Where Are the Best Places to Work in ATL?
April 24, 2014 4:06 PM Subscribe
Can you help me identify the companies with the best corporate culture?
posted by masquesoporfavor to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've had a slew of office jobs, in lots of different industries. I'm pretty disgusted with my current job and would like to make a move. Instead of just applying for all the jobs I'm remotely qualified for like I've done in the past, this time I'd like to find companies I'd actually enjoy working for.
Right now I work in freight forwarding. I manage a set of accounts and take care of the booking, customs clearance, and delivery of import freight. My previous job was in the same industry. Before that I worked remotely for the Eddie Bauer call center. I have worked for Philips Electronics as a Customer Service Rep I (as opposed to levels II or III I guess), I worked for an allergy company as a Product Manager, and I did customer service for a small gift manufacturer. I've had other jobs too, but I seem drawn to customer service. I do enjoy solving problems and talking to people, so it's a decent fit. I am great with most computer programs and have an easy rapport with customers.
I applied for a job at a fairly big local company, and I LOVED everything I learned about them. I had an interview, took a skills assessment, and then they asked me to submit for a background check and references. I did both of those, and followed up, and I haven't heard anything for two weeks. I'm guessing that means they're not hiring me, so I'm trying to find other companies in the area that are known for having a great corporate culture.
I'm sure what seems great to me may not seem great to other people, so to be clear the things I'm interested in are mostly flexibility and advancement. At my current job I have a laptop so that I can work from home after hours, but I am not allowed to work from home during the day. If I'm sick, my manager tells me to "stick it out" even though we do have paid sick time. We sit in one large room without cubicles, but we have the worst communication of any place I've ever worked. Various members of the team have been told to "just be patient!" because there would be room to advance, but years have passed and nothing has ever come from our patience. We never have office lunches or events. We have a pool table in the back that literally no one has used since I've worked there.
The job I was applying for was an entry-level tech support job. It sounded right up my alley, AND the interviewer said he started out in that position and has become a manager in a year and a half. Score! The shift would be from 11-8, which means I could sleep in and avoid traffic. Double score! The offices were really cool and there was always free food and good coffee. The company has a great reputation as being a cool place to work. Also they don't drug test!
I have googled "Cool Places to Work Atlanta" which was moderately helpful, but a little generic. Do you work for a great company in Atlanta? Or know someone here who loves their job? Or have you just heard of a company that sounded kind of cool, like it might be a decent place to work? Spill it, don't keep it a secret! Thank you!