It’s time to start viewing company culture as a business anchor rather than a nice-to-have. According to a Hays survey of 2,000 active jobseekers in the U.S., 47 percent said company culture was the main reason they were looking for a different position.
Tech professionals from the following eight NYC companies said fostering an environment of collaboration and support reaped numerous benefits at their workplaces, especially as new initiatives get off the ground.
“Having complete confidence in your teammates is essential to building a great workplace,” said Edward Rodriguez, LeafLink’s talent acquisition manager. “People here feel like they can trust their managers and coworkers to come through.”
Employees at these businesses have led significant team expansions, increased their brand’s global presence and have even helped shape new industries. At those specific milestones and along the way, they all agreed that it was important to feel like they could count on managers and individual contributors alike.
What they do: Flip That Fund is an online lending platform that wants to make real estate investments easier. The company provides residential real estate developers with short-term loans, and gives applicants an indication of approval following a four-step application process.
One thing that would surprise people about Fund That Flip: How much each individual contributes to the organization. Team members work on a variety of projects in parallel. “Our ability as a team to accomplish a variety of successful outcomes across initiatives never ceases to impress me as we continue to scale up,” said Operations Analyst Drake Danner. “While managing shifting responsibilities and an acceleration in hiring, every team member at Fund That Flip makes meaningful contributions.”
One trait all team members share: A desire to succeed. “No matter an individual’s title or realm, team members are encouraged to make product and process suggestions,” said Danner. “We ask people to identify opportunities for improvement that increase consistency and drive positive outcomes for all.”
What they do: CredSimple is a SaaS platform that improves credentialing turnaround times for clients and helps provider organizations streamline operations. The company’s mission is to enhance the infrastructure that supports our current healthcare system.
One thing that would surprise people about CredSimple: They have already doubled the size of their team in 2020. “We recently announced the acquisition of Glenridge Health, a company that was previously a partner,” said VP of Finance and People Operations Remy Greeno. “We are excited to offer an expanded product offering and move closer to our vision of building, running and optimizing provider networks.”
One trait all team members share: Sense of purpose. “Each position at CredSimple has a set of mission orders that are foundational to this sense of purpose,” said Greeno. “We believe in a culture of transparency. The mission orders ensure that employees are aligned and clear on the expectations of the role and how to get there, which gives our people a sense of purpose.”
What they do: Ribbon is looking to make homeownership an achievable milestone for more people across the country. The team strives to create an open environment of shared knowledge among realtors and lends financial support to customers.
One thing that would surprise people about Ribbon: How international they are. “We’re a team of 60 people, but close to 10 different nations of origin are represented,” said People Operations Lead Maggie Mannion.
One trait all team members share: Drive. “Our team is passionate about our mission to make homeownership achievable and we are energized by tackling the hard problems to make our mission a reality,” said Mannion.
What they do: Resident owns and operates a variety of direct-to-consumer brands in the home goods space. Those brands include Nectar Sleep, Bundle, Wovenly and more.
One thing that would surprise people about Resident: The strong global culture they’ve created in a short time. “As we’ve grown, we’ve been able to successfully adapt and evolve, especially as a largely distributed global workforce,” said Chief People Officer Veracelle Vega.
One trait all team members share: A constant desire to learn and improve. “Since we operate multiple brands with their own unique pod structures, our team is constantly learning from one another,” said Vega. “The results of this positive cycle has had a profound impact on the quality of our products and the way our customers engage with our brands.”
What they do: LeafLink is a cannabis wholesale ordering platform and B2B marketplace that’s free for retailers to leverage. Brands and distributors can use it to create orders and request samples.
One thing that would surprise people about LeafLink: How cross-functional and collaborative the team is. “Everyone’s here for a reason: to shape the cannabis industry and build a business that matters,” said Talent Acquisition Manager Edward Rodriguez. “People are very open to sharing what they’re working on and giving each other feedback.”
One belief all team members share: That in order to be successful, they need to help each other out. “People tend to be very entrepreneurial and take the initiative in terms of getting things done, whether working toward an individual goal or assisting on a cross-team project,” said Rodriguez. “Having complete confidence in your teammates is essential to building a great workplace. People here feel like they can trust their managers and co-workers to come through.”
What they do: TripActions is a corporate travel platform that uses artificial intelligence to provide users with an experience that eliminates the hassle involved with planning a trip. That includes access to live agents and rate visibility.
One thing that would surprise people about TripActions: The collaborative atmosphere. “The teams across segments and geographic locations are so supportive of each other,” said Senior Sales Training and Enablement Manager Fiamma Jean-Baptiste. “They celebrate their peers’ wins as loud and proud as they celebrate their own.”
One trait all team members share: Humility. “Employees don’t let their success distract them from our unified goal of moving the company forward,” said Jean-Baptiste.
What they do: CreatorIQ is a platform that connects enterprise businesses with influence marketers. Companies can house data on CreatorIQ’s Social CRM and launch campaigns using its management software.
One thing that would surprise people about CreatorIQ: Some of the team’s hidden talents. “The teams boast a gamut of talents including blogging, DJing, hosting podcasts, sailing competitively, cooking and taking professional photos,” said Head of Professional Services Katiana McCown. “There’s never a dull moment at our company gatherings.”
One trait all team members share: Humility. “As an early startup experiencing hyper growth, being humble is a critical trait of our success,” said McCown. “The team embraces new knowledge and constantly figures out ways to improve, rather than managing bruised egos.”
What they do: CB Insights helps businesses answer tough questions about growth and strategy with specific data. The company’s market intelligence platform allows users to predict emerging trends and target future customers.
One thing that would surprise people about CB Insights: They stay scrappy. Director of Technical Product Management Justine Kolsky said this trait hasn’t changed in the four years she’s been there. “I believe it is what makes us successful as an organization,” said Kolsky. “To be around what is now almost 300 people who share that mentality is motivating.”
One trait all team members share: A sense of humor. “We all rely on humor to keep us unflappable,” said Kolsky. “None of us will skip a beat when there’s an opportunity to offer a witty comeback or remark.”