Category: Big on Business

Atlanta’s Best – The Top 25 Employers

1 Delta Air Lines; Delta Air Lines, Inc. is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

2 Wal-Mart Stores Inc; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., d.b.a. Wal-Mart, is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of discount department stores and warehouse stores.

3 Emory University / Emory Healthcare; Staffed exclusively by Emory University School of Medicine faculty who also are members of the Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading hospitals in cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, neurology and more.

4 DeKalb County Government & Schools; DeKalb County School District is the third largest district in the state of Georgia. The district serves nearly 99,000 students with over 13,400 employees.

5 AT&T; AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications corporation. It is the second largest provider of mobile telephone and the largest provider of fixed telephone in the United States, and also provides broadband subscription television services.

6 Publix Supermarkets; Publix Super Markets are the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States.

7 Cobb County School District; The school district includes all of Cobb County except for the Marietta City Schools. Cobb County School District is among the largest in the United States, with a 2014 enrollment of 111,751. It has 13,371 employees, 7,103 of whom are teachers.

8 City of Atlanta Government & Schools; Atlanta Public Schools enrolls 55,000 students in 106 schools, some of which are operated as charter schools.

9 United States Postal Service – Atlanta District; The Postal Service has the country’s largest retail network — larger than McDonald’s, Starbucks and Wal-Mart combined, domestically.

10 The Coca-Cola Co.; The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia

11 The Home Depot; The world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with one stop shopping, is available in all 50 states.

11 Southern Company; The Southern Company is an American electric utility holding company based in the southern United States. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

12 WellStar Health System; WellStar Health System is a not-for-profit system providing comprehensive care in northwest Metro Atlanta.

13 UPS (United Parcel Service); One of the largest shipment and logistics companies in the world, UPS is the American global package delivery company headquartered in Sandy Springs. UPS delivers more than 15 million packages a day to more than 6.1 million customers in more than 220
countries and territories around the world.

14 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or
abroad, are chronic or acute,curable or preventable, humanerror or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

15 Clayton County Public Schools; Clayton County Public Schools is a public school district located in Jonesboro. With over 50,823 students, CCPS is the fifth largest school district in Georgia and is ranked among the 100 largest school systems in the U.S.

16 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company;  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is known for building the finest military aircraft in the world. This recognition was earned through relentless
research and development of high-performance aircraft and by continuously seeking innovative and low-cost design
and manufacturing strategies. 17 Bank of America; Bank of America is an American multinational banking and financial services company and is the second largest bank holding company in the United States by assets.

18 SunTrust Banks Inc; Atlanta-based SunTrust provides deposit, credit, trust and investment services to a broad range of retail, business and institutional clients. Other subsidiaries provide mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services.

19 Cox Enterprises; Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held media conglomerate. Cox Enterprises consists of Cox
Communications (cable, broadband), Cox Media Group (newspapers, TV, radio stations) and Cox Automotive (Manheim car auctions, AutoTrader.com). The company remains familyowned. 20 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; American media conglomerate and subsidiary of Time Warner, managing the collection of cable networks and properties initiated or acquired by “Ted” Turner during the 1970s. TBS, Inc. merged with Time Warner and now operates as a semi-autonomous unit of Time Warner.

21 Northside Hospital; Northside Hospital is a 455-bed, notfor- profit, full-service community hospital with more than 1450 physicians on staff.

22 Piedmont Healthcare; For more than a century, Piedmont Healthcare has been a recognized leader in delivering expert care. Last year, Piedmont served nearly two million patients -performing over 44,000 surgeries, delivering 8,000 babies, providing 471,695 outpatient encounters, completing 235 organ transplants and handling nearly 250,000 emergency room visits.

23 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and over 35 neighborhood locations.

24 Georgia Institute of Technology; The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s top research universities. There are nearly 1,000 full-time instructional faculty and more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

25 Southwest Airlines / AirTran Airways; Southwest Airlines Co. is a major U.S. airline and the world’s largest low cost carrier. The airline has nearly 46,000 employees as of December 2014 and operates more than 3,400 flights per day.

