Three named finalists in best companies to work for initiative

Two firms and an organization with operations in Grand Junction have been selected as finalists in annual initiative honoring the best companies to work in Colorado.

Edward Jones, a national financial services firm that operates offices in the Grand Valley, is among the large companies selected as finalists in the 2014 Best Companies to Work for in Colorado initiative. Edward Jones has made the list every year since the inception of the program nine years ago, ranking first or second.

HopeWest, a Grand Junction-based organizaiton that offers a range of services to people facing serious illnesses, is also a finalist among large companies with 250 or more employees. HopeWest has made the list for the past four years and ranked second in 2013.

JG Management Systems, a technical management and consulting firm headquartered in Grand Junction, is among the small companies with 25 to 99 employees selected as finalists. JGMS has made the list in four out of the last five years, ranking second in 2013.

The Best Companies to Work for in Colorado initiative is an effort of the Colorado State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, Colorado Biz magazine and Modern Think, a research and consulting firm. To participate, companies and organizations pay to undergo anonymous employee surveys about such issues as benefits, leadership, management and strategy. An awards gala honoring the finalists and announcing their rankings is set for Oct. 30.