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March 28, 2017
Renovate America Named One of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance

Consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine recognize the company for the first time in this category

SAN DIEGO, Calif. March 28, 2017 – Renovate America, a leading provider of home improvement financing, has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine. 

Renovate America ranked #22 on the list, which was based on surveys from more than 62,000 people working at leading financial firms. Employees at the winning organizations report high levels of trust in their leadership, as well as camaraderie and pride in what they do. An impressive average of 98 percent of employees at these companies say they enjoy a psychologically healthy workplace, with a similar share describing their organizations as friendly.

"Our employees take great pride in our purpose-driven work and in finding innovative ways to improve the home improvement process, while empowering homeowners to make their homes more energy and water efficient,” said Jamie Latiano Jacobs, Senior Vice President of People & Culture at Renovate America. “We know that this mission requires a team effort, so we aim to foster a collaborative workplace and to develop the whole person.”

Renovate America employees developed a set of core values, emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and deep respect, which are embedded into the company culture. These core values are used as guiding principles throughout the organization, informing key business decisions, integrated into the prospective employee interview process and new hire onboarding, and captured in murals throughout the building. The company holds quarterly town hall meetings to encourage cross departmental collaboration, communication and team-building. Employees enjoy 100 percent company-paid health coverage and a generous 401(k) with a 4% company match and immediate vesting. They also offer an Open PTO plan for exempt employees, 90 days of fully-paid parental leave for new parents, paid qualified leave in the case of illness or to take care of a sick family member, and free lunch catered daily. 

Team members at the Best Workplaces also hold their employers in high regard for the ways they give back to the community and the level playing field they create for employees to advance. This contributes to stronger loyalty among co-workers, as well as more robust revenue growth compared to companies that didn’t make the list. 

“Colleagues say their leaders at the Best Workplaces are consistent in their ethics and take an earnest interest in their teams’ feedback when making decisions. This reflects the high level of integrity customers expect from a business entrusted with their money,” said Great Place to Work Executive Vice President Kim Peters. 

The Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work–Certified™ organizations. 

Renovate America has steadily been gaining recognition as a leading employer – both regionally and nationally. In October 2016, Great Place to Work and Fortune also named the company one of the country’s best medium-sized places to work. The San Diego Union-Tribune named Renovate America a Top Workplace two years in a row, and it made the San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list in 2015 and 2016.

About Renovate America

Renovate America offers a tech-enabled market platform for home improvement and commercial retrofits that empowers communities to modernize and make their housing stock more efficient while giving small businesses the tools they need to grow. In addition to financing home improvements through an unsecured lending product, Benji, Renovate America offers communities the HERO Program. HERO is the leading residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in the U.S. and has financed more than $2.1 billion of home improvements in partnership with local governments. It is estimated that HERO is on track to save its customers nearly $3.5 billion in energy and water bills, and has created over 18,000 local jobs that cannot be offshored or automated. Renovate America has built the world’s largest green bond platform, with a volume of originations that enables securitization of HERO PACE bonds multiple times a year, attracting international investment to meet U.S. clean-energy objectives.

About The Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance

The Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance rankings are based on feedback from 62,450 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified organizations in these sectors. Employees completed an anonymous Trust Index© survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience the building blocks of a great workplace. Employees rated leadership strength and integrity, pride in their work and organization, opportunities for professional growth and support for work-life balance, among other factors. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5 percent or less. 

Earning a place on this list indicates a company has distinguished itself from peers by creating a Great Place to Work For All™. Rankings reward organizations where not only the majority of their employees experience a great place to work, but these experiences are highly consistent regardless of who people are or what they do within the organization. Results are considered based on the complexity of the employee population and relative to peer performance.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework and expertise needed to create, sustain and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" and a series of Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industries.

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