Each year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spends months researching statistics, surveying employees, and studying office cultures to determine Atlanta’s leading drivers in the workforce. After extensive fact checking, the publication releases their selections for the top 100 Atlanta-based companies: firms that lead their industries in revenue, industry innovation, and employee satisfaction. The 2014 candidates were so notable that the AJC released a secondary, honorary list of 43 metro-Atlanta companies who surpassed industry standards in job satisfaction and employee benefits. If you’re an executive changing careers, a job seeker hunting for new opportunities, or a professional researching the top tenets of corporate culture, peruse the AJC’s top selection for small, mid-size, and large Atlanta companies.
Best Small Business in Atlanta
Supreme Lending, an Alpharetta-based mortgage bank focused on helping families overcome extenuating financial circumstances, heads the AJC’s list for the best small business in metro Atlanta. CEO Pat Flood believes that dedication to customers breeds contentment in the workplace. “They are totally invested in the customer experience,” senior loan officer Wes Murphy says of his fellow employees. For a company proving that office culture and customer appreciation drive company expansion, that means solicitation of feedback, frank conversations about successes and failures, and a humanized business structure. “These are all somebody’s kids,” Flood told the AJC. “What kind of an environment would I want my kids to work in?” In a flat housing market, Supreme Lending is up 75% with employee turnover under 5%. They project a 15%-20% expansion in payroll.
Top Mid-Size Atlanta Company
Tim Hohmann, founder of AutomationDirect.com, has created a unique business model that melds a self-described “country club” culture with an implacable drive for success. Hohmann believes that by serving customers and lending success to fellow employees, every member of his team can celebrate personal and corporate success. The CEO, his executive leadership team, and his low-level employees share an investment in core values and company expansion. AutomationDirection.com lauds its relaxed company culture, interactive focus on employee health, and creative solutions for driving performance as the reason for its success.
Top Large Company in Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution awarded Virtual Properties Realty the top spot for large Atlanta companies for the second year running. Unlike many realty firms, VPR celebrates personal achievement without creating a culture of competition. “It’s like family here,” says one of the company’s top real estate agents. In addition to a digital drive and spirit of camaraderie, Virtual Properties Realty cultivates networking opportunities, encourages personal touches to close deals, and allows agents to keep 90% of property commissions. VPR has three offices, each tailored to subsets of its real estate agents, so it’s employees can utilize their time effectively and focus on upward mobility.
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