(Above: Workday photo)
The tech industry isn’t just transforming our world with gadgets, apps and entirely new ways of communicating. Leading tech firms also are upgrading the workplace, inventing corporate climates that are fun, fair and focused on allowing employees to integrate their professional and personal lives. They also excel at hiring people who are a good fit for their organization. We at Great Rated! decided to spotlight tech firms on the cutting edge of company culture by creating “The Great Rated!TM People’s Picks: 20 Great Workplaces in Technology.”
The top large technology workplaces (those with 1,000 or more employees) are:
The top small and medium technology workplaces (those with fewer than 1,000 employees) are:
(For details on any of the firms and their cultures, click on them to visit their Great Rated! review.)
The 20 winning companies were selected based on the average scores of nearly 50,000 employees who were surveyed using the Trust Index© assessment. The Trust Index© is the 58-question survey of workplace trust, pride and camaraderie that Great Rated!’s parent, Great Place to Work®, uses to survey millions of employees worldwide each year. The Great Rated!™ People’s Picks: 20 Great Workplaces in Technology marks the first published list since the official launch of Great Rated!™, the site that gives job seekers the inside scoop on companies and their cultures.
The 20 Great Workplaces in Technology have created cultures that their employees love.
“It’s a big, happy family: work hard, play hard and party hard,” one staffer at business software maker Workday told us. “We have internal tournaments for Ping Pong, a pool table, a Workday cycling team and Workday volunteers. People really care about one another. Teams share happiness and sorrow with the same spirit.”
Or listen to this employee from Visionist, which provides technology services to government agencies: “Visionist is unique in how mission-focused it is. A lot of defense contractors say that, but the people are so dedicated to their support of the government’s mission that on some contracts they work all hours of the night, come in on their weekends or build unpaid prototypes to help make the government better.”
It may not be surprising that tech firms have more fun—given the reputations companies like Google have for zany antics and playful perks like office slides. But our research shows the 20 Great Workplaces in Technology excel in some surprising ways. Like creating a level playing field, where promotions go to those who best deserve them and managers avoid playing favorites. And despite the hard work often associated with computer and coding jobs, employees at the 20 Great Workplaces in Technology give their companies high marks when it comes to work-life balance.
Hiring people who fit in well is another strength of the 20 Great Workplaces in Technology. Rigor in the recruiting process is a common theme. Information technology services firm AgileThought has candidates prove their technical chops in a whiteboard exercise as well as take part in a “fit” interview with an executive. “Our executives are involved because we understand how important it is to build the right types of teams, and those qualities go beyond just having the technical skill,” the company says.
It’s a similar story at retail software maker Square Root. “If you want to be part of the Square Root team, expect several rounds of interviews, a take-home assignment and lots of socializing before we make you an offer,” the firm says.
Congratulations to the 20 Great Workplaces in Technology. Please keep advancing the workplace as you wow us with the next killer app.
(About the Author: Ed Frauenheim is editor at workplace research site Great Rated!™, where he produces content and reviews companies.)
(All photos courtesy of Great Rated!)