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For the third year now, 360Partners has been awarded a Top Workplace honor by the Austin American-Statesman. We’re delighted and proud to be included in this list of the area’s best places to work.

But what does that actually mean? Is that one of those awards where companies pay a large fee in exchange for a spot? Is it a contest to see whose break-room fridge has the best snacks, or who can get the most votes on Facebook?

No, no and no. The winners were determined by a feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes in workplace improvement. The survey measured employees’ degree of agreement with statements about topics including communication, appreciation, absence of negativity, personal development and ideas. In the words of their CEO Doug Claffey:

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits. But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees? Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

“Strong Values and Ethics”

360partners-named-2016-top-workplace-by-austin-american-statesmanIt was especially gratifying to see that our highest scores were in the Alignment category, and that our single highest score was for agreement with the statement “360Partners operates by strong values and ethics.” Our six crucial values were determined through a multi-year process of identifying what we most wanted to stand for, and what aligned the most with the work we do for our clients.

“Seeing these results for several years now confirms what we learned while formalizing our values: that culture isn’t defined by having a ping pong table or free snacks,” our CEO Barbara Cavness said. “Instead, it comes from having a great team of people who strongly identify with our values and exemplify those values in everything they do. Winning this award is so exciting because it tells me that our company is doing the right things year after year.”

We’d also like to congratulate our fellow Top Workplaces winners in the Austin area. To see who those businesses are and where to find them, view the full list or a map of the winners. And if you’d like to join this top workplace, check out our open positions.