There always seem to be questions surrounding the economy. But if you talk to economic experts, most agree that Arizona is the place to be when it comes to starting or growing a business. And those companies who are looking to come to Arizona to grow can learn something from the companies who are spotlighted below. The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2024 earned the most support in voting for the 2024 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest business opinion poll. These aren’t just experts saying these are great places to work: These companies earned votes from the people of Arizona: Our workforce.


MORE NEWS: Here’s how Arizona cities rank among U.S. News’ Best Places to Live


Building a great workplace culture like the Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona requires a combination of factors that contribute to a positive and productive environment. One crucial element is strong leadership that sets a clear vision, values and goals for the organization. Transparent communication is key, fostering trust between management and employees. Encouraging open dialogue, feedback, and discussion helps create a sense of community and inclusivity.

Recognition and appreciation play a significant role in motivating employees and promoting a positive culture. Acknowledging and celebrating achievements, big or small, can boost morale and engagement. Additionally, promoting a healthy work-life balance and providing opportunities for growth and development can enhance job satisfaction and employee retention.

Establishing clear expectations, promoting teamwork, and fostering a sense of belonging are also essential for creating a great workplace culture. Encouraging diversity and inclusivity, supporting work flexibility, and prioritizing employee well-being contribute to a positive and vibrant work environment where employees feel valued and motivated to succeed.

Ultimately, becoming one of the Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona and creating a great workplace culture is built on a foundation of respect, trust, and shared values that prioritize both individual and collective success.

Enjoy learning more about the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona, listed below in alphabetical order.

The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona

ABI Multifamily 

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Alerus

Anderson Security Agency

Arizona Bank & Trust

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Financial Credit Union

Arizona Oncology

Arizona State University

Asset Living

Aurora Behavioral Health System

azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson Real Estate

BMO

Banner Health

Bar Napkin Productions

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Arizona Properties

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Signal Search


Burch & Cracchiolo Shareholder Wendi Sorensen. (Photo by Bruce Andersen, Az Business, a publication of AZ Big Media)

Burch & Cracchiolo

BACKGROUND: Founders Frank Haze Burch and Dan Cracchiolo were known for being hometown heroes for business law in Phoenix when they joined forces to open Burch & Cracchiolo 52 years ago. Since then, the firm has grown into a team of more than 50 esteemed law professionals who all carry on the traditional values upon which the firm was founded, while embracing innovation and looking forward to the future.

DEFINING THE FIRM’S CULTURE: “It’s hard to put into words,” says Burch & Cracchiolo Shareholder Wendi Sorensen. “Burch & Cracchiolo is about people first. Business, of course, is important. But there’s something very special about the firm. We socialize together. When we designed our building space, we designed it to be on the outside so that we can all have sunny open space where we can all come together. It’s a very special place.”

DIVERSIFIED WORKFORCE: “When I joined Burch, one of the big questions I had was about diversity,” Sorensen says. “I didn’t want to come into a place where I was just going to have to grind out the hours and that I was going to be seen as just another one of many. I was assured that I wasn’t, and I made the right choice. The firm is is very special in that regard. We have people from different political standpoints, different persuasions of so many different types. And it isn’t that we tolerate each other, we embrace each other.”

Information: bcattorneys.com

Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management

CCMC

CVAM, Cardiovascular Associates of Mesa

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Capital Asset Management

Cawley Architects

Cigna

City of Chandler

BACKGROUND: Chandler has built a reputation as a “Community of Innovation.” Life in Chandler goes beyond a thriving and dynamic business community. Known for its rich diversity, the city offers an outstanding quality of life for all generations with great schools and recreational opportunities including one park per square mile. Chandler is Arizona’s fourth largest city with a population of more than 286,000. The city also is one of the safest communities in the nation and boasts AAA bond ratings from all three national rating agencies, one of only 40 communities to achieve this distinction.

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe

Colliers

Copa Health


CORE Construction’s Seth Beer, Jason Santor, Todd Steffen and John Sanders III. (Photo by Bruce Andersen, Az Business, a publication of AZ Big Media)

CORE Construction

BACKGROUND: Utilizing comprehensive construction knowledge and industry expertise, CORE provides exceptional building services in 13 markets focusing on the K-12, higher education, municipal, public safety and senior living sectors. CORE has a strong company culture of mutual trust and continuous improvement that lead to great results and team pride.

