Austin Top Workplaces 2017: Special Awards

All of the companies making the American-Statesman’s 2017 Top Workplaces list got high marks from their employees. But even among these top companies, some performances stood above the rest, earning them special awards in our Top Workplaces Project.

The special awards were chosen by the American-Statesman’s partner in this project, Energage, an Exton, Pa.-based company with expertise in employee engagement surveys. The awards were based on employees’ responses to survey questions from Energage, which was formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics and has done top workplace projects for newspapers since 2007.

Here are this year’s special award winners:


Matt Flake, CEO, Q2ebanking

Ranking: No. 7 large employer

What the company does: Financial services software

What employees say: “Matt is truly inspirational and has not only the client’s best interest in mind but also every single employee from No. 1 to No. 801. He really does care and his passion is contagious.”


Matt Pyatt, CEO, Arrive Logistics

Ranking: No. 3 midsized employer

What the company does: Logistics services

What employees say: “He’s a hard-working, charismatic genius that knows how and when to delegate.”


Blake Garrett, CEO, Aceable Inc

Ranking: No. 1 small employer

What the company does: Online education and training

What employees say: “Always willing to hear ideas and spend time with those who wants to talk. Puts his money where is mouth is.”



Winner: Realty Austin

Ranking: No. 2 large employer

What it does: Real estate

What employees say: “They are very responsive to questions, concerns, or issues. They work quickly to create effective solutions to any problems.”


Winner: Cirrus Logic

Ranking: No. 3 large employer

What it does: Semiconductor company

What employees say: “Managers listen to you with a sense of responsibility, and instead of judging you they find the challenges that you solved and will help you build up on that by directing you to the finish line on that specific one.”


Winner: Spiceworks

Ranking: No. 21 midsized employer

What it does: Information technology

What employees say: “As a working mom, I have the flexibility to take care of myself and my family. I would even go so far to say I am encouraged in my job to do so.”


Winner: The SAFE Alliance

Ranking: No. 17 midsized employer

What it does: Social services nonprofit

What employees say: “I love knowing that people are actually benefiting from our programs and are feeling empowered as they move on with their lives.”


Winner: JBGoodwin Realtors

Ranking: No. 2 large employer

What it does: Real estate

What employees say: “We are constantly growing and changing… We are looking to the future and making sure that we grow with the industry.”


Winner: Texas National Title

Ranking: No. 3 small employer

What it does: Title insurance

What employees say: “I work for people who care about me and who care about doing a great job.”



Ranking: No. 5 small employer

What it does: Consumer ratings and reviews

What employees say: “Not a day goes by that I don’t feel appreciated at SeniorAdvisor, because they are constantly doing little things to say thank you for being part of the team.”


Winner: Parsley Energy

Ranking: No. 1 midsized company

What it does: Oil & gas

What employees say: “There is a culture of openness at Parsley that encourages free discussion.”


Winner: SpareFoot Inc.

Ranking: No. 11 small employer

What it does: Self-storage industry

What employees say: “There seems to be a genuine respect and camaraderie among the employees. We all share common goals and the ever changing environment is a fun challenge.”


Winner: The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

Ranking: No. 5 large employer

What it does: Insurance

What employees say: “All of my training at Progressive has been valuable for me. I like that Progressive takes the time to train us correctly.”


Winner: WP Engine

Ranking: No. 4 midsized employer

What it does: Web hosting

What employees say: “I feel involved in the decisions the company makes and can clearly see the impact that my performance, and the performance my department has on the company.”


Winner: Reilly Realtors

Ranking: No. 2 small employer

What it does: Real Estate

What employees say: “I have all the technology tools and support to be successful at real estate sales.”


Winner: Kinnser Software

Ranking: No. 25 midsized employer

What it does: Software

What employees say: “The benefits are great, the pay is fair, schedule is very flexible and I love the people I work with.”

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