At Custom Ink, 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 639 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.50. It was published on Sep 10, 2018. 46158 Visitors

What Employees Say

We have special and unique benefits here.
People celebrate special events around here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Custom Ink to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Custom Ink is the leading provider of custom apparel and accessories for groups, teams and events. We believe that t-shirts and other custom products bring people together and strengthen the power of their communities.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Fairfax, Virginia, 22031 US Sites: 23
Major Locations: Fairfax, Virginia, 22031; Reno, Nevada, 89521; Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901; Dallas, Texas, 75063 US Employees: 1,556
US Revenues: $350 million Worldwide Revenues: $350 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2000

2018 Inktern graduates. Every summer and winter, the Inkternship program pairs motivated and engaged Inkers with high-impact work driving growth across the organization.

Perks and Programs

We asked Custom Ink to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Live Well - Wellness Program: Custom Ink's Live Well program helps team members be well physically, socially, and financially and provides simple, affordable, and accessible tools to do just that.
  • Exceptional Health Coverage: Custom Ink picks up 99% of team member premiums, ensuring that Inkers not only feel taken care of, but that they get the care and coverage they need at an affordable price.
  • Lead Well: Custom Ink's leadership development program was designed to build bench strength at all levels. It links with Leadership Principles, integrates with Core Values, and supports building character.
  • Inkademy Awards: Custom Ink's formal annual recognition program encourages team members to recognize each other for their exemplary demonstration of the three Core Values: Golden Rule, Ownership, and Innovation, as well as acknowledging a team of Inkers who went above and beyond.
  • Three Hearts: Custom Ink cares about its co-workers, customers, and communities. The Three Hearts Initiative was created to answer the call of Inkers -- to do more, to do the right thing, and to make a difference.
  • Inkternships: Similar to “internship” programs, the goal is to provide Inkers with exposure to other areas of the business, real hands-on experience, and the opportunity to build new relationships. Inkternships allow participants to explore interests, expand horizons, gain new perspectives, and skill-build. Inkterns work closely with their “host team" to contribute to high-impact work, and are also paired-up with a sponsor who provides guidance and feedback. At the end of the Inkternship, Inkterns return back to their "home team" with a completely new perspective, and are able share their experiences and learnings to further build collective business knowledge and increase cross-functional collaboration.
  • InkyU: Custom Ink's learning and development programs, including InkyU (Custom Ink's learning university), are designed to empower leaders, team members, and the entire organization to discover passions, develop skills and explore new paths.


25% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary99% Company-paid health coverage for employees
89% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$1,000 Average Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
Inkers hacking projects at the semi-annual Inkovate.


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (70% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at all locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (Onsite gym, 401(k) education/seminars and access to a financial/retirement consultant; Financial education classes; No Cost Flu shots; Dedicated space for wellness & telemedicine; Free Inker community lunches on Thursdays; Free Inker community snacks on Tuesday; Healthy snacks and fruit available 24/7; Massage day; Special food/snack events (i.e. smoothies, omelet bars, leader-made pancake breakfasts, baristas, etc.); Puppy day (puppies on site for adoption & snuggles); Fun onsite activities (i.e. pirate day, halloween costume contest, raffles, surprise snack carts); Inker led onsite midday yoga & meditation; Froyo; Game room; Library with business and fiction/non-fiction books Inkers can read at work or take home; Open space cafes with natural light; gathering tables; access to outdoor patio; Cornhole boards on outside terrace; grills for team-bonding cookouts.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 15 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take15 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
15 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$10,000 Adoption benefit15 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
15 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. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


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

Community and Environmental Impact

Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • 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
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Workforce Diversity

Production Inker working hard creating custom shirts for our customers.


At a Custom Ink store you can work one-on-one with a friendly Inker, get help with your design, and compare products

How to Get Hired

We asked Custom Ink 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?

We look for candidates whose personal values align with our Core Values focused culture. People who have demonstrated treating others well, working hard and taking pride in their work, and seeking out feedback to continuously improve stand out during our search for new Inkers.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Presenting a polished first impression that is genuine and professional goes a long way. It is important for candidates to take the time to understand what CustomInk is all about. Candidates who have done their homework allow us to get off to a great start in our very in depth interview process; this homework can be demonstrated as early as our online application which can include a cover letter, resume, and even a questionnaire.

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

Our In-House Production and Stores team are likely to see a lot of growth and change this coming year. Our production roles demand Inkers who are detail-oriented, efficient, and know how to work as part of a team - required ingredients to ensure we craft the high-quality products we’ve promised our customers. In stores, we deliver the level of service we’re known for online -  in person and one-on-one, which allows us to build stronger relationships with our customers. It goes without saying that these roles are matches for outgoing, solution-oriented, and driven salespeople that love to come through for others. In sales, we seek friendly and reliable individuals who are dedicated to helping customers have a great experience. You must understand and care about building relationships, and have the communication skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities to create customers for life!  

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

All of our application processes happen online! Our jobs page ( is always up to date with our latest roles.  

hiring Outlook

590 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -1% Job Growth
14 Average applicants per opening 7,334 Total job applicants
38% New hires by employee referrals 25% Openings filled by current employees
20% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 14% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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