Top Workplaces: Meet the remaining top five small companies

St. Thomas More Catholic School in Decatur has formed a tightly knit community over the years.

St. Thomas More Catholic School in Decatur has formed a tightly knit community over the years.

Nearly 3,000 companies were nominated or asked to participate in the 2020 Top Workplaces contest by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its partner, Energage. Employees across the metro area responded to print and online solicitations that began appearing in September. 

Using survey results, a list of 150 workplaces was compiled, consisting of 22 large companies (500 or more employees), 63 midsize companies (150-499 employees) and 65 small companies (149 or fewer employees). 

These four companies round out the top five small companies. Supreme Lending Southeast Region was named Top Small Workplace for 2020.

2. Power Home Remodeling

Power Home Remodeling, headquartered in Chester, Pa., and employing 117 workers in metro Atlanta, ranks as a Top Workplace in the small-business category for a sixth year.

Established in 1992, the company is the nation’s largest, full-service, sustainable exterior home remodeler with more than 2,700 employees nationally and $700 million in annual revenue. A 10-time Inc. 5000 company nationally recognized for its unique workplace culture, Power was recently named the No. 7 Best Place to Work for Millennials by Fortune and No. 15 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor.

More than 90 percent of the company’s leadership started in entry-level positions, knocking on doors and calling customers to set up free estimates.

Power offers competitive pay, as well as medical, dental, vision and life insurance, a company-matched 401k, and paid parental leave. Employees have continued access to leadership development programs and training, promoting both personal and professional growth.

The company chiefly supports two causes: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which fights childhood cancer, and the Power Veterans Initiative, which aggressively works to find and hire military veterans to lead across all divisions of its workforce.

3. CLA

CLA, a partnership of certified public accountants and consultants, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., makes its debut this year as an AJC Top Workplace.

Founded in 1960, the partnership employs 6,135 nationwide and 59 in metro Atlanta. Its annual revenues exceeded $1.1 billion last year.

The organization gives back to the industries it serves, the community and its profession by volunteering, making charitable contributions and serving on boards. Its CLA Foundation gives grants to in-need small businesses that align with its values. To date, grants totaling $3.5 million have been awarded to 158 entities, with all money raised by CLA employees.

A few years ago, CLA started the Young Advisory Councils to ensure the voices of young employees are heard.

The organization encourages its members to focus on their physical and emotional well-being, wealth building for the future and the personal time needed to maintain a successful career. The CLA family offers personal coaching to its members at every step of their career path, tuition reimbursement, CPA exam study and test repayments, and paid continuing education.

4. Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

The law firm of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP ranks as one of metro Atlanta’s Top Workplaces for the third time.

The firm, which was founded in 1965, employs more than 100 people nationally, including 64 in metro Atlanta. Its specialty is construction law and government contracts.

The firm has had the same partnership for more than 50 years, a rarity in legal circles that’s contributed to its family atmosphere. Firm members celebrate individual successes and rally when a colleague is in need.

Employees have a comprehensive benefits package that includes firm-paid leave for parenting and long-term care, as well as short- and long-term disability. Employees are allowed to use personal sick leave to take care of other family members.

Continuing education is encouraged for all employees, and the firm sponsors craft classes in support of a healthy work/life balance. Smith, Currie & Hancock has a casual dress policy, modified flex hours and encourages sports fans to support their team on casual Fridays. Attorneys and their families have participated in Help Build Hope, framing a house that’s being built for a family in need.

5. St. Thomas More Catholic School

St. Thomas More Catholic School in Decatur is making its first appearance as an AJC Top Workplace.

Founded in 1950, the school employs 52 and prides itself on “academic excellence, joyful learning, and abundant faith.”

A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Thomas Moore is inspired by the Jesuits to seek God in all things.

The school has an active service program that includes its Empty Bowls Dinner, the proceeds of which support two programs for children’s health in Haiti.

The school also collects food throughout the year for Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry, prepares “blessing bags” for the homeless, provides Christmas boxes for almost 500 local children, collects for the Boy Scouts’ winter coat drive, and makes a special Veterans Day donation to the Travis Manion Foundation.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta provides all of the school’s full-time employees with vacation time, sick leave, family leave, bereavement leave, paid holidays, group health care, basic insurance, a retirement plan, short- and long-term disability, and other benefits.