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The No. 1 small place to work in IT: Axxess

Mary K. Pratt | June 13, 2017
Challenging work, supportive colleagues and a culture that prioritises collaboration keep IT professionals engaged at this fast-growing startup.

She points to some unique perks, such as the catered lunches that feature a range of foods —from barbeque to Italian —brought in for everyone on Mondays. She says she likes the fact that new hires, who start on Mondays, get bumped to the front of the lunch line so they know they’re welcome. It’s those kinds of social gestures, Khouri says, that help make everyone feel appreciated.

Jake Bathman agrees. The 30-year-old joined Axxess two years ago, seeking to better leverage his coding skills after working in county government as a coordinator in the public health space. Bathman, a PHP engineer, admits that the move carried some risk, both personally and professionally; he was leaving government to work for a young company, which created some level of uncertainty for him, his wife and their then 6-month-old baby. 

But Bathman saw a company where he could put his full-stack development skills to good use and help shape healthcare IT “in a very direct and meaningful way.” He saw a chance to contribute, learn from others and pursue his own ideas, yet still be able to balance the needs of his personal life. 

“I have two small kids now, and sometimes things happen. If I have to run out to take care of something, or if I have to work from home, there’s never haggling over whether I have enough PTO for that,” he says. “There’s an acknowledgement that you’ll be at your best self when the company treats you as an adult to make those decisions.”

Moreover, Bathman says, he gets to work and enjoy these benefits while having fun with co-workers, whether they’re all working on a new release or playing Ping-Pong. “Axxess really sold themselves to me,” he says.

 

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