Posted: August 09, 2012
2012 Best Companies, medium: No. 2 Rally SoftwareBy Lisa Ryckman
For the coveted openings at Rally Software Development, no whiners, shrinking violets or egos the size of Texas need apply.
Founder Ryan Martens and CEO Tim Miller are looking for team players with a capital "T."
"Individual success is great, but at Rally we view ourselves as part of a greater whole," Miller says. "We’re big on collaboration, bringing a lot of ideas to the table and refining from there. We’re looking for people who can shine at whatever role they’re being asked to fill. They can confidently deliver results and contribute to a team atmosphere where there are no weak links in the chain."
Sometimes, they’re filling an existing opening. But if someone’s really Rally material, the company might just create a job specifically for them.
"We’re always looking for top talent – all-around rock stars who can add significant value to the organization, above and beyond our existing team," Miller says. "We want people who will challenge us as a company and push us to think in new ways and be our best."
After a decade in business, Boulder-based Rally boasts 136,000 customers across 116 countries using its Agile ALM platform and other project collaboration tools. Now in its fourth year as a ColoradoBiz Best Company to Work For, Rally’s laundry list of perks reads like a wish list from some fantasy job, complete with people zipping around the office on Razor scooters, game-room breaks and Friday yoga classes.
Not to mention the 100 percent-paid health coverage for employees and their families; unlimited sick days; work-at-home options; reimbursements for health club, yoga or rock-climbing gym memberships; a company beer keg; and of course, celebrations of jobs well done.
"When we meet quarterly goals, we all celebrate our success," Miller says. "The last two consecutive winters, we took the whole Boulder-based team skiing at Eldora."
Rally encourages employees to pursue charitable passions by allowing them to spend 1 percent of their paid time volunteering, resulting in more than 6,000 volunteer hours at more than 175 nonprofits over the last three years.
At the heart of Rally’s corporate social responsibility mission is the desire to make a mark by leaving less of a footprint. The company adheres to sustainable design principles in making its new Boulder headquarters energy efficient, less demanding of resources and recycling-friendly, Mlller says.
"Three volunteer sub-teams, collectively called ‘Rally4Impact,’ work toward Rally’s goal of becoming ‘Net Positive’ by 2020, meaning that our company’s overall positive social and environmental impacts outweigh our negative impacts," Miller says. "These teams distribute tips for being ‘green’ to each employee, along with giving everyone a reusable Rally pint glass to replace the use of disposable cups."
Employees also have the option to bus to work with their unlimited annual bus pass, borrow a company bike to cruise around Boulder or get their own commuter cycle repaired at the onsite bike repair station.
So who wouldn’t want to pedal to Rally every day?
2011 rank: No. 2
Lisa Ryckman is the online editor at cobizmag.com.