At Square Root, 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 48 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.00. It was published on Jun 15, 2016. 13067 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 Square Root to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Square Root creates technology solutions that power data-driven decision making for leading automotive and retail enterprises. Square Root’s store relationship management platform, CoEFFICIENT®, delivers actionable data insights to align organizations, increase transparency, encourage collaboration, and improve store performance.

About this Company

Website: http://square-root.com Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Austin, Texas US Sites: 1
Major Locations: Austin, Texas US Employees: 49
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2006

The team says,

Perks and Programs

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

  • Radical Initiation: Onboarding here includes the traditional jazz like an office tour, introduction from HR, and welcome lunch, but it also includes an in-depth look at the company in the form of 1-on-1s with each department head. They learn about the following: our product, the brand, customer success, being data-driven, security and development, goal setting, and they attend a user demo. The crash course in all things Square Root is capped off with a 1-on-1 lunch with our CEO. This program not only allows new Radicals to learn the ins and outs of Square Root and gain early connections to other Radicals throughout the company, but also sets a tone of transparency, accessibility, and collaboration from the get-go.
  • Dream Machine: A lot of our programs come out of the spirit of flexibility and autonomy, including our Dream Machine program. We give new Radicals $4000 to build their dream machine and workspace. This includes choosing a laptop, desk, chair, monitors, software—you name it. Our team gets pretty creative when it comes to their selections. One of our developers has a desk made of dry-erase material that allows him to white board at his workspace. A few other Radicals have stand-up desks and balance boards to make working a workout. From the beginning, Radicals are empowered to be autonomous and accountable to their budget.
  • Herding Together: What some folks would call a cross-functional group or squad, we call a herd (being a goat-loving company, we wanted to call out our favorite animal!). Our herds set their own goals that align with our bigger mission. Each herd comes up with their own name and identify. For example, our sales and marketing herd is Macho Kool-Aid, our operations herd is Tamers of Chaos, and the most creative one is a dev, product, data science herd called Thunda’Cabrah, which requires some attitude when you say it. We also ask our herds to partner on projects not related to their work, like volunteering together and taking turns picking the theme for our monthly happy hours.
  • Flexibility for You: Our flexibility is one way we help our team thrive, which also happens to be one of our four core values. We have unlimited paid time off, flex work hours, ability to work from home, casual dress, and a lot of trust! We know that the best work doesn’t always happen in the office, and we know life doesn’t fit neatly before and after traditional work hours. Our program affords Radicals the ability to find balance in work and life and empowers them to decide how, when, and where to work. Whether it’s working at home to skip traffic, taking the day to spend with your family, or leaving early for a doctor’s appointment—this program was created for all the scenarios life brings.
  • Quarterly Catch-Ups: Each quarter, our team ventures out for a company meeting and team building activity. This is a time for our CEO to do a wrap on the previous quarter and pump us up for the new one! He shares his lessons learned and encourages us to do the same. He invites folks from across the company to speak to what they are most proud of in the past quarter and what they learned. The meetings end with some rah-rah and then it’s all fun and games. Literally. In the past, we’ve bowled, sang karaoke, and Top Golfed. We also give out both semi-annual awards and an annual Empowered Performer award to Radicals who best embodied our values.
  • Radical News: An important piece of our culture is the way we communicate with our team. We have three main channels of communications and like to get creative with it! The first is our bi-weekly Fri-yay. Our team huddles for lunch, announcements, and a presentation from a fellow Radical. On off weeks, our team splits into cross-functional groups of 5 for small lunches to discuss culture. For all the days in between these events we use Slack, a messaging app for teams. Slack allows us to communicate announcements, and also provides a place for Radicals to connect with each other over work or special interests like wellness.
  • Rah-Rah Radicals: We use a recognition tool, Bonusly, to allow Radicals to give peer-to-peer micro bonuses. Each Radical (including our CEO!) receives $100 per month to divvy up to their fellow Radicals that best embody our core values: Think Big - Do Bigger, Be Customer Inspired, Partner, and Thrive. All bonuses feed into our "Kudos" channel on Slack, helping build morale by giving our team a way to easily and publicly recognize their peers, and allowing for greater transparency across the company. Bonusly dollars can be cashed in for rewards, such as gift cards. We also have some unconventional prizes as well, like dinner with the CEO or the option to have your “personal theme song” played each time you enter a room for the day.
  • Radical Improvement: Our training program gives each Radical financial support as well as flexibility. Everyone receives $3000 a year for training, and we don’t put any limitations on the budget. Instead, we empower our Radicals to use their budget in a way that’s meaningful to them. That may mean skydiving to overcome a fear of heights, a tech conference, or a college course. Whatever it is, we support our team as they grow personally and professionally. Recently, our UX Developer, Steph, attended a conference in Canada to mingle with folks in her industry, beef up her user experience skills, and see the sights all in one trip!
  • Epic Shindigs: We love a good themed event. Of all our events, we have two Radical favorites: our annual family day and our holiday party. Family day is truly a family affair; our Radicals bring their friends, parents, kids, nieces and nephews, as well as their fur babies. We transform our lawn into a child’s dream: bounce house, face painting, photobooth, etc. This year, we held a Calling All Superheros event, which meant everyone, including our CEO, showed up in superhero costumes. Our holiday party isn’t too shabby either. Each Radical brings a guest to a local venue we’ve transformed to fit that year’s theme. In 2015, we introduced everyone to steampunk, hosting an event epic enough to land us in the local news!
  • Working Wellness: We keep our kitchens stocked with healthy snacks and drinks thanks to a partnership with Snack Nation, which we chose because of their philanthropic spirit. For every box we buy, they donate 10 meals to Feeding America! As a counterpart to this noshing, we have a wellness club who motivates each other through a #Wellness Slack channel and organizes running and cycling dates. We also offer boot camps on our front lawn twice a week. Two of our Radicals also lead their own wellness initiatives. Sherrie, our product marketing manager, leads weekly meditation and regular yoga classes. Austin, one of our developers, teaches beginners to rock climb. This program is a great example of our team taking culture into their own hands!

