GMSS: 2019 Best Places to Work in Vermont!


Green Mountain Support Services (GMSS) was recently named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Vermont. The twelfth annual list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Vermont State Council and Best Companies Group.


For over 30 years, GMSS has provided community –based supports for those with disabilities in northern Vermont. We stand out from other agencies in our mission statement. We “Empower Neighbors with Disabilities to be at Home in the Community.”


“We truly believe that. We do not do congregate or segregated settings and firmly believe that everyone has gifts and experiences to share,” said Joshua Smith the Executive Director.  “This is how people should be connected; through shared gifts, passions, and experiences, and not solely on their diagnosis.”


This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2019 Best Places to Work in Vermont list is made up of (number) companies.


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“We hold ourselves to a high standard not only providing genuine person-centered supports to those we serve but also hold our employees in very high regard, by providing them with innovative and empathetic benefits,” stated Smith


Two of our more successful programs is offering our staff unlimited vacation and also pay them money to quit smoking. Due to these and other benefits, we have the highest retention rate in Vermont in the non-profit human service category which has significantly reduced our administrative costs. We are also proud to state that our administrative costs always hover between 4% and 5%.


Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Vermont. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Vermont and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.


The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation in early spring 2019.


For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit