Last week, The NY Enterprise Report released their list of the 10 Great Entrepreneurial Places to Work. Qualifications for the list are based on compensation policies, benefits and time off policies, as well as entrepreneurial spirit, culture, work/life balance and company philanthropy.
With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce that Ai ranks among the top ten Great Entrepreneurial Places to Work in New York. With lots of cool companies, serious start-ups and creative agencies around each corner, this is huge news, and just goes to confirm all the things Ai believes in: creating an environment that encourages teamwork, creativity and a sense of ownership. We strive to offer that to our employees, and we are humbled to be recognized for it.
Last year, we introduced our Ai Tenets (called “the Morgan Freemans”) to perpetuate the Ai culture by defining what makes an awesome Ai-er (who better in his roles embodies all that’s great in this world other than Morgan Freeman?). The “Morgan Freemans” include being merry craftsmen, taking initiative, seeking ownership and working towards continual growth on project and personal levels. And of course, looking out for your fellow Ai-ers: teaching, learning, giving high-fives and questioning ideas to make them better.
From the mouths of Ai-ers:
“It is kind of the chicken or the egg—not sure if the people here create the culture or our culture attracts the right people, but the quality of work and willingness to help is like nothing I have experienced in past jobs.”
“Ai is a fantastic creative hub, and what makes it special is a character trait that everyone here owns … must be the Morgan Freeman stuff – smart, hardworking, unique and quirky in all the awesome ways.”
“I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of smart, open-hearted, creative colleagues in my life–but I’ve found more awesome people per square foot here at Ai than any other place I can remember. And an almost eerie shortage of ego and neurosis.”
Thanks to our awesome employees and to NY Enterprise Report for showcasing us among such good company. We may not take ourselves seriously, but we take culture seriously, and we are ecstatic others recognize that. Yay entrepreneurial spirit!