Thursday, June 26th, 2008
Maptek has been named one of the 10 best companies to work for in Colorado, in a survey sponsored by Colorado Biz magazine.
Employees answered questions online about job satisfaction, relationships with managers and coworkers, corporate communication and benefits.
About 50 people work in the Maptek office in Lakewood. Maptek started its Denver office with a handful of people in 1985, serving the local mining industry with innovative software and hardware products. Maptek now has 12 offices around the world.
“We are the industry standard in mining technologies, services and support. Maptek is the firm that many of the premier mining companies call to solve their problems,” said Maptek CEO, Barry Henderson. “Being the best means employing and retaining the best.”
Announcing the Top 10 listing, HR Director, Todd Husak said “It’s our employees that make or break our environment. We appreciate everyone who arrives at work with an open mind, a generous spirit, and a desire to be the best.”
“We ask a lot of our employees and they consistently deliver beyond expectations. They are truly amazing and I am privileged to work among them.”
“Whether Maptek wins or not, how we respond to the survey results is the important thing here,’ he added. ‘We will endeavor to address any concerns or suggestions that may arise from the survey feedback.”
Maptek rewards its staff with a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, profit sharing, bonuses, and most importantly, a friendly workplace that values creativity and individual contributions.
Maptek employees enjoy 100% Health, Dental, and Vision family premiums, generous vacation allowances and public holidays, including one ‘floating’ day, and paid ‘fun’ days for charitable and social events, as well as free access to transport and top level sporting amenities in Denver.
The Top 10 rating confirms what many Maptek employees feel. The mix of mining and software specialists with administrative, marketing and business professionals makes Maptek an interesting place to work.
“To restate the obvious, it’s the people”, said Software Engineer, Bill Blattner. “Working for 20+ years with some very intelligent and thoughtful people has enabled me to endure the bad times and appreciate the good ones. The mutual respect between fellow workers and clients has humbled me.”
At the other end of the longevity scale is a group of interns from the top mining schools who’ve already picked Maptek as a great place to work. Part-time at Maptek while completing their degrees, they can then step into a great mining career.
“As an intern, I got to know the ins and outs of this company, how it worked, why it worked, and I was able to see the vision of where it was going. I got to know each of the employees on a personal level all the way up to the CEO,” said Mining Engineer, Brandon Frederickson.
At Maptek, employees enjoy everything wonderful about the mining industry, without the isolation. The best schools and the best of Colorado living are only a short drive away. Located centrally in Lakewood, the Maptek office provides easy access to bike paths, the Rocky Mountain Range, skiing, reservoirs, and world class dining and shopping.
Staff feedback emphasized company loyalty, saying that Maptek managers “exhibit leadership where most companies only know how to manage”. Management really listens and values employee suggestions, improving the company to ensure clients and employees are happy.
Todd Husak, who joined Maptek last year, is impressed by Maptek’s integrity and demonstrated commitment to its values.
“Speaking of great corporate citizenship, I’ve worked for hospitals and non-profits that talk about their commitment to good causes, but I’m proud to state that Maptek and its employees represent the most giving organization I’ve had the privilege to be a part of.”
“Staff got enthusiastically behind this year’s Habitat for Humanity, putting up siding, building garages, and finishing roofs. It was hard work, but we left with that warmth of heart that comes after giving of oneself for others,” Todd added.
Other charities supported by Maptek staff include the Coats for Colorado and Make-a-Wish foundations.
“The employee survey will help Maptek to become an even better place to work,” said Barry Henderson. “It focuses attention on one of our corporate values – to foster continuous improvement and ongoing learning through achieving the highest standards of excellence in our people, products and performance.”