Employees appreciate how much the recognition company recognizes them, and love the friendly, fun, entrepreneurial environment.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 72 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 5.50. It was published on Sep 18, 2013. 383 Visitors

What They Do

Offer SaaS-based social recognition programs that companies use to reward employees.

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Globoforce has been awarded:

Best Small Workplaces (ranked 25)

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This HR software maker helps other businesses reward workers for great work and performance, and its own employees nearly unanimously praise the company for doing exactly that. Managers and peers use the company’s social recognition software - naturally - to call out employees for their extra efforts. As more than one employee says, "We eat our own dog food." These “Globostars” earn prizes along with the public accolades.

In all, 97 percent of their employees feel appreciated for good work and extra effort.

"Whether formal through our Globostars recognition program or informal through conversations in cubes or hallways, ‘Thank you!’ rings loud and clear across all of Globoforce,” one employee says. “I know beyond a doubt that what I do every day makes a difference - to my colleagues and to our customers - because I am told clearly and specifically why and how what I do matters," one employee says.

Inside Story

For Globoforce employees, no good deed goes unrewarded. Award levels include $25 Call Outs, and $200 Scream It! awards for implementing a short-term project, up to $500 Vision awards for meeting long-term projects. When the time comes to redeem rewards, employees can choose items from leading brands around the world. A monitor in the U.S. office’s reception area streams a live feed recognition program so employees walking by can see which of their colleagues is being recognized and why.

Beyond the public praise and awards, employees describe the company’s culture as warm, energetic and innovative. In fact, 100 percent say they're proud to tell others where they work and feel a sense of pride at what they accomplish. Almost all employees also say it's a friendly place to work, one where people care about each other. "The spirit, camaraderie, talent and dedication of the people who work here is unrivalled," one employee says. "People bend over backwards to help each other and to do the best work possible."

The friendliness extends beyond the private technology company’s U.S. headquarters in Boston to a second headquarters office in Dublin, Ireland. Employees say they are in constant communication despite the geographic divide and time difference. "Both offices get along so well, sending emails, returning phone calls, etc., throughout the evening to make sure tasks are completed," one staff member says.

Globoforce gets its Irish spirit on for St. Patrick’s Day, with Boston and Dublin offices throwing GloboGreen parties featuring green treats and a green dress competition. To encourage teamwork and camaraderie, a GloboFun committee plans other celebrations, including a Yankee swap, ice cream sundae competition, holiday party casino night, GloboBake cake bake off. Outside of special events, employees are treated to free snacks, condiments and drinks daily. In all, 96 percent of employees say the company celebrates special events, and 97 percent say it’s a fun place to work.

Globoforce is on a growth streak and 15 to 20 percent of the company’s global workforce have switched to a new area or received a promotion in the last year. All of Globoforce’s employees say when people change jobs they’re made to feel right at home, and 92 percent report that management does a good job of assigning and coordinating people.

With regard to financial compensation, nine out of 10 employees say they are paid fairly for the work they do. Nearly two-thirds feel they receive a fair share of the organizations profits, though some employees suggest that equity shares in the company would be well appreciated.

To keep track of what employees are thinking and how they’re feeling, Globoforce surveys its staff twice a year and uses the results to set action points. Based on recent information, the company started holding more fun events in the office, doubled its office food and beverage order, and is increasing manager training.

An overwhelming majority (99 percent) of employees say they want to work at Globoforce for a long time. "I don't feel like just an employee, I truly feel as though I am a part of a team that cares about the company and each other."

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Great Perks

  • Start Time Flexibility: With their manager’s permission, employees can start work from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. to give themselves the flexibility to avoid traffic or drop off children at school.
  • Paid Time Off: In their first year, employees receive 15 vacation days, two floating days, five sick days and eight company holidays.
  • Gifts for Weddings or Babies: New parents and newlyweds receive an award that can be used to buy a gift of their choice through the Globostars network of stores.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees receive up to $5,000 in tuition reimbursement. In some cases, employees can work flexible schedules while they are taking classes.
  • In-House Training Opportunities for Sales: Sales staff take part in a 90-day onboarding program, a Globoforce sales certification class and have access to a sales-oriented business book club.
  • Celebrations: A GloboFun committee plans events such as a Yankee swap, holiday party casino night, GloboBake (a cake bake-off with prizes) and GloboGreen (a St. Patrick's Day party that celebrates the company's roots and includes a green dress competition).

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You could be Globoforce material if you embody the company's core values: respect, determination, innovation and imagination. A third of new hires come through referrals from employees. Globoforce encourages its people to find great talent bythat fits their culture by providing up to a $1,500 bonus if someone employees recommend is hired. The company says "there is no better testament to the quality of a new employee than that of the great people who already work here."

All applicants should apply through the Globoforce website. If you get an interview, expect to talk to several different people to a get a feel for the organization and personalities involved. You may also talk to the human resources team, which helps ensure a cultural fit, as well as to managers from other parts of the business to make sure you would work well with their teams.

New hires come in on their first day to receive a welcome basket with a mouse pad and mug emblazoned with the company values, and copies of CEO Eric Mosley's book, “Winning with a Culture of Recognition” and "The Crowd Sourced Performance Review." New hires also receive a new North Face jacket and other gifts. Their new team takes them to lunch, and they tour the various departments to get to know people throughout the business.

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231Average number of applicants per opening 4%Total voluntary turnover in past year
6000Applicants in past year 26Openings in past year
30%New hires by employee referrals

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What Employees Say about {company-name}

Great Rated! collected feedback from {company-name} employees via an anonymous survey.  Following are quotes that the data indicated represented common themes in employees’ feedback.

Globoforce practices what they preach - the recognition program is incredible. I couldn't see myself working for a company without one.
If you every need help, people are quick to reply, jump and assistant when necessary. I never hear 'That’s not my job, go ask someone else.' And because everyone is truly in it together - we feed off each other's energy and strengths, making this truly a place where people are inspired to do their very best every day.
Two things that would make this company even stronger than it is now would be a better employee expense reimbursement process, and especially an opportunity for employees to gain equity in the business.
The number one best thing about working here are the people. Everyone is so friendly and so willing to step in and help out. We all have the same goal at heart.. To make Globoforce the best!
There is a clear vision of where we are trying to get to as a company, and people are brought in to it. That common sense of purpose creates a collaborative environment that helps us ride through the bumps that every business inevitably faces as they try to grow and accomplish great things.
This is the friendliest place in which I've ever worked.
Similar technology companies of this size and stage of growth offer stock options and more competitive salaries. Globoforce should seriously reconsider its compensation and total reward practices.
I truly feel that the different groups have deep respect for each other. There is a shared belief that everyone has the best interests of the company and the customers in mind.
The company has an entrepreneurial feel and it's exciting to be part of a growing market.
I think there should be equity participation. It’s unusual for a high tech company to not do so.
The culture is uniquely friendly, warm and welcoming.
Most of the managers understand work/life balance. If kids are sick or it was a hard morning, nobody is coming down on you if you arrive work late. It is as if we are trusted to do our job.

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