Where Millennials Actually Want To Work (& It’s Not Facebook Or Google)

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Although often criticized for their supposed laziness and narcissism, millennials — the 54 million adult Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 — have also been applauded for their tech savvy. So, it may be surprising that the number-one best place for millennials to work (according to a list of 100 released on June 23 by Fortune and Great Place to Work) is not a tech company.

Power Home Remodeling, the Pennsylvania-based exterior-renovation company, was at the top of the list. Both of its CEOs are millennials and were awarded Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEO recognition this year. What is it about this home-improvement company that makes it so appealing to its youngest employees? According to the survey, PHR doesn't get praise for perks or extraordinarily high pay (the average salary of a marketing rep is $60,000 to $100,000), but rather for the company's attention to career development and creation of new opportunities. The number-two spot went to David Weekley Homes, a construction and real estate business in Houston, TX. Millennials currently make up the largest generation in the workforce. The Fortune survey's 90,000 respondents reported a desire for "open communication, risk-taking, collaboration, support among employees, and fewer internal politics." There were 465 companies included in the study conducted by Great Place to Work, and of the top 10 highest ranked workplaces, less than half are tech companies. The survey results suggest that millennials aren't seeking out the corporations with the most Instagrammable offices; instead, they are serious about their careers and are seeking opportunies for growth.

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