Three Georgia-based companies among best places to work

Three companies headquartered in Georgia made Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Alston & Bird, an Atlanta-based law firm, ranked No. 13. Fortune said that “for a decade the law firm has had its own child-care campus a block away from its offices. The facility was expanded this year and now provides day care to 110 children, with subsidized rates for parents in lower-salaried ranks.”

Aflac, the Columbus-based supplemental health insurer, ranked No. 57. Fortune said the “insurance firm treats employees — two-thirds of whom are women — to on-site child care and occasional half-day pampering binges.”

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta came in at No. 60. Fortune said the “leading pediatric health center offers generous adoption and fertility benefits and pays a $1,040-a-year child care subsidy.”

Here is the entire Top 100 list.

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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51 comments Add your comment


January 20th, 2011
9:18 am


January 20th, 2011
9:20 am


January 20th, 2011
9:20 am

and who says all corporations are evil……………

The Real Chef

January 20th, 2011
9:23 am

Aflac seems to always be on these lists. I’ve seen reports of good and bad about Aflac. I guess the good far outweighs the bad. Just something that popped in my head, not affiliated with Aflac, the insurance industry or such…


January 20th, 2011
9:23 am

Don’t believe everything you read. These corporations pay $$$ to be considered for this list. Purely PR hype.

Mass Dawg

January 20th, 2011
9:25 am

Our employees are our most valuable asset that is until we suffer a short-term quarterly loss and we have to appease Wall Street by firing 10% of our staff. For that the CEO will get big raise because he showed the courage to make the tough decision to downsize in a tough economy.

Truth Hurts

January 20th, 2011
9:35 am

Who gives a rip……


January 20th, 2011
9:39 am

Correct me someone if I’m wrong but, did not Alston & Bird just recently layoff about a hundred or more employees?

Who Cares?

January 20th, 2011
10:08 am

An old co-worker once told me “Corporations are great places for people to work for those who don’t have enough brains or backbone to make a living on their own.” By the way, we were both working for a large corporation in the auto industry at the time. Just experiencing the ineptness and criminal mindset and actions of corporate managers, I tend to agree with my old co-worker. There’s no way a small business owner could run his business as poorly as corporations are run. For that fact, you can’t even run your household with the same level of waste and poor decisions that prevail in corporate America.

And for the childless worker...?

January 20th, 2011
10:43 am

In all seriousness, all of these lists always point out the companies that are great for child care and anything else related to children (adoption, fertility, etc.). Some people aren’t parents and don’t plan to be. Is there any list that focuses on companies that treat all people well and have benefits that can be exciting for nonparents, too? Or did it just happen that the three Georgia companies were noted for pro-parent policies but other companies in the nation go beyond that?


January 20th, 2011
10:55 am

I agree @childless Worker. All these “lists” are just what they are, Lists. The single worker always get screwed in the end and this society is all based on being married and having kids but some people may not ever get married or choose not to and may choose not to have kids and its their right so y keep punishing people just because they choose not to have any more stress in their lives.


January 20th, 2011
10:58 am

Whatever… Law firms NEVER announce that they are laying people off, for appearances sake. AFLAC is an insurer, they lay whole divisions off and the public will never know about it, I can see Children’s Healthcare being a good place, most folks in the medical profession are genuinely happy and the doctors are pretty good spirited. Ahhh, but the suits, therein lies the funk.

I’m with SKREET, most companies and corporations PAY to be listed as a top place to work.


January 20th, 2011
11:00 am

The child-care slant here is pretty obvious. It kind of throws into question the meaning of ‘best places to work’. Are we saying only companies with child-care benefits are good places to work? For young women in child-bearing years who work, this might be true. But what of everyone else?


January 20th, 2011
11:25 am

I’m suprised to see KPMG on the list. My brother works in their Chicago office. They give half day Fridays off in the summer because that’s a slow time for the audit industry. But there are more than 3 months out of the year we don’t here from him because he works crazy long hours. I agree with other comments about these type lists being PR stunts, as I have worked places where employees were heavily pushed into filling out “Top Companies” surveys. The questions are slanted such that most companies can get good ratings if employees answer honestly.


January 20th, 2011
11:35 am

Right. What about those of us who don’t have kids?


January 20th, 2011
11:39 am

And for the childless worker…?

