What Makes a Company a Best Place to Work?
What makes a company a best place to work? In the tech industry, being a “best place to work” is sometimes equated with how much free food and craft beer is offered. Or a hearty “yes!” to questions like, “Does the office have a ping pong table and bring-your-dog-to-work policy?”
What we’re finding day in and day out here at SailPoint is that it goes much deeper than a cool office with fun perks. We like those things too (and we do have a ping pong table!). However, what’s more meaningful and gives our team members the drive to stay and do good work are the deep-rooted values and culture that would hold steady and strong, even if all the craft beer and breakfast tacos vanished off the face of the earth.
That’s why we’re humbled to appear on Glassdoor’s Best Place to Work list yet again this year. This isn’t based on a questionnaire we fill out or the things listed on the career section of our website. It’s based entirely on anonymous reviews from our own employees.
Not only is this a common perk mentioned in our Glassdoor reviews; it got us ranked by Glassdoor recently on their list of companies with awesome work-life balance. You’ll often hear us say, “We treat our people like adults.” It’s an important part of our culture because when you treat employees like adults who can manage their own time and work, you’ll find that they’re happier, more productive and make a higher impact in the organization.
The incentives of job recognition and promotions are a common theme in the feedback on Glassdoor. Recognition is a low-cost, high-impact way to keep employee morale up. In fact, we award several of our employees across the company on a quarterly basis for jobs well-done. For this and other reasons, including explicit development opportunities and growth-driven challenges requiring people to “step up”, our folks see themselves on a real career path at SailPoint, as they improve and broaden their skills. As Richard Branson put it, “Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”
The Four I’s
This is the trend I noticed most in the reviews on Glassdoor and the one that makes me proudest. People believe in our core values, live them and see them permeate the organization. Our “Four I” values – Innovation, Integrity, Impact and Individuals – aren’t just alliteration for a poster on the wall. They are built into our culture inside and out, whether it’s through our day-to-day jobs or the hiring process or our team’s incredible charitable efforts. These values date back to the founding of SailPoint and have remained strong pillars every step of the way.
So, thank you, SailPoint Crew, not only for rating our company a best place to work, but for doing all that you do to making it one.