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Inside Business recognizes the Top Workplaces of 2023

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By BOB HELBIG | Energage
August 14, 2023 at 7:30 a.m.

Great workplaces aren’t created by accident. They are built and nurtured. The Top Workplaces awards recognize the employers that do it well in the eyes of their employees.

The heart of the Top Workplaces award is the employee survey process. Energage administers a 24-question survey to employees, who are the sole deciders of whether a company culture merits recognition.

This is the fifth year Energage, an employee survey company based in Exton, Pennsylvania, has identified exceptional workplaces in the Hampton Roads region.

There is no cost to participate in Top Workplaces and no obligation to purchase any product or service. For 2023, more than 1,000 organizations were invited to survey their employees. Based on employee survey feedback, 58 have earned recognition as Top Workplaces.

In the current job market, companies continue to focus on recruiting, retaining and motivating employees. It’s more paramount than ever for companies to be intentional about a culture that prioritizes employee appreciation and recognition, Energage CEO Eric Rubino said.

“We really need workplaces that inspire employees,” he said. “You have to really acknowledge employees genuinely and consistently.”

The award is open to any employer with 35 or more employees in Hampton Roads. Survey results are valid only if 35% or more employees respond; employers with fewer than 85 employees have a higher response threshold, requiring responses from at least 30 employees.

Energage tabulates the survey results. Employers are grouped into small, midsize and large to best compare similar employee experiences. Employers earn Top Workplaces recognition if their aggregated employees’ feedback score exceeds national benchmarks. Energage has established those benchmarks based on feedback from more than 27 million employees over 17 years. They are ranked within those groups based on the strength of the survey feedback.

Why isn’t a particular company on the list? Perhaps it chose not to participate. Or, its employee survey feedback might have fallen below benchmark scores. Energage runs tests on survey feedback and, in some cases, may choose to disqualify organizations based on irregularities in survey feedback.

To participate in the 2024 Top Workplaces awards, or for more information, go to the nomination page at

Bob Helbig is media partnerships director for Energage, an employee survey company based in suburban Philadelphia.


The 2023 Top Workplaces are:

Large companies

No. 1 Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
No. 2 Virginia Natural Gas
No. 3 Chartway Credit Union
No. 4 ADS Inc.
No. 5 The Franklin Johnston Group
No. 6 Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.
No. 7 Patient First

Midsize companies

No. 1 Century 21 Nachman Realty
No. 2 WindsorMeade Williamsburg
No. 3 Kaufman & Canoles
No. 4 ShoreBreak Pizza & Taphouse/Hot Tuna
No. 5 Hope House Foundation
No. 6 American Systems
No. 7 The Mariners’ Museum and Park
No. 8 S.L Nusbaum Realty Co.
No. 9 Prosper Insurance
No. 10 Chesbay Distributing
No. 11 C&F Financial Corp.
No. 12 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union
No. 13 Science Systems and Applications Inc.*
No. 14 United Property Associates
No. 15 Old Point National Bank
No. 16 WHRO
No. 17 Panda Restaurant Group
No. 18 JenCare Senior Medical Centers
No. 19 Atrium Hospitality
No. 20 Clark Nexsen
No. 21 The Up Center
No. 22 Volvo Penta of The Americas
No. 23 JES Foundation Repair

Small companies

No. 1 SteelMaster Buildings
No. 2 Buzz Franchise Brands
No. 4 Mid-Atlantic Commercial
No. 5 Virginia Foundation Solutions
No. 6 Yellow Dog Software
No. 7 Marathon Consulting
No. 8 Cova Brewing
No. 9 MI Technical Solutions
No. 10 The Drying Company LLC
No. 11 Endurance IT Services
No. 12 PRG Real Estate
No. 13 Southern Bank
No. 14 360IT Partners
No. 15 Klett Consulting Group
No. 16 Tidewater Staffing
No. 17 Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer
No. 18 Knight Federal Solutions
No. 19 Paramount Builders
No. 20 IL2000
No. 21 Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC
No. 22 SimIS Inc
No. 23 Marsh McLennan Agency
No. 24 One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning
No. 25 Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
No. 26 Support Services of Virginia
No. 27 ODUrent LLC
No. 28 West Shore Home

*Science Systems and Applications did not participate in the profile because of a layoff and office closure, although it qualified during the survey process.

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