Charleston businesses make list for best places to work in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One in three Americans don't like their jobs, that's according to a recent Gallup Poll. So, in times when a majority people are feeling overworked and underappreciated, what does it take for a businesses to be a place people enjoy working?

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce just released their annual list of "Best Places to Work in SC." Eight small businesses from the Lowcountry made the list, varying in size and industries.

Companies from around the state put their name in the running to earn these bragging rights. Employees at the businesses complete anonymous surveys, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce evaluates and scores them.

Advantage Media Group, a local publishing company, is close to it's ten year anniversary. The company snagged a spot on a list, for the second year in a row.

"I think it's just something that you're proud of," said George Stevens, senior graphic designer at Advantage Media Group.

With just 19 employees, Stevens said their success starts at the job interview.

"We have a pretty rigorous hiring process," said Stevens. "You need to make sure that you're hiring the right people, that you spend the time on the front end making sure that that person is the right person for that job."

Stevens says the company has core values that employees are easily reminded of because they're plastered on the wall around the office.

"There's a big emphasis on the team and us all working together but also being very capable in an individual capacity," said Stevens.

He also says there isn't a lot of micromanaging, which he enjoys.

"It's easier to get your work done and do good work when you don't have somebody hanging over you all the time," said Stevens.

Stevens also believes their flexible schedules add to how content employees are.

"You can, to a degree, make your own schedule," said Stevens. "Some people come in earlier, some people come in later."

Other industries made the list as well, including First Reliance Bank. It has locations in Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant branch manager Casey Carbery believes their employees stay happy at the job because they're recognized for good work.

"We give them a letter from the CEO and give them some kind of a reward to say 'we appreciate you, we appreciate what you do for our company'," said Carbery.

Carbery says they also value family and offer good benefits

"They also allow us to be involved in the community, even if its during banking hours," said Carbery.

The 15-year-old bank has only a dozen employees in the Lowcountry, Carbery says it makes for a tight knit working environment.

"We're not just their employees, we're really like their family," said Carbery.

Both of these businesses have made the list before. To see the full list of small and large business that made the SC Chamber of Commerce's 2014 list, click


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