Top Workplaces 2016

Meet the 150 companies in the D.C. area with the highest ratings from their employees

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1. Hitt Contracting

(Courtesy of Hitt Contracting)
  • Founded: 1937
  • Sector: Construction
  • Headquarters: Falls Church, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 634
  • Total employees: 750
  • hitt.com

Hitt Contracting is a family business in the most traditional sense of the word. The company has been around since the 1930s, and has remained under the s ...Hitt Contracting is a family business in the most traditional sense of the word. The company has been around since the 1930s, and has remained under the stewardship of several generations of the Hitt family since its founding, currently under co-President Brett Hitt and his brother-in-law Jim Millar. Subcontracted employees, who are involved in almost every one off Hitt's projects, bring their families to the headquarters each year for a "subcontractor appreciation day." Employees gave Hitt managers high marks; employees praised their leaders for keeping them informed about what's happening at all levels of the company. To keep in touch with employees, chief executive Brett Hitt holds question-and-answer sessions with 50-person groups and reads more than 1,000 employee comments each year.

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2. WilmerHale

Counsel Arian June tutors a student. (Courtesy of WilmerHale)
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: Boston, Mass.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 669
  • Total employees: 1,996
  • wilmerhale.com

WilmerHale is no boutique law firm; it has 669 employees working out of its Washington office alone. According to managing partner Bob Novick, 90 percent of the company's law ...WilmerHale is no boutique law firm; it has 669 employees working out of its Washington office alone. According to managing partner Bob Novick, 90 percent of the company's lawyers enter the firm straight from law school or a clerkship. About 90 new lawyers flow into WilmerHale each year, and the firm received especially strong marks from its employees on career development for young lawyers. Novick says this comes from the way the firm focuses on job training. "It's part of our culture," he says. "It's embedded in everything we do." His efforts are not lost on employees. One employee wrote: "Though the partners are the very best at what they do, they are grounded and empower junior lawyers to own their cases, grow professionally, and succeed."

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3. Great American Restaurants

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  • Founded: 1974
  • Sector: Hospitality
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 13
  • Local Employees: 1,678
  • Total employees: 1,678
  • greatamericanrestaurants.com

Employees at Great American Restaurants, a network of 12 restaurants in the Washington area, are playfully referred to as "GAR Stars." Many of the company's workplace inducements target restaurant managers, ...Employees at Great American Restaurants, a network of 12 restaurants in the Washington area, are playfully referred to as "GAR Stars." Many of the company's workplace inducements target restaurant managers, who are responsible for the day-to-day upkeep and performance of individual dining establishments. Each year, for instance, the company hands out "soaring stars" awards to standout managers. The award is more than just a nod of appreciation; GAR flies the winners to California wine country for a week-long stay. And the company's "House Check" program encourages managers to visit one another by giving them $100 each month to dine at one of the other locations.

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4. Keller Williams Capital Properties

Keller Williams employees at a company service event. (Courtesy of Keller Williams)
  • Founded: 2006
  • Sector: Real estate agents and brokers
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 5
  • Local Employees: 808
  • Total employees: 822
  • kwcapitalproperties.com

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Keller Williams is a fast-growing real estate brokerage with five locations in the Washington area. Keller Williams motivates its real estate agents by giving them a stake i ...Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Keller Williams is a fast-growing real estate brokerage with five locations in the Washington area. Keller Williams motivates its real estate agents by giving them a stake in the company. An employee profit-sharing initiative hands out bonuses at the end of every month depending on how the company does financially, with about half of the profits going to employees. The company has agent leadership councils to help make decisions at the ground level. Management puts a lot of stock in training agents throughout their careers, but expects them to own their responsibilities. "My business is MY business," one employee wrote in a workplace survey. "I am given all the tools, support, and education I need to succeed or fail as I like."

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5. Noblis

Noblis recently celebrated its 20th year in operation. (Courtesy of Noblis)
  • Founded: 1996
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Headquarters: Falls Church, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 873
  • Total employees: 1,066
  • noblis.org

Noblis is a sprawling nonprofit institution that provides technical and advisory services across the federal government. A super-computer at the company's site in Danville, Va., applies high-per ...Noblis is a sprawling nonprofit institution that provides technical and advisory services across the federal government. A super-computer at the company's site in Danville, Va., applies high-performance computing speed to everything from DNA sequencing to counterterrorism, and applied research projects give employees an outlet to explore. In workplace surveys, employees say the job challenges them intellectually and gives them space to grow within the company. Job-hopping can be common in the government contracting world, as workers follow contracts. But Noblis human resources manager Jean Cain says her company tries to buck that trend, hiring employees for the long term and pouring company money into training. "We hire people for careers, not jobs," she said. "We always try to take a long-term view of the employment relationship."

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6. Bozzuto Group

Bozzuto employees wear pink for breast cancer awareness. (Courtesy of Bozzuto Group)
  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Real estate
  • Headquarters: Greenbelt, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 118
  • Local Employees: 2,050
  • Total employees: 1,282
  • bozzuto.com

The culture at Bozzuto Group starts with Chairman Tom Bozzuto, who ran the company for nearly three decades before passing the torch to his son Toby. Tom stays involved through regular visits to the company's residential de ...The culture at Bozzuto Group starts with Chairman Tom Bozzuto, who ran the company for nearly three decades before passing the torch to his son Toby. Tom stays involved through regular visits to the company's residential development sites, and his son borrows from past generations in his management approach. "My grandfather drove an oil truck, and he used to say he'd give anything to work at a place where he had the privilege of wearing a tie," Toby says. The same ideas filter down to how employees interact with clients. If you're a concierge at one of Bozzuto's many apartment buildings, you're expected to memorize the name of every person and every dog who lives in the building. You're required to keep close tabs on who's getting married, who's having children, who's graduating from college. It's a culture based on kindness rather than competition, Toby says, adding: "If you want be more cut-throat and aggressive, this is probably not the place to work."

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7. REI Systems

REI's Halloween group costume winners. (Courtesy of REI Systems)
  • Founded: 1989
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Sterling, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 522
  • Total employees: 526
  • reisystems.com

The employee-owned company provides technology services to government and commercial customers alike. In addition to regular salaries, REI covers employees' home Internet cost ...The employee-owned company provides technology services to government and commercial customers alike. In addition to regular salaries, REI covers employees' home Internet costs, and gives them on-the-spot, annual and referral bonuses. REI's workforce is big and spread out, but employees repeatedly emphasize the team-oriented feel of the place. The company sponsors many clubs and activities to bring people together, whether it is Toastmasters, photography, electronics or even an office band. "We are like one family," one employee wrote in a workplace survey. "We storm all the challenges together, we work hard, we party hard."

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8. Mitre

(Courtesy of Mitre)
  • Founded: 1958
  • Sector: Research and Information Technology
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 17
  • Local Employees: 3,918
  • Total employees: 7,130
  • mitre.org

Mitre is not a typical nonprofit organization. It has about 3,900 Washington area employees and annual revenue close to ...Mitre is not a typical nonprofit organization. It has about 3,900 Washington area employees and annual revenue close to $1.5 billion, more than many private companies. The company manages federally funded research centers for government agencies ranging from the Pentagon to the IRS. Employees get up to 40 hours a year of paid "civic time," where they can leave work to volunteer. To keep everyone in the loop, chief executive Alfred Grasso has monthly "let's talk" webcasts to answer employees' questions about the direction of the company. Human resources manager Julie Gravallese says a lot of employees come to the company for a specific contract or job, but end up sticking around. "Many of us are attracted to Mitre to come here for the job and tackling these tough problems with really cool government sponsors," she said, "but Mitre ends up offering them the career."

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9. 2U

2U employees celebrate the company's initial public offering in March 2014. (Courtesy of 2U)
  • Founded: 2008
  • Sector: Education
  • Headquarters: Landover, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 601
  • Total employees: 1,011
  • 2u.com

The Landover-based education technology company partners with colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs. In the office, 2U lives by a set of guiding principles including "Have fu ...The Landover-based education technology company partners with colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs. In the office, 2U lives by a set of guiding principles including "Have fun" and "Give a damn." Chief executive Chip Paucek is quick to emphasize the company's mission - giving people opportunity through education - and employees' comments reflect that motivation. Management demands hard work, employees say, but also finds ways to give people reasons to want to stay at the office. "It's not just a job," one employee wrote, "for me it's a way of life."

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10. Calibre Systems

Calibre employees at a company holiday party. (Courtesy of Calibre Systems)
  • Founded: 1989
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 520
  • Total employees: 820
  • calibresys.com

A lot of companies emphasize a vaguely defined quality of "ownership" in the way they expect employees to approach their work. But at Alexandria-based management and IT consultancy Calibre Systems, th ...A lot of companies emphasize a vaguely defined quality of "ownership" in the way they expect employees to approach their work. But at Alexandria-based management and IT consultancy Calibre Systems, the term takes on a more concrete meaning. The company's employees have a financial stake in the company as part of its employee stock ownership program. When the company does well financially, so do employees. That gives them another reason to work hard. "Employees are engaged as owners, they make decisions as owners," chief executive Joe Martore says.

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11. Capital One Financial

A peek at the innovation space. (Courtesy of Capital One Financial)
  • Founded: 1994
  • Sector: Banking and financial services
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 191
  • Local Employees: 4,534
  • Total employees: 46,900
  • capitalone.com

Capital One Financial is one of the largest banking companies in the country. The company's digital innovation labs in Northern Virginia puts employees ...Capital One Financial is one of the largest banking companies in the country. The company's digital innovation labs in Northern Virginia puts employees in charge of product development. Associates at the company can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for college. The company reimburses out-of-pocket health-care expenses up to $1,000, and it will even cover nontraditional procedures such as fertility treatments and gender reassignment surgery.

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13. Erickson Living

Erickson employees at a breast cancer awareness event. (Courtesy of Erickson Living)
  • Founded: 1983
  • Sector: Health care and senior living
  • Headquarters: Catonsville, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 2,753
  • Total employees: 15,000
  • ericksonliving.com

Started more than 30 years ago, Erickson Living has expanded to provide senior-care services across 10 states. Erickson offers its employees an array of insurance benefits, tuition ass ...Started more than 30 years ago, Erickson Living has expanded to provide senior-care services across 10 states. Erickson offers its employees an array of insurance benefits, tuition assistance programs, professional credential assistance programs and public transportation discounts. The company also offers training sessions and workshops to help employees advance their careers., alongside nontraditional benefits such as adoption assistance.

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14. Cushman & Wakefield

(Courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield)
  • Founded: 1917
  • Sector: Real estate
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 7
  • Local Employees: 758
  • Total employees: 43,000
  • cushmanwakefield.com

Cushman & Wakefield is in the midst of combining three corporate cultures, after merging with two large competitors, DTZ and Cassidy Turley, within the past few years. The management of the real estate services firm says the process is made ...Cushman & Wakefield is in the midst of combining three corporate cultures, after merging with two large competitors, DTZ and Cassidy Turley, within the past few years. The management of the real estate services firm says the process is made easier by the type of person interested in the business. "People who gravitate toward commercial real estate services are people-oriented and they get along," a company spokesperson said.

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15. ActioNet

(Courtesy of ActioNet)
  • Founded: 1998
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Vienna, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 15
  • Local Employees: 995
  • Total employees: 1,610
  • actionet.com

The government technology contractor ActioNet has 995 employees spread out across 15 D.C.-area offices and hundreds of client sites, and a flexible telecommuting ...The government technology contractor ActioNet has 995 employees spread out across 15 D.C.-area offices and hundreds of client sites, and a flexible telecommuting policy means many work from home. It can be hard to keep a sense of cohesion when workers are so spread out, but chief executive Ashley Chen says employees are pulled along by the company's collaborative feel. "The first thing people say is they feel a certain energy at ActioNet," Chen said. "They feel it's almost like a cult."

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16. Cvent

Cvent employees on the steps of the company's Tysons office. (Courtesy of Cvent)
  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Exposition and conference management software
  • Headquarters: Tysons Corner, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 658
  • Total employees: 1,900
  • cvent.com

A purveyor of online event management software, Cvent provides its employees with a robust benefits package, international travel opportunities and stock options. The company also offers free life insurance and long-term disability cove ...A purveyor of online event management software, Cvent provides its employees with a robust benefits package, international travel opportunities and stock options. The company also offers free life insurance and long-term disability coverage. Every year, employees dress up for a Halloween costume contest, and the company also holds an annual paintball tournament. As a part of its Wellness Wednesdays, Cvent held a "Paws to Relax" event in which it welcomed volunteer dogs to help employees take a mental health break. In addition, the chief executive held an appreciation dinner at his residence for more than 100 top-performing employees.

