young workers thrive here
When it comes to keeping young professionals happy in the workplace, Houston is doing a bang-up job. A new report released by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work finds three Houston companies, and a total of 11 Texas companies, among the top 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials 2018.
Houston-based David Weekley Homes, the construction and real estate powerhouse, leads the Texas pack at No. 19. Houston’s construction/real estate company Camden Property Trust comes in at No. 94, and manufacturing/production firm Hilcorp Energy Company appears at No. 95.
More than 434,000 survey respondents from Great Place to Work-Certified companies provided input into this annual list. The study analyzed how millennials rated their organizations on more than 50 different metrics defining great workplaces, such as managers' competence, respect and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for meaningful work, executive leadership, and opportunities to innovate and contribute to the organization’s success.
The report also analyzed an index of factors where millennials often lag behind other workers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay, and plans for a future with their organizations. Companies were evaluated as to whether they were creating great workplaces for all millennials — regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization.
Surveys were anonymous, and companies needed to employ at least 50 millennials to be considered. Employees rated the companies on challenges, atmosphere, rewards, pride, communication, and bosses with a numerical ranking. Here’s what made the Houston companies shine:
David Weekley Homes, where 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great, was lauded for offering an employee’s children’s scholarship program, product discounts, profit sharing, sabbaticals, and even spiritual assistance.
At Camden, where 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great, employees are given apartment discounts, holiday suites, scholarships, tuition assistance, an aggressive stock purchase plan, and even tickets to hot sporting events.
Hilcorp Energy Company, where 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great, offers aggressive financial incentives, including a revenue sharing program, a bonus program, “helping hands” community assistance programs, and a generous referral incentive.
In Texas, familiar San Antonio insurance/financial service brand USAA (United Services Automobile Association) comes in at No. 40, followed by Dallas professional services firm Ryan, Inc. at No. 44 and Dallas' Prime Lending at No. 58.
Austin is represented by tech firm WP Engine, Inc. at No. 61. Dallas’ Encompass Home Health checks in at No. 66, while San Antonio transportation company NuStar Energy L.P. follows at No. 69. Abilene makes an appearance with Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company at No. 92, and rounding out the Texas representation is Arlington’s Texas Health Resources, Inc. at No. 96.