The annual rankings for the Best Places to Work in Maine have been released for the 2021 year!

Every year, the top employers from large, medium, and small businesses in the state are highlighted. According to an article in Business Wire, the businesses are rated through benefits and policies questionnaires that evaluate workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems, and demographics, as well as through an employee engagement and satisfaction survey. The employee's responses account for 75% of the total evaluation.

Here are the top 10 Best Places to Work in Maine for small, medium, and large-employer categories:

Category 1: Small Employer (15-49 employees)

1. NIC Maine

NIC Maine is a digital government solutions and payments company that builds websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions.

2. Acadia Benefits

A Maine firm specializing in employee benefits and helping companies recruit and retain employees.

3. Maine Rural Water Association

Private nonprofit that provides technical assistance and training to water and wastewater utilities.

4. iBec Creative

An internet marketing service that offers branding, website development, digital marketing, social media management, and more.

5. Saco Valley Credit Union

6. Sevigney-Lyons Insurance

An independent insurance agency.

7. Spinnaker Trust

Financial planning to help clients build and protect their wealth.

8. TruChoice Federal Credit Union

9. Maine Dentistry

A dentistry that rethinks the dentist experience to make it more inviting and pleasurable.

10. Barrett Made

An architecture and construction company that works hard to make the process manageable while exceeding your standards.

Category 2: Medium Employer (50-249 employees)

1. JMG

Jobs for Maine's Graduates partners with public education and private businesses to help Maine graduates have the resources they need to kickstart their careers.

2. Wings for Children and Families

A nonprofit, licensed mental health agency specializing in care and case management services for children and adults here in Maine.

3. SHP Management Corporation

A leader in the affordable multi-family housing industry.

4. Allagash Brewing Company

Locally-famous Belgian-style beer maker, brewery and taproom.

5. Landry/French Construction

A local commercial construction company.

6. Colby Co. Engineering

Multi-disciplinary design firm in the electrical, mechanical, fire protection, structural, and civil fields as well as architects and architecture design.

7. CCB, Inc.

Offers commercial construction services with a strong commitment to customer service by running on honesty, integrity, and quality.

8. DeBlois Electric, Inc.

Maine's leading electrical contractors with a portfolio of both residential and commercial work.

9. VividCloud

A high-tech software company offering software solutions, development, and expertise.

10. Evergreen Credit Union

One of the largest credit unions in Maine.

Category 3: Large Employer (250+ employees)

1. Dechra

Focuses on the development and marketing of veterinary products.

2. Machias Savings Bank

Banking with a strong focus on the customer.

  1. Owns natural gas distribution and transmissions subsidiaries 
  2. Constructs and installs natural gas distribution systems with goal of supporting economic development by providing clean, safe and reliable natural gas to residential and commercial customers

3. Summit Utilities, Inc.

Constructs and installs natural gas distribution systems to support economic development through clean and reliable natural gas.

4. Edward Jones

Financial advising you can trust.

5. MMG Insurance

Offers a wide variety of property and casualty insurance.

6. Bangor Savings Bank

Personal and business banking and wealth management.

7. The Granite Group

The one-stop shop for plumbing, heating, cooling, water, and propane supplies

8. Darling's

A new and used car dealership that offers rental and car services.

9. Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

100% employee-owned construction manager and general contractor.

10. Kennebec Behavioral Health

Provides community mental health services, including clinic-based services, medication management, outpatient counseling, substance use disorder, and more.

TOP SPOTS IN MAINE WITH AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE

In Maine, it's not hard to find businesses, restaurants, and shops with great customer service. It could be we are that way because of the many tourists that visit us. Or it just might be our stubborn Yankee roots that we like to treat people the way we want to be treated.

LOOK: Full List of the Best Places to Live in Maine

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Maine using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com. On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks.

Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.