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17. ECS Federal

(Courtesy of ECS Federal)
  • Founded: 2001
  • Sector: Federal contractor
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 80
  • Local Employees: 676
  • Total employees: 1,836
  • ecs-federal.com

The government contractor has grown quickly since its founding 15 years ago. A slew of acquisitions in the past five years kept the company expanding ...The government contractor has grown quickly since its founding 15 years ago. A slew of acquisitions in the past five years kept the company expanding through tough times for federal contractors, as a slowdown in federal spending gutted revenue across the sector. "When a lot of companies were laying people off and contracts were getting a little harder to get from the government, we maintained and even grew," said June Marion, director of proposals and communications. The company has expanded to more than 35 agencies from which it makes $350 million annually. A "spot bonus" program provides an opportunity for managers to recognize extraordinary achievements by employees.

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18. DMI

DMI holds an annual grilling competition on the office balcony. (Courtesy of DMI)
  • Founded: 2002
  • Sector: Managed services and outsourcing
  • Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 71
  • Local Employees: 848
  • Total employees: 1,800
  • dminc.com

The technology company has grown quickly in its 14 years in operation, spreading to 33 offices worldwide. About two-thirds of its employees work at client sites, and not in one of ...The technology company has grown quickly in its 14 years in operation, spreading to 33 offices worldwide. About two-thirds of its employees work at client sites, and not in one of DMI's offices. But the company still shoots for a start-up vibe, with ping-pong tables, free snacks and an annual grilling competition called "tech chef." The competition is a lot more than just a potluck. Teams receive $120 a week before the competition to buy ingredients, but are surprised the day of the competition with a mystery ingredient they must incorporate into all their recipes.

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19. CACI International

(Courtesy of CACI)
  • Founded: 1962
  • Sector: Information services
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 31
  • Local Employees: 6,422
  • Total employees: 14,589
  • caci.com

The publicly traded government services contractor is a common landing point for veterans, with almost a third of the company's employees having some military experience. The company has more than 120 national and international offices answerin ...The publicly traded government services contractor is a common landing point for veterans, with almost a third of the company's employees having some military experience. The company has more than 120 national and international offices answering to its Arlington headquarters. A recent acquisition of a competing company's national security division adds 4,000 more to its ranks. According to Marjorie Bailey, CACI's executive vice president for human resources, the steady influx of new employees keeps things from becoming stagnant. "You constantly have new people with new ideas and new experiences, she said. "It creates this wonderful cognitive diversity."

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20. Comcast

Comcast chief executive Brian L. Roberts. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)
  • Founded: 1963
  • Sector: Mass Media
  • Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 35
  • Local Employees: 3,164
  • Total employees: 153,000
  • corporate.comcast.com

One of the nation's titans of telecommunications and media, Comcast has built its business on bringing cable television, Internet and phone service to houses and businesses and then buying up big media companies such as NBCUniversal. More recently, the company has been branching out into "smart home" servi ...One of the nation's titans of telecommunications and media, Comcast has built its business on bringing cable television, Internet and phone service to houses and businesses and then buying up big media companies such as NBCUniversal. More recently, the company has been branching out into "smart home" services that seek to automate a homeowner's thermostat and give them home security systems and video monitoring with the touch of a tablet. Employees receive discounted cable and Internet services, tuition reimbursement and a stock plan. The company's benefits run the gamut from fun to practical: A partnership with Fandango allows employees discounted movie tickets, and employees also can receive confidential counseling for themselves or their families.

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1. St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School

(Courtesy of St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School)
  • Founded: 1924
  • Sector: Education
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 251
  • Total employees: 255
  • SSSAS.org

St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an Episcopal-affiliated school where ab ...St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an Episcopal-affiliated school where about 250 teachers and staff members serve 1,150 students at three locations. The school has a self-described mission of "pursuing goodness as well as knowledge." Management prioritizes "extraordinary adults that love to work with kids," and keeps them around by green-lighting many of the ambitious ideas and projects they propose. School-sponsored summer grants pay for teachers to go on independent research trips. These summer grants have taken teachers as far away as Antarctica, Israel and Congo. Employees also receive perks such as complimentary lunch, complimentary weekly dinners for themselves and their families, discounts on gym memberships, chair massage days, and complimentary art and technology classes.

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2. Applied Predictive Technologies

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  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Data analytics software
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 261
  • Total employees: 365
  • predictivetechnologies.com

Applied Predictive Technologies has been a pioneer in using creative data analytics for business purposes. Data involving 20 percent of the U.S. retail economy passes through one o ...Applied Predictive Technologies has been a pioneer in using creative data analytics for business purposes. Data involving 20 percent of the U.S. retail economy passes through one of its platforms, according to company estimates. The company spent much of last year completing a $600 million buyout by Mastercard, but continues to operate as an independent unit. APT seeks to combine the entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up with the rich benefits of a larger company, paying 100 percent of employees' health insurance premiums and awarding sabbaticals to those who stick around longer than six years.

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3. Aronson

Aronson employees show their office spirit. (Courtesy of Aronson)
  • Founded: 1962
  • Sector: Accounting
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • Local Employees: 232
  • Total employees: 232
  • aronsonllc.com

Aronson provides accounting and consulting services. To keep people happy and promote a sense of community, management organiz ...Aronson provides accounting and consulting services. To keep people happy and promote a sense of community, management organizes company-wide events such as family movie nights and crab feasts. Accounting firms are known for working long hours during the busy season, but Aronson lessens the blow by giving workers a rest-and-relaxation week and finding time in which employees can work from home. "We're saying, 'We need you to work, but you don't have to go into the office anymore,' " says Dawn Bailey, director of human resources. "We're becoming more nimble and changing with the generational needs."

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4. Consumer Technology Association

CTA offers a free "boot camp" class 4 days a week. (Consumer Technology Association)
  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Trade association
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 151
  • Total employees: 151
  • cta.tech

The Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association) lobbies for thousands of the country's technology innovators, tapping market research from within its membership to provide up-to-date educational programs and technical training. The company ties its benefits program to community support. It donates to ...The Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association) lobbies for thousands of the country's technology innovators, tapping market research from within its membership to provide up-to-date educational programs and technical training. The company ties its benefits program to community support. It donates to organizations that support clean energy and waste minimization, and offers a $25,000 mortgage assistance program so that employees will be more likely to buy a house within a five-mile radius of the office. For those who have long commutes, the association subsidizes transportation costs up to $130 per month.

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5. Acclaim Technical Services

Acclaim Technical Services staff members attend a team-building event. (Courtesy of Acclaim Technical Services)
  • Founded: 2000
  • Sector: Government contractor
  • Headquarters: Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 179
  • Total employees: 179
  • acclaimtechnical.com

Acclaim Technical Services organizes around the slogan "Strength in People," and people are the company's business. U.S. intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, police precincts nationwide and ...Acclaim Technical Services organizes around the slogan "Strength in People," and people are the company's business. U.S. intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, police precincts nationwide and even some private companies pay Acclaim to supply specialized workers who provide language services and other solutions. Three years ago, the company transferred full ownership to employees, who individually hold stock in the company. Boutique contractors such as Acclaim are known for offering high-powered government work, minus the bureaucracy. "I'm working with experienced professionals, supporting a mission that I believe in, with a minimal of red tape and a whole lot of encouragement," one employee wrote in a workplace survey.

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6. ViON

ViON executives at the 35th Anniversary of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. (Courtesy of ViON)
  • Founded: 1980
  • Sector: Software service
  • Headquarters: Herndon, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 159
  • Total employees: 230
  • vion.com

The veteran-owned technology company has grown from a small product reseller into a company that provides cloud and big data management services to the military, the government and some commercial businesses. In workplace surveys, employees describe a flexible office that makes emp ...The veteran-owned technology company has grown from a small product reseller into a company that provides cloud and big data management services to the military, the government and some commercial businesses. In workplace surveys, employees describe a flexible office that makes employees feel appreciated for what they contribute.

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7. Champion Realty

(Courtesy of Champion Realty)
  • Founded: 1987
  • Sector: Real estate
  • Headquarters: Severna Park, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 7
  • Local Employees: 269
  • Total employees: 300
  • championrealty.com

The Maryland-based realty company operates under the ownership umbrella of Berkshire Hathaway, investor Warren Buffett's holding company. The company's 300 real estate agents sell properties up and down Maryland ...The Maryland-based realty company operates under the ownership umbrella of Berkshire Hathaway, investor Warren Buffett's holding company. The company's 300 real estate agents sell properties up and down Maryland's Eastern Shore from eight real estate offices.

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8. National Cooperative Bank

NCB staffers celebrate the 2014 Top Workplaces. (Courtesy of National Cooperative Bank)
  • Founded: 1978
  • Sector: Financial services and insurance
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 192
  • Total employees: 330
  • ncb.coop

National Cooperative Bank seeks to set itself apart by supporting socially conscious ventures such housing cooperatives, community associations, business cooperatives and enterprises that serve low-income communities. The bank tries to take care of its employees by giving them a comprehensi ...National Cooperative Bank seeks to set itself apart by supporting socially conscious ventures such housing cooperatives, community associations, business cooperatives and enterprises that serve low-income communities. The bank tries to take care of its employees by giving them a comprehensive benefits package covering maternity, paternity and adoption leave, and even hands out $5,000 to those who adopt a child. Every year the bank sponsors a retreat where employees nationally come together to celebrate accomplishments and plot strategy. After the session, staff members assemble 20 bicycles and adorn them with teddy bears to give to underserved children.

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9. Walker & Dunlop

(Courtesy of Walker & Dunlop)
  • Founded: 1937
  • Sector: Real estate investment
  • Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 172
  • Total employees: 502
  • walkerdunlop.com

Walker & Dunlop has a long history of offering commercial real estate financing, but the past decade has been a watershed. The company grew from a small regional firm into a nationally competitive ...Walker & Dunlop has a long history of offering commercial real estate financing, but the past decade has been a watershed. The company grew from a small regional firm into a nationally competitive, publicly traded company with 22 national offices answering to its headquarters in Bethesda. More recently, the company has been adding sales-brokerage services, buying Engler Financial Group, a Georgia real estate firm that finances apartment buildings across the southeast. Walker & Dunlop complements its profit-bearing real estate work with charitable activities designed to reduce homelessness, and has donated more than $160,000 to charities that focus on housing.

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10. Kelley Drye & Warren

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  • Founded: 1896
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 208
  • Total employees: 625
  • kelleydrye.com

Kelley Drye & Warren has been around for almost two centuries, and now has more than 300 lawyers practicing in seven cities. To give young lawyers a chance to learn, the firm holds a series of brown ...Kelley Drye & Warren has been around for almost two centuries, and now has more than 300 lawyers practicing in seven cities. To give young lawyers a chance to learn, the firm holds a series of brown-bag talks and trainings each month. In surveys, employees speak of long hours and tough deadlines, but also of nurturing colleagues who make it easy to succeed. "There are no limits other than the ones I might impose upon myself," one employee wrote. Plus the benefits are great: After a year at the company, attorneys can get four months of parental leave, and fathers can get one month of paternity leave. And those taking advantage of flexible work schedules are not necessarily held back. Kelley Drye's D.C. managing partner Kathy Cannon was working part-time when she was originally appointed partner.

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11. Choptank Transport

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  • Founded: 2000
  • Sector: Distribution, logistics and freight
  • Headquarters: Preston, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 188
  • Total employees: 230
  • choptanktransport.com

Choptank got its start in 2000 by shipping produce for local farmers on Maryland's Eastern Shore, before growing into a national firm that provides logistics for truckers. Today the company has about 300 employees nationally, all managed from it ...Choptank got its start in 2000 by shipping produce for local farmers on Maryland's Eastern Shore, before growing into a national firm that provides logistics for truckers. Today the company has about 300 employees nationally, all managed from its headquarters in Preston, Md., a small town adjacent to the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore.

