As the country’s population becomes more diverse each year, its workplaces are following a similar trend; in some cases quicker than others.
One of the nation’s biggest multifamily companies, Camden Property Trust, was recently named to two distinguished lists highlighting the Houston-based company’s diversity. Based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work, FORTUNE ranked Camden 15th on its list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity and eighth on its 10 Best Workplaces for Latinos list.
“We are honored to be recognized again by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work for providing an exceptional work environment for our team members,” said Keith Oden, president of Camden Property Trust, in a release.
Employees answered 58 questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, considering everything from how comfortable they are being themselves; the degree of favoritism or insider politics they observe in the workplace; the fairness of promotions; the feeling of honest connection with coworkers; their access to senior leadership; and who receives information and professional development and who doesn’t.
According to Great Place to Work, which surveys millions of employees in 50 countries each year, 96% of Camden employees said their workplace is great. More than 700 of the REIT’s employees took part in the survey.
Of Camden’s 1,600-plus employees, 34% are Latino, according to Great Place to Work. In its 10 Best Workplaces for Latinos list, FORTUNE quoted one employee as saying they’d like to retire at Camden. “I have only worked here for about three years, but I already know that I am not going anywhere else,” the employee said in the survey.
“This is my home. I have never worked for a company that shows in so many ways how they care about you as an individual person. I have grown so much in my short tenure here that I can’t imagine where I will be in the next 15 to 20 years.
“I came in at an entry-level position and was given not only the proper tools and training to develop and grow, but an opportunity advance,” the employee continued. “I can now imagine a future for myself that I never really saw before. I have no clue what the future holds but I truly believe that the sky is the limit.”