Technologies, Portland

Machias Savings Bank, Machias

Community Care, Bangor

Connectivity Point, Auburn

Maine State Credit Union, Augusta

Allen Insurance and Financial, Camden

Tom's of Maine, Kennebunk

SeniorsPlus, Lewiston

CashStar Inc., Portland

Bath Savings Institution, Bath

FISC Solutions, Lewiston

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor

Moody's Collision Centers Inc., Gorham

Apothecary By Design, Portland

Maine Savings Federal Credit Union, Hampden

Allagash Brewing Co., Portland

Coastal Women's Healthcare, Scarborough

Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn

Skowhegan Savings Bank, Skowhegan

GreenPages Technology Solutions, Kittery

Systems Engineering Inc., Portland

Mechanics Savings Bank, Auburn

Putney Inc., Portland

Androscoggin Bank, Lewiston

Clark Insurance, Portland

Maine Credit Union League of Synergent, Portland

F.A. Peabody Company, Houlton

Day's Jewelers, Waterville

Winxnet, Portland

BlueTarp Financial, Portland

Harriman, Auburn

Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies, Auburn

Thayer Corporation, Auburn

Small Companies (15 to 49 U.S. employees)

TruChoice Federal Credit Union, South Portland

Pierce, Portland

Sage Data Security LLC., Portland

Hall Internet Marketing, Portland

SFX AMERICA, Portland

MPX, Portland

Albin, Randall & Bennett, Portland

Plixer International Inc., Kennebunk

Kennebec Federal Savings, Waterville

RLC Engineering LLC., Hallowell

Holden Agency, Portland

PeoplesChoice Credit Union, Saco

Nurse Anesthesia of Maine, Brewer

BONNEY Staffing Center, Portland

Further details about the “Best Places to Work in Maine” program and the awards banquet can be found online at bestplacestoworkinme.com.