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12. Bates White Economic Consulting

Managing partner Charlie Mullin gets a surprise. (Courtesy of Bates White)
  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Economic consulting
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 185
  • Total employees: 191
  • bateswhite.com

Bates White provides economic, statistical and other forms of quantitative analysis to help organizations solve problems. Law firms, government agencies and corporations hire the company's consul ...Bates White provides economic, statistical and other forms of quantitative analysis to help organizations solve problems. Law firms, government agencies and corporations hire the company's consultants to bring weight to arguments made during complex litigation. The company holds several team-building competitions throughout the year. One challenges teams of employees to build a structure out of K'nex or Legos, then write down directions on how to replicate the design to see if others can duplicate the feat.

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13. Carfax

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  • Founded: 1986
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Centreville, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 332
  • Total employees: 701
  • carfax.com

Carfax runs an online listing for information about used cars. Management tries to empower employees by giving them ownership over their ...Carfax runs an online listing for information about used cars. Management tries to empower employees by giving them ownership over their work. "We really push decision making and the ability to act to the people who are trying to get the job done. Our staff enjoy a great deal of autonomy," said Beatrice Barry, Carfax's employee engagement specialist. A new dog-friendly lease with an in-office dog park keeps the place laid-back, and perks such as Fitbit reimbursements as well as domestic-partner benefits sweeten the deal.

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14. Excella Consulting

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  • Founded: 2001
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 159
  • Total employees: 159
  • excella.com

The software development and consulting firm sets itself apart as a workplace by using staff input to formulate its benefits strategy. The company's "Flexcellion" policy allows for a range of employee-chosen ...The software development and consulting firm sets itself apart as a workplace by using staff input to formulate its benefits strategy. The company's "Flexcellion" policy allows for a range of employee-chosen work schedules, and the company offers a $3,000 laptop subsidy for the technologically inclined. It also offers benefits based on employees' performance. The company has an in-house rock band that placed second in Fortune Magazine's 2013 Corporate Battle of the Bands competition.

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15. Alarm.com

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  • Founded: 2000
  • Sector: Smart Home Technology
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 296
  • Total employees: 450
  • alarm.com

Alarm.com is a publicly traded company that sells remotely monitored home securi ...Alarm.com is a publicly traded company that sells remotely monitored home security systems to more than 1 million people. The company's new Tysons Corner office building has four open floors with spaces designed for collaboration across departments. Exercise desks are interspersed throughout the office, making it easy to stay in shape.

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16. United Therapeutics

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  • Founded: 1996
  • Sector: Biotechnology
  • Headquarters: Silver Spring, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 195
  • Total employees: 728
  • unither.com

The biotechnology company United Therapeutics was founded 20 years ago by Martine Rothblatt, a former telecommunications executive who founded Sirius Radio. Among other benefits, the company offers a wellness program featuring a f ...The biotechnology company United Therapeutics was founded 20 years ago by Martine Rothblatt, a former telecommunications executive who founded Sirius Radio. Among other benefits, the company offers a wellness program featuring a four-week meditation class. Employees can take advantage of a full-service coffee and smoothie bar with complimentary healthful snacks, and they have access to a Wii and Xbox station and ping-pong, pool and foosball tables during the day.

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17. Praxis Engineering Technologies

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  • Founded: 2002
  • Sector: Software Systems and Engineering
  • Headquarters: Annapolis Junction, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 290
  • Total employees: 290
  • praxiseng.com

The engineering, consulting and technology firm offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a reward of up to $10,000 for helping refer new hires. It also finds unusual ways to give back to the community. Each winter, em ...The engineering, consulting and technology firm offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a reward of up to $10,000 for helping refer new hires. It also finds unusual ways to give back to the community. Each winter, employees participate in a Polar Bear Plunge, in which they jump into the frozen Chesapeake Bay to raise money for the Special Olympics. The company also has two annual gold outings in Maryland and Virginia that raise money for charitable causes.

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18. Appian

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  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Enterprise software
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 388
  • Total employees: 600
  • appian.com

The upstart, which has created a platform to manage business processes, has been around for only a few years, but it's already valued at more than $1 billion by investors. Management strives to create an atmosphere in which merit takes the day. ...The upstart, which has created a platform to manage business processes, has been around for only a few years, but it's already valued at more than $1 billion by investors. Management strives to create an atmosphere in which merit takes the day. "Every employee at Appian has the right to amaze; to amaze their peers, supervisors, executives of the company," said Ben Farrell, a company spokesman. "At Appian, the best idea wins, and it doesn't matter whose idea that is."

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19. Buchanan & Edwards

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  • Founded: 1998
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 274
  • Total employees: 277
  • buchanan-edwards.com

The management consultancy and technology services provider works with a variety of government agencies, as well as a handful of corporate partners. The company has cash "wellness incentives" up to $600 for individuals and ...The management consultancy and technology services provider works with a variety of government agencies, as well as a handful of corporate partners. The company has cash "wellness incentives" up to $600 for individuals and $1,500 for families. After 10 years at the company, employees can take a sabbatical to give them a little extra time off.

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20. So Others Might Eat

SOME employees at a staff retreat. (Courtesy of So Others Might Eat)
  • Founded: 1970
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 31
  • Local Employees: 319
  • Total employees: 350
  • some.org

SOME is a nonprofit organization that aims to help homeless people reach self-sufficiency and independence. Regular get-togethers, including a chili cook-off in the fall and a summe ...SOME is a nonprofit organization that aims to help homeless people reach self-sufficiency and independence. Regular get-togethers, including a chili cook-off in the fall and a summer picnic in July, give employees a place to bond outside work. The organization's president, John Adams, a Catholic priest who once carried the Olympic torch, makes a point to give all employees a card on their birthday.

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21. NES Associates

NES employees at a company outing. (Courtesy of NES Associates)
  • Founded: 2006
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 364
  • Total employees: 486
  • nesassociates.com

NES Associates provides a range of network engineering and information technology services. Since its founding in 2006 with just six employees, the company now has a ...NES Associates provides a range of network engineering and information technology services. Since its founding in 2006 with just six employees, the company now has a workforce of about 500 on the heels of some big federal contract wins. To encourage employees to extend their influence beyond the office walls, the company offers $2,500 bonuses for published work and speaking engagements.

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22. SMS Data Products Group

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  • Founded: 1976
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 268
  • Total employees: 340
  • sms.com

SMS Data Products Group does IT work for the federal government. Everyone in the office gets four free Washington Nationals tickets to use ...SMS Data Products Group does IT work for the federal government. Everyone in the office gets four free Washington Nationals tickets to use throughout the year, making baseball a popular meeting point outside the office. In workplace surveys, employees speak of a work-hard, play-hard culture in which the work is challenging but intellectually stimulating. The culture seems to pay off in terms of retention: The average length of service for all employees is seven years, while the average tenure of all members of the management team is more thanf 20 years.

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23. Delta Resources

Employees gather at a 2014 get-together in Leesburg, Va. (Courtesy of Delta Resources)
  • Founded: 2000
  • Sector: Federal contractor
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 290
  • Total employees: 292
  • deltaresources.com

Delta Resources is a government technology contractor that is part of a dwindling and elite group of companies: those that have made The Washington Post's Top Workplaces list three years running. In company-wide surveys, employees consistently say the opportunity to su ...Delta Resources is a government technology contractor that is part of a dwindling and elite group of companies: those that have made The Washington Post's Top Workplaces list three years running. In company-wide surveys, employees consistently say the opportunity to support active-duty troops keeps them going. They also praise the company's tight-knit social environment. "I spend more waking hours with the people I work with than I do my own family," one employee wrote. "So it is important for my happiness that I have a good relationship with them, and I do!"

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24. The Container Store

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  • Founded: 1978
  • Sector: Retail
  • Headquarters: Coppell, Tex.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 5
  • Local Employees: 236
  • Total employees: 5,000
  • containerstore.com

When the first Container Store opened in 1978 in Dallas, many wondered whether a store could make it in a competitive retail market selling only empty containers. But over the next three decades, the store grew into a national chain tha ...When the first Container Store opened in 1978 in Dallas, many wondered whether a store could make it in a competitive retail market selling only empty containers. But over the next three decades, the store grew into a national chain that now includes five D.C. area locations offering just about anything that can be used to store something. Employees receive a 40 percent discount on store products, and generous vacation leave among other benefits.

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25. Redfin

Redfin employees volunteering at Capital Area Food Bank. (Courtesy of Redfin)
  • Founded: 2004
  • Sector: Real estate
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Wash.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 162
  • Total employees: 1,500
  • redfin.com

The real estate start-up uses technology to automate many aspects of the brokerage process. In January, the whole firm gathered at Disneyland for an annual meeting c ...The real estate start-up uses technology to automate many aspects of the brokerage process. In January, the whole firm gathered at Disneyland for an annual meeting called "Redferno" that gives employees a chance to meet their counterparts from elsewhere. For full-time agents, Redfin pays all professional dues and real estate licensing fees and covers all mandated continuing-education courses. It also reimburses employees for the mileage they travel for work, and employees buying or selling homes through Redfin get a 20 percent discount on commissions and listing fees.

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26. NFM Lending

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  • Founded: 1998
  • Sector: Mortgage Lending
  • Headquarters: Linthicum Heights, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 7
  • Local Employees: 186
  • Total employees: 340
  • nfmlending.com

Since its founding in 1998, NFM Lending has grown quickly from a boutique family-owned mortgage broker founded by a husband and wife to a lender with national reach. Just seven of NFM's 43 branches are in the Washington area, and the compa ...Since its founding in 1998, NFM Lending has grown quickly from a boutique family-owned mortgage broker founded by a husband and wife to a lender with national reach. Just seven of NFM's 43 branches are in the Washington area, and the company operates in 27 states. Celebrations abounded in September when NFM's first employees reached their 15th year at the company. The company has managed to retain a homey feel despite its growth. NFM's president walks the floor every day and greets people by name. And the corporate office cares for two rescue cats, Tabby and Refi, which NFM considers part of the family.

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27. Knight Point Systems

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  • Founded: 2005
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 164
  • Total employees: 246
  • knightpoint.com

Knight Point Systems is a technology company that does work for the government, but it's far from your typical beltway contractor. The company was founded by four life-long friends who had worked together ...Knight Point Systems is a technology company that does work for the government, but it's far from your typical beltway contractor. The company was founded by four life-long friends who had worked together at a previous company. According to human resource manager Rich Cable, they got tired of working at a place where salespeople got fired for not meeting their numbers, so they left and started their own firm around what Cable calls a sense of healthy competition. "It's just a winning attitude, he says. "Everyone expects to do well, but anytime you're challenged you come out on the other side better."

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28. Cotton & Co.

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  • Founded: 1981
  • Sector: Federal contractor
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 179
  • Total employees: 185
  • cottoncpa.com/

Cotton & Co. provides financial and IT auditing for the federal government, focusing o ...Cotton & Co. provides financial and IT auditing for the federal government, focusing on management consulting, fraud risk, forensic accounting, and a variety of other services targeting government efficiency and accountability. The company shoots for long-standing relationships over quick hits, promoting trust as a selling point with clients.

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29. Attain

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  • Founded: 2009
  • Sector: Federal contractor
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 180
  • Total employees: 320
  • attain.com

The consultancy focuses on technology, management and strategy. Marketing documents describe a "culture of intention" and taking delibera ...The consultancy focuses on technology, management and strategy. Marketing documents describe a "culture of intention" and taking deliberate steps in the work. A quarterly awards program called the "Attain Way Achievement Award" gives some top performers $500 prizes in a competition based on employee nominations. Attain's size of somewhere between small and large gives employees the best of both worlds. "The company is small enough for me to have a close relationship with my co-workers, but organized enough to offer competitive benefits," one employee said in a company-wide survey.

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30. Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

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  • Founded: 1970
  • Sector: Education
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 258
  • Total employees: 258
  • carlosrosario.org

The District-based adult education school has garnered national accolades for its work in immigrant education, serving 2,500 students annually from 85 countries, including pupils who speak 40 languages and range in age from 17 to 84. Last year, the school got a visit from Prince Charles on his way through ...The District-based adult education school has garnered national accolades for its work in immigrant education, serving 2,500 students annually from 85 countries, including pupils who speak 40 languages and range in age from 17 to 84. Last year, the school got a visit from Prince Charles on his way through the District, as well as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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31. Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

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  • Founded: 1978
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 378
  • Total employees: 379
  • skgf.com

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is a law firm that has a 35-year record of cases focused on intellectual property, whether it is building and enforcing worldwide IP portfolios, prosecuting trademark and patent applications, or advising firms. The firm gives back to the community by lending its skills to the less fo ...Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is a law firm that has a 35-year record of cases focused on intellectual property, whether it is building and enforcing worldwide IP portfolios, prosecuting trademark and patent applications, or advising firms. The firm gives back to the community by lending its skills to the less fortunate, operating a pro bono practice that focuses on the intersection between intellectual property and human rights. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, one staff favorite is an in-house barista bar that offers hot and cold specialty drinks for no charge throughout the business day.

