Local firms among national top 150 workplaces

A new ranking of the top 150 workplaces in America includes 13 employers listed with Atlanta area operations.

The list, derived from a survey done by WorkplaceDynamics, ranks Detroit-based Quicken Loans as No. 1 in the nation. Among the top ten companies, four operate in the oil and gas industry, and eight are based in Texas.

Companies with local ties that made the list, with their national rank: No 2 The Container Store; No. 8 Coyote Logistics; No. 14 Slalom Consulting; No. 16 Edward Jones; No. 17 Burns & McDonnell; No. 22 Alston & Bird; No. 25 CareerBuilder.com; No. 46 Microsoft; No. 82 FedEx; No. 84 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; No. 113 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; No. 114 RaceTrac Petroleum and No. 117 Ernst & Young.

WorkplaceDynamics conducted the survey in conjunction with 30 major newspapers in the U.S. It polled more than 1 million employees at 872 companies with at least 1,000 workers.

The ranking was determined from answers to 22 questions posed to employees in the survey.

Rounding out the national top 10 workplaces after Quicken Loans and The Container Store are Andarko Petroleum, Park Place Dealerships, EOG Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, Mattress Firm, Coyote Logistics, Keller Williams Realty and NuStar Energy.

WorkplaceDynamics CEO Doug Claffey said, “Too often companies focus on perks such as free cappuccino, rock climbing walls and nap rooms. While these employee benefits are nice-to-haves, they do not drive organizational health. Our research shows that companies that set a clear direction for the future, execute well and bring real meaning to work are the healthiest.”

The technology industry, which has drawn attention for providing such perks, placed only two companies in the top 50 best workplaces.

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