Start the Decade Strong: Here’s the Inside Scoop on 4 Growing Tech Companies

by Alton Zenon III
January 10, 2020

There are many compelling facts about the following Colorado tech companies that job seekers might be interested in learning. The CEO of customer engagement platform Freshworks introduces himself as employee No.1 rather than with his more formal title. Zoom Video Communications emphasizes giving back to the community; teammates can frequently be found volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house.

And then there are the less tangible, yet equally important facts: OnDeck team members have access to ample learning and development opportunities through the lending company. Hotel Engine’s staff share a desire to connect with one another outside of work.

With 2020 underway, many professionals are looking for a fresh start. That’s why we peeked behind the curtain at four local companies, all of which are hiring. Here’s the inside scoop:

 

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Talent and Business Partners Coordinator Stephanie Peña said team members at OnDeck are given a high level of agency at the small business loan provider. So much so that the company created new perks based on employee feedback. 

 

What’s one thing that would surprise people about your company?

I think people would be surprised by the opportunity team members have to voice their opinions and be heard. We do company-wide pulse surveys to better understand employee engagement, which always results in strategic initiatives to address areas of opportunity. Because of our feedback, OnDeck recently introduced flex and remote work, a new sabbatical program, increased wellness benefits and the expansion of our learning and development opportunities.

Because of our feedback, OnDeck recently introduced flex and remote work.

 

What’s one trait all the members of your team share?

I think one trait that the entire company shares is a growth mindset. We have a culture of “owning your growth,” which a lot of team members do in a variety of ways. We take advantage of the learning and development opportunities OnDeck offers, like tuition reimbursement, leadership development and skills-building, as well as online learning tools that feature courses on company policies, skill development and more.

 

Hotel Engine employee working
Hotel Engine

VP of Engineering John Silade said the developers on his team at Hotel Engine share a love of music, which they connect over often via dedicated internal channels. He said this quirk is emblematic of the energetic culture at the hotel booking solutions provider.

 

What’s one thing that would surprise people about your company?

We’re a young travel tech company with deep roots in the hospitality industry, but we have already established a large, global member-base. Because we just raised our Series A and aren’t located downtown, I think people are very surprised when they come to our office. They are struck by how many people work here, how energized everyone is and all that we’ve accomplished in almost five years.

We have dedicated channels where we share our different styles of music.”

 

What’s one trait all the members of your team share?

We have a great culture and we all enjoy our time together. As we grow, we make sure that we hire people that we want to work with. We make time for team building and events to bring us closer. For example, our dev team has a surprising number of people who are musicians or who really love music, so we have dedicated channels where we share our different styles of music. 

 

Zoom team members volunteering
zoom

Zoom helps people connect with coworkers and clients via its communication and collaboration platform. Talent Acquisition Coordinator Kimberly Grady said it may surprise people to know how frequently staff give back to the community. 

 

What’s one thing that would surprise people about your company?

Something that I think would surprise people about Zoom is how passionate we are about giving back. We are constantly encouraged to volunteer inside and outside of working hours. There are always opportunities to spend time at places like the Ronald McDonald house, participate in fundraising walks or clean up our city streets. We even make competitions out of which team can get the most volunteer hours in a quarter. I’ve never worked at or heard of a company focused so strongly on giving back. 

We are constantly encouraged to volunteer inside and outside of working hours.”

 

What’s one trait all the members of your team share?

One trait everyone shares on our team is the eagerness to help. Everything at Zoom moves at a fast pace, and we are all willing to help each other out. You never have to hesitate in asking questions or asking for help. It is very common to see three or four people gathered at one desk, all working together on a project or solving a problem. I think this is true for my team and Zoom as a whole. It’s definitely an “everyone helping everyone succeed” culture. 

 

Freshworks team
freshworks

Account Executive Taylor Elliott said he was struck by the level of humility embodied by leadership at Freshworks after interacting with the CEO of the customer engagement software provider.

 

What’s one thing that would surprise people about your company?

The one thing that surprised me the most about Freshworks is how approachable everyone is from the top down. I was initially blown away by how humble our CEO Girish Mathrubootham is. When meeting Girish, he shook my hand and introduced himself as employee No.1 and immediately wanted to get to know me better. I feel that everyone on the executive and management teams shares this same characteristic.

I was initially blown away by how humble our CEO is.”

 

What’s one trait all the members of your team share?

Everyone on our team shares the same natural energy and passion to succeed. With the Denver office being brand new, this has set a solid foundation for a fun working environment where everyone is set up to win.

 

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