Here are the companies that rated as Top Workplaces in Columbus for 2022

Jess Deyo
Columbus CEO
KJ Hunt greets Hazel while Olive enjoys a treat filled toy at the Columbus Bark offices.

Where are the best places to work in the Columbus region? 

Columbus CEO's tenth annual program has named 73 companies as Top Workplaces for 2022. 

The winners were chosen based solely on surveys of 17,002 employees conducted by Philadelphia-based Energage, a workplace research firm that runs Top Workplaces programs across the country. To be considered, companies must have at least 50 employees in central Ohio.

The 2022 honorees are featured in the May issue of Columbus CEO.

Top Workplaces 2021: See who made the list

Without further ado, here are the Top Workplaces for 2022. First, Special Awards, and then the main Top Workplaces rankings, categorized in small, medium and large companies based on number of employees.

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Special Awards

The following special award recipients were chosen based on standout scores for employee responses to specific survey statements. Employees rate these statements on a seven-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Leadership: 

  •     Large: Rick Ricart, Ricart Automotive 
  •     Midsize: Sandy Doyle-Ahern, EMH&T
  •     Small: Kathy Keeney, Boss Gal Beauty Bar
EMH&T President Sandy Doyle-Ahern.

Direction: Northwestern Mutual – Columbus

Managers: Bark

New ideas:Forge Biologics

Doers: Manley Deas Kochalski 

Meaningfulness:Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service

Values: Union Home Mortgage 

Clued-in senior management: Total Quality Logistics 

Communication: Choice Recovery

Appreciation: Leading Edje

Work/life flexibility: Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.

Training:Kenneth's Hair Salons and Day Spas

Benefits:Beam Dental

Top large workplaces in the Columbus area

No. 1: Bark 

The Columbus Bark offices.
  • Year founded: 2011
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Pets & Pet Supplies
  •  City: New York, NY
  •  Local employees: 438

Top Workplaces 2022:Bark named No. 1 large company, according to employees

No. 2: Ricart Automotive

  • Year founded: 1953
  •  Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Auto Dealership 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 500

More:Ricart Automotive on becoming a Top Workplace

No. 3: Worthington Industries 

  • Year founded: 1955
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Metal Products
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 1,500

More: Worthington Industries CEO Andy Rose leads with the art of dealmaking

No. 4: Keller Williams Realty of Central Ohio

  • Year founded: 2002
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Agents / Brokers  
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 1,215

No. 5: Manley Deas Kochalski

  • Year founded: 2002
  • Ownership: Partnership
  • Sector: Legal Services 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 352

No. 6: Discover

  • Year founded: 1986
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Credit & Finance
  • City:  Riverwoods, IL 
  • Local employees: 2,037

No. 7: Kenneth's Hair Salons and Day Spas

Amber Keller (left), Taylor (Brittany) Kirkwood, Tony Anders, Kourtney Cofield and Erin Patterson photographed at the Kenneth's Hair Salon academy.
  • Year founded: 1977
  • Ownership: Partnership 
  • Sector: Personal Care 
  • City: Columbus
  •  Local employees: 355

No. 8: Fifth Third Bank 

  • Year founded: 1858
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • City: Cincinnati
  • Local employees: 535

No. 9: Mid City Electric

  •  Year founded: 1960
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Electrical  
  • City: Westerville
  • Local employees: 454

No. 10: Lower.com

  • Year founded: 2014
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Digital Mortgage Lender 
  • City: New Albany 
  • Local employees: 800

Top Workplaces 2021:Here's Columbus' No. 1 large company, according to employees

No. 11: Kimball Midwest 

  • Year founded: 1923
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Wholesale Distribution
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 555

No. 12: Fairfield County 

  • Year founded: 1800
  • Ownership: Government
  • Sector: County Government  
  • City: Lancaster
  • Local employees: 932

No. 13: Valley Interior Systems

  • Year founded: 1981
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Building Construction
  • City: Cincinnati
  • Local employees: 377

No. 14: The Superior Group 

  • Year founded: 1924 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Electrical 
  • City: Columbus  
  • Local employees: 1,200

No. 15: Aldi

  • Year founded: 1976
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Retail
  • City:  Batavia, IL  
  • Local employees: 593

No. 16: Olentangy Local School District 

  • Year founded: 1952
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Education
  • City: Lewis Center
  • Local employees: 3,032

Top midsize workplaces in the Columbus area

No. 1: EMH&T 

The management team at EMH&T.
  • Year founded: 1926
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Civil Engineering Consulting  
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 310

