Every year, the Atlanta Business Chronicle lists some of the best small, medium, and large companies, based on nominations from readers and surveys of employees. Employees at these businesses enjoy open, communicative corporate cultures, respect, and care.
Best Large Companies in Atlanta
1. Brassfield & Gorrie LLC
Recently named the Top Contractor by Southeast Construction magazine, construction firm Brassfield & Gorrie takes the welfare of its employees as seriously as it does the design and construction of its buildings -- which range from hospitals to high schools, and include the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
Open communication with employees about the company's strategy has played a key role in employee respect, and training for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation for many employees gives them a foothold in the industry and prepares them for future positions.
2. Keller Williams Realty
Realtors and construction companies were the industries possibly hit the most quickly during the recent economic recession. But Keller Williams Realty's Rawls Group in Atlanta had no layoffs and no benefit cuts.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the 1200 employees enjoy the supportive atmosphere at the company and point to the strong leadership from the top. This leadership took the bad economy and decided the best response was to learn how to make money in it. To this end, training was offered to employees to deal with a variety of issues, including foreclosure and pricing.
Best Medium Companies in Atlanta
1. Wells Real Estate Funds
Employees at this real estate funds company appreciate that the company truly cares about its employees. As the Business Chronicle puts it, "when life intervenes, the company responds."
Good decisions and strong leaderships protected the company in 2008 as it dealt with the faltering real estate market, and employees enjoy management skills training programs, team-building exercises, and other perks unusual for the industry recently, such as merit increases, company-sponsored retreats and family outings.
2. Choate Construction Company
Despite the recent economic turmoil affecting the housing and construction idustries, Choate Construction Company has been named one the best medium-sized companies in Atlanta for two years in a row. Employees at Choate appreciate the respect they are given at every level, and the relatively flat hierarchy.
Best Small Companies in Atlanta
1. Aarons Grant & Habif LLC
This boutique accounting firm, also known as AGH, was named tops in Atlanta small businesses for two years running by the . Employees point to the open communication from management and emotional support that create an environment where they want to work. The "Life, Work Balance" promoted by the company keeps employees reassured that they are respected, and in the end, this respect leads to better productivity and higher profits, says the firm.
2. Pantech Wireless
Pantech Wireless itself is not small. The South Korea-based handset maker employs about 1,000 people worldwide. But the 35 people in Pantech's Atlanta office enjoy a small business feel and work in teams of Americans and South Koreans to help produce the increasingly popular handset designs. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta office develops about 4 products a year for customers like AT&T, and the company celebrates Korean and American cultures and encourages employee interaction.