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North Fulton County – where business is booming

North Fulton County

North Fulton County is known for many things: top-notch schools, well-preserved historical sites and great parks. It is also a hub for many businesses, both large and small. The educated population base makes it the perfect place to start a business or to seek a job with one that is already well established. From the IT giants of Alpharetta to the local shops lining Roswell Square, North Fulton has it all. Over the past few years, industry leaders such as
State Farm have made moves to increase their presence in the metro area. In addition to being the hub for some of the world’s most innovative companies, North Fulton also boasts more than a few business that employ a large number of county residents, making it the perfect place to live, work and play. Here is a list of
the 10 largest employers in North Fulton, according to the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Employer: Northside Hospital
Industry: Medical Care
Employees: 6000
More than 6,000 of Northside Hospital’s 10,000 employees work at the Fulton County facility, which has been open since 1970. The hospital originally had 250 beds and has subsequently been expanded to 537. Northside physicians perform more surgical procedures than any other hospital in Georgia, and for three years running, Northside has been awarded the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital award for Maternity Services.

Employer: AT&T Inc.
Industry: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 3,500
AT&T is one of the nation’s largest providers of cable, Internet and cell phone service. In 2013, the company added many new jobs to its local operations. Most of these jobs support Project Velocity IP, a multibillion-dollar investment plan to expand and enhance AT&T’s national wireless and wired IP broadband networks.

Employer: Verizon
Industry: Telecommunications
Employees: 3000
More than just the namesake for one of the area’s best entertainment venues (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta), the telecommunications giant—which serves nearly 58 million voice and data customers—also operates a corporate office in Alpharetta. Employees here support everything from finance to technology and supply chain logistics.

Employer: UPS
Industry: Shipping, Logistics
Employees: 2800
UPS is one of the largest shipping and logistics companies in the world, delivering more than 15 million packages a day to more than 220 countries and territories. With a total employee base of more than 400,000, UPS is a strong presence in the metro Atlanta area. UPS was founded in 1907 in Seattle and called several cities across the U.S. home in the past 100 years before moving its headquarters to Sandy Springs in 1991.

Employer: ADP
Industry: Business, technology
Number of employees: 2,100
ADP provides outsourcing and computer services for many businesses. It is one of only four companies in the U.S. to earn a AAA credit rating from both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. ADP serves clients in more than 125 countries around the world, with 90 of those clients being Fortune 500 companies. In 2012, the company earned a spot on Computerworld’s list of the 100 best IT places to work.

Employer: Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta
Industry: Medical Care
Number of employees: 2,100
Saint Joseph’s has been recognized as one of the best facilities in the nation for hip and knee replacement surgeries, and in March 2014 it was recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for implementing measures to prevent and treat strokes. Finally, it is the only Atlanta hospital named to J.D. Power and Associates’ Distinguished Hospital Program for Service Excellence.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Industry: Health care
Number of employees: 2,055
In addition to being one of the nation’s best health care networks for children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is also a great place to work. For nine years running, Fortune magazine has named CHOA to its list of the 100 best companies in the country to work for. Additionally, due to its flextime hours, telecommuting options, paid maternity leave and employee assistance programs, Working Mother magazine named Children’s a Working Mother
100 Best Company—an honor bestowed on only three companies in Georgia.

Kimberly-Clark
Industry: Health care, consumer products
Number of employees: 1,600
Kimberly-Clark’s Roswell campus sits on 98 acres of private land and includes a 9-acre lake. Employees benefit from the campus’s health center, exercise room and indoor pool, among other perks. The site houses the company’s business sectors and employs scientists, engineers, finance professionals and sales and operations.

McKesson
Industry: Pharmaceutical, medical supply
Number of employees: 1,500
With a sales figure of more than $122 billion, McKesson is one of the largest pharmaceutical and medical supply companies in the country. McKesson has the distinction of being the 14th largest company in the United States, with a network of more than 37,000 employees. It is one of the many Fortune 500 companies with a strong presence in the Atlanta area.

Hewlett-Packard
Industry: Technology
Number of employees: 1,200
In 2013, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based technology company and No. 1 maker of personal computers added 200 new employees to its 60- acre Alpharetta office. New positions included customer support staffers who help customers resolve issues that arise with its hardware products. The campus also runs an HP education center
where technology professionals can brush up on skills like project management and security.

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Cobb County: An Entrepreneurial Community

There’s a new energy in Cobb County. It’s a way of life and doing business that’s attracting the nation’s best known brands, passionate entrepreneurs and professionals eager to live out their version of the American dream. Discover the county’s unparalleled assets—charming neighborhoods, high-performing schools, breathtaking recreational offerings and cultural attractions, a thriving dining scene and the lowest tax rates in the metro area. The Home Depot, GE Energy, Genuine Parts Company, The Weather Channel and now the Atlanta Braves all call Cobb home because it’s a place to grow your business and your family.

