Nov 12

19 Companies and Managers Making Waves in the Dallas Tech Community

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has released a new report showing that information technology employment in the U.S. has reached around 12.1 million workers. That means the decade ended with an expansion of 2.3 million jobs - and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro accounts for a decently sized chunk of that. 
Tech in Motion asked the Dallas community to tell us what makes their place of work "the best" for our Annual Timmy Awards, where we recognize the top startups, managers and employers in 2020. These companies highlighted a list of impressive perks and benefits that give them an advantage in the market, but more importantly, they have proven to exceed expectations in ensuring that their work cultures are creative, inclusive and rewarding for their tech teams. See which companies made the cut as some of the best places to work in DFW!
Dallas's Best Places to Work 
At a Glance:
ActivTrak offers cloud-based user activity monitoring that allows organizations to understand how and what people do at work. The ActivTrak platform provides rich contextual insights and analytics about human behavior that empower digital workplaces to achieve security, compliance, and productivity goals. With more than 5,000 customers worldwide and over 100,000 users of their Free version, ActivTrak's award-winning solution can be configured in minutes to provide immediate visibility into what users are doing.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Flexible Personal, Sick & Vacation Days (unlimited), Inclusive Environment, Diverse Leadership
 
What Employees are Saying:
“This company is producing one of the most relevant and highly acclaimed workforce analytics products at a time when people need it most. It's no coincidence. And, it's the result of a leadership team with the natural foresight, strategic vision, and track record of producing multi-million-dollar growth and building a company that values and respects the hard work of everyone across the organization. The company culture is fantastic, and the benefits are great as well!”
At a Glance:
Since 2012, people all over the world have been using Asset Panda’s Asset Tracking and Management Platform to replace spreadsheets, expensive scanners, and costly software for asset tracking and management. Their mobile apps and web platform work on the devices you already own, giving everyone in your organization access to vital information about your assets.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Competitive PTO package, 401k, Free lunch or Snacks
 
What Employees are Saying:
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Working at Asset Panda has been one of the best experiences in a workplace I have ever had. Growing up I worried if I would be one of those people that would be stuck in a mundane work environment. Asset Panda has showed me what it feels like to enjoy coming into work and has helped me feel like I can truly make a difference. If you are looking for a place with a positive culture and energy from the moment you walk in, Asset Panda is the place to be!”
 
At a Glance:
The award-winning BILT app provides 3D interactive Intelligent Instructions® that are voice & text guided. Beginning with a product overview, BILT includes tools required, parts included and gently directs the procedure step by step. BILT empowers brands with analytics on each product and revolutionizes the way companies connect to their consumers. Manufacturers maintain control of their content; updates to instructions can be made in real time, so they’re never obsolete. BILT supports manufacturers’ efforts to go green by minimizing paper instructions, warranty & registration cards.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Generous PTO, Positive work environment, Medical coverage 
 
What Employees are Saying:
“My artistry is valued at BILT. The designers are trusted to use their own creativity to find the right solutions. There’s a strong sense of camaraderie. We’re all in this together, and we have freedom to ask questions and explore new ways to do things. It’s refreshing.”
 
At a Glance:
CrateBind is a digital product agency partnering with consumer brands to build smart, simple and beautiful technology. They bring together engineers, designers and strategists to develop custom apps and websites that create company success and cultivate customer satisfaction.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Generous PTO, Several Holidays off, Medical Coverage
 
What Employees are Saying
“There are many excellent reasons to work at Cratebind. The company culture is great, and you have the opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects. Everyone seems to enjoy what they do, and that translates into a great atmosphere where people can ask questions and get help when needed. Management is approachable. I have enjoyed my time here and would recommend working here to others. Looking forward to working with these guys and gals for a long time.”

At a Glance:
Credera is a consulting firm focused on strategy, transformation, data, and technology with over 600 consultants around the globe who daily live out our mission to make an extraordinary impact on our clients, people, and communities.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Disability Insurance, 401k matching, Company paid life insurance
 
What Employees are Saying:
“Credera continues to amaze me all the time with its commitment to employees and excellence. This truly is a company that lives up to its values and makes you proud to work here. The people and the work have been great, and I've learned so much in my time here. Credera is also a great place for new graduates to work because you will never feel like you're on your own; there will always be plenty of people you can ask when you're stuck on a project or with anything else you need.”
 
At a Glance:
Built for business users, the EPSoft Intelligent Automation Platform is a single, easy-to-use suite of software with end-to-end business process automation tools. Leveraging BPM, Process Intelligence, RPA and AI, the platform drives critical insights for better decision making and absolute visibility into all aspects of your business, ultimately delivering optimal performance and productivity.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Excellent Start-up culture, flexible work environment, growth opportunities
 
What Employees are Saying:
“No Doubt, THE BEST Place to work! I really appreciate and thank you so much for all of the opportunities this company has provided me which has not only helped but, is helping me to grow technically, professionally as well as personally.”
 
