If you’re a millennial looking for a job in the Charlotte area, your best bet may be going to church.
Elevation Church, that is.
Matthews-based Elevation, one of the country’s fastest growing churches, has made the 2017 list of 100 best places to work for millennials, Fortune.com announced this week.
This is the second time the multi-site mega-church has made the list – it was also on Fortune’s first-ever best workplaces for millennials list in 2015.
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The ranking – a collaboration of Fortune magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute – came up with the latest list after surveying more than 398,000 U.S. employees from companies certified by Great Place to Work, which does surveys on employee satisfaction.
Millennials are members of the generation born after 1980 and before 2000. There are more than 75 million millennials in the United States, all working age.
Elevation was the only church among the 100 in 2017. And no other company or nonprofit based in the Charlotte area was listed.
Three from the Triangle made the Top 100 this year: the SAS Institute in Cary (No. 2), Kimley-Horn in Raleigh (No. 8) and Concord Hospitality Enterprises (No. 81), also based in Raleigh.
Elevation was No. 91 on this year’s list. That’s a drop from its 2015 ranking, when it was No. 34.
According to Fortune’s “profile” of Elevation, the church employs 165 millennials at its 11 sites. That’s 80 percent of its total workforce.
The Fortune report quoted two anonymous Elevation employees.
“This is a very fast-paced, but fun environment,” said one. “It’s honestly the kind of place where if you try to put just one foot in, and be half-hearted about your job, you’re going to get left behind very quickly. But if you jump in, it’s the best place ever. Families are welcomed and prioritized every step of the way.”
Besides employing a lot of millennials, Elevation draws many of them to its worship services. More than 20,000 people attend the church’s services every weekend in and around Charlotte.
One big reason for the church’s success: its popular pastor, Steven Furtick, who turned 37 this year, making him close in age to older millennials.
Ultimate Software, an information technology company based in Weston, Fla., was No. 1 on this year’s list of Fortune’s best workplaces for millennials.
Well-known national companies high on the list include Quicken Loans, based in Detroit; Zillow Group in Seattle; Marriott International, based in Bethesda, Md.; and Publix Supermarkets, based in Lakeland, Fla.
The best workplace for millennials list is only one of the various best workplace lists Fortune does with Great Place to Work, its research partner.
Organizations apparently chose to participate. And over the years, some critics have charged that companies effectively pay to get on the lists. A spokesman for Great Place to Work disputed that, telling the Observer “there’s definitely no pay for service.”
To determine which companies made the millennials list, Great Place to Work says it analyzed how positively those millennials surveyed rated their organizations using 50 different metrics, from respect and fairness in the workplace to great colleagues. It also compared millennials’ survey results to those from their colleagues of other generations. Finally, it measured the organizations’ diversity.