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Pittsburgh, PA Owner: Don Albensi, Sr. 94 Employees When Albensi Laboratories says its employees receive a Total Rewards Program, it means total. Along with paying 100% of the staffs’ medical,...See more 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.
Albensi Laboratories is named one of the 2013 Top Workplaces in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Based on employee surveys about the company's leadership, career opportunities and work flexibility,...See more Albensi was ranked sixth among 50 small companies (those with 50-149 employees). As one employee put it, "The management team appreciates my work, and is very supportive and great to work for." Based on the same survey, Don Albensi, Sr., CEO of Albensi Laboratories, was named the 2013 Top Boss for a small company. "I probably have as much enthusiasm today, if not more, than I did 34 years ago when we opened the lab," says Albensi, who has grown his staff from three employees to 95. "People call us a family-oriented business. I believe that's true and I treat my employees as if they were a part of my family." Winners of the Top Workplace Awards were recognized in a special publication of the Post-Gazette, an online directory and an awards presentation event at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Watch Don Albensi's taped interview with the Post-Gazette at www.post-gazette.com/business/topworkplaces .