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KBE Named a Top Workplace in Conn.

Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation, a $300 million construction services firm located in Farmington and Norwalk, was named one of The Hartford Courant’s Top Workplaces in Connecticut for 2018. KBE was ranked No. 8 in the survey. This is the second year that KBE has made the coveted list.

Only 60 companies were named Top Workplaces by The Courant in 2018, chosen from surveys of nearly 14,000 employees at 80+ firms in the state. The winners were named solely based on the survey results, which measured overall employee satisfaction through a confidential, multiquestion survey.

“At KBE, we believe that ‘relationships are everything’ — and that starts with our staff,” said KBE principal owner and CEO, Mike Kolakowski. “Our business success is directly related to the commitment and satisfaction of our employees. Our longevity of staff spans 10 to 35 years, which I think is really testament to the quality of KBE and our focus on our employees as our most important asset.”

Among the employee comments cited in KBE’s survey results were this: “The firm’s senior managers understand what is really happening at the company and actively encourages different points of view and new ideas.”

The firm’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference, is also frequently cited as a main source of satisfaction by KBE employees.  

Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $2.75 million and 13,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.