CityPulse Columbus has recognized “Wonderful Workplaces for Young Professionals” in and around Columbus since 2013. In partnership with the Columbus Young Professionals Club and Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO), local employers are nominated in categories of Coolness (Attraction), Stickiness (Retention), Community Impact, and Growth Opportunities for emerging leaders. We are pleased to announce the Top 40 Wonderful Workplaces in Central Ohio for 2018:
“Located in the Arena District, and housed in the renovated Buggyworks building,” Accenture “features an open floorplan, exposed ductwork, original brick and comfortable work pods for casual meetings.” In addition to the cool and casual vibe, “young people see that they can have a long, successful career” at Accenture. “Proving that everyone has a chance to succeed, Accenture has “an Ohio executive who started in the mailroom and worked his way up into a senior leadership role.” And, in terms of how Accenture gives back to the community? Accenture is ranked #2 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
“Everyone on the Acceptd team is part of a tribe,” where “the culture is fantastic, the people are driven, and the leadership cares about their employees.” At Acceptd, employees work “for a greater purpose: to help young artists flourish.” But, what about the office environment? Acceptd team members “work in a horse barn” with, not one, but “TWO ping pong tables,” and a “porch swing that is inside of one the meeting spaces.”
ARY ROEPCKE MULCHAEY, P.C.
Ary Roepcke Mulchaey “continues to allow their team members to have a voice within the firm” as well as “flexibility, work from home opportunities” and “2 o’clock Fridays.” This, along with “growth opportunities” has created a great Firm culture” where “everyone’s voice is heard” and that “allows everyone to grow and enjoy coming to work.”
AXIA CONSULTING, INC.
AXIA Consulting “provides a unique environment for young professionals to work directly with leadership and to learn from seasoned consultants in the professional services industry.” “Once a new hire joins AXIA, they are assigned a mentor to facilitate onboarding and provide routine constructive feedback as they continue to grow as a consultant.” Don’t think that it’s all work and no play at AXIA. A lot of thought and planning goes into a social culture that includes “monthly happy hours,” “summer golf outings, weekly tennis & platform tennis gatherings,” and “lunch & breakfast get-togethers.” All of this makes AXIA “a family of high character, trustworthy, and fun individuals that come together to make a great team.”
BARNES & THORNBURG LLP
Barnes & Thornburg has created a “refreshing culture” by investing in “its team members’ interests and career paths no matter their position.” Located in the Huntington building downtown Columbus, Barnes & Thornburg has “arguably the best view of Columbus with views of both The Ohio Statehouse and the Scioto Mile.” “Committed to having a big presence in the Columbus community,” Barnes & Thornburg has made volunteerism and giving back a part of the culture, participating in a long list of organizations and initiatives, including “Women Lawyers of Franklin County, the Columbus Bar Association’s Managing Partners’ Diversity Initiative, the Columbus Metropolitan Club, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign” among others.
With a “rooftop office overlooking the Columbus commons and a view of the city,” CapTech has been on “Consulting Magazine’s ‘Best Firms to Work For’ for seven years and is ranked #2 for Information Technology and #6 overall.” “Following the company’s reputation for commitment to community, the Columbus office recently raised $3,250 for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and donated over 500 hours of pro bono services to See Kids Dream to modernize their website technology and architecture.” Employees at CapTech experience a culture that “encourages fun,” and enjoy “roof top parties, Friday Tech Talks,” as well as “hang[ing] out at local breweries and sporting events.”
Cardinal Health gets high marks for having a “fast-paced,” “results oriented culture” with an “ideal amount of work-life balance.” Young professionals are “truly valued” with company leaders “more than willing to invest in young employees.” Cardinal has also been “recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” “one of the 100 Best Companies for working mothers,” and received the Employer Support Freedom Award for “supporting working veterans.”
In addition to the obvious perk of “coming to work to a ballpark every day,” employees of the Columbus Clippers experience a “family type environment among co-workers” due to the small number of full-time staff members. With seventy home games each season, the main motivation of the Clippers staff is “making sure fans not only have a good time while at the ballpark, but want to come back to the ballpark.”
Continental Office leadership “understands that Young Professionals want to feel heard, challenged, appreciated, developed and mentored,” and strives to create a “collaborative environment that likes to work hard but play harder.” One way Continental Office has adapted to the needs of young professionals is by ditching the “traditional annual review process.” Instead, managers are encouraged “to have career development conversations with their associates as often as needed.”
COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority)
The mantra at COTA, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, is “it’s your move.” And that applies to “young professionals of all backgrounds” seeking a “commitment to excellence” with “the region’s transportation leader.” As an “innovative workplace” and “workforce mobility partner,” COTA’s initiatives “envision a way forward” with a “care for the environment,” a “focus on employee growth,” and “sustainability of the Columbus region for all.”
CRANE RENOVATION GROUP
The team at Crane Renovation Group “is constantly learning, adopting new strategies and technologies,” while leadership at all brands (including Able Roofing, Armor Distribution, and others) is “constantly looking at ways to improve company culture.” This could be something as simple as providing healthy snacks through Green Bean Delivery, as well as investing in “office lunches, retreats, full benefits packages, community service meetups, and more.” And, in terms of employee retention, one staff member says, “It’s easy to envision yourself at a company long-term when the company shows it is invested in you.”
With an “onsite gym, paid birthdays off, volunteer time off, wellness and volunteer programs,” it’s no wonder Dawson made the list of 40 Wonderful Workplaces for Young Professionals. Additionally, employees at Dawson benefit from continuing education led by their committee of “Subject Matter Educators,” and additional “outside training classes or educational luncheons,” if desired, courtesy of Dawson.
DesignGroup is “truly committed” to the development of young professionals, who are often “asked to step up (with support if needed)” and run meetings in order to gain “valuable experience.” The culture at DesignGroup is known as “a great place to grow as a young professional” where employees put forth “1,800 community service hours” since 2016 and “charity is a point of pride” at the office. There are “ample opportunities to grow in the profession” and most importantly, “a commitment from the company to support you in your endeavors.” It is a “highly collaborative” and “positive working environment.”
You’ve heard it before and we’ll gladly say it again: “at Donatos, every piece is important” and that includes each and every one of their 2,000+ associates. Working here “feels like family.” Whether you’re looking for your first job or want to advance your career, you’ll “love being part of a work environment that’s not just rewarding and fun, but supportive too.”
Fahlgren Mortine has a “fun and quirky culture,” making it a “perfect place for 20-somethings” to work. Considering the vast number of places to work in marketing in Columbus, there are “very few places that really have the diversity of clients and services” that Fahlgren Mortine has. Regardless of what part of the company associates work, they will be “working hard, constantly learning, and really contributing to [the] team and the agency.”
GBQ is changing “the way people think about accounting.” GBQ accountants are “attentive, highly-motivated, passionate, personable, responsible, savvy and sociable.” During tax season, the most stressful time of year in accounting, GBQ provides “breakfast and dinner throughout the week, happy hours and an annual ‘end of busy season’ party.” The company offers a “flexible work environment” while placing “trust in its employees” and offering “a sound benefits package.” At GBQ, the clear purpose is to “empower growth” of people, communities and their clients’ businesses.
Grange Insurance is committed to “forward and innovative thinking,” showcased by the recent “launch of a shared innovation space.” Meeting spaces are purposeful in their design in order to “evoke the sharing of ideas and prompt creative thinking.” As a company of 1,300 associates, Grange Insurance is “a great place to build a career” offering the “feel of a large company” with the “culture of a family-owned business.” Along with “great benefits” and a “cool atmosphere,” there are “numerous opportunities” to get involved through the Grange Young Professionals (GYP) Associate Resource Group.
GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER/SMG
The Greater Columbus Convention Center is “constantly thriving and growing,” and recently completed a $140 million renovation where “every employee had an opportunity to have input.” Employees enjoy time together at “chili cook offs, basketball challenges, volunteer opportunities and more.” With multiple locations and opportunities for growth, Greater Columbus Convention Center/SMG can be “a place you can establish a career.”
GROUP MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Group Management Services offers “great earning potential and benefits,” like the ability to “work from home twice a week and a company car,” as well as a culture with a “work hard, play hard mentality.” The company “invests a lot” into their growing team and “welcomes them as family.” Their “philanthropic culture and vibe” is showcased via GMS Cares with a goal “to be involved in at least one project or community-based opportunity per quarter.”
