Company Profile

Ambassador Software

Makes referral marketing software that automates the process of enrolling, tracking, rewarding, and managing loyal customers, affiliates, partners, and fans.

3-Year Growth
429%
Industry
Software
Location
Royal Oak, Michigan
Leadership
Jeffrey Epstein
Year Founded
2010
Company Size
11-50 employees
Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 1144 (2018), No. 736 (2017), No. 321 (2016)
Twitter
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Other Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

The #1 thing that makes Ambassador a Best Place to Work is the people who work here! All decisions that are made are made with a "people first" mentality, by a group of selected peers from the company of emerging leaders acting on the teams behalf. It is this team that helped create and roll out our core values and helps shape our culture to retain and attract top talent! One of those values is "own it". Everyone here has stock and therefore a stake in the company. This is one of the guiding principles of how we operate, how key decisions are made, and how each employee acts on our behalf! All tech startups have the fancy bells and whistles, but we try to do more with less and focus more on the long term goals with employees, building trust and lasting relationships.
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GRAYBOX

Offers website development, branding and content services, business operations consulting, Internet marketing, and application development.

Industry
Advertising & Marketing
Location
Portland, Oregon
Leadership
Paul Weinert
Year Founded
2009
Company Size
11-50 employees
Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 3597 (2019), No. 1872 (2018), No. 858 (2017), No. 370 (2016)
Twitter
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Other Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

GRAYBOX has built an incredible culture. We have one of the coolest offices in Portland and tons of perks, but those things would meaningless without the support, encouragement, and positivity that runs like a strong current through everyone. Leadership is experienced, helpful, encourages growth and learning and is willing to take the time to invest in the employees. Coworkers are collaborative, accountable and dependable. There is a definite team first mentality. Everyone is sold out and excited to be moving in the same direction. It is a ton of fun to work with experienced people who want to deliver the best product time and time again. No one complains, either. Even when it is late on a weekend night and a client has a problem with their website, everyone jumps in to take care of the client.

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Annmarie Skin Care

Makes organic, handcrafted skincare and makeup.

3-Year Growth
883%
Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Location
Berkeley, California
Leadership
Kevin Gianni
Year Founded
2011
Company Size
11-50 employees
Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 432 (2016)
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
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We handcraft skin care, using organic and wildcrafted ingredients, that promises beautiful, glowing skin. Using our Wild. Beautiful. process, we carefully SELECT ingredients to meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness. We then INFUSE selected herbs into aloe vera and into skin nutritive oils for up to 30 days at low heat (never over 95°). These infusions are used as a potent base for all our products. We then add selected plant extracts, skin supporting nutrients and aromatherapy to create the most active and effective natural products available. Lastly, we CRAFT by packaging these products with intention.

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Other Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

We handcraft skincare, using organic and wildcrafted ingredients, that promises beautiful, glowing skin. Using our Wild, Beautiful, process, we carefully SELECT ingredients to meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness. We then INFUSE selected herbs into aloe vera and into skin nutritive oils for up to 30 days at low heat (never over 95°). These infusions are used as a potent base for all our products. We then add selected plant extracts, skin-supporting nutrients and aromatherapy to create the most active and effective natural products available. Lastly, we CRAFT by packaging these products with intention.

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Fizziology

A social media research firm in media and entertainment, serving studios, networks, production companies, talent, and brands.

3-Year Growth
785%
Industry
Advertising & Marketing
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Leadership
Ben Carlson
Year Founded
2009
Company Size
11-50 employees
Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 577 (2017), No. 502 (2016)
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Other Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

As a social media research firm who spends time uncovering audience needs, Fizziology understands what motivates a Millennial workforce. 85% of Fizziology's staff is under 30 and spans offices in Indianapolis, LA, Nashville and Louisville. An active company culture coupled with a variety of employee engagement programs has contributed to low turnover and rapid growth. The founders communicate the company's goals, desires and financial state frequently. They keep an open-door policy and strive for honesty and transparency in all situations. Rather than a set of 'rules', Fizziology manages by sharing values that are important to the company. Whenever someone fails to live up to those values, they're coached in Communication, Ownership, Decision Making, and Leadership When the team brainstorms on client campaigns, everyone's voice is heard, regardless of seniority. Some of the team's best creative ideas come from its youngest hires Employees are encouraged to map their goals and design their ideal position. Management works to create a personalized map of how to achieve these goals and how they align with the company's larger vision, giving them a document to measure progress against through the year. The team builds each other up, spends the necessary time to train, and provides feedback.

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IST Research

Develops a platform used for information collection, communication support, and decision making tools for organizations dealing with Ebola outbreaks, insurgency activities, and human trafficking operations.

3-Year Growth
140%
Industry
Software
Location
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Leadership
Ryan Paterson
Year Founded
2008
Company Size
11-50 employees
Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 2915 (2018), No. 898 (2017), No. 1221 (2016)
Twitter
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Other Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2017

WHY WE THINK WE'RE A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

IST Research is a family of like-minded individuals that creates technology to address human security challenges, including the fight against human trafficking and occurring around the world. Our technology, Pulse, aims to identify and communicate effectively with at-risk populations in disconnected areas. Every day, employees at IST Research are continuing to develop Pulse with the sole mission of providing a voice to the voiceless. The IST family consists of software developers, military veterans, social scientists, data scientists and a corporate team operating in a distributed environment. This allows employees to live and work in the places they choose, whether that be in a different time zone, or just down the street from the local 'IST Cafe,' a shared workspace where any IST employee is welcome. Communication is an integral part of working in a distributed environment, and IST has found Slack to be one of the most incredible tools for maintaining transparent communication between team members, while also allowing people to express their individuality and build comraderie. IST has over 260 channels for discussing specific projects with teams, sharing information with the whole company, and even to share fun stories and pictures of our furry friends or talking about robots!

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