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Bay Area News Group Names Arena Solutions a Winner of the Bay Area 2016 Top Workplaces Award

The Top Workplaces program recognizes great employers on 30 regional lists and one national list. The evaluations for the list are based purely on employee opinions, which are gathered by independent firm, WorkplaceDynamics. Presented by the Bay Area News Group, a consortium of top area newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune, the program recognizes companies who demonstrate best practices in dedication to their employees and foster a positive, productive and collaborative corporate environment. Results are based on the actual feedback by employees at companies with 40 or more employees and show a strong rate of response.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

“The ‘Top Workplace’ award validates our mission to create an employee-centric culture. Our employees thrive working in an environment where they are heard and respected, and they have the encouragement they need to succeed,” said Jan Russo, senior director of human resources at Arena Solutions. “At Arena, we’ve taken great pains to select employees that will add to and benefit from the environment we’re creating. This honor helps confirm that we are headed in the right direction.”

Arena has also been recognized by the National Association for Business Resources and named to their “San Francisco’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” list two years in a row. More information about working at Arena Solutions may be found here:

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

About Arena Solutions

Arena invented cloud PLM. Its holistic suite of PLM, supply chain and QMS solutions enables innovative OEMs with complex electronics to manage their bill of materials, facilitate engineering change orders and speed prototyping to improve margins and collapse time to market. Arena has been ranked a Top 10 PLM provider and won the coveted Design News Golden Mousetrap Award in 2016. For more information, please visit

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