It’s not every day you get recognized. But to get recognized TWICE in one day? Now that’s a rare experience. We’re thrilled to announce that Cumulus Networks has been recognized with both the FORTUNE 2018 50 Best Small and 100 Medium Size Companies to Work For award, as well as  Gartner Customers’ Choice for Data Center Networking.

With recognition like this, we’re taking time to celebrate and appreciate the awesome and talented people we get to work with every day.

Cumulus awarded as a FORTUNE 2018 50 Best Small and 100 Medium Size Companies to Work For

The Fortune award is one of the most prestigious and for good reason — Their rigorous methodology focuses on more than just benefits and office snacks. According to their 2017 methodology statement:

All employees were invited to participate in the survey, which is designed to reveal whether the organization is consistently a great place to work for all its people. Meaning: Do employees trust the people they work for? Are they treated fairly and with respect? Are people proud of their work? Do they enjoy the folks they work with? Are great experiences available to everyone – or does it depend upon who you are and what job you perform? How effective are executives at leading the organization and giving everyone an opportunity to innovate and contribute to the organization’s success? How does the workplace compare to others of a similar size or industry?

To us, a company culture is the heartbeat of the business. It dictates how people feel and act at work which directly impacts how we innovate, develop, sell and grow. We pride ourselves on the little things (catered lunches and ping pong tables), the big things (health benefits and office parties) and the unseen things (trust, integrity and transparency).

But instead of listening to your humble blog writer, or even Fortune Magazine, we figured you should hear it from the employees themselves. We polled the company and asked them if they could explain why they like working for Cumulus in 2 sentences or less. Here’s what they said.

“There have been a few times in my career where I’ve been lucky enough to be part of something special – this is one of those times. I feel very lucky to be working on a team that is driving Linux-based networking and network automation into the future”. – Mike Courtney, Systems Engineer, @iamboston1630

“Working with Linux and Networking, what can be better?” – Attilla de Groot, Systems Engineer, @packet_ninja

“Cumulus gives me the ability to grow and learn next-generation technologies. I feel empowered here to make a difference in all aspects of the company, from product direction, features, documentation or customer engagement” – Pete Lumbis, Senior TME Manager, @PeteCCDE

“At our core, every person at Cumulus is here because of a genuine belief that what we are doing is changing the fundamental way people look at networking. Every employee is extremely intelligent, capable, and passionate about our work – there are no “b” players at our company.” – Scott Kavanagh, Human Resources, Generalist

“Most people here believe that they can and should make a difference.” – JR Rivers, CTO and Co-founder, @JRCumulus

“I love working for Cumulus, because at the end of the day, my soul is still intact.” – Andrea Cupples, Design/Motion Graphics Lead

“Why I like working at Cumulus: I really enjoy working at a scrappy, passionate company that is also spearheading a movement. It’s a classic David vs Goliath story, and those stories usually have good endings for the Davids!” – Pete Bratach, Manager Docs + Community, @desertmonkey

Cumulus ALSO recognized as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice

Company culture isn’t just an internal thing either. It impacts our customers and partners in how we sell, collaborate and support the business. Culture awards don’t just recognize our stellar leadership team and employees, but it also tells our customers “Hey, when you work with Cumulus, you’re working with good people who care.”

And it seems our customers noticed.

The Cumulus Networks team is excited to announce that we have been recognized as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Networking. We take great pride in this distinction and we absolutely LOVE that this directly related to the amazing reviews we received from our customers. (Our favorite reference to Cumulus culture? “Happy to help mentality”).

As Gartner puts it, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate.

Conclusion

Pretty inspiring, right? We hope you think so. If you’d like to learn more about Cumulus culture, check out our Accolades & Awards page, About page and this amazing blog by our CEO Josh Leslie on LinkedIn. Plus, we’ll be posting photos from the office all day on Facebook and Twitter today as we celebrate this exciting recognition.

Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.