When it comes to keeping young professionals happy in the workplace, DFW is doing a bang-up job. A new report released by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work finds four Dallas-Fort Worth-area companies, and a total of 11 Texas companies, among the top 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials 2018.
Dallas professional services firm Ryan, Inc. leads the Big D pack at No. 44, followed by Dallas-based Prime Lending and Encompass Home Health at Nos. 58 and 66, respectively. Rounding out the Texas representation is Arlington’s Texas Health Resources, Inc. at No. 96.
More than 434,000 survey respondents from Great Place to Work-Certified companies provided input into this annual list. The study analyzed how millennials rated their organizations on more than 50 different metrics defining great workplaces, such as managers' competence, respect and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for meaningful work, executive leadership, and opportunities to innovate and contribute to the organization’s success.
The report also analyzed an index of factors where millennials often lag behind other workers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay, and plans for a future with their organizations. Companies were evaluated as to whether they were creating great workplaces for all millennials — regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization.
Surveys were anonymous, and companies needed to employ at least 50 millennials to be considered. Employees rated the companies on challenges, atmosphere, rewards, pride, communication, and bosses with a numerical ranking. Here’s what made the DFW companies shine:
Ryan, Inc., where 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great, offers a flexible work environment (including working from home and non-traditional hours), four-week paid sabbaticals (after five years of employment), parental benefits, paid volunteer hours, and on-call virtual doctor services.
At PrimeLending, where 95 percent of employees say their workplace is great, workers find an engaging workplace (engagement councils, an active employee lounge, employee appreciation week) and a commitment to philanthropy. Work-life balance is key, as workers receive 32 days of paid time off after one year of employment.
At Encompass Home Health and Hospice, 91 percent of employees say their workplace is great. Employees find flexible works schedules, generous service anniversary celebrations, scholarships for workers and their families, and even a company car program.
At Arlington’s Texas Health Resources, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great. Workers enjoy low medical premiums with low deductibles and 90 percent coinsurance. Discount programs, “compassionate” leave (for family issues), community time off, tuition reimbursements, and generous career advancement programs are also offered.
In Texas, Houston-based David Weekley Homes leads the list at No. 19, and familiar San Antonio insurance/financial service brand USAA (United Services Automobile Association) comes in at No. 40. Austin is represented by tech firm WP Engine, Inc. at No. 61, and San Antonio energy company NuStar Energy L.P. follows at No. 69.
Abilene makes an appearance with Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company at No. 92, followed by Houston’s Camden Property Trust at No. 94 and Houston's Hilcorp Energy Company at No. 95.