Anadarko, David Weekley Homes and Energy XXI are Houston's best places to work

Chronicle's annual Top Workplaces survey names city's 150 best employers

Nov 09, 2012, 16:31 ET from Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Free cars, lunches with senior leadership and challenging, unbureaucratic environments are some of the perks cited by employees at companies named Houston's Top Workplaces by the Houston Chronicle. More than 900 staffers representing the winning businesses, selected by employee surveys, were honored last night at a gala.

For the third straight year, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. came out on top in the large employer category. Employees praised the company's commitment to "intelligent risk taking" and use of "the best technology available."

"It is truly a humbling honor to win not only this year but three years in a row," Anadarko CEO Al Walker said.

Rounding out the top three large companies were TransCanada Corporation and Plains All American Pipeline.

Topping the list of midsize companies was David Weekley Homes, commended by employers for its "forward thinking and ... integrity based environment." Second place finisher was Hilcorp Energy Company, followed by The Container Store. The winner among small companies was Energy XXI, cited for offering a supportive and "family" environment. Also making the top three were Christian Brothers Automotive and Encompass Home Health.

The Chronicle also awarded special leadership prizes to three top chief executives: Greg Armstrong of Plains All American Pipeline, Jeffery Hildebrand of Hilcorp and John Schiller of Energy XXI.

"As part of our privilege of hosting Houston's great conversations, one of the most important topics we cover is this city's strong economic engine," Chronicle president John T. O'Loughlin said. "Houston added more than 80,000 jobs last year and enjoys the fastest pace of job growth among the nation's major metro areas. Becoming a top workplace requires a commitment to change, to growth, to offering a total package that attracts the very best workforce."

The full list of winners is available in a 48-page special section within this Sunday's Houston Chronicle and at

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