Supreme Lending employees gather for a lunch to celebrate the months closing in Alpharetta on January 31st, 2017. Supreme Lending is the small employer AJC Top Workplace winner. (Photo by Phil Skinner)
Photo: Phil Skinner/Phil Skinner Photography
Photo: Phil Skinner/Phil Skinner Photography

Here’s how the top 150 top workplaces were chosen

For the eighth year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Energage (formerly WorkplaceDynamics) have partnered to determine the Atlanta area’s Top Workplaces. 

More than 2,300 companies were nominated or asked to participate in the 2018 rankings after metro area employees responded to print and online solicitations that began appearing in September.

Energage, a Philadelphia-based employee research and consulting firm, then surveyed 256 metro companies that agreed to participate in the no-cost program. More than 55,000 metro workers participated in the survey.

Any public, private, nonprofit or governmental employer with a minimum of 50 employees in metro Atlanta was eligible.

The top 150 list is composed of:
  • 25 large companies (500 or more employees)
  • 50 midsize companies (150-499 employees)
  • 75 small companies (149 or fewer employees)

Another 32 companies were honored as WorkPlace Achievers.

The survey gathers responses on 24 factors covering seven areas, including organizational health factors that measure how well employees are working together toward a common cause. In addition, the survey asks employees about employee engagement, company leadership and the basics (pay, benefits, flexibility, training and expectations).

Employers are ranked among groups of similar size, and those that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. In addition, special award winners received standout scores on specific survey areas.

A response rate of at least 35 percent of a company’s employees based in metro Atlanta was required. In addition, employers with 85 or fewer metro Atlanta workers had to have at least 30 responders. Energage also ran statistical tests to identify questionable results and disqualify any employers.