DornerWorks has maintained its small-company feel even as we’ve grown past more than 50 full-time embedded systems employees. The casual, friendly, and fun atmosphere at DornerWorks, coupled with the exciting and eclectic variety of project assignments, makes many of us look forward to coming into work instead of dragging ourselves in for another day of drudgery in a cubicle farm. There is a lot to be said for that and just creates a better mood in the entire company.
Our office spaces are setup to allow for personal space in order to focus when necessary while still being open enough to encourage a cohesive and sociable work environment for colleagues and team members. We haven’t filled our entire office space with cubicles from one wall to another; conversely, we have actually allotted space for our employees to enjoy a game of Ping-Pong or Foosball if they should happen to need a break from their office chair. This is just an example of the type of casual and enjoyable work environment DornerWorks wants to provide for its employees. Along with a refreshing and airy office space to work at a computer, DornerWorks also has all the lab space and tools required to complete project assignments to their expected high standards.
As another example of the culture at DornerWorks, employees in the past have been awarded for the best office pranks of the year at one of our (several) annual company parties. Of course, there were some stipulations regarding the acceptable after-effects of the pranks, but we all enjoyed the ensuing laughter, nonetheless! Additionally, in efforts to further maintain our small-company cohesion, we have many annual company get-togethers; some taking place as barbeques outside, some as pot-lucks or chili cook-offs, or even an annual fall party at the CEO’s house where he provides hay-rides for the kids and some adult socialization for the rest!
Obviously, it is the opinion of the company management that if our employees enjoy the atmosphere and work they do, they’ll perform better. This works to the advantage of not only our employees, but due to the resulting motivation and quality-of-work, it is also advantageous for our customers, as well! Just to be clear, amongst the liveliness to be found in our office spaces, DornerWorks’ employees are still able to focus and perform as leaders in the embedded systems industry for many top-tier customers. DornerWorks doesn’t provide its employees with just a job, but rather an environment in which to live, work, and play, all at once, while still maintaining high technical and professional standards in diverse and exciting project assignments. It is this balance of exceptional technical results while working in a casual environment that really sets DornerWorks apart from many other companies in the industry.