THE CULTURE: “We have a pretty intentional culture around trying to create an environment where people understand the strength of creating a great team,” says Todd Steffen, president at CORE Construction Arizona. “Individual success is always a great thing, but not as good as winning as a team. So if you can do that, it creates even a greater sense of accomplishment and purpose and quality of life. We have created that intentional focus around winning as a team, leaning on each other, seeing each other succeed and rooting for each other. That unified approach creates great culture.”

LEADERSHIP: “Great culture starts with leadership,” says John Sanders III, vice president at CORE. “This company truly does feel like a family and CORE’s leadership has put in place a culture where everyone else at the company feels like we can always go to each other for help. It’s so much more than work for us at CORE. It really is just about serving each other.”

Information: coreconstruction.com

Corgan

BACKGROUND: Since 2004, Corgan’s Arizona team has grown to encompass a team of architects and interior designers with a broad range of expertise in interiors, education, healthcare, aviation, commercial and data centers. The firm has also built a reputation for having an incredible workplace culture.

Impact of positive culture on creativity: “It’s really important because you want to get the best work out of people,” says Jenn Consentino, principal and interiors studio leader at Corgan. “To deliver the best results to our clients, it’s all about being creative. And so if you allow people to have fun and express themselves, you get a better product in the end.”

Workplace differentiator: “The thing that makes our workplace culture really special is that we’re of all in it together,” Consentino says. “Whenever we have a project, we approach it by thinking about who’s the best person and what strengths complement each other. That approach really creates a inclusive culture where everyone kind of comes to the table, has a great time and participates.”

DAS Technology

Delta Dental of Arizona

Desert Financial Credit Union

dpa architects 

Empire Southwest

Fennemore

Fry’s Food Stores

Gammage & Burnham

Geneva Financial

Guidant Law

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

Katie Haydon is president and CEO for Haydon. (Provided photo)

Haydon

BACKGROUND: Founded by Gary Haydon in 1991, Haydon began as a commercial building general contractor. In 1998, Gary saw an opportunity to diversify Haydon’s services and added a Heavy Civil Division to the company. In 2021, Haydon was named ENR Southwest’s Contractor of the Year. Haydon continues to approach life and business with an optimistic long-term perspective that celebrates its history while embracing the future. As Haydon moves through a second generation leadership transition, they are excited for the strategic vision and growth minded focus of legacy leader, Katie Haydon.

HomeSmart

HonorHealth

I Need An Angel

IMPACT Technology Recruiting

KAEKO

Kidder Mathews

Land Advisors Organization

Landings Credit Union

Launch Real Estate


LAVIDGE was voted one of the best places to work in Arizona. Leading the team are front row: Bill Lavidge, president and CEO. Second row: Alicia Wadas, executive vice president and chief operating officer; and Sandra Torre, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Back row: Tim Trull, managing director, strategy; Stephen Heitz, chief innovation officer; and and Bob Case, chief creative officer. (Photo by Bruce Andersen, Az Business, a publication of AZ Big Media)

LAVIDGE

BACKGROUND: LAVIDGE is an employee-owned ad agency specializing in discovering and communicating insights which engage, motivate and inspire. LAVIDGE’s unified marketing approach encompasses advertising, public relations and digital marketing. And LAVIDGE has been doing it successfully since 1982.

Foundation of culture: “Back in 2006, we created a mantra of, ‘be creative, work smart and have fun,’” says Bob Case, chief creative officer at LAVIDGE. “That’s truly the DNA of the company and it has really affected our culture.”

Impact of culture on creativity: “Positive culture allows everybody in our agency to have the space to feel safe and be creative because being creative is about being able to be vulnerable, taking risks and pushing things into awkward spots and finding the edges,” Case says. “Creating an environment where that can happen is what truly helps us move forward.”

