Top Workplaces 2015: Who are the best employers in the Pittsburgh area?

In total, WorkplaceDynamics invited 1,401 companies to participate and surveyed 126 of them. The organizations employ 25,397 people.

about 18 hours ago

 Dr. Jash Sharma president and CEO of CIMA Life Sciences in Plum. The company produces lenses used in cataract surgery.

Cima Life’s optics help restore sight for cataracts patients

Cima Life operates out of a 10,000-square-foot facility where it designs, manufactures, tests and ships intraocular lenses to 30 countries.

about 18 hours ago

 At the former Civic Arena site, the Bjarke Ingels Group of Copenhagen will be responsible for designing the 1,100 units of residential housing to be built on the upper portion.

‘Starchitect’ retained for areas near former Civic Arena

A Danish firm will design residences and public spaces to be built at the 28-acre site that will include the new U.S. Steel headquarters.

about 17 hours ago

 Housing a family of four is on average $789 a month, according to a new report.

How much money do families need to live modestly in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh families spend more on child care but less on health care.

about 18 hours ago

 The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

Scott Sturgis/Driver’s Seat: BMW M4 Convertible combines power and luxury

If you need a comfortable four-person unit, the BMW will fit the bill without complaint.

about 18 hours ago

Claims for jobless benefits fall to three-week low

Unemployment applications dropped by 6,000 to 271,000 in the week ended Aug. 22, a Labor Department report showed today.

about 8 hours ago

Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15, other semi-automatic rifles

The top U.S. retailer of guns and ammunition will stop selling semi-automatic rifles for lack of customers.

about 18 hours ago

 It's been almost a year since the bankrupt August Wilson Center was rescued from becoming a hotel.

August Wilson Center announces new funding, programming

Foundation grants support new programming and a spate of bookings already begun by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

about 3 hours ago

 FILE - In this June 9, 2015, file photo, a Ford Motor Co. employee works on the instrument panel of a 2016 Ford Explorer at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago. The Commerce Department releases durable goods orders for July on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Sinclair stations go dark; Eaton names new executive; retail electric suppliers grow

News from Dish; Sinclair Broadcasting; WPGH; WPNT; Eaton; MRC Global; McJunkin Red Man; RadioShack; and the Public Utility Commission.

about 18 hours ago

 The Cleaveland Price Inc. for 2014 Great Race team.

Company gatherings build culture and connections

Company events can be officially sanctioned gatherings, like a volunteer day building a playground, or small traditions that pop up.

about 18 hours ago

 Harry Griffith of Industrial Scientific in the company's new headquarters in Robinson.

Building integrity into corporate culture requires dedication

Many companies list “honesty” and “integrity” among their core values, but citing them is much easier than putting them into practice.

about 18 hours ago

 Strip District company Pitt Ohio is the winner of the Top Workplaces award for best large workplace.

Pittsburgh's Top Workplaces recognized for their outstanding work

In the world of logistics, perhaps the greatest compliment that can be given to a corporate leader is that he “keeps things going.”

about 18 hours ago

 From left, Qi Wang, Kristin Rhoa, Justin Endler, Duane Garber and Julie Wislie take advantage of one of Branding Brand's open seating areas, which doubles as a lunch room.

Interacting with the public online enables employers to expand communication

The key to establishing an online brand through social media is developing a plan and sticking to it.

about 18 hours ago

 Rivers Casino general manager Craig Clark said that while his casino’s employee turnover rate currently is at 20 percent, it has been declining over the years and is lower than most casinos.

It’s hard to find and retain employees as economy improves

The American economy is growing, which ironically is making it harder for recruiters and companies to fill positions.

about 18 hours ago

 Rob Autor, right, vice president of Continuum Managed Services in Cranberry Township, meets with instructional designer Jason Pugh, left, and director Jacque Rowden.

