Thrasher Inc. is arguably one of Omaha’s most recognizable family-run home companies.
The 43-year-old contracting firm was started by a couple on the porch of their home and now specializes in waterproofing basements, repairing home foundations, measuring and mitigating radon, encapsulating crawlspaces, installing egress windows, and leveling and replacing concrete.
Human Resources Director Kari Yost said it’s not necessary to have construction experience to get a job at Thrasher. Instead, the company seeks to hire people who demonstrate a positive attitude as well as integrity and a team-first mentality and then trains them on Thrasher’s products and services.
Coaching is a huge part of Thrasher’s environment. Leaders want their employees to be both excellent at their jobs and eager to come to work every day. All employees go through a new-hire orientation called Culture Immersion. Depending on the employee’s position, immersion lasts anywhere from two days to four weeks.
“It is important to us that our employees know our history, get embedded in our culture, and also, understand how their role impacts all areas of the company,” Yost said. “Additionally, we focus on honest and transparent conversations with our employees. We have consistent check-ins throughout the year that focus on growth, development and performance.”
“We believe that our employees are our most valuable asset, and when we say that, it is more than just words to us. It’s what we believe in our hearts,” Yost said. “We strive to bring out the best in our employees and help them see a better version of themselves.”
Thrasher doesn’t push for a work-life balance; instead, the company strives for work-life integration. Said Yost: “We believe that if we can create an environment where employees feel a burning passion and fulfillment from their work, they can go home to create a happier family. And those happy families create happy neighborhoods and communities.”
The company conducts year-round “boot camps” for sales and production employees. The management team is committed to doing ongoing check-ins and reviews with workers.
Thrasher’s core values include One Community. Company leaders believe employees should advocate for the community in order to return the blessings they have been given. They believe gratitude and reciprocity are crucial to both the company and the community and offer employees various opportunities to work in the community, whether in small groups, a leadership program or an entire company event. Employees have helped local nonprofits increase their brand awareness. In addition, the Thrasher family matches employee donations to nonprofits up to $500 per employee.
Founded in Earling, Iowa, by Greg and Nancy Thrasher in 1975, the company began on their porch with a borrowed pickup truck. Four decades later, Thrasher has grown by expanding staff and offering new products and services to the areas it serves. Thrasher opened an office in Wichita, Kansas, last year.