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        Sometimes it's pizza. Sometimes it's volunteer opportunities. Sometimes it's flexible schedules, wellness programs or diet contests.

        What's clear from Crain's Cool Places to Work in Michigan competition, though, is that the most important elements of "cool" have to do with employers being tuned in to what's important to the workforce they want and providing it. Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., managed the Cool Places program. Applicants filled out an employer questionnaire, and the employees of each applicant company were surveyed. The weighted results of the two yielded 50 winners across two company size categories.

          • The cooler the better

            How employee-friendly features can improve the bottom line
            Weight-loss programs, video game lounges or office tailgate parties can help attract talent — and win customers. That's what several standout businesses are doing to earn them a spot on the Crain's Cool Places to Work in Michigan awards list.

          • Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

            Support, flexibility not happenstance
            Sharon Phillips has been with Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America for 21 years, and knowing she has her manager's support at work and with outside commitments is just part of what she values about the company.

          • Ranking companies: The cool factor

            Here's a look at the cool factors of the remaining ranked large companies:6. Sun Communities Inc., Southfield, manufactured home and RV community developer: Free fitness center, free frozen yogurt and healthy snacks, weight-loss challenges, team-building activities.

          • Brown & Brown of Detroit Inc.

            Sunny-day surprises
            Christine Catalanotte, human resources coordinator at Brown & Brown of Detroit, likes the element of surprise that comes with her work at the commercial business insurer.

          • Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

            Teamwork is focus
            At Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, there is an emphasis on teamwork. All employees work for the firm, not for individual attorneys. Doug Wagner, managing partner, said this makes for an "all-for-one-and-one-for-all atmosphere."

          • Altair Engineering Inc.

            Micro-management is out
            Craig Mackiewicz's favorite aspect of his work with Altair Engineering Inc. is the trust displayed by management for all employees.

          • ViSalus Inc.

            A healthy dose of swagger
            Ryan Blair wants ViSalus Inc. employees to feel like individuals. And Justin Call, vice president of service and support, says his CEO is succeeding.

          • McGraw Wentworth Inc.

            Listening to employees is paramount
            McGraw Wentworth Inc. offers a varied package of perks and benefits to its nearly 75 employees, and Human Resources Director Cathie Ruffner said it was designed by the employees themselves.

          • Airfoil Public Relations

            Nurturing success
            Airfoil Public Relations places great emphasis on nurturing and advancing the careers of the more than 50 employees working in both its offices.

          • Arrow Strategies

            Aim is to maintain 'that work-life balance overall'
            For Sarah Rubino, working at Arrow Strategies LLC means getting the time to do things she's always wanted. She even calls the office her "fun away from home."

          • MiPro Consulting LLC

            Keeping off-site workers engaged
            Jennifer Berry, system support specialist at MiPro Consulting LLC of Milford, said she never dreads Mondays. The combination of a laid-back office environment and the exciting work make her eager to start the week.

          • Gongos Research Inc.

            Passion, pride are company values
            The culture at Gongos Research Inc. is built around humanism, intelligence, passion and pride.

          The Cool Pool
          Here are the honorees in Crain's
          Cool Places to Work in Michigan competition:
          Employers with 250 or more employees

          1. Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, Lansing
          2. Brown & Brown of Detroit, Sterling Heights
          3. Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids
          4. Altair Engineering Inc., Troy
          5. ViSalus, Troy
          6. Sun Communities Inc., Southfield
          7. ePrize LLC, Pleasant Ridge
          8. Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit
          9. Compuware Corp., Detroit
          10. Digitas, Detroit
          11. Bodman PLC, Detroit
          12. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit
          13. Valassis Communications Inc., Livonia
          14. Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit
          15. Urban Science, Detroit
          16. Deloitte LLP, Detroit

          Employers with 15-249 employees

          1. McGraw Wentworth, Troy
          2. Airfoil Public Relations, Southfield
          3. Arrow Strategies, Bingham Farms
          4. MiPro, Milford
          5. Gongos Research Inc., Auburn Hills
          6. Plex Systems Inc., Auburn Hills
          7. Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters, St. Clair Shores
          8. Billhighway, Troy
          9. Reliance One Inc., Auburn Hills
          10. Trubiquity, Troy
          11. Interior Environments, Southfield
          12. Farbman Group, Southfield
          13. Northwestern Mutual-Wilshire Financial Group, Troy
          14. Kyyba Inc., Farmington Hills
          15. Brightwing, Troy
          16. Marketing Associates LLC, Detroit
          17. Pulse220, Southfield
          18. OpTech LLC, Troy
          19. RTT USA Inc., Royal Oak
          20. SERPEO, Troy
          21. Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs Inc., Madison Heights
          22. Cambridge Consulting Group, Troy
          23. Preh Inc., Novi
          24. WorkForce Software, Livonia
          25. Great Lakes Capital Fund, Lansing
          26. Community Housing Network Inc., Troy
          27. Computerized Facility Integration LLC, Southfield
          28. IMAGE ONE, Oak Park
          29. Lambert Edwards & Associates, Grand Rapids
          30. Creative Breakthroughs Inc., Troy
          31. CENIT North America Inc., Auburn Hills
          32. Michigan First Credit Union, Lathrup Village
          33. Michael Morse PC, Southfield
          34. ForeSee Results Inc., Ann Arbor

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