More By This Author

Current Issue

Current Issue

Posted: August 01, 2011

Best Companies to Work for in Colordao: IP5280

No. 1: Small category

Lisa Ryckman

BCTWF_IP5280_AUG11.jpg

1) IP5280 Communications


www.ip5280.com 

 
It's fitting that IP5280 has reached the tippy-top of this year's Best Companies to Work For in Colorado: The Englewood company has been built on a mountain of mountain metaphors.

It starts with the last few words from the company's mission statement:
"The climb is the challenge; the view is the reward."

"That's something we really love to say here," says Managing Partner John Scarborough, who founded the Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") technology company with Jeffrey Pearl in 2006.

There's the CLIMB program - Creating Leaders in Management Behavior - which grooms high-potential employees for leadership roles, a key piece of the company's commitment to promoting from within.

Don't forget the "Summit Club," a company recognition program that honors the employee of the month and celebrates workers for their contributions to sales. In keeping with IP5280's culture of work hard/play hard, this is no mind-numbing rubber-chicken affair - think snowmobiling, paintball and steak dinners.

Work hard, play hard - that's business as usual at IP5280.

"There is a culture that we've
really worked hard to create," Scarborough says.

They are the type of people who actually do climb mountains - for their favorite cause. This is the sixth year of Climbing for Kids, IP5280's annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital and the Kempe Foundation, where employees and their friends and relatives scale a 14er and raise a mountain of cash. Last year's climb raised $65,000, and the goal for this year's event, on Aug. 12, is $100,000.

Everything about IP5280 is looking up: Revenue has gone from $5.5 million to $7 million, and they've opened a new Albuquerque office, with an eye on Salt Lake City in the new year.

"There's a general cause that unifies us, and it's really about the excitement associated with what's happening in the industry, the change from the traditional telephone network we all grew up with to the new world of IP based communciations," Scarborough says.

2010 rank: No. 2
{pagebreak:Page 1}

Lisa Ryckman is the Associate Editor/Online at ColoradoBiz. Contact her at lryckman@cobizmag.com.

Enjoy this article? Sign up to get ColoradoBiz Exclusives. The opinions expressed in this article are solely that of the author and do not represent ColoradoBiz magazine. Comments on articles will be removed if they include personal attacks.

Readers Respond

Leave a comment





Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:



ColoradoBiz TV

Loading the player ...

Featured Video