10th Top Workplaces reaches record-setting 285 companies surveyed


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the employment research and consulting firm Energage have partnered for a 10th straight year to determine the Atlanta area’s Top Workplaces, including some surprises.

For the 2020 rankings, 2,956 companies were nominated or asked to participate after metro Atlanta employees responded to print and online solicitations that launched in September.

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Philadelphia-based Energage then surveyed 285 of those companies, a record for the no-cost program. The surveyed companies employ a combined 76,528 workers in the region, including 41,645 of whom responded.

Any public, private, nonprofit, or governmental employee with at least 50 employees in metro Atlanta was eligible.

The top 150 were ranked based on employee feedback scores and included newcomers, such as Georgia World Congress Center Authority and Synovus Financial.

Included in the top 150 are:

The survey gathers responses to 24 factors covering seven areas, including organizational health factors relating to workplace culture. Employee engagement, company leadership, and basics, such as pay, benefits, flexibility, training, and expectations, are among the subjects of the questions.

Employers are ranked in groups of similar size, and those that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. Also, special award winners are honored for standout scores on specific survey areas.

At least 35 percent of a company’s employees based in metro Atlanta must respond to the survey. Employers with 85 or fewer metro Atlanta workers must have at least 30 responders. Energage also ran statistical tests to identify questionable results and disqualify any employers.


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