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bankESB Parent Wins Top Workplaces USA Award

EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 1, 2022 — Hometown Financial Group, parent company of bankESB, today was named to the list of 2022 top workplaces by Energage.


The Top Workplaces USA award is based solely on feedback from employees of participating workplaces, gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. More than 42,000 organizations from across the country were invited to participate in the Top Workplaces USA survey. Results were calculated by comparing the survey’s research-based statements, including 15 culture drivers that are proven to predict high performance against industry benchmarks. Winners are recognized for their dedication to people-first culture excellence.

“We’re honored that our organization has been nationally recognized as an employer of choice, and humbled that this honor is the direct result of positive feedback from those who know us best:  our employees,” said bankESB President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik. “I’m inspired every day by our talented employees, who are passionate about our mission of local, community banking and deeply committed to helping our customers unlock their potential to reach their financial goals, while fostering a work environment that’s inclusive, innovative, team-oriented, and fun.”


“During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations, as well as a sign of resiliency and strong business performance,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization, so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business.”

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About Hometown Financial Group

Hometown Financial Group is a $3.4 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and is the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown, and Abington Bank. For more information, visit


About bankESB

Founded in 1869 as Easthampton Savings Bank, bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and operates 11 branches throughout Western Massachusetts. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. In 2021, the bank and foundation donated nearly $352,000 and since 2015 have donated more than $2.3 million. For more information, visit


About Energage

Making the world a better place to work together.TM Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top Workplaces. Built on 14 years of culture research and the results from 23 million employees surveyed across more than 70, 000 organizations, Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your organization, visit Energage or Workplaces.