Great cultures fuel innovation at these cutting-edge companies
January 17, 2017 (San Francisco, Calif.) – Innovation doesn’t happen from the top down. It’s a process drawn from different employee voices, perspectives and sources of inspiration. Given the outsized creative potential of people in high-tech jobs, Great Place to Work and Fortune are excited to announce this year's ranking of the Best Workplaces in Technology.
Great Place to Work analyzed feedback from more than 40,000 people in this industry, evaluating factors that contribute to an exceptional workplace. The top-ranked companies stood above the rest for creating environments where all employees feel confident in their ability to reach their professional potential.
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"These leading companies understand that the next industry-disrupting idea could come from anywhere in the organizational chart. The Best Workplaces in Technology give themselves an edge by emphasizing evenhanded leadership, open dialogue, professional development and proportionate rewards for employees’ contributions to their success,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president at workplace culture consultancy Great Place to Work.
The winning companies also find creative ways to build team members’ enthusiasm for tackling challenges together. For example:
- Every quarter, Atlassian gives employees 24 hours to work on anything related to their organization or its culture. The company celebrates the best ideas with parties and contests, while many employee-led initiatives become a permanent part of how they do business.
- Nearly half of Cisco’s workforce took part in its Innovate Everywhere Challenge, submitting more than 1,100 ideas for potential seed funding, prizes and the chance to shape new projects, markets and internal practices.
- Building collaborative teams needn’t be restricted to the office. TCG gives groups of employees up to $1,000 monthly for sports tickets, paintball outings, SCUBA lessons or cooking classes – anything that helps build camaraderie and personal connections among team members.
The Best Workplaces in Technology enjoy a competitive advantage when it comes to the lifeblood of their industry: innovation. Team members at the winning Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations reported innovative workplace characteristics more frequently than their peers at non-winning companies. These include appreciative and open-minded managers responsive to employees’ ideas, minimal office politics and consistent cooperation. At the same time, nearly nine in 10 employees at the Best Workplaces in Technology described their benefits as special or unique, and an average of 92 percent said they look forward to coming to work each day.
The Best Workplaces in Technology is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified organizations.
About The Best Workplaces in Technology:
The Best Workplaces in Technology rankings are based on feedback from more than 42,000 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified organizations in the tech industry. Employees completed an anonymous Trust Index© survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace. Survey statements address the transparency of communication, degree of collaboration, quality of benefits programs, opportunity for professional development and support for work-life balance, among other workplace characteristics. Results are highly reliable, having a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of 5% or less.
Winning a spot on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from its peers by creating a Great Place to Work for All. Rankings rewarded organizations where not only the majority of their employees experience a great place to work, but experiences are highly consistent regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, job role or other personal characteristics. Results were considered based on the complexity of the employee population and relative to peer performance. Organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees competed in the Small and Medium category, and those with 1,000 or more employees competed in the Large category.