The ingredients for an ideal workplace are different for everyone — you might feel strongly about certain benefits, or perhaps you’re looking for a very specific kind of company culture. To bring some clarity to the job hunt, we lined up seven Colorado-based tech companies — all of whom are growing right now — to outline their mission, favorite perks and what they think makes them a unique place to work.
What they do: Xero’s accounting software updates in real-time, helping small businesses stay on top of their finances from anywhere in the world. The technology integrates with more than 700 business applications, and boasts some 1.8 million subscribers.
Coolest perks: Xero offers a wellness stipend through Thrivepass, which can go toward gym memberships, massages or even ski passes; free and confidential counseling through an employee assistance program; and a dedicated financial adviser.
At Xero, we don't have offices.”
Fun fact: “At Xero, we don't have offices,” Partner Development Representative Luis Cruz said. “You might glance over one day to see the president or CEO sitting right beside you tending to their email. We also practice agile working, so employees have the option to choose from a number of different work spaces each day.”
What they do: Pie Insurance is taking on a new, tech-based approach to small business insurance, striving to make worker compensation less expensive, simpler and more transparent for all involved. The company raised $45 million in funding in March, bringing its funding total past $60 million within two years of its founding.
Coolest perks: Pie Insurance looks after employees with premium-covered health insurance; generous paid time off; commuter benefits; a 401(k) match; and equity in a fast-growing company.
Upper management is very, very approachable all the way to the top, which is hard to find in a company.”
Fun fact: “The Denver office is dripping in energy, passion and enthusiasm for what they do,” a TPA and Claims Manager told Built In Colorado. “Upper management is very, very approachable all the way to the top, which is hard to find in a company.”
What they do: When a business needs guidance from the public to help configure its products and services, they turn to GutCheck. The Denver company’s software platform leads the so-called “online agile market research” field, allowing users to instantly recruit target audiences and gain insights within days.
Coolest perks: Aside from the usual tech staples, GutCheck employees regularly plan dinners across the city together at small, independently run restaurants. The company takes its open-door policy very seriously, and every employee has access to the entire organization.
People get together outside of work naturally, organizing their own non-sanctioned work events or get togethers...”
Fun fact: “I think it surprises people when they learn that the employees here are tried and true friends,” Research Strategist Jeremy Backal said. “40 hours a week is a lot of time to spend with the same group of people — so you’d better like them — and at GutCheck sometimes 40 hours isn’t enough. People get together outside of work naturally, organizing their own non-sanctioned work events or get togethers, simply because they enjoy their friends from work. What a concept!”
What they do: Boulder-based SumUp supports small businesses in 33 countries with credit, debit and contactless card-processing devices and software. The company focuses on keeping costs low and operations simple for entrepreneurs, with a card reader that’s ready to use after pairing with a mobile device.
Coolest perks: SumUp employees love a celebration, and break out the cake and party hats for important business milestones, new hires, employee weddings and so on. The company also offers free bus passes, fitness subsidies, onsite parking and beer on tap.
...our diversity is our strength.”
Fun fact: “I think our diversity is our strength,” Head of U.S. Performance Marketing Brian Cox said. “The 12 people in the SumUp Boulder office come from five different countries. Also on a global company level, working with other people and cultures is a part of the everyday life at SumUp. Every one of us takes pride in being part of a 1,500-person global team. I regularly align with our development team in Sofia, Bulgaria or brainstorm new ideas with our marketing team in Berlin, Germany — working across borders not only makes my job more exciting, but also improves our results.”
What they do: Playerlync’s learning software helps businesses train and communicate with remote team members, regardless of where they are. The company started out helping professional sports teams digitize their playbooks, and since expanded the software to support mobile workforces.
Coolest perks: Playerlync employees love their company parties, a focus on work-life balance, free food coupons and a self-replenishing snack wall. There’s also an onsite gym, performance bonuses and company equity for all workers.
We have gamers, sports fanatics, literary buffs, crime solvers and everything in between.”
Fun fact: “I love how unique and fun our culture is,” Senior Channel Manager Ric Lucero said. “We have gamers, sports fanatics, literary buffs, crime solvers and everything in between.”
What they do: Toastmasters is famous for its worldwide network of clubs designed to turn the nervous and the timid into rousing public speakers. The organization’s Englewood headquarters supports those clubs through products and programs, including a multi-language online tool designed to improve workplace skills like interview preparation and conflict resolution.
Coolest perks: As you might expect from a group that supports public speaking, Toastmasters employees are a fun bunch. The company has two softball teams, a book club, guided meditation, swing dancing, crochet, hot sauce competitions, cooking and baking contests, improv comedy and lunch-and-learn sessions on everything — literally everything. Upcoming topics include birds of Colorado, stained glass making and conspiracy theories about Denver International Airport.
The company has two softball teams, a book club, guided meditation, swing dancing, crochet, hot sauce competitions, cooking and baking contests...”
Fun facts: “We truly are an international company,” Digital Content Specialist Kathryn Sisney said. “In my department alone we have employees from all over the world, representing six different countries, speaking eight different languages. Our CEO routinely walks through the departments, sharing a smile and asking how everything is going. He shows a genuine interest in all employees here at Toastmasters International.”
What they do: Colorado’s largest locally owned bank employs a growing tech team of more than 300 people. Founded in 1963, FirstBank’s tech team is central to its plans for growth and innovation in the future.
Coolest perks: FirstBank employees get 16 annual hours of volunteer time off; a wellness expenses reimbursement of $90 per quarter; flexible work schedules; and a recently renovated headquarters, including an onsite gym and cafe.
What other corporate gyms have a 5K costume run in October?”
Fun fact: “One thing that might surprise ‘outsiders’ is that we have a fully working gym with a surprising amount of equipment, classes taught daily by professionals in their fields — zumba, yoga, spin and so on — and monthly activities like kickball tournaments and 5K races,” Business Intelligence Analyst Torie Fox-Phillips said. “What other corporate gyms have a 5K costume run in October?”