Cox Enterprises

Empowering employees is second nature here

It says a lot about the business world when "nice" is met with suspicion. But after Greg Morrison, CIO at Cox Enterprises Inc., finished his second interview seven years ago at the Atlanta-based diversified media company, he asked for a third meeting to confirm that the company wasn't too good to be true. "I couldn't imagine the environment being as nice as it seemed," he says.

The key, Morrison says, isn't found so much in Cox's written policies, although the company offers generous benefits, especially when it comes to tuition reimbursement and maternity leave. It's more what he calls a concerted effort to do the right thing for employees, customers and the community.

Sarah Wheeler, senior information architect, says opportunities for advancement are also plentiful. When she joined Cox seven years ago, she was a jack of all trades. But Wheeler soon found herself moving into the area of usability, which has grown from 30 to over 100 employees during her tenure. "I was able to shape my role and discipline inside corporate IT," she says.

The culture at Cox is so "nice," Morrison says, that it's not for everyone. "If you had an actively aggressive personal style, you'd fail miserably here," he says.

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