Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 50

#14 Small/Medium Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @interworks U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Stillwater Industry: Technology Status: Private U.S. Employees: 188 (233 worldwide) Oklahoma Employees: 90 Year Founded: 1996 Company Leader: Behfar Jahanshahi, CEO T hose who work at InterWorks can chart their own career path and pursue technology that interests them. The company has figured out that having happy employees translates to happy clients – the employees listen to clients and act in the clients’ best interests. Founded in 1996, the global technology consultancy company based in Stillwater now has 233 employees worldwide; the international expan- sion primarily stems from a decade-long partnership with a data analytics company called Tableau Software. Today, InterWorks has partnerships in every facet of data and counts over 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies among its clients. “The international reach can make it challenging to keep employees engaged and a part of InterWorks’ corporate culture,” said Brandi White, director of employee experience. So that’s her job. She said InterWorks brings people to Oklahoma as often as possible, such as for the annual holiday party and quarterly business reviews. Meetings are conducted over videoconferencing instead of phone calls. “We have to sort of think outside of the box a little bit to try to come up with ways to feel connected to one another,” White said. White said she noticed the company’s authenticity soon after she joined the company two years ago. “People are really allowed to be who they are,” she said. “I think everyone 50 2018 Best Places to Work takes their work very seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously.” The atmosphere at InterWorks includes fun office events, annual conferences, game rooms that have table tennis and pool tables and video game consoles, a relaxed dress code, stocked refrigerators and snack bars, free gym memberships, company-paid museum and zoo memberships, paid volunteer time off, sponsored company events such as the weeklong OK Freewheel bike ride and more. Connections between employees happen organically. “We really aim to bring a Silicon Valley vibe to Oklahoma in terms of work-life balance and fun company culture,” said Garrett Sauls, content strategy manager. “Beyond all that, though, is a genuine care for our employees’ well-being. We want them to succeed their work, whatever that may be.” In a survey, InterWorks employees noted they love charting their own career path, the fun office culture and benefits that include flexible hours and other perks. Employees recognize each other on the company’s Slack channel called “Best People,” and the company recognizes efforts publicly at its end-of-year summit. InterWorks has been on the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma list since 2011. The Journal Record