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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!

ACU­ITY

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.

AL­LIED WAL­LET

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.

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.

DPR CON­STRUC­TION

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.

QUICKEN LOANS

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.

UL­TI­MATE SOFT­WARE

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.

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