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Workplace Culture Is a Core Value Statement
  • 1/23/2014 2:35:27 PM
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It's great when a company gets recognized for having a great work place and happy employees. Employee tenure of ten years is really uncommon and goes to show that if a company creates a great work environment that good employees will stay. I've used glassdoor to check about a company before applying and sometimes I am blown away how some companies mistreat their employees and not even offer health insurance. 

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  • 1/22/2014 1:39:51 PM
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Thanks for the insight, you have brought to the forefront a key aspect of employee satisfaction--a feeling of value and worth. Making employees feel that they are not just needed but wanted makes a huge difference in morale.

Re: More please
  • 1/22/2014 11:23:31 AM
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Hi @Maryam,

Interesting question. From what I can tell, the training offered here at SAS is similar to what I've seen at other companies of a similar size so I don't know that it's a matter of training. As I thought about the right title for the post, I chose to include "core value statement" because that's exactly where the culture comes from. The founders of the business, and in particular the current principal shareholder, Dr. Goodnight, have instilled core values in the company that put emphasis on the employees. Two of my favorite quotes of his regarding that point are, "If you treat employees like they make a difference - they will," and "Every night 95% of my assets leave through our gates, and it's my job to make sure they come back the next morning."

Cheers!

JB

Re: The List
  • 1/21/2014 9:44:37 PM
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CandidoNick, it is ironic, don't you think, that a company with an insatiable (perhaps unhealthy) appetite for data is reluctant to release its own data?

More please
  • 1/21/2014 3:42:17 PM
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John congratulations-- that is a great accomplishment. Can you tell us a little more about the training and environment that yields such great results!

Re: The List
  • 1/21/2014 12:13:19 AM
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Broadway, I also feel uneasy about the lack of that information being released by Google. It's an impressive percentage, C-suite or not, so what might Google have to hide?

Re: The List
  • 1/20/2014 9:17:09 PM
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@Nick, that's a great listing. Thanks for the link. I wonder, though, how they define "senior management" when they talk about women in those roles. It must be broader than C-suite positions ... maybe senior or exec vice presidents and above? I would be unbelievably impressed if that percentage was for C-suiters.

The List
  • 1/20/2014 12:15:55 PM
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If anyone's interested in checking out the list itself:

Click here!

it also seems like there a lot more statistics about SAS than there are about Google (who snagged the #1 spot), such as Women in Management.

Re: Kudos to culture
  • 1/17/2014 1:45:39 PM
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@johnballa, what was MCI without William McGowen, after all? That's a classic example of how the personality of one leader can shape a company. That guy was ballsiness personified (one of my most lasting memories of being a young reporter was a one-on-one interview I had with him in his office. I was a bit unnerved, as this was during MCI's glory days -- until I walked in and saw him, in his shirt sleeves, leaning back in a big leather office chair with his legs slung over the arms and no shoes on. He was gruff, but hard to be too intimidated with that posture!).

Re: Kudos to culture
  • 1/17/2014 9:54:09 AM
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@Beth,

I know what you mean about companies that seem to cultivate a not-so-positive culture. That approach may give them short-term advantages in small ways, but they end up undermining their long-term viability.

In another telecom example, that seemed to be the case with the old MCI, a fierce competitor whose internal culture evolved into one that was fiercely competitive. MCI ended up being acquired by WorldCom and the MCI brand went away - perhaps not by coincidence...

:)  JB

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