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32. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

ASHP employees at a recruiting event. (Courtesy of ASHP)
  • Founded: 1942
  • Sector: Trade association
  • Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 180
  • Total employees: 220
  • ashp.org

ASHP represents more than 40,000 pharmacists and trainees nationwide. Employees get $5,250 annually to put toward tuition, along with more crea ...ASHP represents more than 40,000 pharmacists and trainees nationwide. Employees get $5,250 annually to put toward tuition, along with more creative benefits such as on-site yoga. About half of the association's staff members have been around longer than 10 years. The association has a "green committee" that is involved in Adopt-a-Highway, cleanup of local parks and paths, community events and more.

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33. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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  • Founded: 1925
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 285
  • Total employees: 285
  • asha.org

ASHA certifies, and lobbies on behalf of, the nation's audiologists, speech therapists and a range of other specialists. The association has self-funded benefits for the first time as of 2015. I ...ASHA certifies, and lobbies on behalf of, the nation's audiologists, speech therapists and a range of other specialists. The association has self-funded benefits for the first time as of 2015. It offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a generous amount of paid time off, income protection benefits, high-end health and dental coverage, retirement benefits, and wellness benefits such as three onsite exercise classes daily. It also has a small "success sharing" budget so that employees receive a monetary reward if the association meets its annual goals.

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34. Integrity Applications Inc.

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  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Headquarters: Chantilly, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 386
  • Total employees: 657
  • integrity-apps.com

Known as IAI, the veteran-owned military contractor designs products for the nation's intelligence community. The firm looks for new hires with well-established reputations within the ...Known as IAI, the veteran-owned military contractor designs products for the nation's intelligence community. The firm looks for new hires with well-established reputations within the intelligence community, helping the firm translate its engineering and software services for direct use in military information-gathering. Employees receive traditional benefits such as matching contributions to 401(k) plans in addition to rarer offerings that cover behavioral health, disabilities and fertility treatment. As of summer 2015, a stock ownership plan allows employees to have a financial stake in the company.

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35. Edelman Financial Services

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  • Founded: 1987
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 7
  • Local Employees: 275
  • Total employees: 495
  • edelmanfinancial.com

The financial planning firm has been around for more than three decades. The company has regular ice cream socials termed "glop day" for mounds of ...The financial planning firm has been around for more than three decades. The company has regular ice cream socials termed "glop day" for mounds of available toppings. Training sessions cover topics such as client services, time management, "3 signs of a miserable job" and "death by meeting." In survey responses, Edelman employees say they are challenged, but they speak of meaningful appreciation from clients and co-workers. "I feel that I am genuinely improving people's lives, my work is highly valued and I am always treated as an equal by co-workers and management," one employee wrote.

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36. Modus Hotels

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  • Founded: 1979
  • Sector: Hospitality, entertainment, recreation and travel
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 6
  • Local Employees: 253
  • Total employees: 400
  • modushotels.com

Modus Hotels is a District-based hotel management firm that owns and operates hotels throughout the region. The company says it tries to create a workplace culture of "understanding ...Modus Hotels is a District-based hotel management firm that owns and operates hotels throughout the region. The company says it tries to create a workplace culture of "understanding and respect," built around employees who think for themselves. Conrad Cafritz, chairman and founder of Modus Hotels, formed the company in the late 1970s around the idea of transforming apartment buildings into residential-style hotels.

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37. Blue Canopy Group

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  • Founded: 2001
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 15
  • Local Employees: 323
  • Total employees: 400
  • bluecanopy.com

Blue Canopy Group is a technology services firm, but it's not your typical government contractor. The company has an in-house rock band, and regular brainstorming sessions ...Blue Canopy Group is a technology services firm, but it's not your typical government contractor. The company has an in-house rock band, and regular brainstorming sessions that involve the entire staff of the corporate headquarters. They get together on holidays for all manner of fun events: A Halloween costume contest and a Veterans Day paintball tournament raised money for various veterans' causes.

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38. Iron Bow Technologies

Iron Bow employees convene at a sales conference. (Courtesy of Iron Bow)
  • Founded: 1983
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Chantilly, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 251
  • Total employees: 357
  • ironbow.com

The information technology contractor provides services for the defense and intelligence communities, among others. Last year, the company picked some of its highest-performing employees an ...The information technology contractor provides services for the defense and intelligence communities, among others. Last year, the company picked some of its highest-performing employees and gave them paid trips as part of a "bucket list" awards program. A healthy benefits package includes maternity, paternity and grandparent leave benefits. Yoga and meditation classes are held at the company's corporate headquarters.

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39. Ambit Group

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  • Founded: 2004
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 166
  • Total employees: 175
  • theambitgroup.com

The Ambit Group is a privately owned consulting group. The company encourages people to move from entry-level jobs to leadership ...The Ambit Group is a privately owned consulting group. The company encourages people to move from entry-level jobs to leadership or technical roles by establishing a "career map." A company-wide license with online course provider Skillsoft gives employees a wide range of resources for professional development. A tuition-reimbursement program offers each employee as much as $1,500 per year, and workers are eligible for a $1,000 bonus if they successfully refer new employees to the firm.

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40. Tenable Network Security

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  • Founded: 2002
  • Sector: Information security
  • Headquarters: Columbia, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 332
  • Total employees: 615
  • tenable.com

The cybersecurity firm provides services to protect some of the world's most sensitive data sources. Chief executive Ron Gula serves on the advisory board of the Maryland Cyb ...The cybersecurity firm provides services to protect some of the world's most sensitive data sources. Chief executive Ron Gula serves on the advisory board of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, working jointly with industry and government to develop educational programs for the next generation of cyber professionals. And the rest of the office is similarly invested in the field. Tenable's employees raised $60,000 in a 5K benefit for science, engineering, technology and mathematics scholarships. The company's data security products are employed by the Pentagon, nonprofit organizations and some of the world's largest corporations.

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41. McCormick Paint Works

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  • Founded: 1960
  • Sector: Retail
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 191
  • Total employees: 191
  • mccormickpaints.com

McCormick Paint Works manufactures paint at a factory in Rockville, and sells it to retailers from a distribution center in nearby Frederick. It's one of several family-owned businesses among this year's Top Workpla ...McCormick Paint Works manufactures paint at a factory in Rockville, and sells it to retailers from a distribution center in nearby Frederick. It's one of several family-owned businesses among this year's Top Workplaces, and it has a 4:30 p.m. closing time that makes it easy for employees to be with their families. A broader focus on work-life balance means employees are apt to stick around. The average tenure at McCormick is 10 years, and a fifth of the company's employees have worked there 20 years.

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42. Avendra

Employees gather for an off-site activity. (Courtesy of Avendra)
  • Founded: 2001
  • Sector: Services
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 204
  • Total employees: 280
  • avendra.com

Avendra was formed 15 years ago as a joint venture of four competing hospitality companies: Marriott, Hyatt, Fairmont Hotels and ClubCorp. Avendra is a privately owned procurement services company with just over ...Avendra was formed 15 years ago as a joint venture of four competing hospitality companies: Marriott, Hyatt, Fairmont Hotels and ClubCorp. Avendra is a privately owned procurement services company with just over 200 employees working primarily out of its Rockville headquarters. An acquisition last year brought a California office under the company's fold. Avendra's benefits offerings feed right into its business supplying hospitality chains. Employees can get discounts on home appliances, computers, mattresses, bedding, fitness equipment, televisions and other items offered through the company's procurement service.

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43. A. Morton Thomas and Associates

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  • Founded: 1955
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 5
  • Local Employees: 230
  • Total employees: 420
  • amtengineering.com

A. Morton Thomas is a private consultancy that handles construction-based en ...A. Morton Thomas is a private consultancy that handles construction-based engineering, landscape architecture and much in between. AMT shoots for a more intimate and personable office feel than some of its larger competitors. "Larger companies seem to lose track of the work force," one employee wrote in a survey. AMT "provides a stable, consistent framework of people who stay connected and offer solutions."

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44. WeddingWire

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  • Founded: 2007
  • Sector: Wedding services
  • Headquarters: Chevy Chase, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 356
  • Total employees: 765
  • weddingwire.com

WeddingWire is a technology company that brings innovation to a process that can cause a lot of stress: wedding planning. The young company has grown by leaps and bounds since its founding nine y ...WeddingWire is a technology company that brings innovation to a process that can cause a lot of stress: wedding planning. The young company has grown by leaps and bounds since its founding nine years ago, but still has all the trappings of a high-energy start-up. Breakfast is catered every day. Employees can let off steam in the company game room and meditation room. There's even an in-house speakeasy, with proceeds going to charity.

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45. CustomInk

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  • Founded: 2000
  • Sector: Retail
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 481
  • Total employees: 1,488
  • customink.com

CustomInk provides custom apparel online for small groups and anyone else, and it recently announced a new sponsorship platform to help small groups raise money. The 480 employees -- known as "Inkers" -- at the company's headquarters i ...CustomInk provides custom apparel online for small groups and anyone else, and it recently announced a new sponsorship platform to help small groups raise money. The 480 employees -- known as "Inkers" -- at the company's headquarters in the Mosaic District of Fairfax enjoy free catered lunches and on-site frozen yogurt machines. The company's medical benefits cover 99 percent of employees' health-care costs, and it is looking into adding fertility and adoption benefits. In recent months, the company started InkyU, a learning platform that combines classroom learning and independent study through a variety of online resources and "Inkternships."

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46. Perkins Coie

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  • Founded: 1919
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Wash.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 204
  • Total employees: 2,213
  • perkinscoie.com

Perkins Coie is among the largest law firms in the United States by headcount, and has gained a reputation for taking care of its employees. It was honored by Working Mother and Flex Time Lawyers, an industry publi ...Perkins Coie is among the largest law firms in the United States by headcount, and has gained a reputation for taking care of its employees. It was honored by Working Mother and Flex Time Lawyers, an industry publication and a consultancy, respectively, as one of the best firms for women. Perkins Coie also won an accolade from AARP, which named it one of the best employers for people older than 50.

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47. Rapid Financial Services

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  • Founded: 2005
  • Sector: Small Business Lending
  • Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 152
  • Total employees: 187
  • rapidadvance.com

Rapid Financial Services works to fill an important gap in the U.S. economy: providing loans of up to $500,000 for small businesses that ne ...Rapid Financial Services works to fill an important gap in the U.S. economy: providing loans of up to $500,000 for small businesses that need cash to expand. In workplace surveys, employees speak of a tight-knit feel that mirrors the culture of many of the small businesses the company lends to. Rapid Financial Services "allows me to work with clients of all walks [of life], and everyone here is like a family member," one employee wrote.

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48. Mary's Center

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  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 453
  • Total employees: 465
  • maryscenter.org

The nonprofit organization has four offices in the Washington area and provides a range of direct health-care services, with employees running the gamut from social workers to doctors to dentists. "With medical professionals, they could go anywhere and make probably twi ...The nonprofit organization has four offices in the Washington area and provides a range of direct health-care services, with employees running the gamut from social workers to doctors to dentists. "With medical professionals, they could go anywhere and make probably twice as much," Human Resources Director Carlos Marroquin said. "But they do it because they want to give back to the community and they believe in what we're doing here." Marroquin says he trusts the organization to such an extent that he takes his children to Mary's Center's dentists, although he could take them to a private practice.

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49. LGS Innovations

LGS team members at work. (Courtesy of LGS Innovations)
  • Founded: 2007
  • Sector: Telecommunications and Network Services
  • Headquarters: Herndon, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 158
  • Total employees: 1,000
  • lgsinnovations.com

As a government technology contractor with roots in AT&T's Bell Labs, LGS is all about solving problems. It looks for employees who are motivated by creative problem-solving, "ge ...As a government technology contractor with roots in AT&T's Bell Labs, LGS is all about solving problems. It looks for employees who are motivated by creative problem-solving, "getting to the left of the solution," as chief executive Kevin Kelly puts it. In keeping employees satisfied, Kelly talks about "feeding the geek": finding what individual employees are passionate about and feeding that interest over time. Commitment to the company's broader mission follows from there, Kelly says. "Everybody from the chairman of the company downward is intensely focused on the mission and solving our government's problems," he said.

