Life at Commonwealth: Best Places to Work
What makes a 25-time Best Place to Work winner?
Start with a commitment to helping employees be the best they can be, add support and services—and finish with a heavy dose of fun!
Below you'll see how some of our staff describe their Commonwealth experience—plus a selection of recent accolades we're particularly proud of.
Commonwealth is like my second family—my extended family! Joe has made a constant commitment to keeping this type of environment, and that's what I love most about working here. I couldn't be more blessed!
— Tracy Paulo, Manager, Commissions
Joined in 2002
I have been treated like a valued member of the Commonwealth family from the day I started, and I feel truly fortunate to have found a home here. After 10-plus years, I am still dazzled by the spontaneous acts of kindness and giving that occur at Commonwealth, and it continually inspires me to be a more charitable person.
— Linda Lampila, Senior Financial Analyst
Joined in 1998
What makes Commonwealth great to me is not only the perks, which are both amazing and generous, but the sense of family and belonging. I look forward to going to work each and every day, knowing I am going to make a difference.
— Tim Burke, Supervisor, Operations Priority
Joined in 2001
Words cannot express how fortunate I feel to be a part of Commonwealth's family. I had never experienced great kindness, dedication, and generosity to an organization's employees until Commonwealth! Truly a remarkable community that is my home away from home!
— Paula O'Shaughnessy, Senior Human Resources Generalist
Joined in 1999
I will never forget the time Joe took time out of his schedule to give me a call and offer encouragement during a particularly difficult time in my life. There were many times over the following months that I thought back to that call and gained strength from what he said. There is no way to place a value on that type of caring.
— Lori Yaverbaum, Director, Web Services and Usability
Joined in 2001
As someone who left Commonwealth and came back, I have truly experienced the feeling of coming home. Since I've been back, the unique Commonwealth culture has shown itself time and time again. It is a constant reminder of how very thankful I am to be here.
— Sharon Butters, Field Development Specialist
Rejoined in 2008
Commonwealth not only cares about its employees, but it also cares about the causes we find meaningful. It is amazing how many diverse opportunities we have to give back every year, and it is a true testament to Commonwealth's dedication to its people.
— Leah Granger, Operations IT Product Manager
Joined in 2008
I am fortunate to work for such a first-rate organization, with an owner who has a heart of gold and genuinely cares for his employees.
— Dom DiMascio, Manager, Trade Desk
Joined in 1992
This is a special company in so many ways, but nothing is so uniquely Commonwealth as the Sunday River Club. Joe's generosity is more than appreciated—and, for it, I offer my sincere thanks. For the first time in my career, when I talk about my job, my friends ask if we are hiring.
— Ethan Young, Manager, Annuity Research
Joined in 2002
The generosity that Commonwealth shows its employees is amazing. I am truly honored to be part of a company that is so successful and so appreciative of its people.
— Nancy Dusseault, Manager, Transition
Rejoined in 2002
When I first came to Commonwealth, I was in awe of all the generosity—and I still am. When I think of Corporate America, this is not what I envisioned. Joe and the partners have managed to give Commonwealth this family-like atmosphere that makes it hard to think about ever leaving.
— Brenda Fleurancois, Supervisor, Licensing
Joined in 1998
I've worked at many places, but none of those experiences compares to my time at Commonwealth. The work environment at Commonwealth is extraordinary, and the generosity shown to its employees has no equal.
— Richard Kirwin, Office Services Assistant
Joined in 1996
I am grateful to work in an environment that champions initiative. We are given support and encouragement to begin, guidance along the way, and recognition and feedback upon completion.
— Nick Follett, Annuity Product Associate
Joined in 2010
It may sound cliché, but the sky really is the limit at Commonwealth. There are numerous opportunities available; you just have to be willing to grab the bull by the horns.
— Peter Essele, Senior Investment Research Analyst
Joined in 2004
Commonwealth is a place where hard work gets noticed. I, like many others, have been given opportunities far beyond what I originally came here to do. The ability to get recognized and move laterally throughout the organization is something really unique, and the fun, motivated people chosen to work here make it that much better.
— Rob Rykowski, Product Liaison
Joined in 2009
OUR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR ON THE BOSTON GLOBE'S TOP 100 PLACES TO WORK LIST
From 2008 to 2013, Commonwealth has received high marks from the Boston Globe as an innovative and progressive workplace—welcome confirmation that we continue to succeed in our mission to build a supportive environment where everyone can thrive.
Commonwealth is one of just a handful of Massachusetts companies that has earned a spot every year since the Globe introduced its Top Places list. And we are the only firm to place among the top ten for all five years.
THE #1 TOP WORKPLACE IN SAN DIEGO
2013 marks the first year Commonwealth was considered for recognition by the U-T (Union-Tribune) San Diego, and we proudly took the top spot. Commonwealth ranked the #1 Top Workplace among small companies in San Diego for 2013. We were also honored with a special award for ethics, an acknowledgment especially gratifying to a financial services firm.
COMMONWEALTH SHINES FROM SEA TO SEA
From 2009 to 2013, Commonwealth has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the area's top places to work. Notable in 2013, Commonwealth ranked the #1 Best Place to Work among large companies in 2013. That means Commonwealth has been named a top workplace on both East and West coasts. Companies who make the SDBJ's Best Places to Work list excel at fostering a positive work environment, along with attracting and retaining employees by promoting a unique corporate culture.
A COMPUTERWORLD BEST PLACE TO WORK FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS
We are honored to be recognized—for the seventh consecutive year—as one of Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT among small companies (those with fewer than 2,500 employees). We value this award as recognition of our longstanding commitment to hiring the best and the brightest—the true innovators in their field—and to our success in empowering them to develop the technology solutions our advisors need to achieve their own version of success.