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Best in New York


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Best Companies Group has honored First American Equipment Finance as one of the 2021 Best Companies to Work For in New York. This is First American’s tenth consecutive year being named to the list, this year coming in at 1st place in the large category (250+ FTE).  

The annual list of the 2021 Best Companies to Work for in New York was created by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM) and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2021 Best Companies to Work for in New York list is made up of 72 companies.  

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

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity; 
  • Be a publicly or privately held business; 
  • Have a facility in the state of New York; 
  • Have at least 15 employees working in New York; and 
  • Must be in business a minimum of 1 year. 

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process. The first part evaluated each company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in New York and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings. 

“I am inspired to work with ambitious and passionate colleagues every day,” said CEO, Alan Sikora. “This group has created an award-winning workplace that stands out in our community and across all of New York state year after year. We are honored to receive this recognition.”  

Over the past five years, First American’s new business volume has grown substantially, from $414 million in 2015 to $1.48 billion in 2020. During this time, the company created over 100 new positions at its Rochester, NY headquarters.  

Recently, Fortune ranked First American as a Best Workplace in New York, Best Workplace for Millennials, a Best Small & Medium Workplace, a Best Workplace in Financial Services & Insurance, Best for Women, Best for Giving Back and Best for Grads. Energage named First American the #2 Top Workplace in the USA and #1 Top Midsize Workplace in Rochester earlier this year. Entrepreneur Magazine named First American a Top Company Culture and Selling Power Magazine named First American among the Best to Sell For.