The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management announced that 40 companies have been named in the fifth annual Best Places to Work in Maine program. From this list the first, second and third rankings for small/medium sized company category and large company category will be announced at an awards banquet Oct. 12 at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston.

The 2010 Best Places to Work in Maine program recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. Partners endorsing the program include Best Companies Group, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Employment Times/MyJobWave.com, and Mainebiz.

Listed alphabetically, the 40 companies are:

* Affiliated Healthcare Systems

* Albin, Randall & Bennett

* Androscoggin Bank

* Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice

* athenahealth

* Bangor Savings Bank

* Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson

* Burgess Advertising & Marketing

* Center Point Large Print

* Central Maine Healthcare

* Consigli Construction Co. Inc.

* Day One

* Edward Jones

* EMHS

* Evergreen MGA

* Garrand

* Geiger

* GreenPages Technology Solutions

* Holden Agency Insurance

* Jobs For Maine’s Graduates

* J√łtul North America

* Kennebec Savings Bank

* Kennebunk Savings

* Machias Savings Bank

* Maine Savings Federal Credit Union

* Moody’s Collision Centers

* MOUNTAIN LTD.

* MPX

* New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

* New England Life Care

* Oxford Networks

* PeoplesChoice Credit Union

* Portland Color

* PowerPay, LLC

* Skowhegan Savings Bank

* SMRT

* T-MobileUSA

* Turner Barker Insurance

* Unum

* Woodard & Curran

The assessment process, administered by the Best Companies Group, evaluated each company’s employee policies and procedures as well as responses from the company’s employees. The program marks the most recent step in a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence throughout all Maine companies.

The program also helps companies that want to improve their score. The Best Companies Group employee feedback report is presented to each participating company, even if it did not make the list, that summarizes employee engagement and satisfaction data, the Maine Benchmark Report, and the transcript of employee written comments. The report is used by many organizations to make significant improvements in their workplace culture.

For more information on the program and the awards banquet, visit bestplacestoworkinme.com.