ST. PETERSBURG FL July 24, 2017 — St. Petersburg-based, Squaremouth, has always done things differently. For the third year in a row, Squaremouth’s unique company culture has earned recognition as one of Florida Trend’s Best Companies to Work For.
Transparency extends throughout everything at Squaremouth, from the office floor plans to company financials. The company’s glass-walled penthouse office overlooks Tampa Bay and is stocked with a beer fridge and arcade games, and all employees know each other’s salaries. Employees attribute the award-winning culture to the collaborative environment and the company’s perks.
Many of Squaremouth’s perks, such as a company boat and a company-paid cruise in 2017, encourage staff collaboration. Other benefits, like unlimited paid vacation and mandatory birthdays off with a beer bonus, ring true of Silicon Valley startups. However, these perks have been an integral part of Squaremouth’s culture since the company was founded in 2003.
“We’ve been built around our employees and our customers since the start,” says Squaremouth Co-Founder and CEO Chris Harvey. “We really live and breathe our core values to make our employees happy, because we know everything we do to satisfy our employees positively affects our customers.”
While supporting Squaremouth’s growth to over $18 million in annual sales, the unique company culture naturally promotes equality and collaboration. Every employee has an equal voice at Squaremouth, and major company decisions come down to a group vote.
When an employee wants a raise, they present their pitch to the entire company. Any employee can request a raise of any size, at any time. If they receive a majority vote, they get the raise.
“One of our biggest focal points is bringing in the right people who jump right into our culture,” Harvey says. “We built our culture to create an environment where employees work for the respect and appreciation of their colleagues, not just their boss. Each employee completely controls their own involvement in the company’s success.”