We Did It! SpareFoot Named Best Place to Work in Austin

By    June 6, 2013

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We won! We won! We won!

You’ll have to forgive us for our unbridled enthusiasm. We’ve just been named the Best Place to Work in Central Texas among midsize employers. OK, we already thought we were one of the best workplaces in the Austin area, but it’s really sweet to get formal recognition for it.

SpareFoot was among 20 finalists in the category for midsize employers—51 to 250 employees—in the Austin Business Journal’s annual Best Places to Work program. A group of nearly 30 SpareFeet—many of us decked out in SpareFoot gear—picked up the award during a luncheon Thursday (June 6) at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

So, how did we wind up with this honor?

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SpareFoot and other employers were evaluated on team effectiveness, retention risk, alignment with goals, people practices, individual contributions, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, trust with co-workers, feeling valued and work engagement. Each category was measured by employee satisfaction through confidential surveys conducted by Quantum Workplace.

SpareFoot CEO Chuck Gordon said he’s “honored and overjoyed” that the company he co-founded has received this award.

“It means a lot to SpareFoot and to me personally,” Chuck said. “We spend a significant amount of time and energy trying to be an amazing place to work where our tight-knit group of brilliant people change the (storage) world every day. Winning the Best Place to Work in Central Texas award is proof that our efforts are paying off.”

Chuck credited several things with making SpareFoot a Best Place to Work, including:

  • Being extremely picky about who’s hired. That includes the CEO interviewing every job candidate before he or she comes aboard.
  • Maintaining a “very flat organizational structure where everyone makes a difference and no one is special.”
  • Working really hard and playing even harder. “I’ve heard some people say SpareFoot parties too much,” Chuck said, “but I think the proof is in the pudding that we’re doing something right.”

The award validates that what SpareFoot has done so far is working, according to Chuck.

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“But if we want SpareFoot to continue to be awesome as we grow really fast, we must continue to iterate on our culture,” Chuck said. “Many of the things that made SpareFoot great at 50 people won’t work at 100 people or at 150 people. Not only do we spend a lot of time making sure what we are doing today is great, we think about how to stay great tomorrow. That’s how we continue to be a Best Place to Work.”

By the way, here were our worthy competitors in the midsize employer category:

  • All Web Leads
  • Bigcommerce
  • Catapult Systems
  • Gallagher Benefit Services
  • Invodo
  • Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend
  • Mass Relevance
  • Maxwell Locke & Ritter
  • RateGenius
  • Realty Austin
  • SailPoint
  • Sente Mortgage
  • SpawGlass Contractors
  • Spiceworks
  • Stream Realty Partners
  • Tableau Software
  • Troux Technologies
  • UShip
  • Wortham Insurance

Oh, and in case you want to join the Best Place to Work in Central Texas, we are hiring. Check out our job openings at www.sparefoot.com/jobs.html. Just think: You could be celebrating with us at next year’s Best Places to Work luncheon. (Yep, we plan to be there to defend our title.)

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be on the SpareFoot team but don’t see a job opening that fits your background, sign up for job notification emails that will alert you when a position in your field becomes available.

“SpareFoot competes for the best talent. We have high expectations and high rewards,” said our recruiting maven, Rachel Morse. “We are amazing because of the people who work here. If we weren’t in the self-storage industry, we could do anything and be successful together.”

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John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

  • Paul Reynolds, Owner, SelfStor

    Congratulations. You do a terrific job and it is well deserved. Are all those people working there is this just a flash mob lured by free beer and Stubs barbecue. Ha Ha

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