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2013 AARP Best Employers

Cianbro Corporation


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Industry: Construction/Building         Location: Pittsfield, Maine    Website:

Winning Years: 2013, 2011

Highlights of 2013 Winning Strategies

Cianbro Corporation’s Healthy LifeStyle Program helps employees and their families live healthier, more productive lives. The program focuses on reducing health risks to prevent the onset of long-term diseases and identifies controllable at-risk behaviors. A few examples of such behaviors may be tobacco use or lack of physical activity. Employees work with a personal health coach to learn how to live healthy, and earn credits toward their medical premiums by participating. The program also contains a Condition Management focus that provides guidance to employees living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lower back pain and metabolic syndrome, or any employee who prefers to have a more focused approach to their overall health.

Additional Policies and Practices

  • Recruiting: Cianbro uses senior placement agencies to target mature workers and retirees. In addition, the company has an individual who works with the Maine Older Workers Committee to recruit mature employees.

  • Workplace Culture/Continued Opportunities: Learning and development opportunities offered to Cianbro employees working 20-plus hours per week include tuition reimbursement, in-house classroom training, online training, certification classes and reimbursement of professional membership dues. The Cianbro Institute utilizes a nationally recognized curriculum via established articulation agreements with a number of colleges, where selected programs are delivered within the organization and provide college credit to their team members. In a recent 12-month period, 99 percent of employees participated in at least one of the training opportunities with an average of 26 hours spent in training. Long-service anniversaries are celebrated with announcements, parties and awards. Employees have opportunities to gain new experiences by working on temporary assignments in other departments, on team projects, and by having access to formal job rotation and mentoring programs. Job reassignments are provided for employees needing special accommodations.

  • Benefits/Health: Employees working 20-plus hours per week are eligible for individual and family medical coverage, individual and family prescription drug coverage, individual and family vision and dental insurance, individual long-term care insurance, and short-term disability. Employees working 35-plus hours per week are also eligible for long-term disability. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are available to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs. Full- and part-time employees are offered health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, physical activity and weight loss programs or counseling, a personal health coach, and stress management training. Sixty-two percent of Cianbro employees utilized at least one of these wellness benefits during a recent 12-month period. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are available to full- and part-time employees as well as their family members.
  • Benefits/Financial: Employees working 20-plus hours per week are eligible for a 401(k) plan and profit sharing. All new hires are automatically enrolled in the 401(k) plan, employees may choose to invest in lifecycle funds that automatically reallocate assets based on age or proximity to retirement, and employees age 50-plus can make catch-up contributions to their plan. Staff members, staff from the financial services firm that administers the 401(k) plan, and external financial planning experts provide financial planning information and training to employees. Employees are offered short- and long-term leaves of absence without pay for caregiving needs. Employees working 20-plus hours per week are offered referral services to assist with child care, grandchild care and eldercare, and backup care for child care and eldercare.
  • Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Flextime, compressed work schedules, job sharing, telecommuting and a formal phased retirement program are alternative work arrangements offered to employees working 20-plus hours per week. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.
  • Opportunities for Retirees: Cianbro stays connected with its retirees by communicating on a regular basis, inviting retirees to organization events, and by providing retirees with ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information. The annual Turkey Trot is a special event that provides retirees with a personal visit from the company and a hand-delivered Turkey Certificate just prior to Thanksgiving. Work arrangements offered to retirees include temporary work assignments, consulting or contract work, telecommuting, and full- and part-time work.
  • Age of Workforce: Thirty-four percent of Cianbro employees are age 50-plus. The average tenure of employees age 50-plus is 15.5 years.

Also of Interest: More AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

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