ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading travel insurance comparison website Squaremouth has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, ranked No. 12 in the "Nearly Big" category.
A transparent company culture that empowers employees, combined with a unique set of benefits and perks, landed Squaremouth on the list of top workplaces.
"The perks are unbeatable. Where else do you get a $200 beer bonus on your birthday?"
— Anna Gernandt, Squaremouth Web Designer
Within one month of joining the company, Web Designer Anna Gernandt received a mandatory day off and $200 bonus for her birthday. Staff also receive unlimited vacation time, with a 10-day minimum, and quarterly bonuses based on the company's profits.
In addition to the standard benefits, Squaremouth staff enjoy a number of perks. There's free beer on tap in the office. There are occasional surprise gifts — last year staff received Apple Watches. This year Squaremouth introduced its newest perk: a company boat for employee use.
"Living and working in Tampa Bay, the boat is an especially exciting perk," said Squaremouth Compliance Manager Aidan Harvey. "And since it's a perk we all share, it's a great opportunity for us to learn and enjoy something new together outside of work."
While this unique set of benefits makes Squaremouth a great place to work, it is the company's culture of transparency and collaboration that makes it a great place to grow and succeed, according to employees.
"Squaremouth's culture empowers employees. I have never felt so in control of my own career and success."
— Megan Singh, Squaremouth Project Management Director
Squaremouth practices group decision making for major company decisions, including raises and hiring. Squaremouth's distinctive democratic raise process allows any employee to request a raise at any time, present their case, and have their request decided by a peer vote. Policies like these encourage employees to work openly with one another and play an active role in their own success within the company.
Squaremouth's "nothing to hide" philosophy fosters trust among team members and management. The open office environment — where there are no assigned workspaces and the CEO's office has glass walls — reflects the importance of transparency and employee collaboration at all levels, which allows staff to recognize their involvement in the company's success.
This is Squaremouth's second time on the Tampa Bay Business Journal's list, which is determined in part by an employee survey. The awards recognize workplaces where employees feel valued, receive fair compensation and benefits, trust leadership, and feel their teams and managers are effective.
Squaremouth is consistently recognized as a top workplace, both locally and nationally, including being named one of the Best Small Workplaces and Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune Magazine and Top Places to Work by Florida Trend in 2015.
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth's comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.
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