This week, Conductor was named a Top 5 best technology company to work for in New York City on Crain’s Best Places to Work in NYC list. We’re incredibly proud to be on the list now for the 7th time, and we’d like to share a little bit about what we think makes Conductor one of the best places to work.
“What Makes Conductor One of the Best Places to Work?”
It’s late 2016, and Seth Besmertnik, co-founder and CEO of Conductor, is addressing a classroom full of Columbia MBA students — the future C-suite of America. One of them asks what’s made Conductor one of Crain’s “Best Places to Work” winners for several years running. Seth takes a moment before replying:
“I deeply care about the people who work at the company. They are not a means to an end. They are the end.”
The Commitment to People First: the DNA of a Top Company to Work For
It used to be exceptional for a company to have beer in the office, or allow jeans Monday through Thursday. Now, those are “table stakes,” as Seth likes to say: things that are expected at a top company to work for. Becoming one of the best places to work requires more than just the trappings of a hip, casual start-up environment. It takes a cultural commitment baked into the DNA of the company.
At Conductor’s annual Family Day, our children come into the office for a day of face painting, music, games, and pizza.
Most people get a glimpse of that DNA in their interview. During the hiring process, Jessie Cohen had a long talk with Stephan Bajaio, VP of Professional Services. Stephan talked at length about Conductor’s culture, flat structure, and mission. “I decided I wanted to love my job as much as he loved his,” Jessie says. She took the job, and three years later, “All of my friends want to work at Conductor. I always talk about how happy I am here.”
At monthly Flapjack Fridays, we take turns cooking breakfast for the office to raise funds for various nonprofits close to our hearts.
Getting Promoted: A Jungle Gym, Not A Ladder
Part of that comes from Conductor’s promotional structure, where people can move fluidly between departments or even into roles that don’t exist yet — what Director of Customer Success Joe Taylor calls “a jungle gym, not a ladder.” Mergim Selimaj, also on the Customer Success team, considers himself “what’s commonly called an ‘entrepreneur-employee.’ There’s so much personal and professional development at Conductor. You can start somewhere and make your way anywhere.”
There’s so much personal and professional development at Conductor. You can start somewhere and make your way anywhere.
– Mergim Selimaj
But there’s one more answer everyone gives when they’re asked what makes Conductor one of the best places to work: the people.
Members of the Marketing, People Ops, and Engineering teams accept the Timmy Award for Best Tech Workplace for Diversity.
Invest in Amazing People. Build the Best Place to Work
Here’s what more Conductors had to say:
Above all, the best places to work are the companies where the people are invested, both in the success of the organization and in the progress of one another. Conductor is proud to give those people a place to hone their talents, connect with each other, and do meaningful work. That’s much more than a means to an end. It’s what Conductor was built to do.