It’s easy for large companies to overlook the small details of a team when they’re growing, but that’s not the case at Cornerstone OnDemand. Cornerstone has become a leader in the recruiting and retaining industry, and—although it has grown in client size, dollar exchange, and product offerings—it has kept the close-knit, startup culture since its beginning in 1999.
“Cornerstone is the startup that never grew up. It’s really made it a point to keep its culture and care for its employees,” shares Jordan Williams, Software Tester for Quality Assurance.
Of course, given what the company does, it’s really no surprise that Cornerstone has remained focused on its employee happiness every step of the way. Its unified talent management suite helps companies like Walgreens, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Xerox improve the entire employee lifecycle—boosting productivity, performance, and, ultimately, profits.
Cornerstone practices what it preaches, starting with the employees it hires. Even with over 1,300 team members, each hire is vetted carefully to make sure they have the company’s special “cool criteria”—meaning they’re deep thinkers but also interesting people with many passions in life.
The next step for Cornerstone is keeping each and every employee engaged. To do that, the company starts from the top, making sure leadership is not only accessible but actually liked by the employees. “The managers, directors, and even senior directors are all approachable at any time. It’s nice to be able to trust the leadership that you’re under,” adds Williams. Employees who work hard and do good work get recognized and rewarded—and because of this employees really see endless potential to grow within the company.
Then there are all the fun perks that Cornerstone throws in to keep employees happy and having a little fun. We’re talking daily yoga classes after work, an in-house theater and arcade, an outdoor deck with an ocean view, and catered breakfasts and lunches.
And every year on the day the company was founded, the team really throws back to its roots and celebrates by doing the things their founders were doing on the first day of the company’s founding. “It usually involves bowling and Mexican food,” says Dave Vacanti, Director of Sales Technology.
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A UNC-Wilmington grad born and raised in North Carolina, Kaitlyn always knew she would end up in NYC to pursue writing. As a summer editorial intern, she contributes career advice to The Muse. In addition, she also writes for other publications, such as USA TODAY College, Her Campus, and The Huffington Post. You can find her searching the city for the best eats, binge-watching Netflix, or catching up with friends at dinner. Say hi on Twitter @KaitlynRussell_More from this Author