Upward mobility key to keeping employees around, engaged

A 2013 survey found 26 percent of employees leave their companies because they don’t have career development opportunities.

about 18 hours ago

 Wombat  engaged in heavy-duty renovations to its Strip District office, tearing down walls for six offices to give employees more access to window light.

Office design offers a window into company values

There is no one way to design an office: Local firms in a variety of sectors use different philosophies to increase employee satisfaction.

about 18 hours ago

 Harvey Pollack, president and CEO of PT Services Group, holds an informal staff meeting at their Downtown office. PT Services  Group facilitates new prospects and new business for the financial services and insurance industries.

It takes creativity and focus to make meetings fruitful

Meetings are a key part of running an efficient company — but employers use different techniques to make such gatherings useful.

about 18 hours ago

 John D'Angelo, AAA East Central vice president of human resources, proudly shows off a photograph of his staff.

Human resources departments evolve, remain key to companies’ success

The goal for human resources departments — representing the employees — is always the same, even if the methods are not.

about 18 hours ago

Jameson expands its search for partner

Jameson officials announced they have issued a new request for proposals that, at the AG’s suggestion, may include bids from across the U.S.

about 20 hours ago

 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Perrigo, Mylan leaders spar as vote looms

With a critical vote in their takeover fight approaching, Mylan and Perrigo come out swinging in the final round.

1 day ago

 Christina Cassotis is CEO of the county’s airport authority.

Allegheny County Airport authority looking to replace development director

CEO Christina Cassotis said she wants to evaluate Pittsburgh International Airport’s needs before making a hire.

1 day ago

 Jessica Tang of Sewickley holds her son Connor, 3 days old, at the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in the Strip District on Aug. 19. Ms. Tang had both of her sons at The Midwife Center.

Popularity of midwife delivery growing in Western Pennsylvania

Stand-alone birth practices can cut delivery costs up to 50 percent over traditional hospitals.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania electric market adds customers for second consecutive month

The number of customers shopping for an electric supplier had dropped to an 18-month low in June.

1 day ago

Three big consumer companies have highest CEO pay gaps, Glassdoor reports

Popular consumer brands pay their chief executive officers more than a thousand times what they pay their typical worker.

1 day ago

 This photo shows a mock-up of the exhibition "Humanae/I AM AUGUST" by Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass that will be on the facade of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture beginning Sept. 25.

August Wilson Center prepares for its next stage

The center on Liberty Avenue is showing signs of artistic life as it heads into an ongoing renewal phase.

1 day ago

 Sprout Pharmaceuticals CEO Cindy Whitehead holds a bottle for the female sex-drive drug Addyi at her Raleigh, N.C., office on Aug. 15.

Insurers review pill aimed to boost women’s sex drive

Although retail prices could approach $500 a month for the female libido pill Addyi, its maker expects much lower co-pays for insured women.

1 day ago

 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus

American customers’ satisfaction for vehicles declines for a 3rd year in a row

Car prices keep going up, but so do recall notices being sent to car owners. It’s not a combination designed to make customers happy.

2 days ago

 Joe Kallen, CEO of Busy Beaver, acquired the regional hardware chain about two years ago.

Busy Beaver stores announce partnership with True Value

The company hopes the True Value name will help its identity in new markets.

1 day ago

Business Workshop: No discrimination based on sexual orientation

Many are unsure about legal protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation because it’s not specifically mentioned in Title VII.

2 days ago

Case against syringe maker withdrawn

The former Unilife employee had claimed he was the subject of a retaliatory firing for pointing out a violation of FDA regulations.

2 days ago

 Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of Tata Consultancy Services, and CMU President Subra Suresh, right, sign the agreement.

Carnegie Mellon gets $35M donation

The gift from Tata Consultancy Services, an India-based tech company, will build an innovation center on Forbes Avenue.

1 day ago

 Morgan C. Culbertson

CMU student admits developing controls for Android phones

Morgan Culbertson, 20, of Churchill pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to designing and trying to sell Android phone controls.

