Top Workplaces

2015 Top Workplaces: List of the Top 50 Workplaces in the Charlotte region

Employees gather outside their building at Red Classic, a distribution, logistics and freight company that is wholly owned by Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Consolidated.
Employees gather outside their building at Red Classic, a distribution, logistics and freight company that is wholly owned by Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Consolidated. WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM

For this Top Workplaces report, The Charlotte Observer teamed with WorkplaceDynamics, a Pennsylvania-based survey firm that has partnered with more than 40 newspapers and surveyed almost 2 million employees last year.

Through print and online stories that ran earlier this year, The Observer invited companies to participate. Workplace Dynamics reached out to 764 companies with at least 35 employees in the Charlotte region (Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union in North Carolina, and Lancaster and York in South Carolina) to participate. Of those, 76 companies agreed to be surveyed.

Of the 25,884 surveys sent to those company employees, 16,226 were answered.

Employees filled out paper or online surveys, ranking statements regarding pay, benefits, workplace mood and company leadership. Some of the statements included: “New ideas are encouraged at this company,” “There is not a lot of negativity at my workplace” and “My pay is fair for the work I do.” Responses determined which companies are Top Workplaces.

Companies had to meet a response rate of at least 35 percent. Employers with 85 or fewer employers were required to have at least 30 responders.

Workplace Dynamics played no role in the writing or editing of stories for this publication.

The final Top Workplaces list includes 50 winning companies, grouped by size: Small (fewer than 150 employees), Midsize (up to 499 employees) and Large (500-plus employees).

LARGE COMPANIES: 500 or more employees in the region  

Rank

Company

Year Founded

Ownership

Sector

Headquarters

Locations in the Charlotte Metro Area

Employees in Region

1

Red Ventures

2000

Private

Direct Marketing

Indian Land, S.C.

2

2,314

2

Allstate

1931

Public

General Insurance

Northbrook, Ill.

1

786

3

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates, PA

1923

Private

Physicians Practice

Charlotte

17

607

4

Wingate University

1896

Non-profit

Education - College / University

Wingate

2

514

5

City of Rock Hill

1852

Government

Local Government

Rock Hill, S.C.

1

820

6

OrthoCarolina

2005

Private

Physicians Practice

Charlotte

38

1,061

7

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

1946

Public

Home Improvement

Mooresville

34

13,269

8

Compass Group North America

1994

Public

Foodservice & Support Services

Charlotte

500

4,776

9

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

2010

Public

Snack Foods

Charlotte

2

1,242

10

Aon plc

1982

Public

Risk & Human Capital Solutions

Chicago, Ill.

2

1,324

MIDSIZE COMPANIES: 150-499 employees in the region  

Rank

Company

Year Founded

Ownership

Sector

Headquarters

Locations in the Charlotte Metro Area

Employees in Region

1

Wyndham Capital Mortgage

2001

Private

Mortgage Lending

Charlotte

1

191

2

Quicken Loans / Quicken Loans Mortgage Services

2010

Private

Financial Services

Detroit, Mich.

1

286

3

Movement Mortgage

2008

Private

Mortgage Lending

Charlotte

24

360

4

Red Classic

2011

Public

Distribution, Logistics, & Freight

Charlotte

2

200

5

Key Benefit Administrators

1979

Private

Third Party Administrator

Indianapolis, Ind.

1

254

6

Steelfab Inc.

1955

Private

Structural Steel Fabrication

Charlotte

2

291

7

LendingTree, LLC

1996

Public

Lending marketplace

Charlotte

1

182

8

AvidXchange Inc.

2000

Private

Enterprise Software

Charlotte

2

262

9

GM Financial

1992

Public

Auto Financing

Fort Worth, Texas

1

270

10

Sealed Air Corp

1960

Public

Packaging & Hygiene

Charlotte

1

300

11

Carolina Neurosurgery

& Spine Associates

1940

Private

Physicians Practice

Charlotte

8

351

12

AmWins Group, Inc.

1998

Private

Wholesale Insurance

Charlotte

1

203

13

CBRE

1906

Public

Agents / Brokers

Los Angeles, Calif.

1

358

14

Alston & Bird

1893

Partnership

Law

Atlanta, Ga.

1

189

15

Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse

2004

Private

Restaurant

Cornelius

5

359

SMALL COMPANIES: 149 or fewer employees in the region  

Rank

Company

Year Founded

Ownership

Sector

Headquarters

Locations in the Charlotte Metro Area

Employees in Region

1

Consolidated Planning Inc

1981

Private

Financial Advisors

Charlotte

2

71

2

U.S. District Court

1900

Government

Federal Government

Charlotte

1

52

3

The Container Store

1978

Public

Specialty Retail

Coppell, Texas

1

42

4

StoneLaurel Consulting

1993

Private

Consulting Firm

Charlotte

1

48

5

Vannoy Construction

1952

Private

Building Construction

Jefferson

1

39

6

Lockton Companies

1966

Private

Insurance Consultants & Brokers

Kansas City, Mo.

1

42

7

Winstead PC

1973

Private

Legal Services

Dallas, Texas

1

73

8

AccruePartners

2002

Partnership

Staffing

Charlotte

1

46

9

Gateway Ambulatory Surgery Center

2006

Partnership

Healthcare

Concord

1

73

10

MPV Properties, LLC

2010

Partnership

Integrated Development, Construction, & Management

Charlotte

1

35

11

Diligent Corporation

2002

Public

Software as a Service

New York, N.Y.

1

46

12

Urban Ministry Center

1994

Non-profit

Homelessness services

Charlotte

1

54

13

GMR Marketing

1979

Public

Advertising & Marketing

New Berlin, Wis.

1

55

14

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

1876

Non-profit

Professional / Trade Association

Charlotte

1

43

15

Jack Henry & Associates Inc

1976

Public

Banking Software / Information Technology

Monett, Mo.

1

129

16

PassportParking Inc.

2010

Private

Enterprise Software

Charlotte

1

45

17

Norsan Media

2004

Private

Media Advertising

Charlotte

1

55

18

Magellan Aviation Group

2000

Partnership

Aerospace Products & Services

Charlotte

1

60

19

Total Quality Logistics

1997

Private

Third-Party Logistics

Cincinnati, Ohio

1

62

20

Fairfield Residential

1985

Partnership

Multifamily Real Estate Operator

San Diego, Calif.

12

81

21

Mechanical Contractors, Inc

1948

Private

HVAC Design/Build company

Charlotte

1

129

22

TransUnion

1968

Public

Information Services

Chicago, Ill.

1

38

23

QuietStream Financial

2000

Private

Web-based Services

Charlotte

1

94

24

Aquesta Bank

2006

Public

Commercial Bank

Cornelius

7

60

25

Zenmonics, Inc.

2007

Private

Software Development & Consulting

Charlotte

1

58

Source: WorkplaceDynamics

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