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50. Novavax

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  • Founded: 1987
  • Sector: Biotechnology
  • Headquarters: Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 416
  • Total employees: 416
  • novavax.com

Novavax is a biotechnology company that develops vaccines to preempt some of the nastiest and fastest-moving infectious diseases. The company is working on vaccines to combat influenza, rabies, a virus t ...Novavax is a biotechnology company that develops vaccines to preempt some of the nastiest and fastest-moving infectious diseases. The company is working on vaccines to combat influenza, rabies, a virus that causes respiratory-tract infections and more. To build the right team of researchers, chief executive Stanley Erck interviews job applicants before they are offered a position. Those who work at least 30 hours per week receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes dental and vision insurance. Novavax also allows employees to buy stock in the company at a discount.

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51. BuckleySandler

Employees get their hands dirty at a volunteer event. (Courtesy of BuckleySandler)
  • Founded: 2009
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 190
  • Total employees: 253
  • buckleysandler.com

The law firm specializes in financial services and has more than 150 lawyers working out of five offices internationally. The firm was formed in 2009 by a group of lawyers leaving bigger firms, a ...The law firm specializes in financial services and has more than 150 lawyers working out of five offices internationally. The firm was formed in 2009 by a group of lawyers leaving bigger firms, and its leaders say employees continue to come for the culture. The firm also recruits from its counterparts in government, including a former attorney general of Maryland, and government enforcement lawyers from agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. To give employees an alternative to get to the office, BuckleySandler offers free access to Capital Bikeshare.

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52. Gensler

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  • Founded: 1982
  • Sector: Architecture, interior and brand design
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 342
  • Total employees: 5,100
  • gensler.com

Gensler is a design, architecture and planning firm that shoots for both local touch and global reach. Architects in the company's K Street office in Washington work on project ...Gensler is a design, architecture and planning firm that shoots for both local touch and global reach. Architects in the company's K Street office in Washington work on projects as far away as Shanghai. The company is in the process of expanding the scope of its work; in Washington, it most recently added a practice that focuses on the residential market. The firm has more than doubled its international reach.

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53. Systems Planning and Analysis

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  • Founded: 1972
  • Sector: Professional services
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 349
  • Total employees: 420
  • spa.com

Since its founding, the defense contractor has added its employees the old-fashioned way -- hiring them one by one -- rather than acquiring smaller offices or merging with competitors. The company was steered for more than 40 years by founder Phillip Lantz, ...Since its founding, the defense contractor has added its employees the old-fashioned way -- hiring them one by one -- rather than acquiring smaller offices or merging with competitors. The company was steered for more than 40 years by founder Phillip Lantz, who recently handed the torch to a new chief executive, Dr. William L. Vantine.

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54. Bethesda Country Club

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  • Founded: 1947
  • Sector: Hospitality
  • Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 164
  • Total employees: 165
  • bethesdacountryclub.org

Aside from its status as a mainstay for suburban Maryland's political and business elite, the Bethesda Country Club provides stable jobs to about 165 people. Employees receive complimentary meals five days a week in the club's empl ...Aside from its status as a mainstay for suburban Maryland's political and business elite, the Bethesda Country Club provides stable jobs to about 165 people. Employees receive complimentary meals five days a week in the club's employee dining room. The club also likes to support entry-level employees who want to move into leadership roles. A workplace book club brings employees together each month to discuss leadership philosophy based on lessons from the books they read.

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55. Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

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  • Founded: 1976
  • Sector: Hospitality
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 450
  • Total employees: 450
  • washingtonregency.hyatt.com

The hotel sits a few blocks north of Union Station. In workplace surveys, employees speak of supportive managers, solid benef ...The hotel sits a few blocks north of Union Station. In workplace surveys, employees speak of supportive managers, solid benefits and the freedom to move forward in the company. "Our employees don't leave easily," says human resource manager Nathalie Rytting. Rytting keeps people around by helping them pay for college; even part-timers can get up to $1,000 worth of tuition reimbursed.

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56. Privia Health

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  • Founded: 2008
  • Sector: Practice Management
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 216
  • Total employees: 410
  • priviahealth.com

Privia Health builds tech-fueled medical practice groups. Its commitment to company culture is apparent in its hiring choices: Most ...Privia Health builds tech-fueled medical practice groups. Its commitment to company culture is apparent in its hiring choices: Most companies wait until they have a few hundred employees to invest in a human resources staff, but Privia hired an HR manager with just 12. It uses behavioral testing as a part of its recruiting process to help gauge people's motivation and drive before they get in the door, and uses similar processes to figure out how different teams within the organization work with one another. Privia is growing quickly with the help of a $400 million cash infusion in 2014 from a private equity firm.

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57. Community of Hope

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  • Founded: 1980
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 6
  • Local Employees: 176
  • Total employees: 180
  • communityofhopedc.org

The 36-year-old nonprofit organization helps the District's low-income residents and homeless families. Its $19 million annual budget supports 185 employees who benefit from a y ...The 36-year-old nonprofit organization helps the District's low-income residents and homeless families. Its $19 million annual budget supports 185 employees who benefit from a yearly performance-based salary raise program. In a workplace survey, employees speak of a service-driven culture with built-in flexibility that prevents red tape from getting in the way. "Community of Hope is always open to new ideas and willing to try new procedures to make things work," one employee wrote.

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58. Emmes

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  • Founded: 1977
  • Sector: Biotechnology
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 494
  • Total employees: 494
  • secure.emmes.com/emmesweb

Emmes's business is carrying out clinical trials and research projects for government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. That means its employees tend to be motivated first and foremost by a lov ...Emmes's business is carrying out clinical trials and research projects for government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. That means its employees tend to be motivated first and foremost by a love of science. Emmes does a lot of work with the National Institutes of Health, and the company's management makes it easy for employees to move from one project to the next as their interests change. Chief executive Anne Lindblad says there have been cases in which the company has turned down business because no one was willing to champion the work.

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59. CA Technologies

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  • Founded: 1976
  • Sector: Enterprise software
  • Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 307
  • Total employees: 11,077
  • ca.com

CA Technologies is a midsize publicly traded software firm with headquarters in New York and just over 300 Washington area employees. The company's local office shoots for a small-company feel, with a game r ...CA Technologies is a midsize publicly traded software firm with headquarters in New York and just over 300 Washington area employees. The company's local office shoots for a small-company feel, with a game room featuring ping-pong tables and video games. A state-of-the-art fitness center makes it easy to stay in shape, and about a third of the company's employees participate in a work-from-home program.

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60. Phase One Consulting Group

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  • Founded: 1997
  • Sector: Enterprise software
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 151
  • Total employees: 160
  • pocg.com

Phase One provides cybersecurity and IT services and solutions. The company holds "social salesforce" Fridays to keep employees updated o ...Phase One provides cybersecurity and IT services and solutions. The company holds "social salesforce" Fridays to keep employees updated on emerging trends in technology and business, and offers a generous telecommuting policy that makes it easy to work from home. The company makes it possible for employees to get certifications, increasingly important in the world of government IT, free of cost.

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1. Falken Industries

A Falken security guard surveys the grounds at a client site. (Courtesy of Falken Industries)
  • Founded: 2003
  • Sector: Security and protection
  • Headquarters: Manassas, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 60
  • Local Employees: 70
  • Total employees: 120
  • falken.us

Most of Falken's employees are veterans who have recently returned home. The company sells security guard services for government and commercial b ...Most of Falken's employees are veterans who have recently returned home. The company sells security guard services for government and commercial buildings, and typically functions as a transition point for veterans who eventually will move on to something else. "Usually this is their first civilian job out of the military," chief executive Robert Ord said. "We've structured the entire company around that transitioning force." Some come to the company in dire situations, but Ord finds ways to make it work. He says he has had many employees who were homeless when he hired them. He let one veteran live at the office after learning he had no place to stay. For those pursuing a degree, it's usually okay to study on the job, Ord says. And a lot of people come back after they find employment elsewhere, earning extra money as a security guard a few nights a week to supplement a full-time career.

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2. Moss Building and Design

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  • Founded: 2001
  • Sector: Construction
  • Headquarters: Chantilly, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 77
  • Total employees: 77
  • mossbuildinganddesign.com

Moss Building and Design is known around Northern Virginia for household additions and remodeling, including kitchens, bathrooms and basements. It supports the community through about 30 local sponsorships and a "Hand ...Moss Building and Design is known around Northern Virginia for household additions and remodeling, including kitchens, bathrooms and basements. It supports the community through about 30 local sponsorships and a "HandyMom101" program that teaches women how to update their homes by themselves.

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3. Studio Bleu Dance Center

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  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Adult and Youth Dance Education
  • Headquarters: Ashburn, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 62
  • Total employees: 62
  • danceashburn.com

Studio Bleu Dance Center has risen to prominence among national dance studios under the leadership of owner Kim Rishi, who says she tries to run the studio like a family, catering meals for the office each day of the week. The hours are long, but the chance at a career in dance is enough to keep ...Studio Bleu Dance Center has risen to prominence among national dance studios under the leadership of owner Kim Rishi, who says she tries to run the studio like a family, catering meals for the office each day of the week. The hours are long, but the chance at a career in dance is enough to keep the place moving year after year, Rishi says.

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4. Progressions Salon

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  • Founded: 1984
  • Sector: Personal Care
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 57
  • Total employees: 58
  • progressions.com

Communicating with a diverse group of customers is important for a spa. The 58 employees at Progressions Salon in Rockville speak seven languages ...Communicating with a diverse group of customers is important for a spa. The 58 employees at Progressions Salon in Rockville speak seven languages among them, including Russian, Cantonese and American Sign Language. They rally around the motto "Take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of this place." New employees are assigned "coaches" to help them learn their craft and work through tough situations.

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5. Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis partners at their D.C. office. (Jeffrey MacMillan)
  • Founded: 1998
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 67
  • Total employees: 70
  • hwglaw.com

The boutique law firm prides itself on a culture that makes people feel at home. The company started as a telecommunications and technology law firm, but ...The boutique law firm prides itself on a culture that makes people feel at home. The company started as a telecommunications and technology law firm, but gradually expanded to handle matters such as criminal defense, government investigations and complex civil litigation. The firm's current and former employees get together at regular events including a holiday party, an annual barbecue and a bowling party. Employees receive a cut of the firm's profits in the form of bonuses every quarter.

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6. Fitzgerald Financial Group

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Fitzgerald Financial Group is a mortgage and housing financing division of Monarch Bank and Mortgage, based in Chesapeake, Va. In comments on workplace surveys, employees describe a tight-knit office ...Fitzgerald Financial Group is a mortgage and housing financing division of Monarch Bank and Mortgage, based in Chesapeake, Va. In comments on workplace surveys, employees describe a tight-knit office where people are treated like family. "I look forward to work everyday and the interaction with my colleagues, all of whom I consider great friends," one team member wrote.

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7. TCG

Employees celebrate the hiring of TCG's 100th employee. (Courtesy of TCG)
  • Founded: 1994
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 87
  • Total employees: 106
  • tcg.com

The technology contractor's work revolves around helping the government function more efficiently. "Our mission is to save time; we want to save our employees time, save th ...The technology contractor's work revolves around helping the government function more efficiently. "Our mission is to save time; we want to save our employees time, save the government time," proposal coordinator Craig Gusmann says. To help employees save time, a flexible telecommuting policy means about half the office works from home. To keep workers happy, a company-appointed "vice president of employee happiness" sits down with every employee on or around their birthday, their "un-birthday" (the halfway point between birthdays) and the time of their annual review to talk about how things are going. The office gets $1,000 each month to hold "TCG sprees," or fun activities that employees choose. TCG will also donate $1,000 to any charity as long as a staff member organizes an activity around the organization and gets six other employees to participate.

