Slideshow Top 20 places to work for millennials

  • October 20 2015, 11:49am EDT
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Want to attract the best young talent? Great Places to Work has assembled its top picks of employers with fantastic benefits and great working environments - just the sort of places millennials are flocking to for work in 2015. “Business leaders know that a great culture – for employees of all ages – is a crucial competitive advantage in the emerging Great Workplace Era,” says Michael Bush, the organization's CEO. “Leading organizations are constantly monitoring and analyzing their employees’ workplace experiences and then taking action to improve them. These companies' efforts are resonating with millennials.” Here are the top 20 of that exhaustive list:

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20) Kimley-Horn

Kimley-Horn, a land planning and design consultant, is the kind of employer where the CEO takes a new hire to lunch, and managers consider how different generations communicate. Here, co-workers count on each other and respect runs high between managers and employees.

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19) Standard Pacific Homes

The construction and real estate company has an open-door policy among company leaders, who frequently travel to divisions across the country to motivate employees. Generous PTO and a family atmosphere make this a good place to build a long career.

18) Credit Acceptance

The auto credit provider believes comfort is important to the company, so jeans and flip-flops can be every-day attire, and locations come equipped with relaxation rooms, ping pong tables and video games. Other perks include uncapped sales commissions, performance bonuses, flexible schedules, regular drawings for meals, concert tickets, sporting events and restaurant gift cards.

17) Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

“Free to be me” could be the motto at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where staff are not only allowed to be themselves at work, they are actively encouraged to express their uniqueness. It creates a high level of trust between managers and employees. The whole idea is to encourage staff members to use their creativity and good judgment to deliver caring, personal service to guests.

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16) Atlantic Health System

The northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania health care provider is like one big family. It’s no wonder that 95% of employees say it is a friendly place to work, and that they want to work here for a long time. Indeed, many employees have been with Atlantic Health System for their entire careers.

15) Plante Moran

The certified public accounting firm shines at listening, seeking feedback and responding with changes, from an initiative for women in leadership to dropping a client that treated staff badly. The workload can be intense, but employees appreciate flexible schedules and stress relievers like partner-prepared breakfasts and a generous PTO program.

14) Burns & McDonnell

The engineering and architecture firm is 100% employee-owned, so everyone has an equal piece of the action. Being able to see how their own bottom lines benefit from their hard work inspires them to collaborate and go the extra mile.

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13) Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation

The aerospace engineering firm’s reticence to lay people off during funding dry spells has fostered strong loyalty among employees. And overall, team members paint a picture of appreciative, understanding managers who wholly embody the principles they tout. Perks such as profit-sharing, on-the-spot bonuses and a fancy holiday gala are also well appreciated.

12) World Wide Technology

The global IT company rewards its employees well for their efforts, with profit sharing and spot bonuses. WWT has proven very attractive to people who want to work hard for an organization that will invest in their professional development in return. An annual growth rate exceeding 15% a year suggests the efforts are paying off.

11) Chili’s Grill & Bar

People who work for Chili’s overwhelmingly describe a welcoming, flexible workplace quick to celebrate their team's achievements. That can take the form of profit sharing, parties and cash for service anniversaries.

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10) Edward Jones

Edward Jones is invested in its people’s success, making sure they have the training, guidance and work/life balance they need to thrive. Nearly everyone says they're proud to work for Edward Jones and will go the extra mile to get the job done. Most associates here work in small offices nationwide, while the corporate home office hosts about 5,000 associates.

9) SAS

Employees describe SAS as a workplace that always seeks to go a bit above and beyond. Many companies offer a gym, but few even have indoor swimming pools. Where some corporations collect artwork, SAS hires artists in residence. The upshot is an organization which 95% of employees or more describe as friendly, welcoming and unique.

8) The Boston Consulting Group

BCG is a consulting firm specializing in business strategy and general management. Perks include the Polaris Award to project teams that deliver quantifiable results to clients and fun awards to individuals for off-beat or unique reasons like special hobbies or quirks. Annual retreats for different offices allow employees to bond. Inquisitive problem solvers who are willing to go the extra mile will fit right in, but those who want a regular 9-5 environment won't find it here.

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7) Workday

Workday offers unlimited time off, the opportunity to work overseas and employee clubs for everything from hiking to meditation. Executives also earn kudos for being accessible and eschewing corporate clutter. Workday looks for people who work hard but can have fun, though too much of one or the other won’t work well here.

6) Ultimate Software

Employees say Ultimate Software has effectively built its workplace around their well-being. There are Vitamix blenders for fresh smoothies in every office, the health insurance is free and the company frequently sends its teams to tropical locales to recognize accomplishments.

5) Acuity

When employees describe ACUITY, one word comes up a lot: generous. That goes for this insurance company's extensive charitable endeavors, as well as the 8% company contribution to 401(k) accounts, profit sharing and 50-pound gift boxes at the holidays.

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4) Pinnacle Financial Partners

When the firm succeeds, everyone benefits. All associates receive stock shares -- on top of commissions – and non-commissioned staff receive bonuses that were worth $14.5 million alone last year. Six-plus weeks of paid time off a year is the norm for full-timers and 98% of associates confirm work-life balance is within their grasp.

3) Allied Wallet

The company creates strong ties among staff through frequent gifts, special events, fun parties and free Friday lunches where everybody sits and eats together. In all, 96 percent of employees say the company has a “family” or “team” feeling, and equal number find that people care about each other and feel that they are “all in this together.”

2) David Weekley Homes

There’s a particular attentiveness to Team Members’ spiritual well-being, with a chaplain service and Employee Assistance Program available to those who need it. As befits a home-building company, Team Members who have been with the company for a year - as well as immediate family members - are eligible for a 10% discount on the price of a new David Weekley home. After 10 years with the company, they are eligible for a six-week sabbatical, along with a $2,000 grant.

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1) Power Home Remodeling Group

Nearly all of Power Home Remodeling Group's employees praise the company's culture and leadership, including the opportunities to advance, the supportive atmosphere and the yearly all-paid vacation to Mexico. Whatever their reasons, employees are proud to help customers find green solutions to home remodeling. Culture is king at this family-owned company.