What makes a great place to
live and work? Maine
that Maine offers much more than just a great vacation -- it's also the
perfect place to live, work and raise a family. Maine's not just "Worth
a Visit," but "Worth a Lifetime" as well, and that's just what the
people at the Department of Economic and Community Development want
summer travelers to know.
employment opportunities abound in a variety of business fields," says
John Butera, director of the Maine Office of Business Development.
"Maine's industries offer all the optimal career advantages and
benefits, and with our state-of-the-art telecommunications network, we
are totally connected to the rest of the world."
leader in advanced telecommunications and industry support services,
Maine provides both its employers and its employees with an excellent
business environment. Outside the workplace, it's also a cost-effective
and beautiful place to live and raise a family. The state recently
ranked first in the U.S. in primary education by the National Education
Goals Panel, as well as the best state to raise children by the
Children's Rights Council. In 1999, Maine also had the fourth lowest
crime rate in the nation and the lowest average home price in New
of companies and thousands of job seekers have invested in Maine to
find financial success and a terrific way of life. Fairchild
Semiconductor International is just one such story of business success.
A respected leader and global supplier of high performance technical
products, Fairchild chose South Portland, Maine, as its corporate
comes as no surprise that the company was recently named as one of the
20 best employers in the electronics industry by a study performed by
Cahners Research and published in the Electronics Industry's Movers and
Shakers 2001 magazine. Given Fairchild's approach to employee
recruitment, training, retention, competitive compensation programs and
benefits, Cahners chose the company as a top-performing employer from
more than 10,000 other businesses in the industry.
Pond, Fairchild's chairman, president and chief executive officer, has
said, "We are proud of the unique and innovative programs we have
developed to hire and retain a world-class, motivated employee base.
Our employees are the best of the best, and their competence has been
borne out by Fairchild's record in its first four years."
11,000 employees worldwide indeed get the job done, as proven by yet
another honor for the company. Business Week selected Fairchild as one
of the 100 best performing technology companies in the world in their
annual "Info Tech 100" issue last June. Fairchild was chosen from over
10,000 tech companies worldwide as a leader in the field of information
and co-founders Steve and Glynn Willett's "emotional" attachment to
Maine spurred their relocation to the state where they lived and worked
as young adults. When they brought ATX from New York back to Maine in
1998 to pair a "fun working culture" with an "unusually productive work
environment" -- and a $48,000 starting salary -- many residents told
their children to come home to northern Maine and to ATX. As a result,
the company tripled its programming staff, and now employs 120 people
in its Caribou offices.
strong work ethic of ATX's Maine team results in high productivity for
the company, and employees' efforts garner big rewards. ATX programmers
appreciate their individual offices, and all staffers enjoy the
in-house ping-pong and pool tables as well as regular company
whitewater rafting trips. The company's owners credit much of their
consistent and rapid growth to their creative and dedicated workforce.
has even come up with novel ideas to promote business growth while
simultaneously revitalizing Caribou's downtown community. To generate
an increase in customers, ATX offered a finder's fee to anyone in the
town who successfully brought in a new client to the company. With this
innovative plan to involve the community in sales leads, ATX hopes to
benefit the city of Caribou as well as all those who want to live and
work in Aroostook County.
a world away from taxes and semiconductors, Tom's of Maine shares the
common thread of success with companies like Fairchild and ATX. Uniting
moral values and social responsibility with good business sense, the
world-famous manufacturer of natural personal care products has become
the largest of its kind over the past 30 years.
beacon of excellent business stewardship, Tom's of Maine has always
built its relationships with consumers and employees on the basis of
shared values. Working Mother magazine recently voted Tom's of Maine as
one of the "100 Best Companies" for working mothers on the basis of the
company's dedication to flexible work hours, health insurance premiums
and paid leave for new parents -- even fathers. Other benefits for
employees include free financial planning services, stress prevention
workshops and reimbursement for wellness classes outside the workplace.
of Maine also encourages its 150 employees to serve the community on a
personal basis as well. Five percent of their staff's paid work time is
spent as volunteerism in the community, at local schools, animal
shelters and other organizations.
company focused on the great outdoors is L.L. Bean, headquartered in
Freeport, Maine, since its humble beginnings in 1912. Now a world
leader in outdoor gear, home furnishings and clothing, L.L. Bean's net
sales exceeded $1.1 billion in 2000. With locations in Portland,
Ellsworth and Brunswick, Maine, L.L. Bean employs approximately 4,000
people year-round, and extends its staff to 10,000 during the peak
holiday season. The company attracts and retains its vital staff
through a number of special programs, bonuses and benefits.
addition to flex vacation, dental insurance and a 401(k) retirement
savings plan, L.L. Bean offers numerous advantages for employees who
like to spend a lot of time enjoying the great Maine outdoors. Generous
employee discounts, an employee store and the chance to use one of the
company's seven camps on Maine's Rangeley Lake are just a few benefits
of working for the renowned retailer of outdoor goods.
Bean also encourages its workers to share the wealth by participating
in company community service. Keeping the outdoor environment in mind
as well as the outdoor gear, hundreds of employees have helped to
maintain the largest section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The
company is also dedicated to improving the quality of life for
employees, their families and community, having donated nearly $10
million to non-profit organizations over the last decade.
businesses are just a few of many that have found markets, production,
great employees and success in Maine. And as new businesses sprout and
existing companies continue to expand in the state, so will the
employment opportunities. In fact, several of Maine's industries are
currently looking for educated and driven people to join their staff,
and offering high salaries and remarkable benefits to attract
prospective employees. Add to that Maine's thriving, close-knit
communities, array of recreational opportunities, a diverse culture
steeped in history, high quality school systems and low cost of living,
and you've got the perfect combination for a place that's not only
"worth a visit, but worth a lifetime."
economy is evolving," Butera stated. "We are focusing on the industries
and technologies that promise exponential growth in the years to come,
and we are looking for motivated people to fill the jobs that are
available, now and in the future."
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