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Best of the Rest — Small Employers

Aviation Training Consulting employees last year opted to attend a Thunder basketball game over having a traditional company Christmas party. From left are Mike Brooks, Troy Harter and Terry Frabott. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Aviation Training Consulting employees last year opted to attend a Thunder basketball game over having a traditional company Christmas party. From left are Mike Brooks, Troy Harter and Terry Frabott. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

No. 2: Aviation Training Consulting

Last year's top small employer, Altus-based Aviation Training Consulting has training contracts for every plane in the Marine Corps AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) planes at Tinker, the B-52 Bomber in Shreveport and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, and more. The company provides many perks for its employees, including matching 401(k) contributions and 100 percent paid health insurance premiums for its workers; 75 percent for dependents.

Employee comment: "I am allowed to work from home, and everyone is so kind and understanding."

No. 3: Homes by Taber

Homes by Taber was formed in 2000 by Taber LeBlanc and his wife, Julie. Julie's father was a well-known developer and homebuilder (John Alexander) who helped Taber get his start in the industry. Homes by Taber grew from starting three homes in metro Oklahoma City in 2000 to starting 375 homes in 2017. The builder focuses on A+ locations with highly-rated school districts including in Norman, Edmond and Choctaw.

The company takes great pride in giving back to the community as a company with more than 900 hours and roughly $100,000 given back to the community last year.

Employee comment: "I am allowed to make my own decisions concerning processes within my department, and those decisions are supported by management."

No. 4: Corterra Energy LLC

Tulsa-based Corterra Energy LLC is an exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas resources in the Mid-Continent region. Benefits include competitive salaries; annual bonus opportunities; four weeks to six weeks vacation and 11 paid holidays; medical, dental and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability coverage; flexible work hours and casual dress code. Said CEO Valerie Mitchell, “Our team is a group of motivated, focused and hardworking talent that have dedicated their careers to Oklahoma. We've put our company's roots down in one of the best places to live, work and operate.”

Employee comment: "I get to advance my skills and create new processes."

No. 5: Cornerstone Home Lending

A past No. 1 small employer, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc. is a full-service residential mortgage banker based in Houston. Cornerstone promotes a happy workplace in a variety of ways. The company periodically provides a Building Champions Life Plan Coaching session to employees. Throughout the year, it holds a number of fun annual events to show appreciation for its employees, such as a Halloween costume contest, holiday luncheon and a talent show featuring entertainment provided by employees. Cornerstone also pays for 91 percent of employee basic medical coverage, 100 percent of basic life and accidental death and 100 percent long-term disability; matches 50 percent of employees' first 2 percent contribution to their 401(k) plans; and after a year of employment, gives employees two weeks of vacation pay and nine days of sick pay. A “Cornerstone Cares” program, funded by employees, provides monetary assistance to fellow employees in need.

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<p>Corterra Energy CEO Valerie Mitchell poses with Holdenville firefighters after making a corporate donation toward the town's annual July Fourth fireworks celebration that the fire department spearheads. [Photo provided]</p>

Corterra Energy CEO Valerie Mitchell poses with Holdenville firefighters after making a corporate donation toward the town's annual July Fourth fireworks celebration that the fire department spearheads. [Photo provided]

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