SALT LAKE CITY – Dec. 5 – For the second year in a row, Kuali has been named a Top Utah Small Business Workplace. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Kuali was one of 70 workplaces awarded among 8,000 qualifying organizations in the state.
“At Kuali there are less processes, obstacles and overhead that prevent engineers from creating,” said Tom Valletta, senior engineer at Kuali. “I love working for Kuali because of the values and ethics that our CEO [Joel Dehlin] promotes,” said Gayathri Athreya, coder at Kuali. “On several occasions, I’ve noticed that he doesn’t just talk the talk but he actually walks the talk.”
“When I started Kuali, I wanted to build a company where everyone loved to work,” said Joel Dehlin, Kuali CEO. “This recognition is validation for the culture we’ve been working so hard to create. It’s pretty awesome.”
Kuali was deemed a top workplace based entirely on employee feedback. The Salt Lake Tribune partnered with Energage to gather employee evaluations.
“This group of workplaces is the cream of the crop,” said Doug Claffey, CEO at Energage. “They are in the top 1 percent [of Utah organizations].” Jennifer Napier-Pearce, editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, added, “Part of becoming a thriving company is a good culture. [Top workplaces] know how to nurture and cultivate a culture that brings in new energy.”
According to Claffey, “direction” is the most powerful driver of a top workplace. Kuali’s vision, to simplify higher education administration, provides direction and motivation in the workplace.
The top workplaces competition included public, private, nonprofit, and governmental organizations.