Headquartered in Ames, Iowa, Workiva was founded on the belief that data could be seamlessly managed and reported to make businesspeople's lives better. The platform has transformed those processes through access to collaborators, data sources, documents and spreadsheets.
People from all around the world compile data using Workiva as their trusted source for reporting maintaining compliant status. Before Workiva, these solutions never existed. These solutions exist today because the company gives its employees the freedom and resources they need to make the impossible possible.
If Workiva is anything, it's mindful of the culture it creates for employees. The company believes that without its team there would be no success. That's why it works hard to maintain a culture that is comfortable for all. In order to create this type of culture, Workiva lives by these guiding values:
Act with urgency
Trust each other
Empower your team
Workiva has created a culture that is always changing. You'll never become bored at work because the team is always in motion. From design sessions to idea pitch meetings, the collaboration is nonstop. It's this same team that drives people into Workiva. When you meet the team you'll notice how energetic and passionate they are. The team is driven to succeed.
There's a sense of flexibility at Workiva that creates career opportunities at every turn. You could change career paths or move up in your current path. Plus the company has done away with titles and roles so people are able to experiment with different tasks and projects.
Oftentimes the company will create new roles and responsibilities just to see who is comfortable transitioning into that role. This way, the transition feels more natural. Slipping into a new role should naturally raise some questions and concerns. But even if you're not taking on new responsibilities, questions are not discouraged. In fact, it's quite the opposite. The same goes for sharing new ideas.
Everyone is open about their viewpoints. Sometimes this leads to a respectful debate. The company believes in allowing people the opportunity to argue their side. More often than not, those who disagree with the decision being made will be most supportive of the final decision because they've had this space to explain their viewpoint. They feel heard, which is very important to the company.
Your Support System
It's not common to come across great leadership, but that's what makes Workiva really stand out. This leadership team is all about empowering the teams that they lead. They provide guidelines for the team to work from and are given expectations, but then are trusted with autonomy. Then later down the road, if the team needs a bit of coaching leadership is there to advise them on what's worked in the past.
Some of the leaders at Workiva are considered quiet leaders. These people are extremely approachable and easy to talk with. They're always getting to know employees better. These leaders figure out each team members' strengths, motivations and interests. That way they can give out appropriate tasks and projects to people who can handle them.
All in all, leadership is focused on building great teams that build great products. Through active participation, individual development, two-way communication and conflict resolution, the teams are challenged and actively involved in the company.
Leadership is always quick to admit their mistakes, while also taking calculated risks to challenge the status quo. They encourage team members to use their voices to ask questions and bring up ideas and concerns. The leaders are very vulnerable to the team and are always open about difficult issues.
Home Away From Home
Aside from the headquarters in Iowa, the company has many offices around the world. One of the company's cool office designs is the Denver office. The design was made with the view of Denver and the Platte River in mind. The workspaces are state-of-the-art collaborative and open, and directly represent the company's culture.
The kitchen, which is always stocked with snacks and drinks, gives ways for lots of seating options which makes it a true community space. The office features relaxation lounges complete with vapor fireplaces. The game room is used frequently for friendly competitions among co-workers. Plus, employees get to bring their dogs to work with them every day.
Taking Care of You
A big part of the culture at Workiva is making sure everyone is extremely comfortable and healthy. Workiva truly takes care of its employees to foster an environment where everyone is inspired to do great work. The perks that inspire the team to make the impossible possible include:
Healthy Snacks and Drinks
Open Minded Leadership
Flex, HSA, Life, AD&D;, Supplemental Life
Long & Short Term Disability
Stock Options and ESPP
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Women in Tech Committee
Health is Wealth Gym Initiative
From a welcoming, open culture to great leadership, it's easy to see why employees love working at Workiva. But when you add these benefits on top of that, it really makes this a great place to work.