Square Root Named #26 on the 2019 Best Workplaces in Texas list by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE
MARCH 19, 2019
Inspired by feedback and transparency, the Austin, Texas startup is focused on fostering a sense of belonging and empathy
Square Root is honored to be named on the 2019 Best Workplaces in Texas by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust their leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employee feedback and awarded to companies who best include all employees, no matter who they are or their role in the organization. Square Root, Inc. took the 26th spot on the list.
“When we ask our team to describe their experience at Square Root, words like ‘family’ and ‘grateful’ show up time and time again,” says Courtney Branson, Director of People + Culture at Square Root. “Those warm feelings are inspired by and nurtured by our team, our partners, and our users. We’re excited to recognize all those folks with this award.”
With clients, prospects, and team members from all over the globe, Square Root creates a culture inspired by empathy and acceptance—both for one another and our users. One way they do this is by gathering, listening, and acting on Radical (Square Root’s nickname for employees) feedback from a bi-annual culture survey where an internal NPS and eNPS are taken. Additionally, regular 1-on-1’s are held with both with Chris Taylor, the company’s Founder and CEO, and Branson. The company responds to every inquiry and gives transparent presentations on the results to push themselves towards continually evolvement and growth. This, they believe, is how they stay responsive, transparent, and connected to their team.
The quest for feedback doesn’t stop with the team. In 2018, Square Root launched Adventures in Empathy, a goal designed to get everyone in the company engaged with prospects and clients either in-person or virtually. The perspectives gathered led to new product features, cross-team collaboration, and a stronger connection to the work and the people they serve.
Company perks and programs are inspired by Radicals and the company’s four values: Think Big—Do Bigger, Be Customer Inspired, Thrive, and Partner. Those include: Regular hackathons, a full bar including local coffee and beer, healthy snacks, catered Friday lunches company outings to places like TopGolf and the Alamo Drafthouse, stipends for health care, 401k plans, paternal leave, dog-friendly offices, unlimited PTO, a Learn Anything budget where employees are encouraged to learn anything (seriously, anything), and no dress code, among many other things.
A startup born and bred in Austin, TX, they have deep Texas roots and is passionate about giving back locally. Throughout the year, the company volunteers as a team around Austin and provides opportunities for Radicals to donate bonuses and funds to any organization they choose. Additionally, Square Root supports and encourages Radicals to participate in Giving Tuesday and Amplify Austin, a city-wide day of giving. Lastly, Square Root partners with Girlstart to connect girls to STEM activities and mentors. Read more about their giving back program, Square Roots.
The Best Workplaces in Texas is part of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. For the fifth year in a row, Square Root was also ranked named a Best Small Workplace in the U.S. by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.
About Square Root: Square Root enables retailers and automotive manufacturers to improve store performance and achieve business goals. Their Software and Data Science as a Service store operations platform, CoEFFICIENT®, delivers dynamic, relevant, and actionable metrics to district and store managers. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Square Root partners with companies across the globe to connect their top-level initiatives to store- and dealer-level execution. The company has an award-winning culture, receiving recognition from Fortune Magazine as one of the best small companies to work for in the U.S for the past 5 years.
About the Best Workplaces in Texas: Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 42,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in Texas. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit GreatPlaceToWork.com.
About Great Place to Work: Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies produce better business results by focusing on workplace culture. Powered by more than 30 years of research, Emprising®, its SaaS-enabled survey and analytics platform, gives companies access to the assessments, data, and reporting needed to build a high-trust, high-performance culture.