Nov 18

Best DC Places to Work According to Tech Professionals

In these evolving times of uncertainty around what workplaces will look like in the future, companies are having to find new ways to make their work environments stand out from the rest. With most tech employees now working remote, for some indefinitely, the draw of free happy hours, catered lunches and paid commutes are no longer the appealing perks they once were. We wanted to understand what qualities really make up an award-winning and inclusive work culture across the entire company landscape.

In our quest to find the best places to work in the District, we went straight to the source. We asked local employees to tell us what makes their place of work "the best" in our Annual Timmy Awards recognizing the top startups, managers, and employers in 2020. Based on their responses, these companies and managers stood out from the rest. Want to know what makes these employers 'award-worthy' when it comes to keeping tech talent engaged? Keep reading to hear what your local tech community had to say about these groundbreaking DMV tech companies:

 

DC's Best Places to Work

Aledade, Inc.


At a Glance:
At a time when it’s becoming increasingly difficult for primary care physicians to deliver quality, personalized care to the communities they serve, Aledade offers a new model of primary care that puts physicians back where they should be: quarterbacking their patients’ health care. The company leverages technology to streamline their efforts. With the Aledade App, providers can quickly access integrated data from across the care continuum so that they can focus on their highest priority: their patients.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Flexible & Remote Work Schedules, Educational Assistance Program, Robust Paid Time Off

What Employees are Saying:
At Aledade, we are passionate about delivering our triple aim - to do what is best for our partner practices, their patients, and society as a whole - on a daily basis. We recognize that we wouldn’t be able to do this without our people, and we are committed to building a team that is engaged and happy.


Goodshuffle Pro


At a Glance:
Goodshuffle Pro offers comprehensive, cloud-based event rental management software to help their clients streamline all aspects of the event planning process. Their software helps manage inventory, build brands, grow businesses and make workflows easier to manage.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Inclusive Work Culture, Opportunities for Career Growth

What Employees are Saying:
"This company culture is felt by their users, who call out the customer service and friendly team in nearly every review on Capterra, where the software currently has a 5/5 rating."  

Altruista Health


At a Glance:
Altruista Health is the leading next-generation care management platform for health plans. The GuidingCare platform has the strength and depth to manage care for any member, in any setting, in any population. Payers seamlessly connect with all stakeholders across the continuum of care on a single, unified care management platform.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
D&I initiatives, Professional Growth Opportunities 

What Employees are Saying:
The culture at Altruista is vibrant, energetic, hard-working and fun. Despite the fast pace, the atmosphere is warm, creative and filled with humor.

 

10Pearls


At a Glance:
10Pearls partners with business to help imagine, accelerate and execute their digital transformation journey. The company's areas of focus are innovation, modernization, digitization and augmentation.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Inclusive Company Culture, Opportunities for Career Growth

What Employees are Saying:
10Pearls’ leaders, across the board, do an excellent job of ensuring that their team is enabled to do what they are asked of them, setting them up for success. They also make great efforts to give credit where it’s due, praise good work, and openly advocate for each team member.

Booz Allen Hamilton


At a Glance:
Booz Allen created the concept of management consulting more than a century ago. Since then, the company has woven that heritage into a range of highly skilled technological capabilities that have had an enduring impact for their clients, their people, and their communities where they live and work.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Mission-Focused Projects, Career Flexibility & Support, Strong Technical Leadership

What Employees are Saying:
When speaking about Dr. Lauren Neal, Principal of Strategic Innocation, one employee said, “In the past six months, the world has faced incredible challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic to the social revolutions around racial injustice. These events have led to important conversations about public health, racial justice and racial equity. Dr. Neal is addressing these issues head on.

FiscalNote


At a Glance:
FiscalNote is a software solution for managing the policy issues that present the greatest risks and opportunities to their client's organization. The company's 360-degree approach includes policy news & analysis, tracking, stakeholder management, collaboration and advocacy tools.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Listed on Forbes Best Startup Employers in 2020

What Employees are Saying:
It is the collective effort of each contributor that creates -- and makes entirely possible -- the dynamic patchwork that is FiscalNote technology, solutions, and products. With this people-first mentality, the company has catapulted itself into a tech and media powerhouse.

 

GetUpside


At a Glance:
GetUpside is a startup that personalizes brick-and-mortar commerce to help communities thrive. As the company connects people with businesses, people get more purchasing power, businesses make more profit, and value is driven back to our communities. 

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Health & Wellness Program, Stock Options, Unlimited Paid Time Off

What Employees are Saying:
Internally, we are focused on staying healthy and maintaining the relationships that are important to us personally and professionally. We’ve quadrupled in size in just 12 months and continue to hire during COVID-19, with nearly 200 team members in our Washington DC.


Homesnap


At a Glance:
Homesnap is the real estate industry's national search portal, featuring the same accurate, real-time information that agents use. Millions of people use the same app as their real estate agent. Homesnap's detailed listings give you instant access to HD photos, school attendance zones, property lines, property history, and much more.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Wellness Programs, Professional Development Opportunities 

What Employees are Saying:
Homesnappers like being around each other in and out of the office. However, Homesnap was forced to pivot overnight as the entire company is now working remotely. Our monthly all-company in the office meeting led by our executive team, the State of the Snap, has become a weekly video occurrence on Google Meet to ensure we remain fully transparent with all our employees on what is going on in all the departments across the company as well as how we are faring financially.

