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Gelinas Named One of the 2022 Best Places to Work in Maine

We are so honored and excited to be named one of the 2022 Best Places to Work in Maine!

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

Gelinas HVAC owner, Justin Zandan, believes this acknowledgement highlights their great team of technicians and staff. Work atmosphere is very contagious, so having a very positive environment elevates everyone. After spending 17 years in a large corporate setting, he purchased Gelinas HVAC in 2015 to grow a business that was already very family-oriented and had a strong crew. His goal is to always be looking for ways to continuously improve as a company and a workforce. Building a team where there is trust, cooperation, accountability, and equity is a top priority.

“Fostering a supportive and healthy work culture for our employees is a core value of ours. I am very honored by this recognition, and I consider building a positive work environment for our employees an important accomplishment. I know we couldn’t do what we do without our outstanding team!”

~ Justin Zandan, Owner

Better Customer Experience

When people are happy in their jobs, they care more about their work and the company. They deliver better customer service. Saying you are a team is not enough, there has to be the value and practice of putting people first, and that starts with the staff. When they feel valued, they carry that quality out into the field.

“To me, this recognition means our customers have a better overall experience with Gelinas. That is what we are here for – to help people.”

Justin Zandan

A Way to Recruit Top Talent

The HVAC industry in Southern Maine is a very competitive one for recruiting new employees, especially technicians. This distinction as a Best Place to Work will set Gelinas apart from other companies, and make them more attractive to job candidates who are considering employment options.

“Attracting top talent is our goal, so adding this award to our credentials as an employer should make us a more appealing place to build a career. We want to be a great company to work for.”

~ Justin Zandan
Best Places to Work in Maine

How a Company Becomes a Best Place to Work

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 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 approximately 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 Maine and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings. 

The 2022 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 100 companies in three size categories: 34 small winners (15-49 U.S. employees), 45 medium winners (50-249 U.S. employees) and 21 large winners (250+ U.S. employees).  

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

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

The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management – Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.

Gelinas HVAC will be recognized in the October 17th edition of Mainebiz where the rankings will be revealed for the first time.