At Book In A Box, 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 27 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.05. It was published on Dec 1, 2017. 248 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
100%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
100%
 
People care about each other here.
100%
 
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
100%
 
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
100%
 

What They Do

We asked Book In A Box to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Book in a Box is a book publishing services company that helps knowledgeable professionals record and share their wisdom through books - while avoiding the time-consuming and painful process of traditional writing and publishing.

About this Company

Website: https://bookinabox.com/ Industry: Media
US Headquarters: Austin, Texas, 78702 US Sites: 1
US Employees: 28 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2014

Tribe wine tasting

Perks and Programs

We asked Book In A Box to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • We are a Tribe: We made a conscious decision not to organize like a conventional company. We don't see people as disposable; in fact, we see people as primary. Everything we do is about people--both the people who work with us and the people we serve--and about creating the best results for those people. We don't even use the word "employee." Employees are disposable. Tribe members, i.e. people you care about, are not. We have a long and very specific culture doc that articulates this and lays out our standard of accountability to each other. It is also public, and people outside the tribe can see it and comment on it: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NYmaUC3V-mzOT4NAV1WKnj0QgMuTOjsJ3DA60yTCE8I/edit
  • “Strengths & Obstacles” Personal Development: Our people say that Strengths and Obstacles is the most important experience they have together. In short, we all sit in a circle, focusing on one person at a time. We start with everyone describing what we see as that person’s strengths. And this is very detailed, with examples and stories. For a lot of people, this is the first time they have heard a group of people lavishly praise them. Then that person describes what they want to accomplish in the next year--not just at work, but for everything in their life that matters to them, like themselves and their relationships. Then we all describe what we see as the obstacles to them accomplishing those goals, the things they need to work on in themselves. It is a very honest conversation, but done in the most supportive, caring and nurturing way.
  • The Whole Self Program: People loved Strengths and Obstacles so much that they asked for that mentorship more frequently. That’s when we started the Whole Self Program. We believe that work and life are not different, and because of that, we dedicate a lot of time to helping each person develop their whole self. In this program, each person selects another person in the company to act as their “guide.” Using the goals established in Strengths & Obstacles, they meet each month, set up specific plans to accomplish their goals, discuss how they are making progress, and the guide holds them accountable. Like we said, this goes beyond work - it encompasses every part of their life. We don't believe in separating your work from life, they are all intertwined, so we set up these programs to support all aspects of each person.
  • Fortune 100 Health Insurance: From their first day, each person has access to Fortune 100 healthcare benefits, a 401(k) savings plan, and dozens of other benefits (including dental, vision, and life insurance). Our comprehensive coverage ensures that everyone and their family are covered, wherever they are.
  • Unlimited vacation + 10 “off the grid” days: As long as people get their objectives done and keep their teammates in the loop, anyone can take as much “off time” as they wish (as long as they are reachable in event of necessity). In addition to that, everyone had 5 "completely off the grid" days they can use each year. Finally, every year the week between Christmas and New Years is mandatory "off the grid" vacation for EVERYONE in the company.
  • Complete transparency, including all financial data: All of our company information is out in the open for any person in the company to see. This includes every aspect of our financials, down to the most granular level. We go over our financial data monthly and devote as much time as Tribe members want to answering questions like, "We spent X amount on conferences this year. Can you break that number down for me?" Given that we have full profit sharing, complete financial transparency is a must.
  • Flexible and remote work: Everyone can work from home, work while they travel, make their own hours—we don't care, as long as they get results. Basically, we treat everyone like a fully formed adult, responsible and capable of handling their business.
  • True Profit Sharing: We're a fully bootstrapped and profitable company. Because of that, we don't play the normal start-up games with equity (giving a tiny piece of equity that you hope might be worth something, someday, after VCs get paid). Instead, we allocate 25% of all profit to the tribe. This means that EVERY TIME the company takes a profit, everyone in the company participates and gets the profits from their work.
  • Bi-annual Summits: Twice a year, we pay for all of our tribe to meet up and come together at our summits. During these summits, we don’t spend much time on business. Instead we do Strengths & Obstacles, and then just spend time together eating great food, drinking great wine and doing fun activities. Past activities have included a cooking class, paintballing, karaoke, bubble soccer and an escape room.
  • Fully accessible CEO: Our CEO is extremely open to answering questions and developing everyone in the tribe--so much so that he has his desk in the middle of the office with no walls around it. He keeps as clear a calendar as possible to facilitate people dropping by with questions. If you have a question, you can just walk up to his desk and ask him for his time, and he'll help you out.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

$61,050 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Publishing Manager100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
35% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Bubble soccer!

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

Unlimited Vacation Paid time off Unlimited Sick Paid time off
365 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (100% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Dog friendly workplace. Free lunch on Fridays. Standing desks. Ergonomic chairs. Free soda water. Free protein bars and fruit. Free coffee and tea with grinder for coffee beans.)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

120 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 120 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
14 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)14 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
14 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$1,500 Adoption benefit
14 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*14 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Paintballing at our last Summit

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Our CEO, JT, loving the coffee tasting at Summit

How to Get Hired

We asked Book In A Box for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

The key characteristics we use to determine great fits for this tribe are self-awareness and honesty, being results-oriented and effective at getting things done, being able to effectively work with others in groups, and being deeply curious and seeking to learn constantly. Basically, we look for the characteristics that are embodied in the values and principles in our culture: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NYmaUC3V-mzOT4NAV1WKnj0QgMuTOjsJ3DA60yTCE8I/edit

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Sign up for our career email list, and apply to positions as they open. In the meantime, read our culture doc. Or apply and work as a freelancer. Or even help us find clients or other people to join the tribe. Or do something totally unrelated that shows us a skill you have that would be valuable here. What matters to us is what you’ve done that shows you can be part of this tribe and contribute here.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We’ll continually be hiring for the Publishing Manager position throughout the year. We are also going to be hiring for several positions in marketing, business development, and possibly even sales related positions.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Sign up for our career email list, and apply to positions as they open. In the meantime, read our culture doc.

hiring Outlook

10 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 87% Job Growth
1,071 Average applicants per opening 15,000 Total job applicants
7% New hires by employee referrals 14% Openings filled by current employees
5% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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