1 day ago

Grandiose hotel, residential project for Mount Washington dropped

Chicago developer Steven Beemsterboer said that he is putting the 4-acre site at the end of Grandview Avenue up for sale.

2 days ago

 A drilling rig in Houston, Pa.

Oil goes down and takes gas with it after Monday's market selloff

Energy commodities and the companies that unearth them suffered in Monday’s market plunge.

2 days ago

 A trader fills orders Monday in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Uncertainty among traders after big losses in the Asian markets caused a sharp drop in the S&P at the open.

China's Wall Street woes send stocks swinging

Cooler heads prevailed on Wall Street on Monday as a panic-stricken start turns into just another 500-point drop in the Dow.

2 days ago

 1,300 U.S. Steel workers will see pensions frozen.

U.S. Steel freezing pensions; Heinz Endowments joining initiative; Apple recalls iPhone models

News from U.S. Steel; Heinz Endowments; Grantmakers for Effective Change; Apple; General Motors; Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and more.

2 days ago

 Utilities must seek state approval to raise base rates — a mammoth legal affair that typically spans nine months and invites public comment.

As revenue declines, power companies lean on surcharges and less on rate hikes

Consumer advocates say the added charges lack oversight and shift risk away from investors and onto ratepayers.

2 days ago

Employment audits on the rise, and not just at shale firms

Restaurants and hotels are now part of Department of Labor’s Marcellus initiative to weed out wage and hour violations.

2 days ago

OnlyBoth online benchmarking engine spotlights hospitals’ successes, struggles

The recently launched Pittsburgh-based engine is being heralded by the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.

2 days ago

 Bulldozers at work at a Bucks County landfill.

Gas from garbage can be a useful waste

A rule proposed by EPA might spur new landfill gas-to-energy projects, if the case for using the gas is more compelling than burning it off.

2 days ago

 Uber's app does not provide a tipping option, but if a passenger insists on tipping, Uber drivers are free to accept it.

Do you need to tip your Uber driver?

When it comes to tipping, some Uber drivers have started to take matters into their own hands.

2 days ago

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, today. U.S. stock markets plunged in early trading following a big drop in Chinese stocks.

U.S. stocks slump; Dow Jones briefly plunges 1,000 points

The market opened and tumbled in a wave of selling that circled the globe after a plunge in Chinese stocks.

3 days ago

 Steven Beemsterboer said he is putting the four-acre site that once housed the Edge restaurant up for sale.

Grandiose hotel, residential project for Mount Washington dropped

Chicago developer Steven Beemsterboer said that he is putting the 4-acre site at the end of Grandview Avenue up for sale.

2 days ago

 One state legislator called protecting student data privacy and security “something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy

Lawmakers says Pennsylvania should explore a state law to protect student data privacy and security.

3 days ago

 Some district officials said they face a balancing act. They want to protect student privacy, but they don’t want to tangle innovative, tech-savvy teachers in bureaucratic red tape.

Surveillance Society: Review shows few safeguards against student privacy leaks

Few Pennsylvania schools are checking websites and apps for privacy leaks, notifying parents and training teachers.

3 days ago

 Several hundred Allegheny Technologies workers and their families protest outside the plant last week in Midland.

Embattled unions resent Strom replacement workers

Locked out of Allegheny Technologies, angry union steelworkers eye replacement workers who are taking their jobs.

4 days ago

WorkZone: Know the rules of the road for conference calls

Background noise and late arrivals are among behaviors that can cause problems when communicating with other remotely.

4 days ago

 Dr. Michele Oleksak is one of the physicians who benefited from the Pennsylvania primary loan repayment program.

Gov. Wolf seeks to expand debt-relief plan for young docs in underserved areas

In exchange for loan help, professionals pledge at least two years to communities with health care shortages or low-income populations.

4 days ago

Elder Law : Observation status revisited

Legislation is providing hospital patients with more information about their status.

4 days ago