We get crap, except longer hours and more work because of our co-workers with children need time off to do etc…


January 20th, 2011
11:41 am

Gotta agree with skreet, swaga1 and childless on this one. I have first hand knowledge of one of these companies and all I can say is DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! :)


January 20th, 2011
11:44 am

My company was nominated (supposedly by an Average Joe in the company). Something like 25% of the employees were then surveyed. Looks like most people answered honestly since we [rightfully so] did not end up on the list.

If you read the actual article you will find that most of these companies offer good pay and lots of other benefits. Just b/c Unger highlighted the child-care stuff of the three in GA doesn’t mean that’s the only perk these 100 companies offer. I would venture to guess based on the list that most of them do not.

What I did find interesting was a few of the companies that my friends work for that showed up on the list… I’m pretty sure most of them would disagree. Perhaps it has to do with their particular position or maybe even as Americans we have set our expectations too high.

Chode McBlob

January 20th, 2011
11:53 am

I used to work at a place in Griffin, GA called Nacom Industries. It was absolutely the worst job I ever had and the worst employer. It was a Japanese company. I heard the closed up and moved to Mexico. Good riddance.


January 20th, 2011
12:25 pm

As a former Children’s HOA employee, I can honestly say that if you are a nurse or are directly involved with patient care, then Children’s treats you very well. But that same treatment does not apply to those who work in support functions (like IT or finance).


January 20th, 2011
12:28 pm

STATE OF ga!!!!!!


January 20th, 2011
12:56 pm

What about health care and leave policy!!


January 20th, 2011
2:19 pm

Henry — Intuit @#44 has decent size offices in Athens and Norcross. It’s still a job, but they are pretty great and do make the effort.

What if

January 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

you’re a single male. Do I get some of these benefits. No wonder America is a shell of what it was. This is BS.

And the women probably B that they don’t get paid the same. Hello, what about these expenses for the company. Again, BS!


January 20th, 2011
2:29 pm

Proud to see that Publix is on the list again, and even moved up from 86th last year to 67th this year. Despite a few nay-sayers, this is without a doubt a superior company to work for. I only wish I had started here decades ago. A Great Place To Work.

Dan Deman

January 20th, 2011
3:02 pm

Is there a good place to work in Georgia if you’re a man? I don’t give a hoot about daycare and my fertilizer is disabled, so I won’t have to worry about childcare in the future.


January 20th, 2011
3:07 pm

Child-less workers would probably agree that childcare benefits make a workplace good to work at. It means that those of us with children miss and are late to work less and that you do not have to pick up our slack. More companies should provide such benefits- it helps all who are employed regardless if they have children or not.

Dan Deman

January 20th, 2011
3:14 pm

Since unemploment is so high right now, maybe the wimin need to start staying home with the kids again? Sounds like a solution to me!


January 20th, 2011
3:14 pm

Hmmm, Deloitte is still hanging in the Top 100? I recall it’s Consulting being #8 about 10 years ago. Don’t tell any of the folks who have gotten unceremoniously laid off by Deloitte or had to endure it’s corporate shenanigans. This is truly a paranoid company and can only sink further, if not off, the list…

Bill Skipper

January 20th, 2011
4:19 pm

LD, get a life.

What about Lexus Nexus in Alpharetta? They bought Choicepoint a couple of years back and over the next 14 months proceeded to lay off 4,000 people (even though Choicepoint was profitable). For the next 10 months after, up to now, the threat of more layoffs has always been in the offing. Towards the end of last year, the rumor was the next round is supposed to happen early this year. Imagine going to work every day for 2 years wondering if you’ll be next? Painful.

Oh wait a minute. This article is about good companies to work for. Sorry.

Mr Rogers

January 20th, 2011
9:43 pm

I work for the best company ever…WELFARE!!!!

The Great and Powerful Community Organizer

January 20th, 2011
9:55 pm

Government GREAT!

Corporations EVIL!

Bill Skipper

January 20th, 2011
10:29 pm

Update on earlier post: Lexus Nexus laid off 13 more people today. More layoffs coming in February.


January 21st, 2011
10:41 pm

My employer isn’t on the top 100 list, but i can tell you this, I wouldn’t trade my job with any other in the city of Atlanta or State of Georgia or any of the other 49 states. COMCAST #1 for me.