Impact of culture on bottom line: “50% of our employees have been there for five years or longer and 30% have been with us for at least 10 years. Because of that consistency in staff, our clients are staying longer. The average tenure for most clients at an agency is two to three years. Ours are seven to eight.”

Lerner and Rowe Law Group

LGE Design Build

MMA, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

MT Builders

Mayo Clinic


Alison Sallitt is director of consulting and communications for Mark-Taylor Companies. (Photo by Bruce Andersen, AZRE, a publication of AZ Big Media)

Mark-Taylor Companies and Mark -Taylor Residential

BACKGROUND: Established in 1985, Mark-Taylor Companies is a leading developer, owner, and investment manager of luxury multifamily residences across Arizona and Nevada. At Mark-Taylor (MT), its timeless mission is to create exceptional communities that invite, inspire and feel like home. As Mark-Taylor continue to expand its footprint, the company’s priority remains unchanged – people come first. From residents and team members to business partners and clients, MT provides exceptional, 5-star experiences to all. 

ATTRACTION TO WORKPLACE: “I enjoy the people and the growth,” says Alison Sallitt, director of consulting and communications for Mark-Taylor Companies. “The people around me are my team and they are making an impact on residents’ lives. The workplace culture at Mark-Taylor is really connected and familial, but also there are also growth opportunities. The multifamily housing industry — specifically in Arizona — is such a booming industry where you’re really making an impact on people’s lives and there’s a lot of rewards that come from that.”

McCarthy Building Companies

National Bank of Arizona

BACKGROUND: Founded in Tucson in 1984, National Bank of Arizona has grown to serve more than 44 communities across the state with 56 full-service branches. NB|AZ has more than $5.3 billion in assets and is a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A., backed by the strength of Zions Bancorporation, a member of the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Financial 100 index. Since its inception, community has been at the core of NB|AZ . Through volunteer efforts, donations, specialized financial product and services, NB|AZ  dedicates itself to recognizing the causes and people that move our state forward.

NexMetro Communities

OneAZ Credit Union


P.B. Bell, led by R. Chapin Bell (front), and (back, from left) Nicole Steltenpohl, Michelle Jenson and Justin Steltenpohl, specializes in the development and management of multifamily housing communities in Arizona. (Photo by Bruce Andersen, Az Business, a publication of AZ Big Media)

P.B. Bell

BACKGROUND: Committed to quality apartment homes and service, P.B. Bell focuses on its people first and strives to ensure every employee is valued, has the tools necessary to excel and grow, and feels supported and appreciated within their role. From food drives to volunteering at local nonprofits and charitable donations, P.B. Bell is committed to making communities a better place for everyone. 

Foundation of great culture: “I think it’s the camaraderie,” Justin Steltenpohl, chief operating officer for P.B. Bell, says. “We all get along really well. We’re like a family. The people I work with are my brothers and sisters and it’s important to us that folks feel that we care about them and that we understand how important they are to our company.”

The differentiator: “The flexibility,” Steltenpohl says. “We try to be incredibly flexible and accommodate each individual’s need at any particular time if they need flexibility and it’s at all possible. We have a group of executives that truly care and understand that people are the most important thing in our company.”

Impact of culture on bottom line: “If our folks feel that they’re appreciated and feel that they’re cared about, I think that enhances their performance,” Steltenpohl says. “They’re the ones the public sees. The public doesn’t know about me or CEO R. Chapin Bell or anybody else. P.B. Bell is P.B. Bell because of our people. And if we can make those people understand how important they are and feel how important they are to us, I think that reflects in how they treat others and how they actually perform their job. That’s what makes us best in class.”

PetSmart

Phoenix Heart Vein Vascular

Pinnacle Design

Precision Air & Plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Realty Executives

Republic Bank of Arizona

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s
International Realty

Ryan Companies US

Salt River Project

Snell & Wilmer

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Speedie & Associates

Taylor Morrison

Team Select Home Care

Tempe Elementary School District

The Brokery

The CORE Institute

The James Agency

The SPR Agency

Town of Cave Creek

Town of Fountain Hills

Town of Gilbert

Town of Paradise Valley

Tri-City Cardiology

ViaWest Group

Wallace Plese + Dreher

Wood, Patel & Associates