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Brester, Olsson, Merrill Lynch named top places to work in Lincoln
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Brester, Olsson, Merrill Lynch named top places to work in Lincoln

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Brester Construction, Olsson and Merrill Lynch took top honors in the 2020 Best Places in Lincoln to Work awards.

Nearly 70 companies were nominated for the awards, which are sponsored in Lincoln by Woods & Aitken LLP, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Lincoln Human Resources Management Association. Nominees were whittled down to five finalists in three categories based on business size.

Brester won first place in the medium companies category, for firms with 51-125 employees, for the second year in a row. The company also won the Community Impact Award, which honors companies that go above and beyond when it comes to volunteer work and charitable donations. NMPP Energy finished second in the rankings, followed by Hausmann Construction, JEO Consulting Group and Zillow Group.

Olsson was named the top company in the large companies category, for those with 126 or more employees. Second place went to Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties, with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital finishing third, fourth and fifth.

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The small company award, for companies with 10-50 employees, went to Merrill Lynch. Moxie Mitsubishi came in second, followed by Custom Blinds and Design, KidGlov and Schemmer Associates.

Edward Jones received the Sustained Excellence Award, which is given to organizations that have won first place in the contest for five years. The company was named a Best Place to Work from 2014-2018.

The Best Places to Work awards come from research and employee surveys by Quantum Workplace of Omaha.

The Best Places to Work in Lincoln Awards celebration, originally scheduled for Thursday, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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