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50 Best Small Workplaces 2016

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Published together with our partner, Great Place to Work, the Best Small & Medium Workplaces rankings are based on input from more than 52,000 employees at Great Place to Work-certified companies. Employees completed Great Place’s anonymous Trust Index survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, including, their assessment of the honesty and quality of communication by managers, degree of support for employees' personal and professional lives and the authenticity of relationships with colleagues.

Results from the survey are highly reliable, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of 5% or less. Winning a spot on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from peers by creating a great place to work for all. Not only do the majority of their employees experience the company as a great place to work, but this experience is consistent across the organization, regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, job role, or other personal characteristics. The companies with the highest employee ratings relative to comparable organizations were selected for the list. Companies with fewer than 100 employees compete for placement on the 50 Best Small Workplaces list, and companies between 100 and 999 employees compete for placement on the 100 Best Medium Workplaces list.

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50 Best Small Workplaces

It’s not about the perks. Sure, it’s nice to have a gym in your offices or, say, free ice cream. But what makes a job meaningful depends on a few key qualities: a sense of mission; trust (from managers) and autonomy (for workers); and a culture of teamwork and communication. That’s what emerges from 52,000 surveys of employees at small and medium-size companies, conducted by our partner, Great Place to Work. Read these rankings for insights on managing and consider this: The revenue growth at the companies on the list averaged three times that of those that were surveyed but didn’t make the cut.

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Rosano Partners

At Rosano partners, “diversity” isn’t an obligation. It’s an identity—and a business opportunity. The firm was founded in 2006 by an Israeli immigrant, Sagiv Rosano, to sell, lease, and manage commercial real estate in underserved ethnic Los Angeles neighborhoods. Today 76% of its employees are minorities, a rainbow of ethnicities: Latinos, blacks, Persians, Koreans, Chinese, and more. Combined, they speak 13 languages. “We believe that different is stronger,” says chief strategy and operations officer Ian Whitman, who is openly gay.

Whitman devours books and podcasts on culture. He seeks to cultivate a tribe, a safe one where people can be open, understood, and supported. Most real estate firms have commission-only agents duke it out for contracts, but Rosano encourages collaboration by establishing separate territories for agents. “It promotes people to take risks and grow,” Whitman says.

The result is a “warm vibe,” says Bo Kim, an agent at Rosano. Expectations are high, he says, but the firm has mentored and supported him. Rosano gives people a hand up. The company has hired formerly homeless people and paid for a Filipina accounting intern to go to college, then pro­moted her.

Rosano’s culture is fostered in small ways. A table in the entryway encourages staffers to share meals every day. A companywide breakfast each week also provides everyone, from interns to vice presidents, updates on the company’s financial health and upcoming deals. Instead of keeping transactions close to the vest, staffers join forces, tapping their connections and knowledge, says Kim. That teamwork yielded 37% revenue growth last year.

Rosano has established itself as a firm that represents the diversity of downtown Los Angeles, says Deborah Villar, CEO of ViaCare, a health clinic that serves the poor in East L.A. Villar says two Rosano realtors, who were, respectively, Latino and gay, got to know the clinic and its goals and presented ViaCare’s business plan to a Ukrainian landlord with strong ties to the community. He ultimately put $500,000 in improvements into the building before ViaCare signed the lease. “We’re small, but they took the time to get to know us and treated us like royalty,” says Villar. “They want to be the face of L.A.” In a community with many different types of faces, Rosano fits right in. —Jennifer Alsever

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Company Info

Industry Construction & Real Estate
Sector Real Estate
U.S. HQ Location Los Angeles
Year Founded 2006
Type of Organization Partnership
# Work Sites 2
U.S. Employees 55
Revenue (Most Recent Year) $6 million
Web Address http://www.rosanopartners.com

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