HAMILTON PARKER COMPANY
“Culture is a priority” at Hamilton Parker Company; a place where the people are “friendly,” “loyal to core values” of the company, and “genuinely care” about one another. Hamilton Parker Company is a family-owned business with a culture that “speaks to everyone, all generations, and pulls everyone together.” On any given day, you might “find a dog somewhere in the office,” and on one occasion, “a goat and a baby lamb hanging out too!”
HOLLYWOOD CASINO COLUMBUS
Hollywood Casino offers “amazing growth opportunities for young individuals,” especially those who are into “getting out there and being involved.” As an industry, the “customer base is changing,” making it a “great time to join the industry” as a young professional. Hollywood Casino is open 24/7, allowing employees, all of whom are eligible for tuition reimbursement, to make schedules conducive to “finishing up educational programs” or other needs.
HUNTINGTON NATIONAL BANK
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.”
IGS offers an “incredible amount of opportunity” and feels “entrepreneurial” while still being a “big name in Columbus.” The people who work here are what makes it “amazing” and “fun” with a camaraderie that “helps make the workday that much more awesome.” There is a strong “emphasis on work-life balance” as leadership makes a “significant investment in its rising talent” and genuinely cares about “making everyone feel valued and challenged.” “IGS is a great place to consider a career future.”
Improving has worked to create a culture that “fosters authentic, long-term professional and personal relationships” through its “familial attitude” and its “positive environment that is both friendly and fun.” At Improving, employees can expect an “open-door policy that encourages frank conversations and passionate mentorship” in an environment that is “rewarding and enjoyable.”
At Infoverity, employees have “great opportunities to contribute meaningful work,” and enjoy really getting to know one another well as colleagues, as the company’s retention rate is “roughly 95%.” Given the average annual growth of “35% year-to-year,” young professionals at Infoverity often have the ability to “take on responsibilities at a high clip and grow into leadership positions.” When the workday is done, Infoverity associates often enjoy “brewery hops, game night, bowling, lunch and libations, corporate sponsored volunteering, and more.”
JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS
A culture of “doing the right thing” makes Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams “very attractive to mission- and purpose-driven millennials.” As a team member at Jeni’s, one can expect to “work smart, work hard, and play even harder.” Doing the right thing also means having a positive impact on the local and global community, from the farmers to the customers to the environment. Additionally,“Jeni’s has cultivated an inclusive and empowering environment that promotes female leadership in the workplace” and has a “Leadership Team comprised of more women than men.”
“You’re rewarded for working hard,” at L Brands where you’ll find “everything a young professional could want” in an employer including a “support system,” “growth opportunities,” and “dedication to giving back to the community.” From its “leading presence at Pelotonia,” (which the company matches employee dollars raised), to its “footprint on every major charity,” L Brands is “so dedicated to giving back.” Associates feel “lucky” to come to work, with worthwhile “opportunities for the right talent” along with “lots of perks” and plenty of “style!”
MANLEY DEAS & KOCHALSKI, LLC
Manley Deas & Kochalski offers a “great environment and team atmosphere” that emphasizes an “appreciation” for “its greatest asset: its people.” The firm ensures “opportunity” to “take ownership over your position and work.” Among the benefits that make it “a great place to work,” are “flexible scheduling,” “generous” paid time off, and the firm’s support of activities like “gardening, art and book clubs,” “free concert tickets and happy hours.” There is an “abundance” of give back opportunities too, with “paid time to volunteer” during work hours.
1555 Lake Shore Dr, Columbus, OH 43204
NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers “endless growth opportunities,” “flexibility,” a “cohesive environment” and the “opportunity to make a difference.” As an organization, Nationwide Children’s Hospital “supports professional growth” by offering “onsite classes and seminars.” There are also ample opportunities to give back to the community, including “Ronald McDonald House, Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families,” and the “Columbus Marathon.”
For young professionals wanting to make a difference in mental health care and substance abuse, the team at Netcare Access “includes a group of clinicians that go out to every traumatic scene you may see on the local news, helping the victims through the incident.” Additionally, they have a “team of clinicians that ride along with police officers to answer and de-escalate mental health calls, a forensic center that evaluates cases for the court systems,” as well as “24/7 crisis intervention services.” Naturally, all of this makes working at Netcare Access “an adventure, sometimes scary, sometime chaotic, sometimes boring” but with a huge impact to the local community.
