Great companies to work for in Gainesville, Fla.

Florida Trend Magazine named the 100 best companies to work for in Florida, and among those 100 there were five from Gainesville. Companies volunteered to participate and employees were reviewed anonymously. Employees were asked questions about overall satisfaction with pay and benefits, communication between management and employee and training opportunities.

The five from Gainesville included three in the mid size company 50-249 employees and two large companies 250 or more employees. They cover a wide spectrum of occupations. Infinite Energy is a natural gas broker, CH2M Hill Inc. is an engineering firm, Info Tech develops software, James Moore and Company accounting and Crime Prevention Systems is a security firm.

One company that isn’t on Florida Trend Magazine’s list but has been listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the hundred best companies to work for 12 years running is Publix Supermarkets. Their headquarters is in Lakeland Florida but Publix has four stores in Gainesville. Publix is 100 percent employee owned and has been in business for over 75 years.

What makes Publix a great company to work for? One reason that employees give is the feeling of being part of one big family. Beyond that Publix offers a benefit package that is hard to beat with opportunities to become owners of company stock, health care and long term disability benefits, tuition reimbursement and opportunities for advancement. Along with these benefits there are sick pay, bereavement leave and paid vacation. They really are a great company to work for.

Fortunes Magazines second best company to work for is the financial advise company Edward Jones. They have made this prestigious list ten separate times. Luckily for everyone in Gainesville who is looking for work in the financial services field, there are three Edward Jones locations in Gainesville. Edward Jones offers motivated people the chance to decide their own future. You will be trained to open your own office and offer face to face financial services to your neighbors and local businesses. Your success will be in your own hands and if you are ambitious and willing to cultivate clients you can determine your own financial future. Company training and support are ongoing.

One of the largest employers in Gainesville is the University of Florida and there are job opportunities at every level. You don’t have to be a professor to work for the University, right now they have openings for nurses and secretaries among other openings. Even though the University of Florida did not make anyone’s list of the best places to work, we all know that the best company to work for is one that has jobs and is rock solid and the University of Florida fits the bill.

Gainesville has a thriving economy and there are many good companies offering great jobs. Yes, like every city in the United States the recession has hit Gainesville but there are always good jobs available in a college town, and Gainesville is no exception.