Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Assets: $1.3 billion
Employees: 145
President and CEO: Robert Hatley
www.paragonbank.com

Popular with employees: Employees dress up for the Halloween costume contest, and children of employees and customers trick-or-treat at the bank during business hours.

Community service initiative: One paid day off annually is given as a reward to those who donate eight hours of pay per month to the United Way.

Bonus/incentive program: After five years of employment, employees receive an additional paid personal day and a personal letter from President and Chief Executive Robert Hatley.

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