The results are in for 2018’s “Best Places to Work in Virginia,” and 14 Henrico County businesses have risen to the top. This year’s list showcases the companies that have successfully tapped into Henrico’s highly skilled workforce and shown the innovation required to retain top talent in an increasingly competitive environment.
The list is developed by Best Companies Group, which surveys employees from participating companies annually and ranks the top competitors within three size categories. Its rankings are based on criteria like leadership, culture, training, compensation, and engagement – with the results published in Virginia Business magazine.
This year, 175 companies vied for inclusion on the list. Among those that made the cut, 14 are either headquartered in Henrico or have a strategic location in the county. From financial services to transportation to engineering, law, and staffing firms, these businesses are a great representation of the diversity of industries in a county that’s home to more than 25,000 businesses and four Fortune 1000 company headquarters.
“Perhaps the most important aspect of the award process is the feedback we receive from the survey,” says Dale Ross, Independent Container Line’s Chief Operating Officer. “Every year, we learn something that makes ICL a better workplace and promotes employee engagement.”
Henrico County’s “Best Places to Work in Virginia”
|Small Employers (up to 99 employees)|
|Rank||Company||Industry||# Of Employees|
|4||Independent Container Line Ltd.||Transportation||75|
|6||Marathon Consulting, LLC||Technology||78|
|17||Summit Information Solutions||Technology||57|
|28||KWC Certified Public Accountants||Accounting||76|
|41||Emerald Construction Company||Construction||20|
|55||Health Quality Innovators||Nonprofit Consulting||72|
|Large Employers (250 + Employees)|
|Rank||Company||Industry||# Of Employees|
|1||Accounting Principals, Parker + Lynch and Ajilon||Staffing||2,850|
|3||CBRE | Richmond||Real Estate||75,000|
|4||OneDigital Health and Benefits||Consulting||900|
|6||Edward Jones||Financial Services||40,353|
|7||Airrosti Rehab Centers||Healthcare Provider||539|
|11||Burns & McDonnell||Engineering||5,436|
Rankings Include Six Perennial Winners from Henrico
This year, several new Henrico organizations have joined the ranks of Best Places to Work, while others repeat as best in their industry.
Accounting Principals, located on Nuckols Road in Henrico, is celebrating its number-one ranking among large employers for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in the last six years. “These rankings represent organizations that are truly setting the standard in terms of company culture in Virginia” said Jen Dodge, Accounting Principals’ Managing Director. “That said, it means a great deal to us to make the list, let alone be named the best large employer to work for in the state.”
Vaco Richmond, a recruiting agency located on Westerre Parkway in Henrico, has ranked in the small employer category every year since the list was first published in 2011. Vaco’s success as a desirable workplace stem from its 11 “Core Tenets,” which include “assume positive intent;” “fix the problem, not the blame;” “stay team focused;” and “stay coachable.”
Summit Information Solutions ranked among small employers for the fourth consecutive year. In 2017, Summit increased its customer base by more than 50 percent and relocated to a larger corporate office in Innsbrook. Summit founder and President Shuganti Caradonna said, “We decided to stay in Henrico County because it has so much to offer when it comes to quality of life and education. There’s also tremendous IT talent in this area.”
More Henrico Repeat Winners
Independent Container Line, Ltd. – Small Companies 6x winner
Summit Information Solutions – Small Companies 4x winner
Edward Jones – Large Companies 8x winner
CBRE | Richmond – Large Companies 6x winner
Burns & McDonnell – Large Companies 5x winner
According to Virginia Business, a common theme among this year’s winners was company policies aimed at helping to reduce workplace stress – like casual dress codes, flexible schedules, and allowing employees to bring their dogs to work.
Once again, Henrico’s companies continue to evolve and adapt their policies and workplaces to match the expectations of new generations of talent. The distinction of these businesses as Best Places to Work reflects Henrico County’s winning combination of a skilled workforce, excellent quality of life, and dynamic business climate.
See the full list of 2018’s “Best Places to Work in Virginia” here.