Qualbe Marketing Group

#7 Best Company to Work For - Small Companies

What they do: Digital marketing and technology company that builds businesses by optimizing websites, driving online traffic and closing sales online and over the phone. One product it represents: Dental coverage. Made the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies, with $12.2 million in 2016 revenue and a 55 percent three-year growth rate.

Employees: 66

What employees love: Collegial, collaborative culture; idea-generating system; free healthy snacks daily, free Friday “lunch and learn” on topics such as humility, and foods brought in on national food days; indoor gym, basketball and pickleball racquet court; family events like in-house family Trick or Treating; game room with ping pong, pool, and foosball tables and dart board and other games like corn hole; in-house library with “book war” contests designed to encourage employees to read; Monopoly tournaments with added profit-and-loss and cash flow statements to boost employees’ business savvy; “Qual of Fame” employee recognition wall and regular Rock Star recognition cards handed out by CEO Randy Meinen.

What this has to do with anything: Qualbe works hard to maintain a respectful, fun culture, Meinen says. Some employees eschew office chairs for fitness balls. Through its idea system, Qualbe automated its commissions process, cutting a day of work to 30 minutes; started regular company-wide volunteer events including cleaning Gateway Park and collecting Hurricane Harvey donations; and even unlocked toilet paper dispensers so anybody can replace the rolls. “We work really, really hard, but we play really, really hard,” Meinen says. “We respect one another, encourage one another, build each other up,” Julie Lee, the office manager, says. “It’s everybody coming together. That is us every day.”

“It’s an amazing feeling when a company’s values not only line up with your own, but even challenge you to be a better person. That’s been my experience working at Qualbe. We put others ahead of ourselves, whether customers or co-workers. We have fun with lip-sync competitions, chili cook-offs and pickleball tournaments. We never stop learning through reading competitions and conferences. When employees encounter difficulty, supervisors encourage them and ask, ‘how can I help you succeed?’ Qualbe values and cultivates each employee so that we all have a role in building up businesses and building up people – together.”

- Becky Dobyns, Digital Specialist