At a Glance:
Get Shift Done is a relief fund and initiative launched in North Texas to address both affected service workers who have lost their paychecks and immediate support for the demand of the non-profits, especially with respect to hunger relief. Since then, we have expanded our local efforts and are working to launch Get Shift Done programs in cities nationwide.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Positive work environment, Mission to stabilize incomes & hunger relief
 
What Employees are Saying:
"As jobless claims began spiking and increasing numbers of food bank volunteers were sheltering-in-place, Get Shift Done was formed to match displaced hospitality and service workers with local food access providers who provide meals for the food-insecure population."
 
At a Glance:
Led by a deeply experienced team, HYLA Mobile is a privately held, US-based technology company backed by several well-known and widely respected private equity and venture capital firms. They service the $17B secondary-use device market by focusing on technology rooted in automation, AI, and analytics — all with an uncompromising approach to quality, velocity, performance, data security and environmental standards. By maximizing device life and creating economic incentives for all participants in the ecosystem, they play a pivotal role in the development of the global economy and present incremental growth opportunities for carriers and business alike.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Competitive benefits, 401k match, company-paid life insurance
 
What Employees are Saying:
“Management really cares about their employees. The team pulls together to produce great results and they are rewarded for it. Compensation and benefits offered are the best I have seen.”
 
At a Glance:
Hundreds of millions of singles have used our brands' dating products to create meaningful connections. Match pioneered the concept of online dating over 20 years ago, then reinvented the category by launching Tinder. Their diverse portfolio of apps and products enables connections across the spectrum of age, gender, and dating goals.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
401k match up to 10%, Great maternity/paternity benefits, Generous PTO
 
What Employees are Saying:
“Awesome benefits (class pass, food every day, during COVID they have given us money to use for office supplies, and great support) Match has great values (celebrate diversity, LGBTQ rights) and awesome industry, they really care about helping people find their person. They value promotions and moving up.”
 
At a Glance:
Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications and analytics. Their technology platforms in mission-critical communications, command center software and video security & analytics, bolstered by managed & support services, make cities safer and help communities and businesses thrive. At Motorola Solutions, they are ushering in a new era in public safety and security.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
401K, Generous PTO, Employee stock purchase plan

What Employees are Saying:
The people here are great to work with, and the products we support serve an extremely meaningful purpose. The ERGs here, known as Business Councils, are also increasingly doing a better job of creating collaborative programming and events, promoting diversity, and offering ways for employees to hold leadership positions, gain visibility, and get involved.” 
 
At a Glance:
Per Scholas is a 25-year-old national nonprofit that drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous technology training and professional development, they prepare motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed for successful careers as technology professionals. They also meet the needs of businesses across sectors who need cutting-edge tech talent to thrive.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Generous PTO and extended holiday breaks
 
What Employees are Saying:
“Mission driven, resilient, empathetic leadership team, work/life balance, company culture, diversity and inclusion!”


At a Glance:
Established in 2014, SAVI, based in Dallas, TX, is revolutionizing commercial audio/video (AV) technology with thoughtfully designed, full-scale AV control and automation solutions. SAVI developed a powerful server, along with hardware and user interface software that come together to streamline programming, installation, and expense, making it easy for technology installers to create new and unique experiences for their customers with lighting, audio, digital signage, and video displays for entertainment and sporting venues, hospitality, corporate offices, bars, and restaurants.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Diverse and Award winning culture
 
What Employees are Saying:
"Today, the SAVI team is made up of some of the brightest developers and designers in the industry, delivering on that mission to bring the future of commercial AV distribution and control to the market. SAVI grew from a simple software script and a dream to support the industry in its early days, to a $30M commercial AV business with a full suite of hardware and software solutions."
 
At a Glance:
Spotio is a mobile-first solution for outside sales teams to eliminate guesswork and focus on the highest impact activity. The platform provides managers with real-time visibility into their team’s activities for improved sales development. Sales reps receive access to the mobile application with targeted prospect data, historical knowledge of each account, and document management functionality.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Medical/Dental/Vision, Vacation Stipend, 15-20 Days PTO

What Employees are Saying:
"The culture here is probably one of the best things about working here. Everyone makes you feel welcomed and makes sure you are always on the same page. SPOTIO is really good about transparency. You will always know where you stand and have a clear picture of where you are headed as an individual but as a whole with the company."
 
