Buildertrend wants its employees to have their best life.
“Our big focus is ‘life is better at Buildertrend,’” said Megan Maslanka, human resources director.
That’s one of the “three pillars as to why our employees are happy here,” she said. The others are: “We have a winning attitude and every employee gets to participate in the company’s success. Employees can grow their careers daily because we offer endless career opportunities.”
Maslanka’s department focuses programs “on how to have a better life,” she said. Examples are structuring the benefits package for families, giving sales personnel a four-day workweek and three-day weekend, free Friday lunches, a March Madness celebration, life-skills classes and an in-house bar for celebration with clients.
“Our culture is fun,” she said. The company’s three founders have an open-door policy and sit with the other employees, Maslanka said.
Buildertrend started in 2006 with about a dozen employees. “We all had genuine relationships with each other,” Maslanka said. “That connection is still a big one within Buildertrend.”
Megan Longo, director of marketing, noted company growth.
“We’ve grown totally by our own success,” Longo said. “The bootstrap idea comes from our founders.”
Buildertrend promotes from within, averaging 60 percent to 70 percent in-house promotions each year, Maslanka said.
The company also offers a variety of perks, including:
» An onsite cafe where employees can earn credits for healthy food choices.
» Employee discounts to local businesses because “we believe in their financial health.”
» Trips to sports games and concerts, family day at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, a carnival for families.
» In-house facilities for table tennis, electronic games, miniature golf, yoga, a gym, a bar and mother’s rooms.
Yet Longo said, “Our training program is the most interesting” and helps employees develop life skills. These include budgeting, learning how to make major life purchases, car maintenance 101 and basic cooking.
“We’re helping them make smarter financial decisions,” Longo said.
“We have a ton of giveaways and prizes” to honor jobs well done, Maslanka said. Buildertrend prefers to create memories through special experiences for honorees rather than to give out objects, she said.
Longo said quarterly town hall meetings celebrate departments and individuals. Buildertrend also honors positive attitudes and leading by example, she said.
Four employees each quarter receive a day trip and a parking spot, Maslanka said.
Not all the work is for company and self. There’s plenty of community service, too.
Longo said that Buildertrend gives employees a day off a year to do volunteer work for charity.
Maslanka also noted company-sponsored charitable work, which in 2018 included Habitat for Humanity in Omaha. Employees helped build two houses in two days, she said.
Recent efforts have involved helping flood victims, including some Buildertrend employees.