For the past two years, the Columbus Young Professionals Club has recognized “Wonderful Workplaces for YPs” in and around Columbus. With the help of CYP Club members and various Columbus networks, area workplaces are nominated in categories of Coolness (Attraction), Stickiness (Retention), Community Impact, and Growth Opportunities. Each year we partner to present the Wonderful Workplaces with an award at a Year-End Celebration in front of hundreds of young professionals and community leaders.
We are pleased to present the top 20 Central Ohio companies who will be recognized in 2015:
At Acceptd, the culture is “one of confidence, but willingness to learn.” As “one of the hottest start-up companies in the Central Ohio area,” employees are encouraged to be “masters of their domain,” with the “autonomy to make decisions.” All team members are “entrepreneurs in their respective roles.” Acceptd offers opportunities to learn from “a great pool of experts, mentors, and coaches.” It is “a fast-growing company that is gaining traction” and “supports many volunteer organizations.” Specifically, Acceptd has “helped with animal rescue and holiday presents for kids of incarcerated parents.”
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Barnes & Thornburg “values its employees” and “fully acknowledges that everyone has a voice at the table.” The company “does a great job of allowing employees to accomplish their professional goals” and “leaves little room for them [young professionals] to seek something better elsewhere.” Employees are encouraged to “give back on company time” allowing them to be “committed to making Columbus a better place.” Employees will be assured each and every day that their “work and opinion [is] valued.”
Battelle for Kids
From the eccentric workplace of “bright colorful walls covered in kids art,” “open layout” and “collaborative space” to their “focus on internal communications and team building,” Battelle for Kids is a remarkable company for young professionals. The company focuses on “making work fun” and “growing staff,” but also “focuses on employees out of work.” There are “softball, kickball and soccer teams,” “family events” and “volunteering opportunities” for all employees. Employees aren’t afraid to contribute their opinion, because “everyone in the organization [is allowed] to be an intrapreneuer” and take new ideas to “leadership teams.”
The “largest fortune company in Ohio catering to healthcare” provides a wonderful workplace for all young professionals. Cardinal Health offers “opportunities in finance, IT, HR, marketing and sales” and promotes growth with “mentoring, development and leadership programs available.” Employees definitely “gain experience” and there’s a “strong preference to recruit internally at all levels.” Cardinal also “matches all contributions to charity at either 50 or 100 percent” and “allows employees to donate time and services” with “many employees on various boards.” If you’re looking for a “very stable, large organization with growth opportunities,” Cardinal Health is for you.
If you’re interested in a company where you can “bloom your career” and “ascend with the company,” CoverMyMeds should be on your radar. The environment is “filled with extremely talented people” and a management team that is “willing to help cultivate and mentor” ambitious employees. Office perks include a “pool table,” “original Nintendo gaming station,” “Nerf wars,” and a “private chef.” Their annual “Office Olympics” event includes a mini-grant contest where “they give $2500 to 3 employees to use as they please.” CoverMyMeds “endeavors to boost the entrepreneurial spirit of Columbus” by “mentoring at and sponsoring Tech Life Columbus, Start Up Columbus, Stir Trek and Society of Women Engineers at OSU.” Young professionals can be assured that their “work is fulfilling” at CoverMyMeds.
Dawson should be of interest to any young professional because “they truly make the investment in their employees.” From “regularly scheduled Lunch & Learns” to their “volunteer rewards programs,” an “in house gym” and “fitness classes“ to “offering paid time off in exchange for volunteer hours,” Dawson is “committed to the wellness and life balance of every employee.” The company is young: “most of the top executives are under 40 and most managers are in their 20s.” If you’re not afraid to step up, Dawson is for you because “new ideas and approaches are always encouraged.”
With “exceptional benefits” and ongoing “charitable engagement,” e-Cycle is a “growing green company” perfect for any young professional. Recently named “one of the top workplaces by Columbus CEO magazine,” e-Cycle LLC continuously hires new employees and offers “great starting pay and benefits.” The “casual environment” allow employees the opportunity to “move up in the company rapidly.” Named one of the “fastest-growing environmental service companies in the world” by Inc. magazine, young professionals will have a wonderful experience here. “Those who excel will grow quickly within the company as it rapidly expands.”
GBQ Partners offers “a flexible work environment,” placing “trust in its employees” and offering a “sound benefits package.” The “modern office space in the Arena District” provides “dinner twice a week and breakfast on Mondays and Sundays” during the busy tax season. Associates are given “ample room for personal career growth” and are “supported by partners who truly care about the individuals” who work there. Retention rates are “consistently above industry average.” GBQ’s Committed to Community initiative “offers associates time to volunteer on Fridays” at various charitable organizations. The company has “consistently been named a Top 200 and Best of the Best firm in the nation.”
Germain Infiniti of Easton
With a “very sleek and awesome look,” Germain Infiniti of Easton has “a coolness factor all its own.” The connection Infiniti has with young professionals is “impressive.” YPs can “grow within the company” and are encouraged to “continue their growth and strengths” while working here. To develop skills, associates are “continually working with different organizations to lend a helping hand,” including “Pelotonia” and “Westerville Bike Race.” Employees “love what they do and work very hard at their jobs” to create a wonderful workplace for everyone.