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8. IntelliGenesis

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  • Founded: 2007
  • Sector: Technology
  • Headquarters: Columbia, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 74
  • Total employees: 77
  • intelligenesisllc.com

IntelliGenesis is a veteran-owned, woman-owned company that provides software engineering, cybersecurity and intelligence analysis services for the national security community. Company events give employees a way to connect outside the workplace. Eac ...IntelliGenesis is a veteran-owned, woman-owned company that provides software engineering, cybersecurity and intelligence analysis services for the national security community. Company events give employees a way to connect outside the workplace. Each year, the company holds a picnic at a farm, a children's party in the fall and a holiday party. It also offers each employee $1,000 per year to cover the cost of cellphones, Internet services and other technology.

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9. Next Century

Next Century employees take part in company game night. (Courtesy of Next Century)
  • Founded: 2002
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Columbia, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 129
  • Total employees: 129
  • nextcentury.com

Next Century is a software company that develops applications to analyze data and make it accessible. The firm helps with advanced geographic information systems, mobile imagi ...Next Century is a software company that develops applications to analyze data and make it accessible. The firm helps with advanced geographic information systems, mobile imaging and visualization with a focus on homeland security, the military and intelligence. In addition to a full range of benefits, all employees are assigned a coach to be their advocate, assist with career development and provide advice.

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10. JRC Integrated Systems

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  • Founded: 2003
  • Sector: Systems engineering
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 60
  • Total employees: 95
  • jrcisi.com

JRC Integrated Systems offers scientific and technical expertise for government agencies, primarily the Defense Department. The company contributes to the community by taking advantage of employees ...JRC Integrated Systems offers scientific and technical expertise for government agencies, primarily the Defense Department. The company contributes to the community by taking advantage of employees' expertise outside the office, helping, for instance, with fundraising and scholarship programs for FIRST Robotics, a robotics competition for high school students. It also supports the military community through its participation in activities such as the Marine Corps Marathon, the Toys for Tots drive and coupon clipping for deployed service members.

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11. Procentrix

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  • Founded: 2006
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Herndon, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 87
  • Total employees: 100
  • procentrix.com

Procentrix is a technology firm that helps organizations build on their investments in software applications and other digital tools. Human Resources Director Brian Jenkins says he is selective about whom he ...Procentrix is a technology firm that helps organizations build on their investments in software applications and other digital tools. Human Resources Director Brian Jenkins says he is selective about whom he brings into the company, in terms of skill set and demeanor, because everyone must work together. "All of us are basically on an equal footing and there's little hierarchy," he said. "We are all privy to the business plan; we're held to it, but in a good way."

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12. Arion Systems

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  • Founded: 1985
  • Sector: Engineering services
  • Headquarters: Chantilly, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 106
  • Total employees: 109
  • arionsys.com

Arion Systems is a government contractor engaged in engineering services. Aside from software and telecommunications development, the company emplo ...Arion Systems is a government contractor engaged in engineering services. Aside from software and telecommunications development, the company employs experts in niche fields such as ocean engineering, optics and acoustics. It has a low annual turnover rate of 4 percent, spurred along by a robust benefits package that pays 100 percent of employees' family health-care premiums. The company's professional development program pays for conferences, short courses, college tuition and expenses for certifications, and provides incentive compensation to employees who participate.

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13. iWorks

iWorks employees contributing to Toys for Tots. (Courtesy of iWorks)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 65
  • Total employees: 65
  • iworkscorp.com

IWorks focuses on multiple sides of information technology implementation, designing products while also assisting with the strategic aspects of IT staffing, helping to place different types of IT professionals in other firms. With just 65 employees, the company has no middle management, opting for ...IWorks focuses on multiple sides of information technology implementation, designing products while also assisting with the strategic aspects of IT staffing, helping to place different types of IT professionals in other firms. With just 65 employees, the company has no middle management, opting for a flat organization with senior management directly plugged into whatever is going on at the office. The company celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

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14. FTS International

FTS's annual holiday party at the Air and Space Museum. (Courtesy of FTS International)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Sector: Government contractor
  • Headquarters: Dulles, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 98
  • Total employees: 105
  • fts-intl.com

The federal government contractor has consulted on some of the nation's most difficult problems since 2005. The company was founded in 2005 as an employee-owned company, and it won ...The federal government contractor has consulted on some of the nation's most difficult problems since 2005. The company was founded in 2005 as an employee-owned company, and it won the highest marks for employee benefits of any company on the Top Workplaces list. The secret is giving employees control over what they receive; FTS has a self-directed account that allows employees to design their own benefits packages.

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15. Rand Construction

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  • Founded: 1989
  • Sector: Construction
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 134
  • Total employees: 262
  • randcc.com

Linda Rabbitt founded the general contractor in 1989 with just seven employees, and steadily built it around construction, historic renovation work and other projects. Today Rand Construction pulls in about $300 million a year in revenue. W ...Linda Rabbitt founded the general contractor in 1989 with just seven employees, and steadily built it around construction, historic renovation work and other projects. Today Rand Construction pulls in about $300 million a year in revenue. When an employee runs into unexpected financial trouble, the company offers interest-free loans that can total up to $5,000. "All they have to do is walk into my office and say they need help, and they walk out with a check," Rabbitt says. The loans are given out at her discretion, but she says she's not picky about what the money is for. Supervisors who work in the field receive a new Ford F-150 pickup truck after five years of service.

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16. ARG

ARG employees attend a gathering outside the office. (Courtesy of ARG)
  • Founded: 1991
  • Sector: Technology solution advisors
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 53
  • Total employees: 53
  • myarg.com

ARG is a consultancy and broker of technology services. The company provides employees with iPhones an iPads and employees can wo ...ARG is a consultancy and broker of technology services. The company provides employees with iPhones an iPads and employees can work from home on Friday. Each spring, 300 plastic eggs are hidden, and the entire office has 20 minutes of "full contact" in-office egg hunting. The firm is good at hanging on to its employees, with 20 of its 52 employees staying for more than a decade.

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17. Insurance Associates

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  • Founded: 1956
  • Sector: Financial services and insurance
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 4
  • Local Employees: 50
  • Total employees: 57
  • insassoc.com

Insurance Associates handles insurance bonds and group benefits for clients in the construction industry, and it recently acquired a new bonding company, Allegiance Surety Associates. The employee population spans both ends of the age spectrum, with some wa ...Insurance Associates handles insurance bonds and group benefits for clients in the construction industry, and it recently acquired a new bonding company, Allegiance Surety Associates. The employee population spans both ends of the age spectrum, with some walking in the door right out of college and others approaching retirement. To keep people up to date on new developments in the industry, the company requires employees to take a certain amount of out-of-office training, paid for by the company. The office appeals to early risers, with standard hours starting at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.

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18. American Health Care Association

Employees atttend AHCA's annual convention. (Courtesy of American Health Care Association)
  • Founded: 1949
  • Sector: Trade association
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 76
  • Total employees: 90
  • ahcancal.org

At the American Health Care Association, which lobbies on behalf of nursing homes and other health-care providers, annual bonuses partly depend on what happens in Congress. "The number one thing that sets us apart is we are both mission driven an ...At the American Health Care Association, which lobbies on behalf of nursing homes and other health-care providers, annual bonuses partly depend on what happens in Congress. "The number one thing that sets us apart is we are both mission driven and metrics based," chief strategic officer Rae Anne Davis said. "Lots of associations have their mission and live their mission, but we also set measurable goals." Employees can look forward to an annual bonus totaling 9 percent of their salary, contingent upon a set of individual and organizational goals.

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19. Halfaker and Associates

Employees at Halfaker's annual Halloween party. (Courtesy of Halfaker and Associates)
  • Founded: 2006
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 113
  • Total employees: 143
  • halfaker.com

Halfaker and Associates is a government technology contractor that works with health, intelligence and defense agencies. Founder Dawn Halfaker is a former military police officer who was forced ...Halfaker and Associates is a government technology contractor that works with health, intelligence and defense agencies. Founder Dawn Halfaker is a former military police officer who was forced to retire from service after sustaining injuries in Iraq, and a significant portion of the company's employees are veterans. In addition to a full complement of benefits, the company's kitchen at its headquarters is fully stocked for employees and has a station for making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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20. eXp Realty

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  • Founded: 2009
  • Sector: Real estate agents and brokers
  • Headquarters: Bellingham, Wash.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 68
  • Total employees: 800
  • exprealty.com

EXp Realty is a publicly traded real estate brokerage and technology company with a small office in the D.C. area. Because it is a public company, eXp real estate agents can be pai ...EXp Realty is a publicly traded real estate brokerage and technology company with a small office in the D.C. area. Because it is a public company, eXp real estate agents can be paid in equity, an unusual opportunity in an industry typically dominated by regional firms. An aggressive revenue-sharing program gives employees a chance to cash in on the firm's success.

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21. ESAC

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  • Founded: 2000
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 54
  • Total employees: 56
  • esacinc.com

The small software firm facilitates advanced data analysis and bioinformatics, disciplines that are becoming more and more important in the fields of health care and science. It employs computer scientists, software engineers and experts in fields ...The small software firm facilitates advanced data analysis and bioinformatics, disciplines that are becoming more and more important in the fields of health care and science. It employs computer scientists, software engineers and experts in fields such as genomics and proteomics. A company-wide performance-based bonus program sweetens the deal for the most productive employees, and ESAC offers 25 days of paid time off each year.

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22. Resonate

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  • Founded: 2008
  • Sector: Advertising and marketing
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 64
  • Total employees: 79
  • resonate.com

The advertising firm has developed a proprietary platform to power online campaigns, enabling marketers to gain consumer insight before, during and after execution. The company has been around for eight years, but it shoots for a start-up ...The advertising firm has developed a proprietary platform to power online campaigns, enabling marketers to gain consumer insight before, during and after execution. The company has been around for eight years, but it shoots for a start-up atmosphere. There are video games at the office, and it is not unusual to see Nerf gun wars break out on the main floor. Unlimited paid time off allows employees to come and go as they please, as long as they get their work done.

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23. National Retail Federation

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  • Founded: 1911
  • Sector: Trade association
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 112
  • Total employees: 117
  • nrf.com

The National Retail Federation is best known as the advocacy arm and public voice of the retail industry. The federation's local employees work on reports and industry analysis to ...The National Retail Federation is best known as the advocacy arm and public voice of the retail industry. The federation's local employees work on reports and industry analysis to inform the public about emerging trends, and lobby throughout Washington to support their members' interests. Employees take part in a wellness program that focuses not just on health but on keeping them happy. Every Thursday in April, workers are treated to free massages.

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24. Unanet

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  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Enterprise software
  • Headquarters: Dulles, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 54
  • Total employees: 92
  • unanet.com

Unanet develops software for managing projects, people and financials. The firm has a casino night every January in which employees from around ...Unanet develops software for managing projects, people and financials. The firm has a casino night every January in which employees from around the country are flown in to participate. There are no annual employee appraisals at Unanet, with the company instead emphasizing quarterly meetings with employees' immediate supervisors to talk about how things are going. Employees receive $5,000 for tuition reimbursement to use as they see fit.

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25. Infinitive

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  • Founded: 2003
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Ashburn, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 78
  • Total employees: 78
  • infinitive.com

The consulting firm helps companies with digital advertising and customer and audience intelligence, among other services. Like a lot of consultancies, most of the company's employees work at clie ...The consulting firm helps companies with digital advertising and customer and audience intelligence, among other services. Like a lot of consultancies, most of the company's employees work at client sites outside the corporate headquarters. About 20 "regulars" spend the entire workweek at the corporate headquarters, and the rest filter in and out of the office while spending most of their time down in the trenches with clients. The company's office in One Loudoun offers fun things to do after work, and a corporate membership at Top Golf, a nearby driving range, is free for employees. The small company has been around for more than a decade and is on the brink of a big expansion, with 20 hires planned in the next year.

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26. Dev Technology Group

Dev Technology employees at a company outing. (Courtesy of Dev Technology Group)
  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Reston, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 66
  • Total employees: 70
  • devtechnology.com

Dev Technology Group focuses on the Web-facing side of government IT, specializing in application development and systems modernization for federal agencies such as the departments of homeland security, defense, justice and several others. The company's executive suite is more diverse than that of a traditional ...Dev Technology Group focuses on the Web-facing side of government IT, specializing in application development and systems modernization for federal agencies such as the departments of homeland security, defense, justice and several others. The company's executive suite is more diverse than that of a traditional IT firm; five of the company's eight executives are women.

