|[July 28, 2014]
Zumasys Named #1 Best Place to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal
IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Zumasys, a leading provider of cloud computing solutions for
business-critical applications, announced today that it has been ranked
#1 on the 2014 Best Places to Work in Orange (News - Alert) County list, a project of
the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. This
is Zumasys' third consecutive appearance in the top five companies on
the list and its first time at #1.
This recognition comes nearly five years after Zumasys recommitted
itself to building a thriving company culture during the economic
downturn of 2008 and 2009. Instead of cutting back spending on employee
goodwill during that time, Zumasys made a conscious decision to do the
opposite, upping investments and committing to spend 1% of its revenue
on employee programs.
"Four years ago, we had our worst financial year in the history of the
company," explains Zumasys President Paul Giobbi. "And at our lowest
low, we refocused on our people with programs like the International
Travel Incentive, giving one lucky employee per quarter a week of
paid time off and $4,000 to travel anywhere in the world outside of
Zumasys also expanded its community service efforts by launching
Happyness Is a Choice, a program that develops close partnerships
between employees and nonprofit organizations, such as the Second
Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, the Muscular Dystrophy Association,
and Operation Smile. Through Happyness Is a Choice, Zumasys gives away
an additional 1% of its revenue to nonprofit organizations nominated and
selected by its employees.
In the latest evolution of the program, Zumasys has pledged to match all
employee donations and to give 10% of those funds directly to
individuals in need within the company's network of family and friends.
The new program is already having a dramatic impact on Zumasys
employees, helping them to find a greater purpose in their work.
"When my best friend's sister was diagnosed with cancer in 2013,
wished I could do more to help," says Zumasys' Marketing Lead Yvette
Castro. "Zumasys sent her a beautiful bouquet of flowers after one of
her surgeries and wrote her parents a check to help offset the cost of
her treatment. It's empowering to know Zumasys is there to help me do
more to spread happiness in my community."
"It's a huge sense of relief to work for a company that truly invests in
its employees and their futures," adds Zumasys Office Administrator Kate
Goetting. "It gives you the confidence to focus on your work knowing
that you're supported 100%. Through the Happyness Is a Choice program,
Zumasys was generous enough to donate not only to nonprofit charities
that I nominated, but also to a personal friend of mine that was sick
and struggling financially. It's hard to put into words how much that
means to me personally."
In 2013, Zumasys partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange
County to raise more than $63,000 to feed hungry families in Orange
County. This year, Zumasys
has partnered with Operation Smile, an international medical charity
that performs safe and effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries
for children in need. Through its Happyness Is a Choice campaign with
Operation Smile, Zumasys hopes to raise $75,000-enough to fund cleft
palate surgeries for more than 312 children.
"One percent on employees and 1% on nonprofits is a lot of money that
could be added to our bottom line, but it has more than paid for itself
with zero employee turnover, over 40% growth of our cloud platform, and
great recognition in our community from publications like OCBJ," says
Giobbi. "If you want to be the best of the best-and we do-culture is
something you have to think about every day. You can't take your eyes
off it for a second."
For more information about the Zumasys Happyness Is a Choice program,
For more information on the survey process for the Best Places to
Work in Orange County program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkOC.com.
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Zumasys helps companies of every size transition their infrastructure
and applications to the cloud. With Zumasys cloud services, customers
can easily access the latest software and hardware technologies over the
Web, allowing them to focus on growing their core business instead of
managing their IT infrastructures. Zumasys delivers personalized
service, integrated disaster recovery and the confidence companies need
to outsource the hosting of all their applications, including legacy
For more information, visit www.zumasys.com.
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