January 21st, 2011
11:01 pm

This place is damn near impossible to get hired by. A long application process, followed by an even longer and pointless assessment. all for jobs that pay less than 40K a year.

The best place to work is for the Federal Government!!!

Innocent Bystander

January 21st, 2011
11:59 pm

I actually had the opportunity to intern for Aflac and they are indeed VERY good to their employees. They not only rolled out the red carpet for myself and other interns, but working with full time employees I got the sense that they were all very happy and motivated to do well.

Civics Student

January 22nd, 2011
12:09 am

Atleast Northwest aka Delta didn’t make the list. They are a corportate humbug.


January 22nd, 2011
12:51 am

I’m shocked MARTA didn’t make the list !! Getting paid for not showing up for work, getting overtime for hours not worked, reducing service, failing to protect the public, and “soliciting” your vendors to pay for parties sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me !


January 22nd, 2011
5:02 am

How can Delta not make the list? They just announced a huge profit sharing bonus! Just had a big party with the governer, Hank Aaron, etc, Just opened two state of the art fitness centers, allow you to fly anywhere in the world for free, Recently gave out pay raises, they pay for employees uniforms, Oh, wait, They don’t have a day care center, my bad

I dont feel bad

January 22nd, 2011
7:22 am

I work at Pink Pony and that’s a GREAT place 2 work and when I’m not working the pole, I’m working my bed…


January 22nd, 2011
7:35 am

Who’s “working?” Why not just pay the employee enough that their pay wouldn’t have to be subsidized? Certainly these companies should be admired for their innovation and concern for the quality of life of their employees and their families.

Forbes Customer

January 22nd, 2011
8:19 am

Your company applies for a Forbes listing and negotiates how much they will pay to be listed. Your ranking is determined by how much you are willing to pay for each slot and has nothing to do with actual working conditions at your company. It is strictly a PR tool.


January 22nd, 2011
9:01 am

You people hating on corporate America… Don’t you have an unemployment check to pick up? Oh, that’s right, it’s Saturday. Time for you to go panhandle in Centennial Park.


January 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

Excuse me CEO but while some Americans are happily purchasing illegal drugs, alcohol, and having babies out of wedlock while on unemployment there are many more who would like to work a full time job that pays the bills. Having to worry about unemployment benefits getting terminated while searching for another job that actually pays more than what unemployment is giving is what too many people are experiencing right now. So while the CEO’s of media companies and banks continue to profit thousdands are laid off every month. When the richest 2% of Americans have to struggle financially maybe they will stop laying off valuable employees, stop outsourcing jobs to Mexico, China, India, and the Phillipines!


January 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

Great; who’s hiring, and who’d like a copy of a resume?


January 22nd, 2011
9:56 am

Alston?! What a joke.


January 22nd, 2011
10:03 am

It’s the “evil rich” people who are providing jobs and fueling capitalism, not the unemployed bums and welfare brood mares who have cable TV and cell phones but are living off the government dole. When was the last time you were hired by a homeless wino? And as far as layoffs, make yourself valuable at your job and you have the best chance of staying employed. Also, if the Mexicans, Chinese, Indians and Pillipinos work harder for less money than I have to pay you whiners, and still produce as much or more, what’s my motivation for NOT outsourcing?


January 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

Um, $1000/yr for childcare is a freakin joke. That’s what I pay a month. It equals 85 bucks a month. That’s a gym membership


January 22nd, 2011
10:31 am

CEO there is NO motivation for keeping more jobs in America. Why should companies keep jobs here when there are child labor laws, The right to form unions, and Minimum wage? Even the charities and food banks that assist the homeless and poor are affected by the economy. Not all rich people are evil, what are you talking about? Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner, Oprah, even Mark Zuckerberg have all pledged and given millions of dollars to American charities. The American economy and job force has never been perfect but it is not getting better especially with GA’s 10.2%
unemployment rate.

Stop Your Crying

January 22nd, 2011
10:35 am

You’ve ALL got to be kidding (for those who are complaning here). Listen, if you don’t like what corporations, small businesses, your co-workers w/spouses and children get to do, raise the capital, invest in yourself and GET YOUR OWN BUSINESS or work for a business you trust. What good is complaning going to do? Change your life, little by little or whatever it takes, and make your own rules. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your life. Peace.