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27. CapTech

CapTech team members attend a company get-together. (Courtesy of CapTech)
  • Founded: 1997
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Richmond, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 93
  • Total employees: 600
  • captechconsulting.com

The management and technology consulting firm employs a far-flung workforce, and many employees live where they work. Staff members become connected through activities such as happy hours, Se ...The management and technology consulting firm employs a far-flung workforce, and many employees live where they work. Staff members become connected through activities such as happy hours, Segway tours, tacky-sweater bowling, deep-sea fishing, paintball games, scavenger hunts and cooking classes. The company's full-time salaried consultants benefit from generous paid time off and a healthy 401(k) plan. A range of creative perks include cellphone and laptop coverage to make things easier for telecommuters.

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28. Intact Technology

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  • Founded: 1994
  • Sector: Enterprise software
  • Headquarters: Greenbelt, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 52
  • Total employees: 120
  • intact-tech.com

At first glance, Intact looks like a typical consulting firm; workers are paid by government and private-sector customers looking for efficiencies in their information technology systems. But a look under the hood reveals Intact to be fairly unusual. Each Frida ...At first glance, Intact looks like a typical consulting firm; workers are paid by government and private-sector customers looking for efficiencies in their information technology systems. But a look under the hood reveals Intact to be fairly unusual. Each Friday morning, the company holds "emotional intelligence workshops" in which workers deconstruct the good and the bad in their previous week and apply a logical lens to how it could have been better. The sessions are not required, but 19 out of 20 employees tend to show up on any given week. "For me it's a perfect way to look back and see your week the way that it really happened," client solution specialist Casey Johnson said. "It helps you decompress and reset and really focus."

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29. FMP Consulting

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  • Founded: 1991
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 74
  • Total employees: 84
  • fmpconsulting.com

The firm formally known as Federal Management Partners provides management and strategic consulting for government agencies and businesses. FMP is an employee-owned company, and its employee stock ownership plan i ...The firm formally known as Federal Management Partners provides management and strategic consulting for government agencies and businesses. FMP is an employee-owned company, and its employee stock ownership plan is funded entirely by the company. Seventy percent of the company's senior leaders (vice president and above) are women. The company provides laptops and secure connections so employees can work remotely.

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30. Endgame

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  • Founded: 2008
  • Sector: Information security
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 82
  • Total employees: 130
  • endgame.com

Leaders at cybersecurity company Endgame think they are starting to figure out how to address the industry's diversity problem. Principal social scientist Andrea Limbago said it starts with signaling t ...Leaders at cybersecurity company Endgame think they are starting to figure out how to address the industry's diversity problem. Principal social scientist Andrea Limbago said it starts with signaling that the company cares. At her urging, the company does this through small gestures such as offering company T-shirts in women's sizes and staffing recruiting tables with women. She hands out "camera blockers," little stickers that block the lens on a laptop to combat cyberstalking. "Women are more likely to be a victim of someone hacking into your computer and using your camera to watch you," Limbago said. These initiatives may seem piecemeal, but the company appears to be getting results. According to internal hiring statistics, 42 percent of recent hires have been women. For the company as a whole, about 20 percent of employees are women -- still far from equal, but well above the industry average.

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31. Defense Point Security

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  • Founded: 2007
  • Sector: Information security
  • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 10
  • Local Employees: 99
  • Total employees: 130
  • defensepointsecurity.com

The cybersecurity firm offers generous benefits, covering 100 percent of health insurance premiums for employees and their families. Employees are spread across multiple client sites in several states, but ...The cybersecurity firm offers generous benefits, covering 100 percent of health insurance premiums for employees and their families. Employees are spread across multiple client sites in several states, but Defense Point tries to keep people in touch with fun get-togethers: family movie nights, a company-wide trip to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and paintball tournaments. Employees who go above and beyond are nominated by their peers to receive a $10,000 bonus.

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32. Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency

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  • Founded: 2012
  • Sector: Federal services
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 50
  • Total employees: 250
  • dfba.mil

The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency is a 250-person Pentagon organization that uses forensic science to track military adversaries. The group has a special way of showing appreciation. Every week since dir ...The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency is a 250-person Pentagon organization that uses forensic science to track military adversaries. The group has a special way of showing appreciation. Every week since director Don Salo joined the agency in January 2013, he has renamed the central conference room for an employee who did something noteworthy the week before. "Sometimes in an organization you really lose track of all the important things that people do," Salo said. Renaming the conference room "is just a small way of saying, 'Hey, we appreciate what you do and your contribution to the organization's mission.' "

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33. Thompson Greenspon

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  • Founded: 1956
  • Sector: Certified public accountants and advisors
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 57
  • Total employees: 57
  • tgccpa.com

Thompson Greenspon has been advising businesses and individuals on financial reporting and taxes for about six decades. The accounting firm was founded in 1956 when taxes were still done by han ...Thompson Greenspon has been advising businesses and individuals on financial reporting and taxes for about six decades. The accounting firm was founded in 1956 when taxes were still done by hand. Thompson Greenspon supports the local community by going casual; its Jeans Day Friday for Charity program allows employees to wear denim for a donation to a charity, and the initiative has raised about $3,000 since it began. During the busy tax-preparation season, the firm seeks to alleviate stress by supplying office snacks and meals, office chair massages, and tax-season bingo for a chance to win prizes.

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34. Capterra

A costume party brings employees together. (Courtesy of Capterra)
  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Software service
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • Local Employees: 53
  • Total employees: 53
  • capterra.com/

Capterra runs an online database of software for businesses. The company's staff is on the younger end of the spectrum, so group activ ...Capterra runs an online database of software for businesses. The company's staff is on the younger end of the spectrum, so group activities tend to hinge on physical activity and exercise; the company has participated in a high-ropes course, laser tag and even an obstacle-filled "Spartan race." Each conference room has its own name. The "Cloud City" room has a cardboard Chewbacca cutout, "Degoba Swamp" has a cardboard Yoda cutout and "Wimbledon" has a ping-pong table. Attire is casual, like at a lot of tech firms. "We're the worst-dressed company in the building," said chief executive Michael Ortner, who started the firm when he was 26. "We try to be a meritocracy and we don't care what people look like."

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35. ADI Construction of Virginia

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  • Founded: 2005
  • Sector: General Contracting
  • Headquarters: Springfield, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 73
  • Total employees: 76
  • adigc.com

ADI employs just over 70 people around a hub in Springfield, working on a full range of construction projects around the region. In surveys, employees describe a workplace that feels like a home, with c ...ADI employs just over 70 people around a hub in Springfield, working on a full range of construction projects around the region. In surveys, employees describe a workplace that feels like a home, with co-workers who support one another like family members. Others talk of a passion for the kind of ground-up construction projects that make ADI's employees tick. "No better job than building," one worker wrote.

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36. Savills Studley

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  • Founded: 1954
  • Sector: Tenant representation
  • Headquarters: New York, N.Y.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 91
  • Total employees: 30,000
  • savills-studley.com

The commercial real estate firm employs more than 30,000 people globally, but just 91 of them work in the D.C. area, making collaboration in small-team environments easy. Employees a ...The commercial real estate firm employs more than 30,000 people globally, but just 91 of them work in the D.C. area, making collaboration in small-team environments easy. Employees are "each running their own brokerages within the Savills Studley brand," company spokesperson Victoria Mechlin said.

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37. U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel lobbies Congress on behalf of tourism industries. (Courtesy of U.S. Travel)
  • Founded: 1970
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 72
  • Total employees: 72
  • ustravel.org

Vacation is big at the U.S. Travel Association. "We believe time off is just as important as time o ...Vacation is big at the U.S. Travel Association. "We believe time off is just as important as time on," Executive Director Gary Oster says. Not only is it a part of the association's benefits offerings, but it's also what the group lobbies for on behalf of the country's airlines and tourism companies. In workplace surveys, employees gave the association high marks for work-life balance, and in-office initiatives make sure employees take time off. For example, there's an internal competition to see who can leave the most creative out-of-office voicemail message. And any full-time employees who used all their earned days off by end of 2015 not only received one additional day of paid time off in 2016, but they were entered into an office drawing in which five winners received $1,500.

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38. MBP

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  • Founded: 1989
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 108
  • Total employees: 280
  • mbpce.com

MBP helps construction managers plan projects from inception to ribbon-cutting, providing consulting services along the way. The company, which was recognized by Engineering News-Record as a nationa ...MBP helps construction managers plan projects from inception to ribbon-cutting, providing consulting services along the way. The company, which was recognized by Engineering News-Record as a national top 100 construction management firm, pays 100 percent of health-care premiums for employees and their families.

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39. Markon Solutions

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  • Founded: 2007
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Falls Church, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 137
  • Total employees: 163
  • markonsolutions.com

As a management consulting firm, the company holds contracts with government agencies in the defense and civilian sectors as well as the intelligence community. It's a small company, but people move up quickly. Twenty-two of the firm' ...As a management consulting firm, the company holds contracts with government agencies in the defense and civilian sectors as well as the intelligence community. It's a small company, but people move up quickly. Twenty-two of the firm's 160 employees got a promotion last year. Rather than save employee-manager conversations for annual reviews, the company has a culture of weekly one-on-one meetings with direct managers to discuss how the week went. If you help a friend find a job at Markon, you'll receive a $2,000 referral bonus.

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40. CoesterVMS

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  • Founded: 2009
  • Sector: Real estate
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 52
  • Total employees: 56
  • coestervms.com

CoesterVMS is a small real estate company based in Rockville that uses technology to manage appraisals and valuations. In its seventh year in operation, the company likes to be lean, with just ...CoesterVMS is a small real estate company based in Rockville that uses technology to manage appraisals and valuations. In its seventh year in operation, the company likes to be lean, with just over 50 employees and only five hires planned in the next year.

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41. National Recreation and Park Association

NRPA employees at a service event. (Courtesy of National Recreation and Park Association)
  • Founded: 1965
  • Sector: Trade association
  • Headquarters: Ashburn, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 57
  • Total employees: 57
  • nrpa.org

The National Recreation and Park Association advocates for the advancement of public parks nationwide. Last year, the association started a series of "innovation labs" held in ...The National Recreation and Park Association advocates for the advancement of public parks nationwide. Last year, the association started a series of "innovation labs" held in Chicago and Miami, get-togethers for industry professionals to share ideas on how to better serve the public. The organization encourages telework, and offers employees indoor and outdoor fitness opportunities during the day.

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42. InTec

InTec employees enjoy a hayride at a company picnic in Bluemont, Va. (Courtesy of InTec)
  • Founded: 2004
  • Sector: Government contractor
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 85
  • Total employees: 101
  • intecllc.net

Intec provides systems engineering and "integration expertise" to the Pentagon and the intelligence community. The company won its first contract in 2005 with just one employee and now ...Intec provides systems engineering and "integration expertise" to the Pentagon and the intelligence community. The company won its first contract in 2005 with just one employee and now has about 100 full-time workers on 13 contracts with four federal agencies, pulling in close to $20 million annually. Among its many benefit offerings, the company reimburses employees up to $750 a year for their fitness costs and up to $3,000 a year for professional development.

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43. ByteCubed

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  • Founded: 2010
  • Sector: Federal contractor
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 81
  • Total employees: 81
  • bytecubed.com

The small government software contractor works with agencies including the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Employees are given a lot of leeway to express their own ideas for the pr ...The small government software contractor works with agencies including the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Employees are given a lot of leeway to express their own ideas for the projects they work on, and the company's tight-knit feel means one employee's work can have a big impact on the group. In surveys, employees say management listens to them and gives them room for creativity. "My footprint will be felt in years to come," one employee wrote.

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44. Willco

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  • Founded: 1972
  • Sector: Property management
  • Headquarters: Potomac, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 7
  • Local Employees: 55
  • Total employees: 55
  • willco.com

Willco began in 1937 as a trash-collection company under the ownership of founder William Cohen. Over the years, it gradually expanded and transitioned into developing, o ...Willco began in 1937 as a trash-collection company under the ownership of founder William Cohen. Over the years, it gradually expanded and transitioned into developing, owning and managing commercial real estate. Leadership passed to William's son Richard, who, at 75, runs the company's seven D.C. area locations from a central headquarters in Potomac. Keeping with its family-owned roots, the company puts a lot of emphasis on instilling a sense of belonging. A soft-serve machine in the kitchen offers unlimited frozen yogurt and the company provides meals three days a week. But it really comes down to how employees treat one another, says human resources manager Stacy Cohen (no relation to the founder). "If someone is having a bad day or feeling stressed out, we share that together," she says. "In fact, when someone leaves, usually at some point in their career, they call wanting back in."

