Rapid7

Rapid7

Boston, MA

http://www.rapid7.com

Grade: A

Summary: Great perks and benefits, recognition with cash incentives, family-feel, room for advancement, 12 weeks maternity, solid collaboration tools and a no-nonsense place to work. “Continuous learning” is one of their core values and they are a pure meritocracy.

Intro: We walk the walk. It is common for companies to sell their “stellar culture” but few actually go deeper than superficial elements like free food and a ping pong table. Our culture starts with our core values – we ensure that every employee doesn’t just know our values…we help them to deeply understand and embody them as well. From there, we ensure that each value is carefully woven into every element of the employee lifecycle.

Impact statements:

  • Our culture starts with our core values – we ensure that every employee doesn’t just know our values…we help them to deeply understand and embody them as well.
  • Every team has money allocated for training for its people to support whatever makes the most send for the individual.
  • We do a global day of service every October, every office selects a charity/charities that supposed STEM or Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
  • We’ve created a culture where people are largely comfortable sharing – so we learn a lot from asking questions, and doing a lot of listening.
  • We try to lead from the top. We all work hard here, but leaders encourage their team to take vacations, go to their kids events, etc.
  • In each office, we have recreated a model that rids us of private offices, add plenty of both closed and open meeting spaces, and lots of functional common areas to optimize collaboration.

Advancement Opportunities:

Each year, we select a few mission critical goals for the company. We assign strong leaders to spearhead the work, who then assemble cross functional teams across the entire organization to ensure we are approaching the goal with the most robust and diverse mindset possible. This exposure and engagement creates great additionally visibility for people to be recognized for their efforts.

Measuring satisfaction:

We’ve invested in “workplace experience” over the past year. In each office, we have recreated a model that rids us of private offices, add plenty of both closed and open meeting spaces, and lots of functional common areas to optimize collaboration. Each office has common Rapid7 features, but also has special unique elements to represent the local culture of the area. We also furnish our offices in collaboration with local artists; provides them an opportunity to show their work and for us to get unique, special and affordable art.

Creative meeting places:

In February we held our global product kickoff in Belfast, NI and we used the Titanic Museum there as a source of innovation.

Winners of our President’s Club for sales headed to Costa Rica.

Summer parties have been held in a variety of fun locations to optimize collaboration, connection and fun.

Perks:

Opportunity to travel globally to various offices

Catered monthly Town Hall Meetings

Opportunities to attend industry conferences

Free snacks in every office

Amazing office spaces that accommodate the various ways we work

Fun:

During the day, most people are heads down working.

Many are keen to find new lunch places/food trucks together.

Work out at local gyms.

Do walking 1 on 1 meetings so they can enjoy the outdoors

How corporate vision is communicated:

Our CEO and members of our leadership team share at the beginning of the year – through meetings, working sessions, etc. and then it’s revisited during our town hall meetings, team meetings, etc.

Empowering employees:

Senior promotions (director and above) get announced to the company by our CEO; other promotions are shared by team leadership in whatever way that works for their teams (some do email announcements, some wait for public team meetings, etc.).

Two of our core values is “disciplined risk taking” and “continuous learning.” We actively encourage people to take opportunities to innovate and advance the company forward. To live our core values is to build the confidence to take a risk to push the business ahead – and have the resilience to dust yourself off, try again, and “continuously learn” when you have a misstep.  We encourage and reward – people for their innovative ideas and ability to have the confidence to move them forward.

Ensuring well-being:

Healthy snacks, no sodas (lots of water options!) Biggest Loser competitions, time off to volunteer, go to the gym, etc.

Closing company statements: What you see is what you get. If we get to know each other, there won’t be many surprises – we are candid about who we are, how we work together, what we are trying to accomplish. If that appeals to you, you will absolutely love it here.

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