August 5, 2018 Melinda Longoria, MSM Leave a comment
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been included eight times in the Fortune’s list of 100 best companies to work for, and they keep climbing every year. Their mission is to advance cures and provide treatment for pediatric catastrophic diseases. But, what makes St. Jude so special? All children can receive treatment; no matter their race, religion, or economic status. Aside from that fact, St. Jude is an excellent place, not only to develop your career, but also to make you grow as a person.
Passion and Commitment.
Passion and commitment could be the best two words to describe the staff of this hospital. They are the people that make everything possible for their patients. St. Jude has 4.7 out of 5 stars on different job platforms and employees’ reviews are so pleasant to read. James Downing, chosen as one of the top CEOs this year, has 98% of the employees’ approval and the only advice the people give to him is “keep up the great work!”
Creative perks and more.
St. Jude is a non-profit company; the money they receive is mainly from donations. Because of this, the company had to make up very creative and low-cost ways to compensate their employees. Part of these perks include food trucks at the campus every day, outdoor concerts, wellness programs, and any suggestions that the employees want to make. Of course, these benefits come with the complete package: good payment, 90% and 80% company-paid health coverage for dependents and part-time employees respectively, and flexible work schedules.
A place where Everyone fits in.
According to employees’ interviews, you will find people from all around the world that form the staff, but if you want to talk about diversity and inclusiveness, the stats are more accurate. Women represent a large percentage of the workforce of this hospital, as well as minorities; they comprise 67% and 41%. Another highlight is that St. Jude was ranked as one of The 10 best workplaces for African-Americans.
St. Judes also has only one cafeteria. This creates a great opportunity for employees, researchers, patients, and families to interact with each other, so there are no boundaries based on work positions.
Why work at St. Jude?
Although this place does a highly specialized work, it offers opportunities at any level. These opportunities allow you to start a career and, even if you don’t have any experience in the field, to continue working.
Besides payment and benefits, St. Jude facilitates promotes a work/life balance. They encourage their employees to have a comfortable and peaceful life inside and outside of work. As we mentioned earlier, they have flexible work schedules and provide the chance to participate in different activities at the campus. These activities include a weekly farmers’ market, employee crafts, book fairs, and a community garden.
Definitely, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a place that has a positive impact on you, as an employee and as a human being. The fact that you are able to work next to children and their families make it possible to see the results of your hard work just a few steps from you.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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Fortune.com has included Ultimate Software on the top 100 best companies to work for. This year it was ranked among the top, as well as last year. People Magazine has named Ultimate # 3 on their list of Companies that Care. The employees feel proud to say that they work there, and with all reason! Ultimate Software has 4.5 out of 5 stars in different job platforms and excellent reviews of their staff. It is, without any doubt, a place where you can develop your career: great work atmosphere, challenging tasks, and nice feedback with coworkers and superiors.
“People First!” Motto
Ultimate Software puts their employees first. This motto definitely speaks for the company. Although the workload is demanding and stressful, the CEO Scott Scherr, qualified as one of the top CEOs this year and with 95% of the employees’ approval. He takes care of everyone at the company. The supportive and caring attitude of this company creates employees who, in tern, take care of the customers. Since the employees feel valued, it is easy for them to make their customers their number one priority.
The company statistics of employee engagement and retention clearly show that the staff of this company is formed by competent people who also fit the “People First” culture.
Benefits vs a Big paycheck
When aiming for a dream job, we always look for the best salary, in the beginning. However, benefits such as health care coverage, retirement plan, and time off are important too and those perks can make such a big difference in employees’ performance and their savings balance. Ultimate Software offers a 100% coverage of an employee’s health care and his/her dependent. This plan also includes dental, vision, prescription drug subsidy and access to mental health care; free boot camp classes, reward trips for employees of all departments, two paid days to charity and more are included on the list of perks of this IT company.
Work-Life Balance and Other Policies
Besides the paycheck and benefits, there are some other qualities that make Ultimate Software a great company to work for. This company lets the employees to maintain a work-life balance; in addition to family care programs, like a childcare center and lactation rooms. They also allow employees to have flexible work schedules and to take days off, if needed, or work from home.
Ultimate Software is an inclusive company which has a written policy that prohibits discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, and sexual orientation. Here, women represent a large percentage, 37% and 42%, among executives and mid-level managers respectively. Minorities in this company comprise 43% of the total workforce.
Management at Ultimate Software
The leadership at Ultimate Software strongly believe in the CEO, Scott Scherr’s, philosophy about teamwork and putting the people first. If a manager doesn’t follow this philosophy, they are probably not the right fit. The key to making this philosophy work is that the managers truly care about their employees. One manager even told her employee, “I’m not your boss, I’m your friend.” Even those who have been promoted into different areas of the company remain friends.
Employees feel that their coworkers at Ultimate Software are their second family, and sometimes even their first family. They have fun at work together and this allows those friendship and family bonds to be formed. They have football, at the office, and happy hours. They go on trips to Disney together. Everyone has a level of commodore, trust, and respect with each other.
Working for Ultimate Software will give you the opportunity to start and develop a career, with excellent benefits, and a comfortable work environment. You will be engaged in a fun family culture which builds relationships. You’ll love your job, the people that you work with, and even management and senior leadership.
This video is a MUST SEE! Hear it from the employees:
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Fortune.com has named Salesforce as the best place to work, out of 100 companies, but why?
What is your dream job?
Are you searching for the absolute best place to work? There are a number of factors that you would consider while deciding where you would love to work, which include: the company environment, benefits, money, type of work, organizational culture, and values to name a few. Let me introduce you to a company that has proven to be an excellent employer in all of these areas.
Introducing Salesforce – ranked the #1 company to work for.
Salesforce is a cloud computing company with its headquarters based in San Francisco, California. Everything from the company culture to the employee benefits has been top rated by its employees. The senior management of the company is approachable and it genuinely cares about its employees, while the employee package is competitive and includes the flexibility to work from home. The company has strong values and it focuses on the growth of its employees by providing them with interesting and challenging work.
The senior management’s contribution to a great work environment
The senior management of every company plays a pivotal role in setting company values and standards. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has set exemplary standards for everyone else to follow. In 2016, he was named one of Fortune 50’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”. Salesforce was founded by Benioff in 1999 and since then he has been involved in a number of social causes and philanthropic activities, including fighting for equal pay for women and various charities. He believes in running the company with trust and a sense of purpose, which increases employee motivation and job satisfaction.
Marc Benioff has introduced a 1-1-1 model in his company, which means that 1% of the employees’ time, 1% of the products, and 1% of the equity go towards social causes. This model allows himself and the employees to go above and beyond, rather than just serving the company. On the first day, every single employee of Salesforce is required to do volunteer work such as visiting a homeless shelter or a hospital, which allows them to familiarize themselves with the company values and giving back to the community.
Lessons to be learned from Salesforce
The exemplary work environment at Salesforce highlights the importance of trust between the company and its employees as well as the serving the community. Every company today should learn from Salesforce to integrate corporate philanthropy into its business model so that the company is not just working for profits but also to make the world a better place.
The #1 Best Company to Work for: SalesForce
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