Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 27

#14 Large Employer Website: centralsecuritygroup.com Twitter Handle: @Alert360USA U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Tulsa Industry: Technology Status: Private U.S. Employees: 530 Oklahoma Employees: 299 Year Founded: 1973 Company Leader: Richard Ginsburg, CEO A lert 360 by Guardian Security Systems has been recognized as one of Oklahoma’s Best Places to Work for the third year in a row. Founded more than 45 years ago, the com- pany now has 15 branch offices, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City locations. The company provides consulting and installation of home and business security systems and smart home automation. With monitoring and customer care centers in Tulsa and in Irving, Texas, Alert 360 monitors homes and businesses in 26 states. In 2017, the company expanded its employee benefits to in- clude free employee security and home automation systems. “We’ve also recently completed a substantial remodel of our Tulsa operation as we continuously strive to improve both our work environment as well as our company’s culture,” said Kent Morris, director of customer experience and call centers. For the leadership, happy employees equal success. Daily yoga and meditation sessions are held in the yoga and workout room, and a snack cart is brought around the workplace frequently that includes free fruit and healthy snacks. Voluntary flextime is offered most days to improve morale and relieve stress. Throughout the past year, Alert 360 has been involved in Blue The Journal Record Star Mothers and the Tulsa food bank and also participated in the Stuff the Bus school supplies drive, Tulsa Pride Parade and more. Frequent employee recognition and performance awards are given that typically include certificates of recognition for display at employees’ desks as well as monetary awards for exempla- ry performance. The company’s Lifesaver Award recognizes employees who successfully handle an actual burglary, fire or medical emergency for a customer. In addition to its Employee Appreciation Day in March and National Customer Service Week in October, the company holds frequent company-sponsored potlucks and fun days. Its quar- terly Made It Happen awards recognize employees who most exemplify the company’s “Make it Happen” philosophy and culture. “Most importantly, we are a team first and a company second. We encourage open communication and value happy, empow- ered employees,” Morris said. “It is through their dedication and excellence that we have been able to succeed as a top 10 pro- vider of security and smart home solutions in the United States and an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company.” 2018 Best Places to Work 27