10 Great Millennialfriendly workplaces!
The United States is home to more than 77 million Millennials – the generation between the ages of 18 and 35- of which an estimated, nearly half of them have already joined the workforce. Every single year, thousands of survey results and employee comments are published, identifying work cultures that are a perfect fit for these young professionals. But, before we get to that, let’s first ask – what do Millennials want?
Millennials want a casual atmosphere:
The youngest workforce tend to be worked up by formalities such as job titles and business suits. In fact, MTV’S No Collar Workers survey noted that millennials want a workplace where they can be themselves.
Millennials want result-oriented work:
Recruiting firm Mom Corps noted that the youngest workforce were more inclined towards workplace flexibility as a key factor in choosing a job than the older ones. As a matter of fact, 18 to 34 year olds are willing to sacrifice nearly 14 percent of their salaries for such benefits. Millennials want employers to set specific deadlines and milestones, and let them decide how and when the work will get done.
Millennials want the latest technology:
A recent survey by Accenture found that more than half of all U.S. Millennials say office technology is a key factor in choosing their future employer. The Gen Y workers want to join a company where they have access to the latest computers, smartphones, tablets and software. According to a 2011
Millennials also want access to social media:
Cisco survey, 56 percent of the youngest workforce won’t work for a company where social media is blocked.
Millennials want you to listen to their ideas:
The youngest workforce have been raised in environments where their parents act more like their friends than authority figures. They want the exact same relationship with their bosses. An MTV survey points out that 90 percent of Millennials want their bosses to listen to their ideas. Now that we’ve established what Millennials want, let’s peek into the top ten millennial-friendly workplaces!
Millennials call Acuity a ‘fun place to work’. How this Sheboygan, Wisc.-based firm has managed to make insurance business ‘fun’ is an inspiring tale. It holds wacky events like a circus, a chocolate fair, game shows, lunch-time comedians, and a talent contest. Acuity appeals to employees to all ages. Employees who work here feel the upper management team is forthcoming and approachable. Employees love coming to work because they know they’re making a difference in the organization. One of the many added bonuses is that employees often get special treats like food and gifts, and parties to celebrate the company’s success.
At Alliet Wallet, employees look forward to going to work – every single day. It’s not surprising, after all, this Los Angeles-based payment processing firm offers amazing office view, along with the company’s frequent gifts, special events, funand free Friday lunches where everybody sits and eats together. Its workforce is young as well – more than 90 percent of Allied employees are below 35 years of age.
Alphabet Inc. will always remain one of the coolest companies to work for! People who work at this Google-parent company love its famous perks, the doo-no-evil motto and its worldchanging power. Its many perks include onsite cafes, wellness centers and services – all ranging from bike repair to dry cleaning.
BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
Millennials love The Boston Consulting Group! What’s not to love – it offers high-impact work,
high-integrity leadership, and high-levels of camaraderie! Now this is something to boast about, because despite its rigorous selection process and work-training, employees feel it’s the best place to work for. BCG gives a helping hand to first-time homeowners. New consultants at this consulting firm can borrow up to $100,000 from the company (at low-interest rates) to make a down payment on the purchase of a home. Employees at BCG admire the comfortable and inclusive setting. Everyone knows everyone, and the comfortable setting makes it feel like everyone is just part of one big family.
DAVID WEEKLEY HOMES
‘Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives’ is the Houstonbased homebuilder, David Weekley Homes’ tagline. Here, company employees feel their work has special meaning, it’s not just a job. Founder and Chairman David Weekley inspires his employees with a ‘servant leadership’ motto that rewards integrity and giving back.
This San-francisco Bay Area based contracting and construction management firm hits the mark with Millennials by putting safety at the center. It offers safety awards, and once even rewarded an employee with a brand new Ford F-150 truck when he reached 30,000 consecutive work hours without an accident. Employees at DRP Construction work to serve bigger purposes. Once when the company reached a milestone to expand a certain biotech manufacturing facility, it invited a cancer patient would benefit from the drugs to be manufactured at the plant to meet the workers.
INTUITIVE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
Millennials at Hunstville, Alabama-based tech services company can have a life outside of work. Around 98 percent of the company employees have pointed out towards work-life balance as a major perk. In addition, Intuitive has perks including fully-paid medical coverage, onsite fitness center, and unlimited tuition reimbursement. Perhaps, the most surprising part may be the company’s dress code. Intuitive values being ‘best dressed’ and expected professionalism in employees’personal presentation.
Millennials at this Detroit-based financial services firm love its fun, egalitarian culture. Employees are treated as a full member regardless of the position. Each new employee is given the personal cell phone numbers of the CEO and other members of the leadership team. In 2010, Quicken moved from the suburbs to downtown Detroit to help spur an urban renewal effort. Employees feel good about the ways in which they contribute to the community. At Quicken, there’s no ‘boss’ or manager – it has a 100 percent open door policy for any person in the company. Employees at Quicken feel blessed to be provided with the atmosphere and resources to be successful.
This Florida-based software maker loves to party, and so do the employees who work here! Ninety-nine percent of its employees say they love to celebrate the special events around here. It regularly sponsors karaoke contests, cocktail hours and monthly birthday celebrations. Ultimate Software even holds 48 hours events where employees can work on pet projects for a 48-hour period as long as it pertains to company goals.
WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY
Millennials at St. Louis-based technology services company love the family feel and the flexibility! In spite of long hours that come with never-ending projects, employees have the flexibility to take time off work when they think it’s necessary. Employees genuinely feel that the company cares about them and what is going on in their life! Everyone is allowed to progress at a young age, without any questioning about whether they can handle it because they’re young. Very few organizations allow young people to progress so quickly through the ranks, recognizing that merit can be proven at any age.