Best Places to Work: Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
By Ryan Miller
Atlantic Bay has locations in Chesapeake, Gloucester, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, throughout Virginia and eight other states
Employees: Approximately 1,000
At its inception in 1997, CEO Brian Holland founded Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group at a small office space on Virginia Beach Boulevard with only four employees yet considerable aspirations for becoming a leading mortgage lending company. In over two decades Atlantic Bay has since grown to over 120 office locations with nearly 1,000 employees in nine states, from local branches here in Coastal Virginia to as far as Texas. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, the business has served over 100,000 homeowners by simplifying the mortgage process with closing loans and personalized lending. They’ve also developed quite the list of accolades during this time. In the company’s early years it was included within Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies list, while every year since 2011 Atlantic Bay has been ranked among the Top 100 mortgage companies in America. Since 2014, they’ve been further commended with their placement amongst the 50 best companies to work for by Mortgage Executive Magazine.
Atlantic Bay places an emphasis on building relationships with its clients as a family- and community-oriented business while they find their dream home. These same positive values are applied within the company with its employees, as its work culture nurtures an open-door policy, work-life balance, career development and advancement opportunities within the mortgage lending industry and recognition for accomplishments. The company offers its employees generous benefits such as retirement options, paid maternity and paternity leave, long- and short-term healthcare insurance, as well as pet insurance and free flu shots.
There are two employee appreciation months for different divisions within the company, including the sales and the operations teams. During these months, employees are recognized as valuable assets to the company while participating in giveaways, games, catered events and more. This outstanding company culture that creates a fun atmosphere within the workplace carries over the rest of the year with team building outings, Food Truck Thursdays, dress-up days, contests and donation drives.
Atlantic Bay also proactively promotes community involvement for its employees through its company-wide philanthropic outreach organization, Atlantic Bay Cares, where employees are given paid time off to volunteer with any organization they choose. “This company is always giving back to the community we work in every day and provides the employees time off to volunteer and experience the warmth and happiness of giving back to others,” shares Amiee Carr, mortgage banker for Atlantic Bay. “When a company cares about its employees the way Atlantic Bay does, you know your clients are going to be cared for as well.”
- Food Truck Thursdays
- Dress-up days
- Paid volunteer days with Atlantic Bay Cares
- Pet insurance coverage
- Free flu shots
Why I Love My Job
“The employees at Atlantic Bay are more than just my coworkers—they’re my family. It’s so refreshing to find a place that makes you excited to come to work each day. I get to work on fun and exciting projects with some of the most talented people in the industry.”
—Jamar Diggs, Social Media Employee Engagement Specialist, two years with Atlantic Bay Mortgage