Owner: Don Albensi, Sr.
When Albensi Laboratories says its employees receive a Total Rewards Program, it means total. Along with paying 100% of the staffs’ medical, vision and dental coverage, the lab also provides flexible working hours, life insurance, a 401(k) program with matching and access to a financial advisor. The laboratory even offers a 12-week Fit Camp—including aerobic classes, strength training and advice on healthy eating—twice a year and pays 50% of the cost for each employee.
Benefits like these are what led the staff to vote the laboratory one of the 2013 Top Workplaces in the area in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They also helped Owner and CEO, Don Albensi Sr., earn the newspaper’s title of Top Boss of a small business.
Albensi, who opened the lab in 1979, has grown the business from three to 94 employees by creating a positive atmosphere and acting more like a coach than a boss, according to Technical Manager Ernie Pettengill. “As chaotic as the lab can be sometimes, Don has a calming influence over all of us,” he explains. “He maintains a very level head, is positive and a great role model. He really encourages us and that resonates through everyone in the lab.”
Another perk coming soon to the Albensi staff: a new 30,000-sq-ft, state-of-the-art facility and education center; the laboratory plans to move into its new home this spring.
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