More:EMH&T President Sandy Doyle-Ahern: A voice for others

Top Workplaces 2022: EMH&T named No. 1 midsize employer, according to employees

No. 2: Northwestern Mutual – Columbus 

  • Year founded: 1857  
  • Ownership: Cooperative/Mutual
  • Sector: Financial Advisors   
  • City: Milwaukee, WI
  • Local employees: 164

No. 3: Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service

Carley Gueli, Kevin Schoedinger, Barry Griffith and Randy Schoedinger photographed in the downtown Schoedinger Funeral Home.
  • Year founded: 1855  
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Funerals
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 160

No. 4: Path Robotics

  • Year founded: 2018  
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Robotics
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 192

More: Path Robotics employs hundreds across 230,000-square-foot-offices

No. 5: Ensemble Health Partners

  • Year founded: 2014 
  • Ownership: Cooperative/Mutual  
  • Sector: Revenue Cycle Management
  • City: Cincinnati 
  • Local employees: 205

No. 6: Total Quality Logistics

  • Year founded: 1997 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Third Party Logistics 
  • City: Cincinnati 
  • Local employees: 175

No. 7: Beam Dental

  • Year founded: 2012
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Dental benefits
  • City:  Columbus 
  • Local employees: 300

No. 8: Eco Plumbers

  • Year founded: 2007
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Plumbing
  • City: Hilliard 
  • Local employees: 143

No. 9: Lake Shore Cryotronics

  • Year founded: 1968
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Electronics / Computers
  • City: Westerville  
  • Local employees: 195

Top Workplaces 2021: Special award for work/life flex: Lake Shore Cryotronics

No. 10: Kemba Financial Credit Union

  • Year founded: 1933
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Financial Services & Insurance - Credit Union
  • City: Gahanna
  • Local employees: 273

No. 11: CGI

  • Year founded: 1976
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: IT Consulting
  • City: Fairfax, VA  
  • Local employees: 150

No. 12: Greif

  • Year founded: 1877
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Industrial Packaging
  • City: Delaware 
  • Local employees: 277

No. 13: Panda Restaurant Group  

  • Year founded: 1973
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Restaurant  
  • City:  Rosemead, CA
  • Local employees: 221

No. 14: Richwood Banking Company 

  • Year founded: 1867 
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Community Bank
  • City:  Richwood
  • Local employees: 181

Top Workplaces 2021: Special award for leadership: Richwood Bank

No. 15: Elford

  • Year founded: 1910 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Commercial building construction management/general contractor
  • City:  Columbus
  • Local employees: 290

No. 16: Air Force One

  • Year founded: 1984 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: HVAC Mechanical Contractor
  • City: Dublin
  • Local employees: 205

No. 17: Syntero

  • Year founded: 1978 
  • Ownership: Nonprofit 
  • Sector: Behavioral Healthcare
  • City: Dublin
  • Local employees: 164

No. 18: BDO USA

  • Year founded: 1910
  • Ownership: Partnership
  • Sector: Certified Public Accountants & Consultants
  • City:  Chicago, IL 
  • Local employees: 180

No. 19: KPMG

  • Year founded: 1953
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Accounting
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 265

No. 20: Advocate RCM  

  • Year founded: 1998
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Vendor Serving Healthcare Industry
  • City: Dublin
  • Local employees: 205

No. 21: Friendship Village Of Dublin Ohio  

  • Year founded:1981 
  • Ownership: Nonprofit  
  • Sector:  Healthcare - Senior Living
  • City: Dublin
  • Local employees: 300

No. 22: Wellington School  

  • Year founded: 1982 
  • Ownership: Nonprofit  
  • Sector:  Independent School
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 145

No. 23: DASCO Home Medical Equipment   

  • Year founded: 1987  
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector:  Durable Medical Equipment
  • City: Westerville
  • Local employees: 170

No. 24: Westerwood

  • Year founded: 1978 
  • Ownership: Nonprofit 
  • Sector:  Life Care Community  
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 186

No. 25: Lindsay Automotive (Honda/Acura) 

  • Year founded: 1973 
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Auto Dealership 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 250

No. 26: North Community Counseling Centers

  • Year founded: 1968  
  • Ownership: Public  
  • Sector: Behavioral Health 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 159

Top small workplaces in the Columbus area

No. 1: Boss Gal Beauty Bar 

Boss Gal Beauty Bar owner Kathy Keeney (center) and her management team Morgan Schaaf, Madison Thiel, Molly Dougherty and Sarah Kerr.
  • Year founded: 2019  
  • Ownership: Partnership 
  • Sector: Medical Spa Services
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 50