ThreatQuotient


At a Glance:
ThreatQuotient’s mission is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of security operations through a threat-centric platform. By integrating an organization’s existing processes and technologies into a single security architecture, ThreatQuotient accelerates and simplifies investigations and collaboration within and across teams and tools. Through automation, prioritization and visualization, ThreatQuotient’s solutions reduce noise and highlight top priority threats to provide greater focus and decision support for limited resources. 

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Best Places to Work recognition by Washington Business Journal

What Employees are Saying:
In 2020, the company has continued to innovate their culture by hosting virtual team events on a regular cadence to promote a sense of normalcy for employees. Whether it’s a virtual happy hour, beer tasting, or team gaming, promoting quality of life activities to foster employee health and happiness remains a top priority for ThreatQuotient."

MPOWER Financing


At a Glance:
Higher education is key to this mobility but, unfortunately, millions of students struggle to get into or through school due to financial constraints. MPOWER Financing is tackling this pervasive issue by working with investors and universities to provide an innovative and forward-looking education financing product for students from around the world. The company is not just a student lender – their goal is to set students up for academic, professional, and financial successes.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Generous Paid Time Off, Professional Development Programs

What Employees are Saying:
MPOWER makes sure to ensure a diverse and inclusive culture by not only accepting or tolerating differences, but by celebrating them.

 

National Public Radio (NPR)


At a Glance:
NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human. Through its network of member stations, NPR makes local stories national, national stories local, and global stories personal.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Career Growth & Development Programs, Mission-Driven Work

What Employees are Saying:
With every story we tell, NPR is giving audiences the information they need to make informed decisions and lead lives of understanding and awareness. From Throughline to All Things Considered, from videos to broadcasts to our website, from NPR One to social media, we are doing what we can to meet this moment in history.” 


Ostendio


At a Glance:
Ostendio MyVCM is an Integrated Risk Management Platform for organizations who need to demonstrate compliance to security standards internally and externally. Their platform simplifies the process, helping companies easily comply with more than 100 industry standards and regulations.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Award-Winning Work Culture, Career Growth Opportunities

What Employees are Saying:
Ostendio has the Best Tech Work Culture in D.C. We are a small and nimble start-up and we focus on company culture as a key element of what makes us successful. We are proud of the focus we have placed on work culture and involve the whole organization in building an inclusive, innovative and welcoming place to work. 


Quorum


At a Glance:
Quorum is public affairs software that helps you work smarter and move faster. Thousands of public affairs professionals use Quorum for their work in Congress, all 50 state legislatures, major U.S. cities, the European Union, and several additional countries. Founded in 2014, Quorum is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with an international office in Brussels. Learn why Quorum is best in class at www.quorum.us.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Robust Benefits Program, Well-Being Programs

What Employees are Saying:
The last few years, Quorum has been focused on laying the groundwork for our own inclusion and diversity (I&D). Our goal has been for inclusion and diversity to be built into all the decisions we make, rather than treating them as separate from our business goals.


Signal Vine


At a Glance:
Today, hundreds of institutions are using Signal Vine to engage students, staff, and employees. From getting students to college and hitting enrollment goals to retaining students and up-skilling the workforce, their customers are reaching their goals with help from the Signal Vine team. The company believe in the power of conversation to build communities and to strengthen the opportunity for all to succeed.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Award-Winning Company Culture, Career Growth Opportunities

What Employees are Saying:
Signal Vine has improved and grown its services in 2020 in two prominent ways: Salesforce integrations and partnerships with organizations that are committed to helping institutions meet their goals by supporting their students and alumni.


Stacklet


At a Glance:
Stacklet provides a best-of-breed solution for cloud governance addressing needs around Security, Cost Optimization and Regulatory Compliance. Its features include policy management, policy packs, analytics and Resource CMDB.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Award-Winning Startup

What Employees are Saying:
Stacklet is a commercial cloud governance platform which helps Global 2000 companies manage their security, operations and cost optimization policies in the cloud. Stacklet is built with an open core model around the popular open source project Cloud Custodian. The Stacklet founders are the creative team behind Cloud Custodian.


U.Group


At a Glance:
U.Group is a digital transformation partner helping organizations  use technology and human-centered design to solve complex problems and create new opportunities. The company partners with organizations inside and outside the federal government to develop digital solutions that allow teams to work more efficiently and reach audiences more effectively.

Top Perks, Benefits or Stand Outs:
Flex Time and Remote Work Options, Professional Development Program, Robust Paid Time Off

What Employees are Saying:
"The company’s diverse workforce and capability set brings strength to the service of its customers. U.Group has delivered award-winning visual design to blue chip brands and launched powerful data platforms that protect national security. Diversity is its greatest asset.”

Looking for a new tech role with a great company in DC? Contact a local job market expert today.

Interested in learning more about these companies? Visit our Timmy Awards website. If you missed the ceremony, you can watch the full recording of the Timmy Awards on YouTube Premiere to see who took home the "best in tech" in North America! 

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