#1 Best Company to Work For - Small Companies
A fast-growing technology offers opportunity for advancement - Germany, anyone? - and a lot of incentive to get the work done. Meet the one company among our 25 Best Companies that offers unlimited paid time off.
Koddi is a fast-growing business co-founded four years ago by Nicholas Ward and George Popstefanov, CEO of PMG, a Fort Worth digital marketing agency. Ward and Popstefanov created a platform as a specific solution, then decided to market it to big travel brands. Koddi was born.
“It was profitable in four months,” Jarrod Simpson, the operations director, says. The company’s trajectory is two- to three-times growth each year, he says. (Koddi hasn’t yet disclosed sales.) It reports on its website that client companies, representing 215,000 hotel rooms, have experienced 41 percent booking increases using the Koddi platform.
The company’s culture is still developing. “We’re young, and we’re trying to figure out what things mean to us,” Marnie Robbins, the company's recently hired first HR manager, says.
Innovation, collaboration, excellence, and empowerment with flat structure are all values the company is building on. With its developers, Koddi sets priorities and gives them freedom to gravitate toward projects they’re interested in. “We have a firm understanding of what the priorities are,” Simpson says.
The company is also expanding opportunities for employees, having opened an office in Germany. More opportunities are coming that will give employees a chance to work remotely, Simpson says. “We really push and challenge our employees to know what they want to do,” he says.
Full transparency of how the company is doing is also key, with management providing monthly updates on performance. “I know I don’t have to question the health of the company,” Leah Richardson, Koddi’s marketing coordinator, says.
What they do: Helps global travel brands maximize their digital advertising programs by providing an advanced reporting and bid automation platform for metasearch publishers. Koddi serves nine of 10 largest U.S. hotel suppliers.
What employees love: Only employer on our 2017 Best Companies to Work For that offers unlimited paid time off. Free healthy snacks in office; office kegerator with local craft beer on tap; reimbursement for gym memberships; monthly companywide town hall meetings offer “full transparency”; dog-friendly; weekly lunch and learns; profit-sharing and bonuses; employees eligible to join benefit programs on day of hire; telecommuting options and flexible hours; flat hierarchy with few bosses and open-door policy for managers; time-management workshops; paid sabbaticals; happy hours; game nights and other office celebrations.
Cool benefit: Unlimited paid time off. “It’s based on mutual respect, our employees’ time and position,” Marnie Robbins, the company’s HR manager, says. “If I need to take two weeks off at Christmas, that’s great. Do I have coverage?”
“Koddi gives its employees the ability to shape the direction of their own careers and empowers them to succeed. Every day at Koddi offers a unique challenge to overcome and the opportunity for personal growth. All of your coworkers are fully committed to one another's success and help each other learn. Koddi is a fast-paced, ever-changing and engaging place to work.”
- Zachary Rector, Account Manager