All across the state — and nation — businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees. But those companies may be able to learn something from the companies that will be spotlighted here in the days to follow. The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona earned the most support in voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest business opinion poll.

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“We really do put people first,” says Cathy Graham, executive vice president at Desert Financial Credit Union, one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. “The employment environment is really tough right now with the Great Resignation. So we try to be really purposeful and clear about the organization: where we’re going, what we’re striving for, what success looks like and then connecting the dots. People want to feel like part of something bigger than just the role that they fill every day.”

Enjoy learning more about the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona. Today, the spotlight is on Burch & Cracchiolo.

Burch & Cracchiolo

Founders Frank Haze Burch and Dan Cracchiolo were known for being hometown heroes for business law in Phoenix when they opened Burch & Cracchiolo 50 years ago. That hometown pride continues today at Burch & Cracchiolo.

CULTURE DEFINED: “The strengths of Burch & Cracchiolo are the people,” says Andrew Abraham, president of Burch & Cracchiolo. “No question about it. We treat everybody who walks in our door — employee or client — almost as family. We have all sorts of internal discussions where we listen to everybody who’s got an idea about what might make the firm a better place — whether it’s a brand new employee who’s been there a day or somebody who’s been there 40-plus years. We try to keep everybody under the family umbrella and listen to them. We implement creative ideas and we’re always looking for more.”

SECRET SAUCE: “We have about 100 employees,” Abraham says. “It’s not 100 people making a decision, but a 100 people are invited to give their input and then a smaller group makes a decision. All senior management, not just myself, are great listeners. And I think listening is probably the hardest skill to adapt when managing.”

RETAINING EMPLOYEES: “The No. 1 thing that we’re most proud of is when people come to us to work at our firm, they don’t leave,” Abraham says. “That sends the loudest possible message. That’s not something in the last two or three or four years, that goes back 30, 40 years. We have a whole bunch of lawyers who spent their entire career at Burch & Cracchiolo. It’s the intangibles that keep people there. It’s that family atmosphere that makes a difference. People want to come to work.”

SECRET TO RETENTION: “Our people stay at the firm because we integrate everybody into it,” Abraham says. “It is not a top-down mentality, it’s a group-think mentality. We share information with young lawyers, including financial information about the firm and about how the firm operates. I don’t think other firms necessarily do that. The point of that is we try to let everybody take ownership, so that it’s not just management and the rest. Everybody has a piece of ownership in our firm.”

100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona

Here are the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2022, based on public voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Companies and cities are listed in alphabetical order.

ABI Multifamily

ANDERSON Advertising & Public Relations

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Alliance Residential Company

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Federal Credit Union

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

BMO Harris Bank

Banner Health

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Signal Search

Burch & Cracchiolo


CHASSE Building Team

CORE Construction

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Cawley Architects

City of Chandler

City of Flagstaff

City of Glendale

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe

City to City Commercial



DP Electric

dpa architects

DPR Construction

Delta Dental of Arizona

Desert Financial Credit Union

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dignity Health in Arizona

Great Impact

Gust Rosenfeld

HDA Architects

Haydon Building Corp


Homeowners Financial Group


IMPACT Technology Recruiting

Ideation Design Group

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Johansen Interiors

K2 Electric


Kidder Mathews



LGE Design Build

Land Advisors Organization


LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide

Marcus & Millichap

Mark-Taylor Companies

Mark-Taylor Residential

Mayo Clinic

McCarthy Building Companies

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate


National Bank of Arizona

OneAZ Credit Union

P.B. Bell

Pacific Premier Bank

Precision Air & Plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Republic Bank of Arizona

Rocket Mortgage (formerly Quicken Loans)

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Ryan Companies US

SDB Contracting Services

Speedie & Associates

Sunstate Equipment


Team Select Home Care

The Brokery

The CORE Institute

Town of Gilbert

Town of Queen Creek

Tri Pointe Homes

TruWest Credit Union


VIP Mortgage

VIP Mortgage Inc.

ViaWest Group

WaFd Bank Arizona

Wallace, Plese + Dreher

Walton Global

Weitz Company

Western Alliance Bank

Willmeng Construction

Wood, Patel & Associates