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (We cover the premiums for medical, dental, and vision at 100% for all Radicals.) 50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (We cover the premiums for medical, dental, and vision at 50% for all dependents. We also allow dependent children to stay on medical, dental, and vision to age 26.)
$3,000 College Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Long-term care insurance to employees

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Personal travel service
A Radical working on the porch of one Square Root's five craftsmen-style houses.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 5 year(s) 12 weeks Unpaid sabbatical

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents60 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.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

32 hours Paid time off to volunteer $4,500 Philanthropic donations in last year
$1,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year

Diversity

  • 'Culture Champion' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

 
The Square Root Customer Success team having fun in the photoboot at the Viva SR Startup Crawl Party.

Demographics

 
The Square Root team at the Steampunk Holiday party.

How to Get Hired

We asked Square Root 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 want folks who are not just smart and kind, but that also embody our values: Think Big - Do Bigger, Be Customer Inspired, Partner, and Thrive. Our values encourage innovation, empathy, collaboration, and learning; they’re an internal bar, but they’re also the way we interact with the world. Folks who fit these values are the people we want. On top of that, we’re looking for entrepreneurial spirits interested in a fast-paced software company that can adapt and grow with us.   

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

There are two big ways prospects can snag our attention. One is the cover letter! We read each one, seriously. Make the best of it and use it as your chance to tell us why you want to work at Square Root. The second way is to attend our events. Twice a year, we open our doors for the ATX Startup Crawl. It’s a time for folks to come meet the team and see us in our natural habitat. And, they are just a lot of fun! Past themes include: Zombies v. Vampires (a Halloween affair) and Viva SR (Vegas). To get on the invite list, email work@square-root.com and we’ll see you there!

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

We’re in grow mode! We need a little bit of everything, but our focus for 2016 will be adding Data Engineers, Developers, Sales Directors, and Technical Program Managers!

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

Visit our careers page (square-root.com/careers) and check us out on social media to find out more! We even have a culture section of our blog with tips and tricks. Once you’re ready to apply, shoot a note to our Culture Champion, Courtney, at work@square-root.com.

hiring Outlook

15 Job openings forecast for coming year 23% Job Growth
110 Average applicants per opening 1,760 Applications received
15 Positions filled in past year 30% New hires by employee referrals
11 New positions created 1 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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