Top 5: Here’s more on the AJC Top Workplaces small companies

Supreme Lending employees gather for a lunch to celebrate the months closing in Alpharetta on January 31st, 2017. Supreme Lending is the small employer AJC Top Workplace winner. (Photo by Phil Skinner)
Supreme Lending employees gather for a lunch to celebrate the months closing in Alpharetta on January 31st, 2017. Supreme Lending is the small employer AJC Top Workplace winner. (Photo by Phil Skinner)

Credit: Phil Skinner

Credit: Phil Skinner

Top-tier companies offer broad benefits

More than 4,300 companies were nominated or invited to participate in the 2019 Top Workplaces contest by Energetic (formerly Workplace Dynamics). Employees across the metro area responded to print and online solicitations that began appearing in September. Using survey results, a list of 150 large companies (listed below; 500 or more employees), 55 midsize companies (150-499 employees) and 75 small companies (149 or fewer employees).

2. Supreme Lending Southeast Region

Supreme Lending Southeast Region, the small winner in 2017 and 2018, is on the list for the sixth consecutive year. The private mortgage lender has 164 employees (the majority are in its three metro Atlanta locations) and $28 million in annual revenue. Led by Pat Flood, Supreme Lending Southeast Region participates in builds with Habitat for Humanity, which it says creates a tangible way for associates to live out the mission of “serving others before self.” Its Personal & Professional BEST program is focused on building goals around health and fitness, family and relationships, faith and community service, fun and recreation, personal finance and business. With a studio space at its Alpharetta headquarters, the company livestreams the program to associates and business partners, and it has an online platform called BEST GPS. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k).

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3. SignatureFD

It’s the first year on the list for SignatureFD, an independently owned, financial design and advisory firm. The private company, founded in 1998, has 83 U.S. employees and 78 in Atlanta. The company offers fully paid medical insurance, unlimited vacation and a paid sabbatical. By providing coaches and mentors, instead of “bosses,” Signature says that it retains passionate employees by fostering a culture that gives “people the flexibility and freedom to build a career that matters to them.” The firm matches 1 percent of what a team member invests in training and development, up to $3,000 a year, and provides education reimbursement of up to $5,250 a year. Its team members suggest community volunteer events and can use their unlimited vacation for volunteer work.

4. RapidIT Inc

RapidIT moved up from 20th on last year’s list and is the winner of the 2019 Top Workplaces Communication special award. The company has 267 global employees and 57 employees in metro Atlanta. The privately held IT staffing firm, founded in 2003, has $19 million in global revenue. RapidIT supports organizations such as Child Relief and You, Atlanta Cricket League, Meals by Grace, United Way and the American Red Cross. Team-building exercises, Friday breakfast brainstorming sessions, quarterly parties and seasonal lunches and celebrations are among the activities that RapidIT offers for its employees. It also has an annual party and quarterly performance recognition. In addition to benefits such as medical insurance (health, dental and vision), life insurance and a 401(k), it offers financial assistance for education and training.

5. Power Home Remodeling

Power Home Remodeling has been named to the list for five years and broke into the top 10 in 2018. The private company, founded in 1992, is the nation’s second largest exterior home remodeler with $500 million in 2017 revenue. The company is based in Chester, Pa., and 129 of its 2,500 employees are in metro Atlanta. Paid parental leave and 401(k) with a company match are among benefits. Golf outings, holiday parties and leadership events with speakers, such as Wayne Gretzky and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, are among the slate of more than 200 events annually. Power celebrates employees’ hard work and grit with an annual all-expenses paid trip to Cancun, Mexico, for an employee and a guest. Ja Rule, Ashanti, Nelly and T.I. have performed during the four-day celebration. Its Power of Giving Initiative has collected more than 20,000 items through a companywide donations drive, and Power has raised more than $2 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which fights childhood cancer.