This week the Washington Post released its annual special report on the “Top Workplaces” in the Greater Washington Area, and Upskill was named among them—we couldn’t be more thrilled!  What’s more, this comes on the heels of also recently being an Inc. Best Workplace for the second year in a row!

As our co-founder and CEO Brian Ballard often says, “Our mission—which is to, ‘elevate the impact of people in today’s modern industrial workplace’—is what drives us, but it is our people and our culture that ultimately contribute to our success.”

Upskill is a company that proudly fosters teamwork by creating an environment where everyone has a voice – solutions and ideas can come from anyone, anywhere within the organization. Our recent move to a new, open office space (a “town hall” format) for our DC headquarters is a testament to our commitment to teamwork and collaboration. The office’s design complements the solutions we create and inspires our employees to work together to drive innovation. Later this fall we will move our team based in Austin, affectionately called “Sunspear”, to a similar new working space downtown.

But, this collaborative mindset is nothing new. From the beginning, we’ve believed in providing employees with rich benefits and a flexible environment that empowers them to make their own decisions about how they work.

In addition to our communal office space (that features a fully stocked kitchen, large open lounge and meeting room area, a corporate gym, a rec room and more), we give employees the option to work where they want, how they want – whether from home, at a standing desk, on a couch, or even in a room with yoga mats.

Employees are also free to choose their platform for a computer, and software engineers can use the development tools they see fit. In fact, these aspects of our culture are what also earned Upskill national recognition as a “Best Workplace for Commuters” late last year.  (The fact that the office is super close to the DC metro and we offer several programs to encourage better transportation options also helped!)

Other offered perks that show our commitment to culture include flexible paid time off; maternity and paternity leave; very competitive benefits package; competitive salary with equity upside; quarterly retreats and company gatherings that include family.

But, you don’t have to take our word for it – check out what some of our employees said in their survey responses:

“Exciting” – the most frequently used term to describe Upskill’s work environment.

“Upskill is a great place to work. The people are smart and work together well as a team to accomplish goals and solve problems. The benefits are wonderful. The flexible schedules and remote work make this company very friendly to people who want to balance work and home life.”

“Upskill is a unique organization that combines technology with a real social mission. The organization is using cutting-edge technology to help make industrial work more engaging, more approachable, safer, and more empowering for the workforce. It is also rewarding when you see some incredible global companies using our products to do a better job building their own great products. It’s wonderful working in an environment like this with so many other great people on the team.”

“This is a really great organization to be a part of. Our product and value proposition are easy to understand and communicate with our customers, employees, and future employees.”

While Upskill may have won these awards, it’s really our employees that make the difference. We are honored to receive these awards and even more honored to have such a positive and motivated team.