Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2017

The Best Companies Group offers Alabama businesses a chance to evaluate how well they measure up as great employers — both in the eyes of their employees and in comparison to other companies across the state.

Wilkins Miller employees try their hand at laser tag.

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Being a great place to work isn’t just good for employers — it’s good for business. That’s the philosophy of firms that compete for honors as Best Companies to Work for in Alabama.

Each year, companies submit information about everything from telecommuting policies to insurance and 401(k) plans to clever ways to reward great work. The Best Companies Group evaluates the responses, comparing the views of employers with those of employees and comparing both to the policies of other companies.

For the second year in a row, investment firm Edward Jones tops the list of large employers. Accounting firm Wilkins Miller has moved up from second place last year to take top honors among small and medium-size firms.

All eight winners in the large category and all twelve in the small to medium category will be honored at festivities at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel on July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., sponsored by PMT Publishing Inc.

Beyond the honor of ranking high, firms get useful feedback from the process.

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Sheila Hodges, chairman of SH Enterprises Inc., notes that, “The end result of this process is a wealth of information that allows our management team to analyze the impact of various benefits, services and processes, as well as additional opportunities the organization may have for creating a stronger work environment to support our team.”

At Main Street Inc., Jennifer Williams says her HR team “will analyze the data by department and compare that to the company averages. We use the data to find issues we could improve on and identify what we are doing well.”

The companies honored this year are engaged in banking, investments, insurance, information technology, law, logistics, hospitality and many other fields. Click here to view the winners.

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