What Employees Say
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
People care about each other here.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
Management recognizes honest mistakes as part of doing business.
What They Do
We asked Great Place to Work, Inc to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining and recognizing high-trust organizational cultures. Provides executive coaching, culture consulting services and great workplace recognition lists and reviews to businesses, non-profits and government agencies.
About this Company
| Website: greatplacetowork.com|| Industry: Professional Services|
| US Headquarters: San Francisco, California|| US Sites: 2|
| Major Locations: New York, New York|| US Employees: 81|
| Corporate Structure: Private|| Founded: 1992|
Perks and Programs
We asked Great Place to Work, Inc to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.
- Sabbatical Program: Employees are eligible to take a one-month full-paid sabbatical after five years employment, and again at every five-year anniversary after that. Team members have used the time to travel throughout Europe, camp across America, enjoy extended time with family who live in other states, take classes and bond with kids.
- Family Support: New parents typically receive a catered baby shower and dozens of clothes, books, toys and supplies for the new baby and family. In addition, the company will reimburse $600 of expenses towards any items the baby will need. Mothers who are giving birth receive four weeks company-paid time off and partners and adopting parents receive two weeks paid time off. Many employees combine this time with accrued vacation and take several months off following the birth of a child. Nursing mothers in the San Francisco and New York offices have access to a private dedicated room which has been customized with a deep comfy chair, low light, a refrigerator and photos of staff families to make it comfortable for lactation.
- "Get-a-Life" Fund: Great Place to Work values working with well-rounded individuals who are invested in their lives outside work. As soon as an employee is hired, and on his or her anniversary every year thereafter, employees are presented with a check for $480 and the encouragement to use it to “get a life.” Employees have used the fund to take guitar classes, go to gemology school, support their inner artists and dancers, take tennis-addicted family members to the US open, and several people gave the funds to charity.
- Unlimited Sick Time: Employees are expected to stay at home and get better when they feel ill. There is no cap on sick time and its use is not tracked; people are entrusted to and encouraged to use it as needed. Employees have been able to use the unlimited sick time policy as well to take extended time off to care for gravely ill family members without compromising employees' salaries or accrued vacation time.
- Flexible Schedules & Telecommuting: Thirty percent of Great Place to Work’s staff telecommute on a regular basis; all employees can choose to telecommute on particular days when the personal need arises, provided they are still able to support their team members. Employees are trusted to manage their time effectively and be available to clients and colleagues as needed, so are able to come to and leave work as needed to make doctors’ appointments, classes or spend time with their friends and family.
- Kwirky Contest: Many employees’ favorite time of year is the annual Kwirky contest, which is a celebration of the employee's “kwirkyness” (so quirky they even spell it wrong) and do things in their own unique way. Employees throughout the company show off their “un-talents,” reciting poetry, coordinating team skits, parodying Oprah bits and videos, and even dancing with ribbons in leotards.
- Professional Development: Because of the nature of their work, Great Place to Work employees are exposed to the best companies and workplace practices all over the world. Employees routinely learn best management practices in the course of their work, and are encouraged to share these lessons with staff across the organization.
- New Hire Welcome: As soon as new hires accept their positions, employees throughout the company send personal emails to introduce themselves and welcome them to the organization. Upon arrival, new hires are supported by their New Hire Buddy, who is available to share stories, interpret acronyms, make connections, and generally be a helping guide in whatever way they need. To help new hires feel comfortable and quickly get to know their colleagues, employees share their own "kwirkiest" feature during the traditional new hire welcome lunch, and encourage the new hire to do the same.
- Employee Committees: Great Place to Work makes use of its on-staff talent by inviting employees across the company to run several committees. The Fun Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, Community Involvement Committee and People Posse are self-run groups that support the company’s culture. The groups send weekly health tips and run fitness challenges; coordinate blood drives and food bank support; advise the senior management team on onboarding strategies and ways to live the company’s value; host family picnics and run the Kwirky contest; send personal birthday cards to people’s homes and host diversity and cultural awareness celebrations.
COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS
|100% Company-paid health coverage for employees|| 50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents|
| $1,500 College Tuition Reimbursement|
PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
- Free snacks during the day
WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS
| 24 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment|| 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment|
| Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment|| 4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 5 year(s)|
WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS
FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS
|130 days Job-protected maternity leave||80 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)|
|130 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take||14 days Job-protected paternity leave|
|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|
FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS
- Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS
- Medical care
- Vision care
- Mental health care
- Fertility treatments
- Dental care
- Prescription drug subsidy
- Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
Community Involvement & Philanthropy
| 8 hours Paid time off to volunteer|
- Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
- Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
How to Get Hired
We asked Great Place to Work, Inc 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?
Great Place to Work is growing and always on the lookout for great people. Its US offices in San Francisco and New York offices both the US consulting, marketing, training and research business.Besides looking for well-rounded people who are inspired by and committed to the company’s mission, the company favors entrepreneurial and adaptive team players who can thrive in its unique and fast-paced environment.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
While many of its people have backgrounds in management consulting and/or industrial and organizational psychology, MBAs are also high on their list. The company needs all sorts of talents though – from data wonks to marketing folks, to writers, project managers, OD consultants and accountants.