At a Glance:
StackPath is a complete edge computing platform, providing infrastructure and applications that are physically closer to end users than traditional, centralized cloud computing offerings. StackPath’s edge locations are strategically located in the world’s most densely populated areas and connected by a secure private network backbone.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Generous PTO, modern health care coverage
 
What Employees are Saying:
“Challenging and interesting work. Competitive pay and benefits. They have a genuine interest in the success of employees and customers. Solving interesting problems. Experienced team with a good track record.."
 
TriQuest Technologies, Inc.
 
At a Glance:
TriQuest is Texas-born, founded in 1997 by a CPA with a passion for technology. Businesses confidently outsource IT Support needs to TriQuest to improve, optimize, and achieve business goals. Doing the right thing, the right way, time-after-time, both when visible and unseen, is how TriQuest remains a trusted IT partner.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Continuous internal training and growth programs, health benefits, cell phone stipends
 
What Employees are Saying:
“People distinguish one company from another and TriQuest focuses on people through continuing education, work/life balance, and teamwork. Each team member devotes 4 hours weekly to continuing education, which equals over 200 hours of annual learning."
 
Upshot.ai
 
At a Glance:
Upshot.ai is the most comprehensive engagement cloud that helps companies drive better digital product adoption and conversions using Gamification, Learning theory, and Behavioral psychology principles. It helps companies achieve 2X production adoption and conversions in less than three months with its plug n play SDK. Upshot.ai is the only product in the market with the most comprehensive array of engagement nudges that help companies.
 
Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Generous PTO, positive work environment
 
What Employees are Saying:
Upshot.ai has been successful in providing uninterrupted services to its clients during this COVID period. We have also been successful bagging many new accounts during this period by educating our prospects on why it is more critical now to engage with their users via the digital channels. "
 
Dallas's Best Tech Managers
A great company is created by great people. Managers and leaders are at the forefront of creating the best places to work, where technologists to thrive. An excellent tech manager promotes career growth, ensures a positive team culture, inspires performance, and successfully leads their team through unexpected or turbulent territory. We couldn't share the best places to work in Dallas without highlighting some of the tech leaders paving the way, and have even been nominated for a Timmy Award to prove it.
 
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How do they impact the company? 
Culture is key. Carlos is the CEO who loves working in the trenches with his team. It’s important, even when closely collaborating, that there’s always a space where communication can be honest and safe. This is critical to encouraging the free flow of ideas/improvements and especially criticism. It’s pretty straightforward to identify something that’s working well and continue to encourage that effort. It’s more difficult to identify areas that need to be reworked or stopped and how/when to do that. Empowering team members to be curious--to question each other, management and executives—allows discussion and sharing of viewpoints that might uncover areas of improvement and drive a culture of productive open discussions that lead to solutions/actions.
 
What are their employees saying?
"Great products come from great leaders. We are customer-centric understanding and focus to solve problems in better ways for our users. At the leadership level, providing a well-defined vision and direction enables easy and effective communication of value in the marketplace.
 
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How do they impact the company?
Nadim joined Katapult in 2016 as a Senior Backend Engineer, bringing not only immense technical expertise as an individual contributor, but a “coaching” style that allows the team to grow and improve under his leadership. Nadim views people as a reservoir of talent to be developed and is constantly seeking to unlock people's true potential. He opens his hearts and doors for people. Through team sessions, lunch-and-learns, face-to-face meetings and 1:1s.
 
What are their employees saying?
“Nadim is always looking to make genuine connections with his team, better understand each team member, their goals, motivations, interests and challenges and is constantly adjusting and tuning to make sure there is alignment and a successful outcome for everyone involved.
 
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How do they impact the company? 
One specific way that we have retained talent is through Thomas’ detailed employee development plan. This is an extremely important part of our Quarterly Business Reviews with each employee. Specifically, we start with an annual review of expectations with each employee to ensure that they have input for where they want to be in 12 months. This includes level of seniority/leadership + salary, which then feeds into expectation setting for milestones including certifications and other internal KPI’s.
 
What are their employees saying?
“Thomas helps organize regular meetups outside of normal business operations. We have monthly lunches, and virtual happy hours for employees who are remote (especially crucial during COVID). We celebrate birthdays, achievements, and anniversaries based on a calendar that Thomas helps manage. He also ensures that employees are using internal tools (like MSFT Teams) to collaborate, communicate, and share fun personal info in a professional, jovial manner.
 
Almost all employees want to walk in every day - even virtually - to a place where they enjoy working. A job is so much more than a paycheck, in fact - 88% of job seekers deem culture as important in a job search. If you are not in the workplace you love, it may be time to explore opportunities with companies like these so you can find your best place to work.

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Interested in learning more about these companies or even joining this list of impressive Timmys partcipants next year? Visit our Timmy Awards website, don't forget to read the announcement on which companies took home a National Timmys award! You can also stay up to date on DFW events and the Tech in Motion Dallas community here on Meetup.

 

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