The Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Lakers. The New York Yankees. Teams that win championships three times in a row are special. They’ve figured out the right mix of leadership, talent, teamwork and culture.
We haven’t won a World Series or NBA Championship, but we were just named a Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group for the third year in a row. We are proud to be recognized because it means that our mojo is working and our team believes this is a great place to work.
Top Workplaces are chosen solely on the results of an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. They look at a broad range of workplace metrics.
Participants are asked whether they feel aligned as an organization, are executing effectively and are managed well by leadership. Apparently working alongside a positive bunch of go-getters creates a great vibe in the office and a culture where people lift each other up. Our team reported meaningful personal connections and remarkably low levels of negativity.
This culture didn’t just happen on its own. It’s actively developed by the leadership of the company. They set the tone for the entire organization. Shane Westra, VP of Product, says, “this is a fantastic place for developers, it’s very fast-paced, very exciting. We don’t care about title or tenure or position. Everybody contributes”
WorkplaceDynamics discovered that employees feel senior managers understand what’s going on and help their team members grow professionally. One example is a program that provides a stipend for continued education.
Work-life balance is a focus, but sometimes work blends with life. People frequently use the office for after-hours events like watching the Golden State Warriors or catching the latest episode of Game of Thrones. BBQs, happy hours and taco outings are frequent.
Paul Sladek, a software developer, says, “One of the best things about working here is the people. I absolutely mesh with everyone.” When people work so closely and intensely with each other, this sort of camaraderie can make all the difference between the success and failure of projects.
If you don’t understand something or need help with a project, it’s easy to reach out for support, even across the office to other teams. Anthony Mamsaang, Functional QA, says, “you’re not going to know everything off the bat and we’re all here to help you.” This culture of collaboration leads to faster problem solving and innovation.
Like any great company, Webdam offers a ton of perks like catered lunches, Friday massages, gym allowances and standing desks. Even though that stuff is wonderful (especially the unicorn poppers), it’s the engaging projects and strong relationships that make this such a fulfilling place to work. Liz Kraft, Office Administrator, says, “my favorite part of working at Webdam is our team. We have a lot of really fun, creative people here.”
We are so happy with our team and appreciate everything they contribute to making this a great place to work. If our culture seems like something you’re looking for, check our careers page for openings. We are growing fast and looking for fun-loving, hard workers to join our crew.