Honda is a wonderful workplace for young professionals because it is a “company that encourages creative thinking, autonomy and responsibility.” The “conservative company” provides “great benefits, perks, stability and locations throughout the US.” This versatile company “provides immediate responsibility in the educational field of the profession whether that be engineering, marketing, supply management, etc.” Honda encourages young professionals to volunteer by paying “associates up to 40 hours/year to volunteer at non-profit organizations.” Young professionals will feel at home at this wonderful workplace because the company “is a family. The Honda Family.”
Huntington National Bank
With professionals who are “at the top of their respective fields” and a corporate “knowledge base to work and learn from that is incredible” Huntington National Bank’s goal is to become “The Bank of The Midwest.” As a “local bank with national resources,” Huntington is large enough that it allows young professionals the opportunity to have “real world experience” without being treated as a number. The company is “very strong” in “giving back to the communities,” but “none more than here in Columbus” where it is headquartered. Management “treats its employees with respect” and “gives every employee a voice.” Young professionals will find Huntington a wonderful workplace that allows “professional development” and “continuous improvement.”
Kaufman Development is “brimming with great aesthetic,” a “fantastic team of people” and “tons of positive energy.” Young professionals will quickly learn that “everyone who works for KDEV is approachable, from the CEO to any of the community ambassadors.” Not only are employees “passionate about their company,” but they’re also “keenly focused on the betterment of [the] community.” There are “tremendous opportunities for growth” along with a mentoring program where “every employee is paired up with another.” Kaufman employees are “always working” to create a “fantastic group dynamic.”
The “large, international” feel of L Brands boasts “world renowned brands” and a “great overall corporate culture.” If climbing the ladder is your goal, “promotions are usually internal” and “leaders encourage growth and want to see their employees move up.” The work environment is “fun and challenging” in this “game-changing company.” Many opportunities for “guidance and training are available” and the corporate culture focuses on “giving back to the community,” “living a healthier lifestyle” and “working together to be the best.” At L Brands, “there is always something to learn and new challenges to face.”
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
With a “great culture of mutual respect” and “positive attitudes,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a wonderful workplace for young professionals who want a healthcare company that’s “at the forefront of growth” in a “fascinating field.” “Management opportunities” are plentiful and a “tuition reimbursement program to help young professionals further their development” provides “a variety of areas where young professionals can advance.” Here, “you’re part of a mission to help sick children” and “help and engage your community.” Nationwide Children’s Hospital has proved itself as a “phenomenal place” to achieve just that.
Nurtur the Salon
“A strong education program,” “flexible work schedule,” “health benefits,” and “paid time off” are just a few perks of working at Nurtur the Salon where their “name defines what [they] do.” “Education and training are always at the forefront” of the business in order to ensure “team members are always moving forward, personally and professionally.” The company looks to “engage local charities” with their Tip for a Cause program, offering guests the “opportunity to round up their service total or donate directly.” With two locations in Upper Arlington and Grandview (and a third location in the works), “there is consistent growth and room for advancement.” Nurtur looks for “young professionals who want more than just a job.”
OSU Wexner Medical Center
“Wonderful culture” and “pride in Ohio State” is a common theme at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In addition to “amazing benefits,” including “free tuition for employees” and “half price for spouses and children,” the company has “lots of growth opportunities” for both clinical and non-clinical professions.” Not only are young professionals encouraged to seek out mentors, they’re also encouraged “to make connections.” “Giving back and serving the community is very important to everyone at OSUMC. “ The Center provides “many opportunities to serve,” including Pelotonia. “No matter if you’re clinical or non-clinical, the focus of providing the best care for patients is the basis for what everyone does every day.”
Portfolio Creative “believes in young professionals” who are “supported and empowered” here. This “great place for people to start out” will “push you to work hard” while providing a “solid foundation” for stability. The company strives to “make the creative community more competitive” by helping people “gain new skills and new career opportunities.” Employees will “feel respected” in this “growing company” that “strongly believes in professional development.” With a great culture as the cherry on top, Portfolio Creative is a wonderful workplace for young professionals.
The country’s “largest independent, woman-owned, digitally led marketing agency” also has an amazing culture. The atmosphere includes an “open cubical floor plan,” “free yoga classes,” and “free beer to celebrate a new client win.” Did you know Resource Ammirati’s first client was Apple in 1981? The company has continued to “move forward” with “innovation and technology.” Resource ensures that associates have the “opportunities to continually learn, grow and innovate.” The opportunities for young professionals are “endless,” starting with the various departments that include design, writing, technology, operations and staffing and more!
Enjoy the “open door policy” in RevLocal’s “cutting-edge, collaborative work spaces”. The company “encourages individual creativity” while remaining a “focused and goal-oriented organization.” The “fun” and “relaxed” atmosphere is balanced by “the ability to take ownership of your work.” Young professionals have “no ceiling to promotions and opportunities.” RevLocal is always “actively working to find ways to contribute to the local community” and “challenge their staff to give back.” This is a wonderful workplace for those seeking a “fluid and fast-paced environment” in “one of the fastest growing companies” in Central Ohio.
The “fun, open culture” at Thirty-One Gifts makes it a wonderful workplace in Columbus. There is “very little red tape” in this “up and coming company.” Thirty-One Gifts has received “continuous recognition for outstanding employees” and boasts “unlimited opportunity in [the] Columbus market” along with “an entire department devoted to philanthropy.” The “rapid growth,” “opportunity” and “generous bonus opportunities” contribute to the “very nimble and flexible” environment perfect for young professionals.