In the News January 16, 2014

Alston & Bird Celebrates 15 Years on FORTUNE's "Best Companies To Work For" List

Alston & Bird has been ranked 40 on FORTUNE’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Alston & Bird is the first and only law firm to be listed for 15 consecutive years. The list, now in its 17th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

“This year’s ranking is a milestone accomplishment for the firm,” said Richard R. Hays, managing partner of Alston & Bird. “It highlights our commitment to the firm’s core values and growth while improving our internal processes and productivity, which combined enables us to add significant value for our clients. Being recognized as a consistent leader of FORTUNE's Best Companies to Work For over the past 15 years is a testament to our talented people, strong client partnerships and combined successes.”

Alston & Bird was commended for the firm’s longstanding reputation of employee volunteerism and promotion of both a healthy work-life balance and collaborative working environment.

“At Alston & Bird, we put our people first,” said Cathy Benton, chief human resources officer at Alston & Bird and leader of the FORTUNE submission through the years. “We pride ourselves on creating an environment where people can do their best and most productive work; a place where people want to come every day; where they feel they do important work for clients; and where they truly enjoy the people they work with.”

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 259 firms participated in this year's survey.

More than 277,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie.

The other third is based on responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees' faith in management, it may be excluded from the list.
Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible.

To see the complete 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, visit
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