Top Workplaces 2022:Boss Gal Beauty Bar named No. 1 small employer, according to employees

No. 2: Choice Recovery 

  • Year founded: 1997
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Collection Agency 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 85

No. 3: Forge Biologics 

  • Year founded:  2020
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Novel gene therapies
  • City: Grove City
  • Local employees: 122

No. 4: Union Home Mortgage

  • Year founded:  1970
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector:  Mortgage Lending
  • City: Strongsville
  • Local employees: 81

No. 5: Leading Edje

  • Year founded:  2007
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Custom Software Development & Consulting
  • City: Dublin
  • Local employees: 70

No. 6: SS Bendure-Hartwig

  • Year founded:  2007
  • Ownership: Public
  • Sector: Life Insurance 
  • City:  Columbus
  • Local employees: 99

Top Workplaces 2022:Top Workplaces program recognizes Columbus companies for DE&I efforts

No. 7: Manifest Solutions

  • Year founded:  1994
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Managed Services & Outsourcing 
  • City:  Columbus
  • Local employees: 89

More:Manifest Solutions offers IT training that pays the bills 

No. 8: SOLUT!

  • Year founded:  2005 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Paper & Paper Products 
  • City:  Lewis Center 
  • Local employees: 75

No. 9: LOTH

  • Year founded:  1891  
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Workplace Furniture and Services 
  • City:  Cincinnati
  • Local employees: 58

No. 10: Revolution Group 

  • Year founded: 1995
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Technology Services 
  • City: Westerville
  • Local employees: 77

No. 11: Reminger

  • Year founded: 1958
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Law
  • City: Cleveland
  • Local employees: 59

No. 12: Group Management Services

  • Year founded: 1996 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Professional Employer Organization
  • City:  Richfield
  • Local employees: 82

No. 13: Durable Slate Company 

  • Year founded: 1986 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Slate Roofing, Masonry
  • City:  Columbus
  • Local employees: 52

No. 14: Ohio Basement Authority

  • Year founded: 2016  
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Construction
  • City: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Local employees: 120

No. 15: Continental Building

  • Year founded: 1984 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Building Construction 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 79

No. 16: King Memory

  • Year founded: 2008
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Electronics / Computers 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 50

No. 17: Silco Fire & Security

  • Year founded: 1959
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Fire Protection and Security
  • City: Cincinnati 
  • Local employees: 63

No. 18: Agility Partners 

  • Year founded: 2017
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Staffing - Services
  • City:  Columbus
  • Local employees: 118

No. 19: NFM Lending

  • Year founded: 1998 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Mortgage Lending
  • City:  Linthicum, MD 
  • Local employees: 87

No. 20: Jewish Family Services

  • Year founded: 1908
  • Ownership: Nonprofit
  • Sector: Human and social services
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 50

No. 21: Diamond Hill Capital Management

  • Year founded: 2000
  • Ownership: Public 
  • Sector: Investment Management 
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 102

No. 22: Crawford Hoying 

  • Year founded: 1994
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Real Estate Development and Property Management
  • City:  Dublin 
  • Local employees: 100

No. 23: Setterlin Building 

  • Year founded: 1935 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: General Contractor
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 82

No. 24: King Business Interiors  

  • Year founded: 1998 
  • Ownership: Private
  • Sector: Commercial office flooring and furniture dealer
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 65

No. 25: Carlile Patchen & Murphy 

  • Year founded: 1967
  • Ownership: Partnership
  • Sector: Law Firm
  • City: Columbus
  • Local employees: 66

No. 26: Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center

  • Year founded: 1998
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Orthopedic and Podiatric Surgeons
  • City: Worthington
  • Local employees: 68

No. 27: The Basement Doctor

  • Year founded: 1987
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Home Improvement
  • City:  Reynoldsburg 
  • Local employees: 115

No. 28: Construction One

  • Year founded: 1980
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Building Construction
  • City: Columbus  
  • Local employees: 68

No. 29: OHM Advisors

  • Year founded: 1962
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Architecture, Engineering, Planning
  • City: Livonia, MI  
  • Local employees: 62

No. 30: National Auto Care

  • Year founded:  1984 
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Specialty Insurance
  • City: Westerville
  • Local employees: 67

No. 31: Airriva 

  • Year founded:  2018
  • Ownership: Private 
  • Sector: Tech based, boutique lodging
  • City: Sunbury
  • Local employees: 61

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