With signs both nationally and locally pointing to more hiring, if you’re lucky enough you might end up at one of the best companies to work for in Georgia, as ranked by Fortune magazine.
The best places to work include grocery giant Publix Super Markets, insurer Aflac, technology company Cisco, gas station chain QuikTrip and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Rounding out the list are the law firm Alston & Bird, Intercontinental Hotels Group, PCL Construction, Ultimate Software and auto dealership CarMax.
What makes them so great? Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta gets kudos for how management tries to stay connected to workers, with senior leaders, for example, holding frequent parties with employees. At Publix Super Markets, the largest employee-owned company in the country, workers get generous annual stock infusions, and Intercontinental Hotels Group, the parent of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and other properties, has the most generous 401(k) plan in its industry.
Of the list, Alston& Bird (ranked No. 24 on Fortune’s overall list), Children’s Healthcare (No. 49) and Intercontinental (No. 100) are based in Atlanta, and Aflac (No. 77) is based in Columbus. Children’s Healthcare had the biggest jump up the list, from No. 60 last year.
In the latest signal that companies are doing more hiring, the government reported Thursday that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week to 352,000, the fewest since April 2008. The decline added to evidence that the job market is strengthening, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.