For the second year in a row, Belfast-based Edward Jones took top honors among large companies (250 or more employees) on the Best Places to Work in Maine list.

athenahealth, Bangor Savings Bank and Allen Insurance and Financial also made the list. The Society for Human Resource Management’s Maine State Council  (MESHRM) announced the top 10 companies in each category at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, to a packed house of close to 600 people.

The annual awards and recognition dinner marked the 10th anniversary of Best Places to Work in Maine program.

The 2015 Best Places to Work in Maine program recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. The assessment process, administered by the Best Companies Group, evaluated each company’s employee policies and procedures, as well as survey responses from the companies’ employees. In August, the Best Companies Group released a list of the 75 companies that made the cut as an overall Best Places to Work. The program marks the most recent step in a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence among all Maine companies.

Partners endorsing the “Best Places to Work in Maine” program include: Maine HR Convention, The Maine State Chamber of Commerce, The Maine Department of Labor, The Department of Economic and Community Development, and Mainebiz.

The program also helps companies that want to improve their score. The Best Companies Group’s “Employee Feedback Report” is presented to each participating company, even if it did not make the list. The report summarizes employee engagement and satisfaction data, the "Maine Benchmark Report," and the transcript of employee written comments. The report is used by many organizations to make significant improvements in their workplace culture.

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