The rest of the best medium companies

The next four: These workplaces round out the top five in the midsize-company division.


Named after the Latin phrase for “place holder,” the firm with a payroll of roughly 250 provides physician staffing for hospitals, outpatient medical centers and other areas of need. Charities are designated to receive a portion of company profits. Medical brigades are organized to support work in underserved healthcare areas. Associates compete in essay contests, with the winners accompanying and assisting physicians on mission trips. An onsite wellness clinic is free to associates and relatives. Organic vegetables and free fresh fruit provided in the cafeteria. Employees burn off calories in a gym with personal trainers or in a game room.

3. The Paideia School

The nonsectarian institution in Atlanta with a payroll of about 200 educates youngsters from ages 3 to 18. An emphasis on respecting diversity in the student body carries over to faculty and staff. Teachers direct students in community service, with 60 hours required to graduate, and oversee participation in events such as the Hunger Walk. High rate of parental involvement is a plus. Annual highlights are a holiday party and a retreat. Grants are available to teachers, and a traveling fellowship provides enrichment opportunities overseas. A faculty group sweats together in the fitness center. Continuity is a hallmark, made possible by the same headmaster on duty from day one.

4. Edward Jones

It’s a repeat top five performance for the financial services provider that caters to individual investors. Rooted in St. Louis, the firm counts 132 offices in metro Atlanta, with just over 300 employees. Associates are eligible to become partners. Nearly one-quarter of net profit is shared with eligible associates. Associates collaborated to cut costs during the recession and prevented layoffs. Free wellness care is provided, along with discounts for health improvements such as quitting smoking or lowering cholesterol. Adoption assistance, tuition reimbursement and domestic partner benefits are available, as well as 401(k) and Roth matched accounts. Branch associates have autonomy with setting work schedules.

5. Navicure

The health technology company that helps hospitals and physician practices improve profitability operates with about 210 employees out of Duluth. It supports numerous national and local charities. An annual gala celebrates employee contributions. Workers are welcome to attend weekly meetings for sharing news, voicing concerns and toasting successes. Navicure has been awarded for its customer service, based on a pledge to answer client phone calls with a live voice within three rings. Employee and client retention has averaged 95 percent in recent years. Benefits are sweetened by a 401(k) plan with a company contribution. Free breakfasts are provided each Friday.