No. 1 Medium Company: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers/Big Sisters is an organization that is all about support.

And according to the organization’s operations director, Katie Grandgeorge, it is that same attitude that landed Big Brothers/Big Sisters as the coolest place to work in the medium-sized category this year.

“We offer a very flexible, supportive environment for our people,” Ms. Grandgeorge said.  “We try to honor our people’s lives outside of the office.”

The family-first policy inspires employees to help others.

“Everyone at Big Brothers Big Sisters has an exceptionally positive attitude. There is no ‘drama’ that you may find at other agencies. Everyone is focused the majority of the time on serving our families, volunteers, and children as best as possible. I truly like everyone that I work with,” an employee stated in the nomination form. “We take the time to get to know our participants individually and that means a lot to them and to us. Also, we take the time to get to know each other in a professional and positive way and want to know how everyone is feeling/doing day to day. I believe that this starts from the top down, having an amazing director who knows each employee and asks our plans for holidays, weekends and so much more.”

Employees not only care about the children they help, but also for each other.

“We often put together potluck lunches to socialize and get to know one another on a personal level. I feel very confident my supervisor and other leadership staff care about my well-being as an individual and are willing to accommodate my needs,” an employee stated.

The mission of Big Brothers/Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. This is a role employees take very seriously.

“My co-workers are awesome women and men, respectful to one another, and fully committed to the mission of the organization. All of us who work here play an important role in helping children and improving their lives…what could be cooler than that,” another employee stated.

Jeff Holmes