A hallway at Salesforce's Atlanta office is lined with local street signs as part of the fun atmosphere. It was voted the No 1 top workplace for large companies. (Photo by Phil Skinner)
Photo: Phil Skinner/AJC
Photo: Phil Skinner/AJC

The List: Top Large Workplaces (500+)

Top Large Companies: Atlanta Top Workplaces 2016

2. Woodward Academy

The private school in College Park has cemented its spot in the top two. It’s finished second for four consecutive years after winning the two consecutive years prior to its current streak. Woodward Academy takes care of its 639 employees by providing medical plans with low deductibles and no coinsurance, which keep their out-of-pocket costs to a minimum. A pre-tax account to cover daycare costs, weekly workout classes, on onsite fitness center and free daily lunches are also provided for employees of the school, which was founded in 1900. Woodward Academy recently launched a Global Connections Program, which offers numerous study abroad opportunities for its students, and continues to participate in service projects to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club and Terranova, its sister school in Zambia.

3. Alston & Bird

The law firm, which is headquartered in Atlanta, not only is on this list for the sixth consecutive year, it improved from fourth to third this year. A wide range of benefits include many perks, from firm-subsidized concierge and errand running service to the family-oriented three months paid parental leave, three weeks of paid paternity leave, $10,000 for adoptions and surrogacy and $25,000 for fertility treatments. There’s also onsite massages, wellness programs and educational workshops and 100 percent reimbursement for those who participate in Weight Watchers. The staff have the opportunity to participate in a variety of personal improvement and informational programs, professional training and employee appreciation celebrations, including a family picnic, a Mardi Gras party and an improvisational comedy show.

4. Virtual Properties Realty

A company holiday party at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia and a Thanksgiving lunch were two of the employee get-togethers last year for the real estate company headquartered in Duluth. Virtual Properties, which was founded in 1999, has 1,649 employees throughout Metro Atlanta and other cities, including Gainesville, where the company opened an office in 2015. Offices were also opened in the Cumberland area, Flowery Branch and Snellville, and more are planned, according to the company’s website. Charitable causes are important to Virtual Realty Properties, which has supported the American Cancer Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Delmar Gardens and the Gwinnett Human Society in the past. Employees also donated toys for Toys for Tots, which was part of the holiday party.

5. CarMax Auto Finance

Based in Richmond, Va., the car dealership, which has 22,000 employees throughout the United States and 1,650 in the Atlanta area, makes its first appearance in the top five. CarMax has been selected to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 11 consecutive years and recently was named as one of the magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity. Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans are provided for associates who work at least 30 hours a week and their dependents. CarMax employees and their immediate family members can receive discounts when buying vehicles, accessories, parts and service at any location. CarMax and partner KaBOOM! built a playground in Norcross in 2014 as part of a program that features the construction of playgrounds across the country.

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