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Good Shepherd Food Bank named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine


By Ryan Fecteau, Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Good Shepherd Food Bank earned the distinction of being named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine for the third consecutive year.

“It says a lot about our employees and this organization to receive the ‘Best Places to Work’ distinction for the third year in a row,” shares Kristen Miale, President of the Food Bank. “This award affirms our commitment to a workplace that fosters growth and a sense of purpose from our greatest asset—our people.”

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.

The 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 75 companies in three size categories: small (15-49 U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees), and large (250+ U.S. employees). The Food Bank was recognized as a best medium-sized employer.

The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Maine State Council and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and Maine HR Convention.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  •  Have at least 15 employees working in Maine;
  •  Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  •  Be a publicly or privately held business; and
  •  Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Maine and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Good Shepherd Food Bank will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on October 4 and will be profiled in a special publication by Mainebiz. The final rankings will be announced at the event.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Maine program, visit