The rest of the best small companies

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

2. VeriStor Systems

The Duluth company with about 60 employees designs, implements and manages data storage solutions. Community outreach programs include a golf tournament fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a holiday event for the CURE Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders and children’s sports and activities through schools and churches. Employees can engage in a retreat at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, NASCAR events, a bowling league, a holiday party and family Halloween trick-or-treating. The vibrant office atmosphere resembles an ad agency’s. Workers are allotted company time for community outreach, such as Habitat for Humanity.

3. Peak Campus Management

The management company for student housing, headquartered in Atlanta with about 60 employees, lends a hand to Habitat for Humanity. It is planning an additional day of community service. Workers can partake in activities such as a walk/run, group trick-or-treating on Halloween and a holiday party, plus receive tickets to sporting events. More serious options include a marketing summit and a leadership conference. Free annual health screenings are the cornerstone of an extensive wellness program that also features a “biggest loser” contest. Free medical consultation is available by phone around-the-clock. Floating holidays offer flexibility for days off.

4. Jackson Spalding

The marketing communications firm has its primary office in Atlanta, which houses about 80 employees. They are encouraged to plunge into volunteer work, with emphasis on a Thanksgiving project. Only a few carry job titles, making for a mostly flat organizational structure. An entrepreneurial environment is pushed. Committees focus on areas such as work/life balance, mentoring and career development. The company pays 93 percent of the premium for medical coverage and the entire premiums for life and disability insurance. Full-timers can obtain a 50 percent match on 401(k) plans. There is no limit on sick days. Meals are reimbursed for workers who toil into the evening.

5. Principle Solutions Group

The Atlanta-based outfit, with just over 50 local employees, provides information technology staffing and consulting. Founded in 2006, it has landed on several lists of fastest-growing Atlanta and Georgia companies, as well as for IT firms nationally, with a 51.3 growth rate from 2008-12. Its full range of benefits, which features a 401(k) plan with company matching, is supplemented by flexible work schedules and paid training and time off, along with professional development programs. Teamwork and innovation are stressed as part of the work environment.