Just over a year ago, in April 2012, I was pretty happy with the way things were going in my work life. I had been at Appirio for about a year, one of 5 Appirians working virtually in the Indianapolis area. I was helping companies implement some of the coolest technology on the planet: Salesforce.com. I knew I was at a special company. I was in the midst of the most open, transparent culture I have experienced in my career, a leadership team that earned our respect every day, and the most intelligent and supportive co-workers. A tweet from John Gorup (@AppirioJohn) expressed my feelings about Appirio very well:
Fast forward to May 2013. Appirio as a whole has more than doubled in size. We opened an office in Indianapolis, and grown to nearly 65 employees, on our way to 300 in 3 years. And we were named the #2 Best Place to Work in Indiana for 2013. How did we get here?
From the beginning, just seven years ago, the founders made employee culture and values a top priority, with a consistent and successful focus on “Customers, Team, and Fun”. With the Appirio tradition well established in a virtual, global environment, new Indy team members immediately connected with and strengthened the culture, even when large numbers of individuals started at the same time.
With the incredible Indy team, the outstanding support from the Appirio organization as a whole, and the momentum we’ve built over the last year, I’m looking forward to #1 next year!