Entrepreneurship

The 25 Best Small-Company Cultures in 2015

From startups to growing businesses and established companies, having a high-performance company culture helps drive a mission, achieve goals, provides support and creates the foundation for employee growth. It provides a productive, engaged work environment that exceeds expectations and gets results.

Entrepreneur, in partnership with CultureIQ®, a culture-management software and service provider, has released its premier Top Company Cultures list. The list recognizes businesses that have successfully instilled a high-performance culture in their workplace.

For our small-company category (companies with 25-49 employees), the industries spanned across the board -- from PR to real estate and everything in between. All 25 companies featured scored above a 92, with church-staffing service Vanderbloemen Search Group taking the coveted number-one spot. Companies were scored in 10 core categories -- collaboration, innovation, mission and value alignment, agility, communication, support, wellness, work environment, responsibility and performance focus -- on a scale of zero to 100. The scores along with a Net Promoter Score were combined to create a cumulative CultureIQ Score. For the full methodology behind the list, see below.

Without further ado, we present you our small-company category for our Top Company Cultures list.

1.

Vanderbloemen Search Group

Church-staffing company

Year Founded: 2010

CIQ Score: 100.00/100

2.

Hughes Marino

Commercial real-estate firm

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 98.31/100

3.

Skuid

Company providing user-experience management platform

Year Founded: 2013

CIQ Score: 98.15/100

4.

Rustic Cuff

Retailer specializing in cuff jewlery

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 97.60/100

5.

Uproar PR

Full-service public relations agency

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 96.64/100

6.

Kalos Services

Contracting company specializing in construction, air conditioning, electrical and pool heating

Year Founded: 2005

CIQ Score: 95.52/100

7.

DMV.ORG

Business providing DMV-related content and services

Year Founded: 1999

CIQ Score: 95.43/100

8.

Ytel, Inc

Software company helping businesses communicate with leads and customers

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 95.33/100

9.

BetterWorks

Business providing enterprise goal-setting software

Year Founded: 2013

CIQ Score: 95.21/100

10.

Grow Marketing

Marketing firm focusing on brand experience

Year Founded: 2001

CIQ Score: 95.20/100

11.

Henson Consulting

Full-service boutique PR agency

Year Founded: 2001

CIQ Score: 95.10/100

12.

QuotaFactory

Provider of sales-acceleration software

Year Founded: 2002

CIQ Score: 95.03/100

13.

GetUWired

Internet marketing company

Year Founded: 2008

CIQ Score: 94.56/100

14.

FlexJobs

Provider of job-service platform for telecommuting, part-time and other flexible jobs

Year Founded: 2007

CIQ Score: 94.27/100

15.

Chargebacks911

Chargeback management company

Year Founded: N/A

CIQ Score: 94.17/100

16.

Capterra

Provider of software directories to help businesses find the right solutions for their needs

Year Founded: 1999

CIQ Score: 94.15/100

17.

InCrowd, Inc.

Marketing research firm for life-science industry

Year Founded: 2010

CIQ Score: 93.62/100

18.

MAVRCK

Influence marketing company

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 93.33/100

19.

O3 World

Digital-product design and development agency

Year Founded: 2005

CIQ Score: 93.20/100

20.

Clypd

Software company for television-advertising industry

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 92.93/100

21.

Bateman Group

Integrated public relations and social-media communications firm

Year Founded: 2003

CIQ Score: 92.77/100

22.

Approved Mortgage Corporation

Mortgage company

Year Founded: 1994

CIQ Score: 92.70/100

23.

Help Scout

Company providing customer-support software

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 92.32/100

24.

Lever

Business providing recruiting software

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 92.29/100

25.

Kona Ice Corporate Headquarters

Franchise of shaved ice and ice-cream truck

Year Founded: 2007

CIQ Score: 92.23/100

Click below to see what companies made our medium-sized and large-company categories.

Methodology

The full list presents a total of 75 companies categorized as small, medium-sized or large companies (25-49 employees; 50-99 employees; and more than 100 employees) broken up into three distinct lists based on company size.

The rankings for all companies were determined using CultureIQ's methodology for measuring high-performance cultures. Employees at each company received a survey of multiple-choice questions. The answers were used to assess a company's strength across 10 core qualities of culture. These quality strength scores, along with the employee Net Promoter Score were combined to create a cumulative CultureIQ Score. The companies with the highest CultureIQ Scores became the Top Company Culture list in ranking order. To be considered for the ranking, a company must have at least 25 employees, have been founded before Jan. 1, 2014, and be headquartered in the U.S. Here are more details about the methodology.

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