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Corporate culture is key at the 6 Ga. firms on ‘Best Companies’ list

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Corporate culture figures prominently at six companies headquartered in Georgia that made Fortune’s new list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Alston & Bird ranked No. 19, with Fortune commending the 113-year-old Atlanta law firm for giving hourly employees annual bonuses of up to 9 percent of salary. The firm also offers on-site child care and recently opened its executive dining room to all staff, exhibiting the kind of goodwill culture that resonated in this year’s list.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta came in at No. 35, followed by HomeBanc Mortgage at No. 67. Fortune noted Children’s backup care for children and elders, and HomeBanc’s decision to cut executive bonuses before laying off workers.

Aflac, headquartered in Columbus, ranked No. 73 for on-site child care. Savannah’s largest employer, Memorial Health was lauded at No. 91 for paying $500 patient satisfaction bonuses and playing Brahms’ Lullaby every time a baby was born.

Columbus-based Synovus ranked No. 98, with Fortune noting its generous retirement and profit-sharing contributions for every employee.

Fortune based the rankings on standard criteria such as health care, pay, benefits, turnover, educational opportunities and the percentage of women and minorities in the workplace. But the many intangibles mentioned show that, for most people, a job means more than just a paycheck.  

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