ACR members rarely walk inside the College’s Atlanta offices, but the empowering, inspiring environment is distinctly appreciated by its 85 professional staff members. Their view is now official: This spring, the ACR was declared one of Atlanta’s Top Small Workplaces by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 2017. The ACR is included in the overall Atlanta’s Top Workplaces list in the small workplaces subcategory.
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“This acknowledgement has been one of the high points of my career,” says Mark Andrejeski, ACR executive vice president. “I’m pleased to know our employees feel appreciated and valued for their hard work. They are our greatest assets. Without them and our physician volunteers, none of the support we provide would be possible.”
Founded in 1934, the ACR provides specialized education, practice support and advocacy to more than 9,500 rheumatologists and health professionals worldwide. Nearly 1,300 companies in the Atlanta area were nominated for the Top Workplaces honor. Out of 150 winners, the ACR was the only medical association selected and one of only three non-profits.
The naming of Atlanta’s Top Workplaces is an annual honor and is based on the results of employee surveys. Although the minimum survey response rate to be considered for the honor is 35%, 80% of the ACR’s employees responded with anonymous assessments about what it’s like to work there. Camaraderie, mission-focused work, encouragement and the freedom to innovate were common themes cited by ACR employees when discussing their workplace.