Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management has announced finalists in the 11th annual "Best Places to Work in Maine" program, including several from the Midcoast.

Area finalists are CedarWorks of Rockport and Hersey EyeCare of Winterport among smaller companies; Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden and Damariscotta Bank & Trust of Damariscotta among medium-sized companies; and athenahealth Inc. of Belfast among large companies.

The 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine list recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. In June, the program manager, Best Companies Group, gathered information from all nominees, including employee benefits, workplace policies and employee responses to a comprehensive satisfaction survey. This data is used to determine one winner in each business category.

The program is part of a long-term initiative to encourage growth and excellence throughout all Maine companies.

All participating companies receive an “Employee Feedback Report” in an effort to help Maine businesses improve their scores. The report summarizes employee engagement, satisfaction data and includes the transcript of employees’ written comments. The report is used by many organizations to make significant improvements in their workplace culture.

The top 10 winners from each category will be revealed in ranked order at an awards banquet Oct. 4 and will be featured in Mainebiz.

The 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine arranged alphabetically are:

Small Employers (15 – 49 U.S. employees)

Albin, Randall & Bennett, CPAs, Portland

Bangor Federal Credit Union, Bangor

Casco Systems, Cumberland Center

CedarWorks, Rockport

ETTI, Lisbon Falls

Hersey EyeCare, Winterport

Holden Agency Insurance, Portland

Kennebec Federal Savings, Waterville

Landry/French Construction Co., Scarborough

Milestone Foundation Inc., Portland

MPX, Portland

Oxford County Managed Solutions LLC, Rumford

Sage Data Security LLC, Portland

SFX AMERICA, Portland

TruChoice Federal Credit Union, Portland

TrueLine Publishing, Portland

Virtual Managed Solutions LLC, Caribou

Workgroup Technology Partners Inc., Westbrook

Medium Employers (50 – 249 U.S. employees)

Allagash Brewing Company, Portland

Allen Insurance and Financial, Camden

Apothecary by Design Acquisition Co. LLC, Portland

Bath Savings Institution, Bath

Bernstein Shur, Portland

BlueTarp Financial, Portland

CashStar Inc., Portland

CES Inc., Brewer

Certify Inc., Portland

Community Care, Bangor

Connectivity Point, Auburn

Dahl Chase Diagnostic Services, Bangor

Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Damariscotta

Day One, South Portland

DSCI, South Portland

Evergreen Credit Union, Portland

Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta

Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn

GreenPages Inc., Kittery

INFINITY Federal Credit Union, Westbrook

Kleinschmidt Associates, Pittsfield

Liquid, Portland

Maine Credit Union League & Synergent, Westbrook

Maine State Credit Union, Augusta

Moody's Co-worker Owned Inc., Gorham

Norris Inc., South Portland

Patriot Subaru, Saco

PeoplesChoice Credit Union, Saco

ReVision Energy, Portland

SeniorsPlus, Lewiston

SymQuest, based in South Burlington, Vt.

Systems Engineering Inc., Portland

The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport

Town & Country FCU, South Portland

Winxnet, based in Metheun, Mass.

York County Federal Credit Union, Sanford

Large Employers (250 or more U.S. employees)

Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Lewiston

athenahealth Inc., Belfast

Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor

Consigli Construction Co. Inc., Portland

Darling's, Brewer

Diversified Communications, Portland

Edward Jones, based in Louisville, Ky.

Geiger, Lewiston

Hancock Lumber Co., Casco

Huber Engineered Woods LLC, Easton

IDEXX Laboratories Inc., Westbrook

Inland Hospital, Waterville

InterMed P.A., South Portland

Machias Savings Bank, Machias

New Balance Athletics Inc., Norridewock

Norway Savings Bank, Portland

Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan

Sebasticook Valley Health, Pittsfield

T-Mobile, Oakland

TD Bank, based in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Tyler Technologies Inc., Yarmouth

Endorsing partners of this program include Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Department of Labor, Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine HR Convention and Mainebiz.

Sponsors include KMA Consulting, MEMIC, Heart at Work Associates, Pro Search, Allagash Brewing Company and Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. The 2016 premier sponsor is JobsinME.com.

For more information: BestPlacestoWorkInME.com.