What is a Great Work Culture Worth?

"To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace." – Doug Conant

It's not every day that you get to share news that truly encapsulates the spirit and values of your organization. I'm especially proud to share  we've once again been certified by Great Place to Work in six countries: India, Costa Rica, China, the United States, Canada, and Romania. This prestigious acknowledgment, grounded in employee feedback, speaks volumes about Wind River's commitment to fostering an environment where a sense of belonging is paramount to our success.

We've always believed the essence of a truly great workplace lies in recognizing and valuing each individual. It's about creating an environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and appreciated—not just for their skills and contributions but for who they are as people; it’s about a lived experience deeply ingrained in the fabric of our daily operations.

Great Place to Work's rigorous evaluation process required us to look inward, to really listen to our people, and to reflect on the values we hold dear. The feedback and insights we’ve gained through this annual process has been invaluable, pushing us to continually evolve and improve our workplace culture.

But what is the tangible value of such a workplace? It extends beyond accolades and certifications. The essence of a great workplace lies in its ability to foster innovation, drive employee engagement, and enhance productivity. Research by Great Place to Work indicates job seekers are nearly five times more likely to find a great boss and enjoy a more fulfilling work life in such environments, while other recent studies conclude that companies with highly engaged employees are 21% more profitable. This correlation underscores the intrinsic link between employee satisfaction and organizational success.

On a personal level, this milestone holds special significance. Throughout my career, I've witnessed firsthand the difference a supportive and inclusive work environment can make. I've been part of teams where feeling seen and valued was the exception and not the norm. Joining Wind River, however, I found a community committed to making every employee feel valued and part of something bigger. This is significant beyond the quantifiable benefits it brings to employees and the company; it has a broader impact on societal advancement as well.

This achievement belongs to every single member of our team globally. Their dedication, resilience, and passion are what make Wind River a community that celebrates and supports each individual's journey. When we see and support each other, there's no limit to what we can achieve.

As we celebrate this incredible moment, it's important to remember this is just the beginning. The journey towards enhancing our status as a Great Place to Work continues. With our commitment to listening, learning, and leading by example, we ensure Wind River remains a place where everyone can thrive and flourish.


About the author
Chris Herod is a Senior Manager for Employer Brand Communications at Wind River