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45. Academic Travel Abroad

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  • Founded: 1950
  • Sector: Education
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 52
  • Total employees: 90
  • academic-travel.com

Academic Travel Abroad handles travel education programs, but not only for schools. The company counts the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic S ...Academic Travel Abroad handles travel education programs, but not only for schools. The company counts the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society and the New York Times among its clients, along with area colleges such as American University. The company's office is small and tight-knit enough that the chief executive can have ad-hoc conversations with employees. People tend to stick around, many for more than 10 years. "People don't stay at a company this size that long unless they love it and are truly valued," one employee wrote.

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46. Albright Stonebridge Group

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  • Founded: 2009
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 66
  • Total employees: 84
  • albrightstonebridge.com

Albright Stonebridge Group, also known as ASG, gets its name from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who still chairs the company. The company advises multinational corporations on how to operate in unfam ...Albright Stonebridge Group, also known as ASG, gets its name from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who still chairs the company. The company advises multinational corporations on how to operate in unfamiliar countries, helping them scout out foreign regulatory environments as they crack into new markets. The company's 160-member team of people with international experience includes former diplomats and high-ranking government officials, Cabinet secretaries and chief executives. The team has worked in more than 100 countries and employees speak more than 20 languages. That spices up office brown-bag sessions significantly. Recent lunch-and-learn sessions included: Albright talking about the United States' role in today's world, former ambassador Wendy Sherman discussing her efforts in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal and a forum on policy issues in South Asia that was catered by an Indonesian restaurant.

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47. Atoka Properties and Middleburg Real Estate

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  • Founded: 2009
  • Sector: Real estate agents and brokers
  • Headquarters: Leesburg, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 57
  • Total employees: 64
  • atokaproperties.com

The real estate brokerage is named for Choctaw Native American chief Atoka, and helps sell properties of all sorts. The company's employees are divided among two distinct groups: staff memb ...The real estate brokerage is named for Choctaw Native American chief Atoka, and helps sell properties of all sorts. The company's employees are divided among two distinct groups: staff members who hold down the office and free-ranging real estate agents, classified as independent contractors. For employees, the company provides a broad set of benefits such as paid time off and competitive salaries. For the real estate agents, the company takes a slightly different strategy: They're paid on commission for the properties they bring in, have no administrative fees and receive bonuses when they do well.

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48. American Gas Association

AGA employees volunteer at So Others Might Eat. (Courtesy of the American Gas Association)
  • Founded: 1918
  • Sector: Trade association
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 78
  • Total employees: 78
  • aga.org

The trade group represents suppliers of one of the nation's largest energy sources, natural gas. To keep its staff up to date, the association holds frequent lunch-and-le ...The trade group represents suppliers of one of the nation's largest energy sources, natural gas. To keep its staff up to date, the association holds frequent lunch-and-learn gatherings, often led by industry experts. The nonprofit association has a scholarship program for children of AGA staff members, and tuition reimbursement is available for employees.

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49. Chasen Boscolo Injury Lawyers

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  • Founded: 1986
  • Sector: Law
  • Headquarters: Greenbelt, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 86
  • Total employees: 86
  • chasenboscolo.com

When Barry Chasen started the firm 30 years ago, it was just him and a secretary. Today the firm is still small, with 86 employees, and Chasen tries to kee ...When Barry Chasen started the firm 30 years ago, it was just him and a secretary. Today the firm is still small, with 86 employees, and Chasen tries to keep that same family feel. Clients can show up at the office without making an appointment, and if they're kept waiting longer than 10 minutes in the lobby, the firm gives them a Subway gift card to pay for lunch. One day, a potential client showed up in the lobby wearing no shoes. Rather than making her leave for not adhering to the dress code, an employee gave up her shoes. The firm's business is to defend people who are in distress. Cases involving issues such as nursing home abuse, car accidents, athletic injuries, workers' compensation and a range of other areas keep the lawyers at Chasen Boscolo busy.

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50. Emagine IT

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  • Founded: 2002
  • Sector: Federal contractor
  • Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 100
  • Total employees: 135
  • eit2.com

Emagine IT does management consulting work for government and commercial clients, but looks to maintain the feel of a Silicon Valley technology start-up. "We model ourselves after the Google/Facebook-type environment," chief op ...Emagine IT does management consulting work for government and commercial clients, but looks to maintain the feel of a Silicon Valley technology start-up. "We model ourselves after the Google/Facebook-type environment," chief operating officer Song Pak says. "As soon as you walk in, you'll notice we don't have any regular cubicles." There's a ping-pong table in the center of the main floor at corporate headquarters, complete with a "Skunk Wall" set up to shame those who lose a game 7-0. The office has PlayStation and Xbox game systems, and executives say there's no shame in using them on work time. Emagine IT is all about collaboration. When the company bought an advertisement in the Metrorail system, a cross-disciplinary group of about a dozen employees created the ad. When asked what they like about their jobs, employees are effusive about the family-oriented culture. "The leadership in the company truly care about the people," one employee wrote. "As an employee, I am a name, not just a number"

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51. Battle Resource Management

BRM employees at a Nationals game. (Courtesy of Battle Resource Management)
  • Founded: 2004
  • Sector: Custom software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 10
  • Local Employees: 83
  • Total employees: 90
  • brmi.com

Battle Resource Management is a software development and consulting firm. It is a three-time winner of the Department of Homeland Security's Small ...Battle Resource Management is a software development and consulting firm. It is a three-time winner of the Department of Homeland Security's Small Business Achievement Award. In January, the company acquired Clearsoft, an IT services company that provides software development for businesses and the government. About 70 percent of the company's employees come from internal referrals. The company covers 100 percent of employees' medical, dental and vision benefits.

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52. FiscalNote

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  • Founded: 2013
  • Sector: Data analytics software
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 77
  • Total employees: 88
  • fiscalnote.com

FiscalNote is one of the youngest companies among this year's Top Workplaces, founded just three years ago and still employing fewer than 100 people. But it's already making its mark on some of the District's most entrenche ...FiscalNote is one of the youngest companies among this year's Top Workplaces, founded just three years ago and still employing fewer than 100 people. But it's already making its mark on some of the District's most entrenched industries, lending an analytical edge to lobbying and regulatory analysis. Employees can look forward to a fully stocked kitchen packed with "snacks on snacks on snacks," as FiscalNote's recruiting website puts it.

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53. Mark G. Anderson Consultants

MGAC employees outside at a client site. (Courtesy of Mark G. Anderson Consultants)
  • Founded: 1996
  • Sector: Consulting
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 3
  • Local Employees: 114
  • Total employees: 146
  • mgac.com

Mark G. Anderson's business is shepherding construction projects through to fruit ...Mark G. Anderson's business is shepherding construction projects through to fruition, working for clients in all 50 states spanning government, retail, colleges, you name it. The company's charitable projects track along with its business focusing on helping families secure "safe, quality affordable housing." One of those charities is Calvary Women's Services in D.C., which has a range of programs to help women affected by homelessness. Employees bond at monthly trivia nights at Elephant and Castle and at an annual Cinco de Mayo celebration involving a margarita machine.

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54. Decisive Analytics

Decisive Analytics team members attend a golf outing. (Courtesy of Decisive Analytics)
  • Founded: 1996
  • Sector: Government contractor
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 100
  • Total employees: 150
  • dac.us

The government contractor says it integrates "engineering, mathematics, physics and artistic talent." It has only about 150 employees globally, but works for an impressive ra ...The government contractor says it integrates "engineering, mathematics, physics and artistic talent." It has only about 150 employees globally, but works for an impressive range of agencies: missile defense, joint agency programs, the Army, and missile and space intelligence groups. The company is employee-owned and staff members are given the opportunity to participate in a stock program. Those with nine years of service receive the "DAC Costco Ham" and for 14 years of service, employees receive two live lobsters and a lobster pot.

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55. Altamira

The Altamira team hits the streets. (Courtesy of Altamira)
  • Founded: 2003
  • Sector: Government consulting
  • Headquarters: McLean, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 64
  • Total employees: 250
  • altamiracorp.com

Altamira helps develop "next generation technology solutions" for the national security community. Beyond the office, the company listens to its employees about where to gi ...Altamira helps develop "next generation technology solutions" for the national security community. Beyond the office, the company listens to its employees about where to give to charity, allowing them to decide which they want to give to and how they want to do it. The company's wellness program uses incentives to help employees improve their health. Employees receive points in an online portal for participating in challenges, and don't pay any health insurance premiums. Altamira has a software development center where anyone in the company can try out new ideas that might lead to something.

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56. System High

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  • Founded: 2005
  • Sector: Security and protection
  • Headquarters: Chantilly, Va.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 5
  • Local Employees: 119
  • Total employees: 175
  • systemhigh.com

System High dispatches security guards and personnel to difficult areas around the world, and also offers cybersecurity services to protect valuable information. About a third of the company's 175 employees are veterans, and all of the ...System High dispatches security guards and personnel to difficult areas around the world, and also offers cybersecurity services to protect valuable information. About a third of the company's 175 employees are veterans, and all of them hold government security clearances. When asked what they like about their jobs, System High's workers tend to point to a sense of duty. "I do a job that is important to defending our nation's security and I get to work with and meet amazing people while doing it," one employee wrote. Chief executive Kirk Blubaugh says he's looking for employees who are driven to succeed. "The people that excel here are people that are aspiring to be something greater," he said. "People who don't excel here are people that are fine with just sitting and doing their jobs."

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57. AOC Solutions

AOC chief executive Allen Cage speaks at a company getaway in Cancun. (Courtesy of AOC Solutions)
  • Founded: 1997
  • Sector: Software development and consulting
  • Headquarters: Chantilly, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 126
  • Total employees: 250
  • aocsolutions.com

AOC Solutions consults with other businesses on payments technology and financial management. The fast-growing company hired 59 people last year to bring it over the 2 ...AOC Solutions consults with other businesses on payments technology and financial management. The fast-growing company hired 59 people last year to bring it over the 250-person mark. AOC once flew its entire staff to Cancun for all-expenses-paid vacations, and it offered some employees a company-sponsored cruise. The company runs a volunteer encouragement program in which it pays nonprofit organizations $1 for every hour an employee volunteers.

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58. Definitive Logic

Employees outdoors at a service event. (Courtesy of Definitive Logic)
  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 72
  • Total employees: 99
  • definitivelogic.com

Definitive Logic provides management consulting and IT services. Company executives say they're all about breaking down hierarchy. Accordi ...Definitive Logic provides management consulting and IT services. Company executives say they're all about breaking down hierarchy. According to people and culture manager Mary Kerski, new hires are told when they walk in the door: "If at any point you feel like you are working for Definitive Logic instead of with Definitive Logic, we have a problem and to come talk with us." The company does this by fostering a culture of group-wide learning, and using a six-month review process that makes sure employees are kept in the loop.

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59. Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman

Employees at an Epilepsy Foundation benefit walk. (Courtesy of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman)
  • Founded: 1981
  • Sector: Certified public accountants and advisors
  • Headquarters: North Bethesda, Md.
  • One location in D.C. area
  • Local Employees: 96
  • Total employees: 96
  • grfcpa.com

Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman provides accounting, auditing and consulting services. A company program lets employees purchase used and rebuilt laptops at a f ...Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman provides accounting, auditing and consulting services. A company program lets employees purchase used and rebuilt laptops at a fraction of the retail cost, taking some of the pain out of getting new technology. The firm also has a robust benefits package that includes coverage for the cost of CPA review courses and testing.

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60. DigitaliBiz

DigitaliBiz employees at a volunteer outing. (Courtesy of DigitaliBiz)
  • Founded: 2002
  • Sector: Information technology
  • Headquarters: Rockville, Md.
  • Locations in D.C. area: 2
  • Local Employees: 87
  • Total employees: 200
  • digitalibiz.com

The information technology company supports employees' work-life balance with a generous time-off program. Employees "don't live to work, they work to live," Vice President Wayne P ...The information technology company supports employees' work-life balance with a generous time-off program. Employees "don't live to work, they work to live," Vice President Wayne Porter said. "Our folks work hard but we try to take care of them a well." Each year, management selects 11 shining stars out of the company's pool of 250 employees and gives them a week-long paid vacation.

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