Kabbage has been named to the list for five consecutive years and this is its first year in the top five. The private financial technology company, founded in 2009, has 489 global employes and 367 at its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta. Flexibility at work and perks, such as a daily catered lunch and snacks, are among reasons employees appreciate working for Kabbage. Wellness benefits include fitness classes, health equipment onsite, biweekly meditation classes, CPR training, an annual flu shot clinic and sponsoring sports clubs. It also fully pays health benefits for individuals and provides annual bonuses and a 401(k) match. Through its sabbatical program, employees of five years can receive six weeks of paid time off and an additional $6,000. In 2018, Kabbage participated in the Atlanta PRIDE parade and also took a stand against gun violence after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Workers in 2019 will build a Habitat for Humanity home as part of its Kabbage Kares program, which also has supported PAWS Atlanta, Easter Seals and the Epilepsy Foundation.
4. Loews Atlanta Hotel
Loews Atlanta Hotel, which is in its fifth year on the list, moved up from the 8th spot last year. It’s the winner of the 2019 Top Workplaces Managers special award. Loews Atlanta Hotel, which opened in 2010 in Midtown, has 167 employees and is part of Loews Hotels & Co. Its Good Neighbor program partnered with and hosted more than 25 organizations and events in 2018; and nearly 40 percent of the staff participated. Benefits include two medical plans, two dental plans, a vision plan, life/accidental death & dismemberment insurance, and short-term and long-term disability. It also matches 401(k) contributions and provides flexible spending accounts. Paid parental leave, not typically offered in the hospitality industry, is available. Employees rave that its people and culture embody the principle of “We are a family.”
5. Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie has been on the list for six years and this is its first year in the top five. As one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, it has 3,000 U.S. employees and 499 in Atlanta. The company, founded in 1964, is based in Birmingham, Ala., and had 2017 revenues of $2.8 billion. It’s the winner of the 2019 Top Workplaces Direction special award. Employees say they appreciate having a role in recognizable and high-quality projects in Atlanta and feel as if they are part of something bigger than themselves. Its wellness program, called “Brasfit,” is focused on eat (nutrition), live (mental health and stress management), learn (health and wellness education) and move (physical activity). The Atlanta office offers a gym with group fitness, a personal trainer and massage therapist, along with workshops, webinars and group activities.