Root, Inc.

#8 - Best Small Workplaces

INDUSTRY: Professional Services - Consulting – Management

At this small consulting firm in Ohio, no milestone goes unnoticed. In the main lobby, each new hire is recognized with a portrait on the “family tree,” and it remains there until their eight year “Rootiversary,” when managers and friends meet with an in-house artist to construct a commissioned portrait of the honorary “Rootster,” recognizing their personal and professional interests over time. Root celebrated their “6cess” as a Best Workplace by giving everyone six hours extra PTO, six dollars, six scratch tickets, and then dividing them into six teams each with a $1,000 starting budget to compete in a philanthropic challenge, which ultimately raised $24,000. Yearly off-sites, annual “Root Olympics,” and the “Rooties” values awards are some of the ways this firm keeps its Rootsters proud of their co-workers and accomplishments.


Rootsters gather at the end of the company's World Class Development Day in October 2011, where employees focused on personal development.

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Employees and clients regularly gather at the company's lobby and cafe space.

Root's outside patio is often a spot for both scheduled and impromptu meetings.