HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Fortune Best Small & Medium Workplaces™ 2020 list was recently announced and three Huntsville companies have placed in the top tier. Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation (INTUITIVE®) took the No. 5 spot, PeopleTec ranked No. 9, and Canvas came in at No. 35. In total, 100 companies are selected for this national annual list.
Only top performing companies who are Great Places to Work-Certified™ are eligible to make this list. To become certified, companies must collect employee feedback and with Great Place to Work’s For All methodology, confirm that at least 70 percent of the employees have a consistently positive experience at their company.
Two of these three companies are located in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park, INTUITIVE and PeopleTec. INTUITIVE is an aerospace engineering and analysis firm that provides solutions to defense, commercial, and government customers. Ninety-eight percent of INTUITIVE’s employees say it is a great place to work compared to 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.
“It is a true testament to the INTUITIVE culture and our employees that we have been honored as Best Workplace in the Nation nine years in a row, all nine years in the top five,” said Vergenia Shelton, INTUITIVE’s President. “Receiving this honor is a reflection of what is most important to INTUITIVE. We work diligently to set our company apart as a great workplace by consistently focusing on employee needs. Our employees are the driving force to our success, which is why we invest so heavily in our people. It has always been our priority to provide a workplace where employees are proud of where they work and excited about what they do.”
PeopleTec, Inc. is an employee-owned small business that provides technical expertise through program execution and applying innovative business processes to enhance cost efficiency for their customers. PeopleTec‘s 9th place ranking also came with a 98 percent employee satisfaction rate.
“PeopleTec is proud to be recognized by our employee-owners as one of the best medium workplaces in the nation,” said the company’s CEO, Terry Jennings. “Our unique culture and our commitment to the Warfighter creates a second home for our employee-owners, where trust is high and everyone feels welcome.”
Canvas Inc. ranked number 35 for the best medium workplaces. Canvas’ mission is to provide engineering services and technical solutions for customers in federal and commercial markets. The survey showed 99 percent of their employees are happy to call Canvas Inc. their home away from home.
“Canvas is proud to be recognized by our employees for creating one of the best small business workplaces,” said CEO Jami Peyton. “Our high-trust culture has not only helped us navigate a challenging 2020, but also continued to propel Canvas forward in the best way possible. We simply couldn’t be a Best Small Workplace or Great Place to Work without our incredible employees.”
“We congratulate all other Huntsville companies that made list as well,” added INTUITIVE’s Shelton. “This award is also a reflection of our local community, which encourages entrepreneurship and has been nationally recognized as a best place to live and work. Huntsville/Madison County has been an amazing place to grow and succeed in business, and we are proud to represent the Rocket City on this national stage.”
Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and company culture research firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Canvas’ placement on this list is based on confidential survey feedback representing more than 189,000 employees working at small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States.
About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces:
To determine the 2020 Best Small Workplaces list and the 2020 Best Medium Workplaces list, Great Place to Work® gathered and analyzed confidential survey feedback representing more than 189,000 employees working in small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States. Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a great place to work For All™.
Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place to Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical relative to their peers in the industry. The remaining 15 percent of the rank is based on assessing how consistent employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and their leaders’ effectiveness are.
The Best Small & Medium Workplaces list is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.