199 S Central Ave, Columbus, OH 43223
Northwoods cultivates an environment where “when people are hired, they don’t want to leave” with leadership programs “open to all” and a place that “feels like home.” Likewise, the Leadership Team “relies on and values the experiences, insight, and expertise of every employee from every level of the company.” In addition to paid volunteer time throughout the year, Northwoods provides a monthly allowance of $250 and gives it to a few employees “to spend on any individuals or organizations that may be struggling.”
NURTUR THE SALON
At Nurtur the Salon, team members experience a “welcoming staff,” as well as “constant training, coaching, and individual attention.” The team at Nurture is made up of “young, creative, and driven individuals” who can experience “endless possibilities” for growth, provided they “speak up, show up, and do a great job.” Making a mark on the Columbus fashion and beauty scene, Nurtur the Salon is “the hair sponsor of Fashion Week Columbus, the beauty sponsor of the CCAD Fashion Show, and now the beauty partner for Prizm Magazine and Good Day Columbus.”
OVERMYER HALL ASSOCIATES
Also named a “Best Place to Work” by Columbus Business First, Overmyer Hall Associates is “great place to start a career in insurance,” offering competitive salaries, benefits, generous PTO, volunteer time off, and flexibility.” The company “takes the time to invest and educate its employees,” especially those who are “new-to-insurance.” Being “deeply involved” in the Central Ohio and Upper Arlington communities is evident by their work with Furniture Bank of Central Ohio and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
With a culture “focused around caring,” Quantum Health’s Leadership Team “leads by example,” showcased by the fact that “several senior leadership and executive team members started their careers” at Quantum Health right after college and worked their way up. To better assist young professionals with their professional journey, Quantum Health has implemented a “Choose Your Own Adventure” program to provide “job shadowing, online training modules, higher education opportunities, off-site training programs, and more.”
RevLocal team members experience a company culture “unlike anything around” and enjoy perks like “RevRecess,” “Food Truck Thursdays,” and an onsite fitness center, among other things. The “innovative” and “inspirational” environment at RevLocal is supported by its leadership, which is made up of young professionals. With “22 of 23” young professional employees “promoted at least once” in two years of service, staff members at RevLocal enjoy growth potential within the company.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CENTRAL OHIO
With a “fast-paced, nimble and creative” culture, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio works to create a “home-like environment within walking distance of Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” “Out-of-the-box thinking” is valued, and “no goal is too lofty, no vision too big” at RMHC. More than “82,000 nights a year” are provided to families each year at RMHC, making this organization great fit for “mission-driven young professionals” for which to work or volunteer.
Scotts Miracle-Gro has the placed engagement of its “youngest professionals top of mind,” and provides “unmatched benefits, opportunities to learn and grow through numerous development opportunities, and leaders who take the time to mentor” its young professional team members. An onsite wellness center “dedicated to healthful living” and a “leadership speaker series” are both offered throughout the year. And for young professionals who want to give back, SMG offers “Give Back to Gro” days, allowing team members to take a day to “philanthropically impact their communities.”
With “a trampoline, a Lego wall,” and “a popcorn machine” onsite, young professionals working at Tailored Management enjoy a “laid-back learning environment” that is “constantly evolving.” In order to assist new hires in their professional journey, Tailored Management has implemented a “nesting program,” enabling associates to “build a successful foundation to make the most out of their career.” Tailored Management uses its casual environment to give back: By donating monetarily, associates are able to wear jeans every day. Tailored Management then sends the proceeds to a “different charity every month.”
THE EVO GROUP
The EVO Group is “what millennials are looking for in a workplace,” offering the ability to “work hard,” “have fun” and experience “professional growth.” The “young, vibrant environment” at The EVO Group is evident by the music playing throughout the day, the “foosball table,” and the “fun, interactive training.” Young professionals are supported in their growth through “direct mentors, including the CEO,” as well as a “variety of development-type training.”
TOTAL QUALITY LOGISTICS
Young professionals working at Total Quality Logistics have “unlimited potential,” as the company offers the ability to move up regardless of whether associates have “a college education” or “industry experience,” as long as the “work ethic and learning potential” is there. The culture of TQL is celebrated through their “culture wall” and “culture shirts,” both “favorites” of employees, along with the famous “beer drop” that takes place each time they “break a company record.”