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Canterbury Emphasizes Teamwork to Manage Stress

By Peter J. Brennan

Canterbury Consulting provides financial advice on $23.6 billion worth of investments for family offices, college endowments, nonprofits, healthcare organizations and other clients. Like other wealth management firms in this hyper-competitive business on Wall Street, this advice is closely tracked by clients, especially in years where the markets have seen wild swings of fortune.

Yet, the 62 employees at the Newport Beach-based company thrive in this stressful environment, as based on the firm’s No. 34 placement on the Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list, for midsize businesses.

“We’ve always tried to create some creativity with our employees from the clerks to those who meet clients face to face,” President Debashis Chowdhury told the Business Journal. “There is a connectivity beyond dollars that makes the work more purposeful for our employees.”

This county-wide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county's economy, its workforce and businesses. 

To be considered for participation, employers had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 15 full- or part-time permanent employees working in Orange County;
  • Have a physical operation in Orange County;
  • Be a publicly or privately held organization;
  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit, or a government organization;
  • Have been in business for at least one year, at the program registration deadline.

Organizations from across the county entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Orange County. The first part consisted of evaluating each employer's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 20% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 80% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Workforce Research Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Orange County and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking. 

The ranking of the winning organizations were released via a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s October 26th issue. 

For more information on the survey process for the Best Places to Work in Orange County program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkOrangeCounty.com. 


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