Henrico County is home to some of the best employers in Virginia, according to independent research firm Best Companies Group. All told, 17 Henrico County companies made their 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia list, including advisory firm The Fahrenheit Group, international shipping company Independent Container Line and specialty insurer Kinsale Insurance.
Of the small and mid-size Henrico companies that made the list, Susan Springer, Best Companies Group Director of Workplace Assessments, says, “Each of those employers were awarded the distinction of being a Best Place to Work in Virginia the prior year, and some have won more than twice. They have created a unique workplace culture and environment that continues to foster a high level of employee satisfaction and engagement.”
#18 Fahrenheit Group: Focused on Doing the Job Right
Scott Ukrop, Director of Business Development for Fahrenheit Group, explains the company’s mission: “The Fahrenheit Group is a full-service advisory firm that helps growth-oriented organizations overcome their most difficult hurdles to success and challenged companies find their way. Our team comprises senior business leaders and consultants with real-world experience in three practice areas: Accounting and Finance, Business Advisory and Human Resources. We leverage the extensive knowledge of our team to understand our clients’ true needs and implement practical solutions.”
Fahrenheit’s clients cross all industries and range from emerging growth to middle-market Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit organizations, including angel, venture capital and private equity-backed portfolio firms. Fahrenheit currently employs 50.
The company came in at #18 on the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia list this year, beating its 2014 rank by 14. What made it a “Best Place”? The incredible amenities found at the company’s attractive Bayberry Court location, for one. Delve deeper and you’ll learn the company offers an appealing business and incentive package and that there is a real commitment toward achieving a healthy work-life balance and giving back to the community.
At its core, Fahrenheit’s culture is one in which fun, respect and camaraderie come together. (Company outings include an annual Masters party, bowling, happy hours, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, racing and paintball.)
Allison Woodruff, Senior HR Consultant, Fahrenheit Group, says, "The people we work with make the difference here at Fahrenheit. Everyone is intelligent and professional, but there's also a lot of fun and camaraderie that comes with working with great people."
“Our focus is on doing the job right and providing solutions for our clients,” says David Shea, Senior Finance Consultant. “Our people are seasoned and know what it’s like to be in the trenches. It’s gratifying to see how we can help improve our clients’ businesses by working closely with them.”
#9 Independent Container Line: No Stranger to “Best Places” List
Independent Container Line (ICL) is a German-owned, world-class steamship company headquartered in the Innsbrook Corporate Center in Henrico County. Established in 1985, the company maintains offices at direct ports of call in Chester, PA; Wilmington, NC; Antwerp, Belgium and Liverpool, England, to ensure superior international container transportation service between Northern Europe and the east coast of the United States.
ICL employs 185 direct employees worldwide, with 60 at its corporate headquarters in Innsbrook. In May 2014, the Richmond Times-Dispatch selected ICL as one of 50 Top Workplaces in Richmond. Not long after, Best Companies Group also recognized the firm for the first time as a top employer. After coming in at #25 in 2014, the company’s rank improved substantially on the 2015 list as it made the #9 spot.
Dale Ross, Chief Operating Officer of ICL, says, “ICL is a trans-Atlantic container shipping line with an integrated logistics network offering customer-focused solutions. Our team of experienced transportation professionals manages the complete supply chains for our customers’ international cargo shipments to and from North Europe with incomparable reliability.“
“We realize our success is entirely dependent upon the strength of our team, which is why we are so focused to make ICL an employer of choice,” Ross adds. “ICL offers exceptional benefits, an outstanding office environment and profit participation for every employee. ICL is active in our community and supports our employees’ charitable efforts. At ICL, it is truly our mission to take good care of our people.”
#6 Kinsale Insurance: “A Different Kind of Work Environment from Others”
Kinsale Insurance is a domestic excess and surplus lines insurance company specializing in hard-to-place property, casualty and specialty risks. The company is in growth mode, expecting to write business worth $160 million in 2014 – up from $125 million in 2013 and light years from its first-year premium production of $12 million. (Read “Kinsale Insurance: Locally Grown, Finding Success in Henrico” for more.)
What makes Kinsale a Best Place to Work in Virginia? Mike Kehoe, Kinsale President & CEO, told us in January of this year that it’s the company’s culture. “We’ve got a lot of competitors around the country, and many of them are divisions of large insurance conglomerates with thousands of employees and layer upon layer of bureaucracy,” said Kehoe. “Obviously, an entrepreneurial and highly profitable insurance company that values its employees is going to be a different kind of work environment, and we think that’s a plus. Making the Best Places to Work list is a great recognition of how much Kinsale values its employees. We are honored to be recognized for the fifth consecutive year.”
Congratulations on a job well done to ALL of these exceptional employers located in Henrico County!
About the 2015 Best Places to Work List
Best Companies Group (BCG) is an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. The company manages programs worldwide, including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Finding and ranking companies involves gathering and analyzing detailed information about each participating company. More specifically, a two-part questionnaire is administered. The employer completes an Employer Questionnaire, and up to 400 employees of the company complete a satisfaction survey.
Winning companies are notified in writing regarding whether or not they made the list. Winners are ranked and highlighted in a special section of Virginia Business magazine and recognized at an annual awards event.