Maya Design

Maya Design
Pittsburgh

Founded: 1989
Employees: 42
2009 revenue: $7.6 million
CEO: Michael McManus
maya.com

Conducts technology research and product development for clients.

Employees stay fresher when they have variety in their work, but Maya Design goes beyond allowing employees to move between departments. Some employees teach at local universities part time while on Maya's payroll; this lets them stay up to date on industry trends and build communication skills. Staff members can create spinoff companies, in which Maya invests. Four such companies have been launched, and two more are in incubation.