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November 14, 2016

Renovate America Named a Top San Diego Workplace for Second Year in a Row

Company captures third place among large employers in The San Diego Union Tribune's annual rankings

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 14, 2016The San Diego Union-Tribune announced that Renovate America has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor for the second year in a row. Inclusion on this list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. With 619 local employees, Renovate America’s substantial growth in the past year moved it from the top position in the midsize category to the large category, where it captured third place.

To find prospective companies to feature, The San Diego Union-Tribune used print and online advertising to seek nominations from workers, bosses and others. From that pool, 1,153 companies were invited to participate and of those, 69 companies completed the survey. WorkplaceDynamics then ranked the companies based on employee survey results and divided into three categories: small, midsize and large.

"The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits," says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. "But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together." Claffey adds, "without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace."

Echoing this sentiment, Jamie Latiano Jacobs, Senior Vice President of People & Culture at Renovate America, feels that employees’ high level of satisfaction is rooted in the company’s mission-driven work and the sense of purpose people feel in working together toward something greater than themselves. "As an organization, we are committed to making homes safer, healthier, more comfortable and more efficient, while at the same time improving the economic and environmental well-being of communities." She adds, "our employees work hard and with purpose to realize this mission, so as an employer we strive to celebrate their achievements and take care of the whole person."

The company holds quarterly town hall meetings to encourage cross-departmental collaboration, communication and team-building, as well as annual holiday celebrations. Employees enjoy 100 percent company-paid health coverage and a generous 401(k) with a 4% company match and immediate vesting. They also offer unlimited paid time off for exempt employees, 120 days of parental leave for new parents, and free lunch catered daily. 

Renovate America has steadily been gaining recognition as an employer. In addition to being recognized as a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune two years in a row, the company was included on the San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list in 2015 and 2016 and just last month was named one of the country’s best places to work by consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

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About Renovate America

Renovate America partners with state and local governments to offer HERO, a property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program, to communities. HERO is the leading residential PACE program in the U.S. and has financed more than $1.96 billion of home energy and efficiency improvements across more than 82,000 households. This unique public-private partnership offers consumers access to financing for more than 60 types of products that reduce energy and water consumption, without the need for government funding. The HERO Program has received a number of recognitions including a Climate Leadership Certificate for Innovative Partnerships by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, inclusion in the 2016 White House Water Summit, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in California, and the Urban Land Institute Best of the Best.

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.