The county’s mix of economic development assets is impressive. Cobb County offers quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta and the world’s busiest airport—the gateway to the world—a low cost of living, and a fiscally sound, pro-business government. Plus, you’ll find the nation’s top K-12 and higher education institutions, and quality of life accolades from some of the nation’s top publications. These assets and an aggressive new focus on economic development by the Cobb Chamber and its community-wide partners led to an impressive 6 project wins, generating over $1.04 billion in new investments and creating 5,332 new jobs in 2013. Representing 5,200 jobs, the Atlanta Braves stadium site is the largest economic development win for the county.

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Big Business

Cobb County is known for many things: top-notch schools, well-preserved historical sites and great parks. It is also a hub for many businesses, both large and small. The county’s low tax rate and educated population base make it the perfect place to start a business or to seek a job with one that is already well-established. As the headquarters for such globally recognized brands as The Home Depot and the Weather Channel, Cobb County is known throughout the Atlanta metro area for being pro-business. In addition to being the hub for some of the world’s most innovative companies, Cobb also boasts more than a few business that employ a large number of county residents, making it the perfect place to live, work and play. Here is a list of the 10 largest employers in Cobb, as compiled by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Employer: The Home Depot
Industry: Retail, home improvement
Number of employees: 20,000
Founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank opened their first one-stop do-it-yourself home improvement store in Atlanta in 1979. Despite its humble beginnings, The Home Depot now has 2,200 stores in the U.S., Canada, China and Mexico and is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer. Its 2013 retail sales totaled some $78.8 billion. With more than 300,000 employees worldwide, it ranks No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list and is one of the many Fortune 500 companies to call the metro area home. Having its headquarters in the Vinings area of Cobb has undoubtedly been a boom to the entire metro area.

Employer: Cobb County Public Schools
Industry: Public education
Number of employees: 14,027
It takes more than 14,000 employees to keep the 112 schools in one of the state’s top school systems running at full speed. The system boasts a 76.5 percent graduation rate and has received numerous regional and national awards, including Georgia Schools of Excellence and National Blue Ribbon Schools designations.

WellStar Health Systems
Industry: Health care
Number of employees: 11,785
Cobb County residents have many choices when it comes to health care, but many of them choose WellStar doctors and hospitals. With its five hospitals, seven urgent care centers and a host of other facilities and specialists across the county, WellStar’s employees take good care of residents’ health.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Industry: Aeronautics, manufacturing
Number of employees: 7,568
Though it is based in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin’s sprawling Marietta complex serves an important role in providing IT services and training to the Department of Defense and other vendors. Among other jobs, the more than 7,000 employees at the Marietta facility help to manufacture important parts for the military’s F-35 fighter jets.

Employer: Cobb County Government
Industry: Local government
Number of employees: 5,223
From running the county’s senior centers to helping residents figure out how to pay their property taxes, the more than 5,000 employees who make up the county government are focused on making Cobb a great place to live.

Kennesaw State University
Industry: Education
Number of employees: 3,400
The state’s third largest university is also one of Cobb’s largest employers. Including all full- and part-time workers, KSU employees more than 3,400 people to support is 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students.

Publix
Industry: Retail, grocery
Number of employees: 2,973
One of the more ubiquitous grocery stores in the metro area with 181 stores statewide, this Florida-based chain employees nearly 3,000 people in Cobb County alone. Publix also has manufacturing facilities in the cities of Atlanta (bakery) and Lawrenceville (dairy).

Six Flags Over Georgia
Industry: Amusement park
Number of employees: 2,386
While most of Six Flags’ employees are seasonal, they help operate the largest theme park in the Southeast. Six Flags has 11 roller coasters, three interactive kids’ areas and water rides, as well as entertainment venues and seasonal events like the annual Halloween Fright Fest.

Wal-Mart
Industry: Retail
Number of employees: 2,750
The Bentonville, Ark., discount retailer employees 1.3 million people in the U.S., and has a large presence all across Georgia. Of its 53,000 employees statewide, nearly 3,000 of them are in Cobb County alone.

The Kroger Company
Industry: Retail, grocery
Number of employees: 2,150
Since the mid-1800s, this Cincinnati-based grocery chain has been providing customers with fresh foods. It now has more than 2,400 stores in 31 states and its annual sales top $96 billion. Kroger has more than 170 stores in Georgia, and many of its 2,100 employees are based on Cobb County.

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