top 10 coolest companies to work for in Nashville
By o.c. tanner
Culture | October 23, 2014
Home to more than 120 live music venues, multiple record labels, recording studios and countless musicians from country to rock, Nashville is proudly known as “Music City.” In addition to its music scene, the vibrant city bustles with multiple industries with unique company cultures that appreciate the employees and communities they serve.
Below are the top 10 coolest companies to work for in Nashville:
Committed to “creating a workplace where employees can thrive in finding innovative and original solutions”, the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), plumbing and home services company excels in customer service and employee growth. The Lee Company prides itself on providing employees with the opportunity to grow within the company. This includes Lee University, an educational program that maps out career paths of entry-level employees to reach higher levels within the company. Various directors at Lee Company started at the entry level, including Vice President of Home Services, Dan Kalman, who first started at the company as a technician. In addition, the Lee Company is very involved in the community, participating in Habitat for Humanity and other local charities and organizations. This includes being the second largest food donor to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee with its “Vans 4 Cans” campaign.
A technology company, Asurion, provides device replacement insurance that is sold through mobile phone carriers. In addition, Asurion has over 16,000 full-time employees housed in 44 offices worldwide, including five in Nashville. The work hard play hard office atmosphere allows employees to be result focused while having fun, which includes gathering to watch sports together and participating in corn-hole tournaments. As for employee recognition initiatives, employees at Asurion are recognized and rewarded with the Kudos Rewards & Recognition program which allows employees to earn points to use towards things like gift cards, electronics and other rewards. In addition, team members can be awarded with cash bonuses for great work.
The comprehensive health and well-being improvement company knows the importance of employee recognition and has a company wide culture designed to inspire colleagues to live their best lives every day. Employee appreciation includes a day off to celebrate your “Healthway Birthday” (the day you started at Healthways); anniversary team lunch; and various career milestones gifts. In addition, employees give back to the community by shopping for presents for local underprivileged children during the holiday season. As one coaching operations manager said, “When you love what you do, you work with a smile on your face, you work with passion. And that translates into changing lives every day. This job gives me a chance to do that.”
The local Nashville bank believes in becoming not only the best financial services firm, but also the best place to work in Tennessee. Business values include integrity, fairness, learning, partnership, results, balance and discipline—with the end goal of happy employees and customers. “It is impossible to be the best financial services firm without having the best people and it is virtually impossible to amass the best people without being a great place to work.” Employee appreciation includes celebrated employee milestones, spontaneous shows of appreciation with hand-written notes, gift certificates, and company merchandise. Other appreciation programs include “Service Superstars” “WOW stories” and “Significantly Exceeds Expectations.” Pinnacle takes employee appreciation seriously, and it shows. Nearly all of their associates, 93%, say they are regularly recognized for their contribution. It’s easy to see why Pinnacle Financial Partners has been named “Best Place to Work in Nashville” for ten years.
This financing, staffing and HR company is the largest regional accounting and financial services family of companies based in Tennessee. With additional offices in Knoxville and Chattanooga, LBMC (Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain) was named in the Top 50 Firms for 2014. Core values of the organization include: respect and concern for our clients and for each other; extraordinary competence; absolute integrity; continuous innovation and learning and high expectations and accountability. LBMC also gives back to the community, participating in “Stuff the Bus Campaign” for the past four years, where employees collect donations of school supplies for United Way. Employee appreciation includes the award-winning Young Professional program that “addresses the needs of professionals in all its offices who are within their first seven years of their careers.” All and all, LBMC wants to honor employees with a healthy balance of personal and professional lives and with a higher level of staff and client satisfaction.
As the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content, Ingram Content Group develops technology solutions that make physical and digital books available to readers on a global scale. Corporate culture is driven by innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. The casual and fast-pace work environment at Ingram allows for “creativity and teamwork needed to keep the company moving forward.” In addition, Ingram Content Group gives back to the community, including involvement with United Way, Red Cross, Junior Achievement, Alzheimer’ Association and Susan G. Koman for the Cure. Ingram also gives back to their employees with a continuing education assistance program for both undergraduate and graduate employees.
Providing Conventional, FHA and VA residential mortgages in the Nashville area, Churchill Mortgage believes in a friendly and family first office atmosphere. Employee recognition includes employee milestones, Broom Sweeper Award for those going above and beyond the job description and an annual company picnic. In addition, departments have activities outside of the office unrelated to work to increase relationships with one another. Churchill Mortgage is also very involved with community service including working with the Boot Campaign, wearing red shirts on Friday that say “Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.) and promote awareness of assistance to military service members. Along with that, employees participate in Pushups for Charity for Armed Forces Day. All and all, the charities they give back to helps employees build a family bond in the office.
As the nation’s largest small-box discount retailer, Dollar General formally moved to Nashville in 2000, opening its first store in 1939. Now 75 years later and over 11,000 stores nationwide, Dollar General has more locations than any retailer in America. The company culture revolves around serving others, as it encourages employees to be involved in many community service programs and volunteer projects. In the past 21 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals in literacy or continued education. The company also has a variety of employee recognition programs that celebrate the professional achievements of employees. When it comes down to it, at Dollar General, if you have the right attitude, aptitude and ambition, the sky’s the limit for what you can achieve in your career.
With over 600 locations in 42 states, Cracker Barrel strives to become the best restaurant company in America through quality customer service and consistency. The corporation is on track of reaching their goal—in the last 19 years they have been selected as the “Best Family Dining Restaurant” in the annual restaurant and institutions magazine Choice in Chains consumers’ poll. As for employee appreciation, the PAR program (Personal Achievement Responsibility) allows each hourly employee to receive a gold star at each level they achieve and in return, allows for employee growth. In addition, Cracker Barrel offers training and advancement programs for all hourly and management employees. All and all, Cracker Barrel knows that happy and dedicated employees make a great corporate culture.
STR provides hotel data coverage, including hotel performance, annual profitability, hotel pipeline and hotel census information, for hotels spanning across 160 countries. STR is the leading authority on hotel industry performance trends, all while being confidential and comprehensive. Company culture has a “family-like feel” with chili cook-offs and celebrations that honor employees’ work anniversaries. Community service is also important to STR. It’s employees volunteer at Eggstravaganzoo at the Nashville Zoo for Easter and also support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
As you can see, company culture, community service, employee engagement and recognition can be shown in many different ways. Created in 2013, the Coolest Companies to Work For award establishes public recognition of companies that provide exceptional work environments.
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