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The Boston Globe Names SmartBear Software to Top Places to Work 2013 List

SmartBear Ranked #11 in the Medium Sized Business Category
Beverly, Mass. — November 18, 2013 — SmartBear Software, provider of software quality tools used by more than one million developers and testers worldwide, has been named to the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work 2013 list, honoring Massachusetts’ best employers. SmartBear ranked #11 out of 40 companies in the medium sized business category, published in the Sunday, November 17 edition of the Top Places to Work magazine. The publication has been honoring the state’s most beloved workplaces for six years, based on surveys completed by the people who know them best – the employees themselves.
“As our economy continues to heal, most of the benchmarks for progress are purely quantitative, such as increased pay rates and expanded benefits packages,” said Boston Globe Business Editor Mark Pothier. “While there is definite value in these indicators, many signs of recovery cannot be boiled down to pure economics. The companies on our Top Places to Work list foster productivity and innovation by investing in the happiness of their employees, which cannot solely be measured in dollars and cents.”  
SmartBear places a large emphasis on employee happiness evident at its headquarters in Beverly which features a game room for stress breaks, large theater style popcorn maker that pops every afternoon and fresh fruit delivered to the office each week. The “Bear Cave” is a central space where anyone can have informal gatherings and enjoy the putting green, game room and Nerf basketball. The company offers substantial health benefits, including a company-covered medical insurance deductible, $150 reimbursement for a health club, a new pair of sneakers annually and more. Similarly, all of SmartBear’s five offices worldwide share in investing in employee engagement. 
“We are proud to be among this elite list of employers who take extreme pride in providing an outstanding work environment for employees, not just in Massachusetts, but our locations around the world,” said Kathleen Chalmers DeShields VP, Chief People Officer. “Everyone wants great benefits – which SmartBear provides – but it’s really the fun atmosphere and the daily communications with our global offices that employees love. At SmartBear, we strive for an unwavering commitment to work-life balance for our employees, one of the keys to employee happiness.”
The Boston Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work survey, conducted by employee survey firm WorkplaceDynamics, measured more than 76,000 individuals’ responses to statements regarding six key factors related to employee happiness, including company direction, execution, employee connection, work load and responsibility, management, and pay and benefits. Least important were pay, benefits and work-life balance, with survey subjects placing much higher importance on employee appreciation, confidence and feeling that their work is meaningful.
WorkplaceDynamics also found that of all the cities surveyed, employees in Boston were most enthusiastic about their companies, making Boston the top of the Top Places to Work.  
SmartBear received the award at a ceremony held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. For more information on The Boston Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work, visit: and
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About SmartBear Software

SmartBear is behind the software that empowers developers, testers, and operations engineers at over 20,000 of the world’s most innovative organizations including Adobe, JetBlue, MasterCard, and Microsoft. More than 6 million people use our tools to build, test, and monitor great software, faster. Our high-impact tools are easy to try, easy to buy, and easy to use. These tools are backed by a team of people passionate about helping you create software that transforms our world. Those tools are SmartBear tools. That team is SmartBear. For more information, visit:, or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

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