Alston & Bird, with 675 attorneys, was selected from among 269 finalists drawn from an overall candidate pool numbering more than 1,000 companies. A survey of randomly selected employees conducted by The Great Place to Work Institute was used to capture employees’ opinions about their workplaces and such topics as quality of workplace culture, diversity and encouragement of work-family balance. In developing the ranking, the Institute placed the greatest weight on the employee responses (two-thirds of the total score) in addition to evaluating each company’s employee benefits programs and human resources practices.
In particular, Fortune cited Alston & Bird this year for its constant, open communications with all employees and its strategic commitment to avoiding the widespread layoffs that have characterized the business of law over the last year. The firm has also won repeated accolades for its progressive approach to flexible work arrangements and job-sharing, world-class child-care facilities, encouragement of community involvement and workplace enthusiasm and camaraderie.
“We are tremendously honored to achieve this prestigious honor from Fortune for the fourth consecutive year,” said Alston & Bird Managing Partner
Last October, Alston & Bird also ranked number one in the nation on
The American Lawyer’s annual survey of job satisfaction among mid-level legal associates, up from the number three spot the previous year. It has also been cited by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Charlotte Business Journal, Techlinks and The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.
Alston & Bird credits its unique, family-friendly culture that considers employees as individuals and its support of programs to accommodate their diverse needs as hallmarks of its success. In addition to regular bonuses, employees can earn up to three percent of their salary by meeting objectives for teamwork, community involvement, client service and learning technical skills.