The Bottoms Up culture can be described
in one word: trust. Trust is provided to everyone, from the CEO to the interns.
With that trust, we are expected to make process improvements every day without
approval. With that trust, we are able to do our jobs without being
micromanaged by people, KPIs, or quotas. With that trust, we are treated like a
human being and not an emotionless robot. With that trust, Bottoms Up and its
culture has no ceiling.
My belief is that our culture is the result of multiple factors; To
me, they include:
Willingness to change, accepting criticism and moving forward;
Fluid communication, ability to ask for help and teamwork throughout the entire
office with other departments and colleagues in mind;
Striving to better ourselves and the company as a whole for our customer,
effective business practice and our future.
The final, and in my opinion most important factor is our people.
This small but amazing group respect their peers immensely. The commitment to
colleagues and the company, positive attitudes and approaches to challenges,
and genuine care for each other is what makes GrinOn such an awesome and unique
place to work.
The highly efficient work ethic keeps everyone motivated and
applied to their tasks and colleagues do whatever possible to improve as an
individual and as a team.
has a culture that allows everyone to be a part of a team and become confident
leaders. The daily meeting is the core of the culture; Each person has the
chance to share and learn how the company operates. The name--GrinOn--is a
large part too: laughter and positive attitudes are contagious around here.
there can be stress, deadlines, defects and general what-the-fuck-ery, people
at GrinOn believe in the company because they have the freedom to continually
improve a process and bring their ideas to the table. Having that
knowledge--knowing you are important and valued--makes a person work and feel
culture encourages a person to try new things and fail forward without fear of
reprimand. As you improve your work, you improve yourself; The result of that
culture is a better product and better customer service.
Carroll, Process Engineer:
GrinOn Industries company culture
has many great benefits and is one of the best in the world. The three things
that stand out to me and that I find most beneficial are freedom, community,
and growth. Every individual is free to improve their work environment, to make
their job better, to have the flexibility to work around life’s challenges and
are free to make mistakes without judgement. I have never worked in a place
where every person is actually on the same team, trying to accomplish a common
goal, all while treating each other with true respect and love. I don’t know
that there is a better company culture when it comes to community or the unity
of everyone in the company. Experiencing such a community culture with so many
different personalities and types of people is not only impressive but has
changed who I am and continues to do so. In describing the freedom and the
community that the company culture has, I can see that growth is not separated
into its own category but is spread throughout the culture. It has been so
great to have the ability to grow as a person, as a group, and as a company and
to have one of the main focuses of the company to be to grow people, to provide
an environment for people to grow in and feel safe to do so.
Springer, Process Engineer:
I have never been a part of something so truly great. For me, it
overwhelmingly comes across as a feeling. It’s a feeling of belonging, of
appreciation, like I’m part of something much bigger, feeling like we are doing
something to change the world and yet it has nothing to do with what we
actually make. The more I think about it the more our culture seems to be a paradox
when compared to social norms. It is insanely disciplined but because of that
discipline it is also easy going, laid back, loose and free. Our culture is
very supportive of outside the box thinking and trying of new ideas, yet is
full of harsh criticism. It is through that criticism that our ideas become
their best. We fail often yet we improve every day. We focus heavily on self,
yet seem to function like one big organism. We have a chat/channel where we
actually tell on each other! I can’t think of any other place on the planet
where that wouldn’t cause a catastrophic melt down and yet it brings us closer
together. We have something truly amazing here and I am proud to be a part of
Glickfield, Process Engineer:
culture is a nurturing “figure it out”.
culture is “don’t be a dick”.
culture is a toss in the fire. With a bungee cord.
culture is dick jokes and highdeas and gatorbeers.
culture is creative, ambitious, and vocal.
culture is individual and collaborative.
culture thrives on innovation.
culture creates leaders.
culture is balanced, supportive, empowered, deliberate and committed.
culture has 9 lives.
culture builds and rebuilds fundamentals.
culture is collective genius.
me, Bottoms Up is a true team culture. We regularly work on projects and
problems in teams. while aiming to highlight our individual strengths. The
culture itself is a work in progress, just like our processes. The more we
improve our processes, the better the culture gets. At Bottoms Up, our biggest
strength is the comfort in which we work. We have driven out fear so that we
may aim to fail forward and ultimately improve both individually and as a team.
The lack of barriers & fear allows the best ideas to come to fruition.
There is no individual winning or losing as a team. We will ultimately win as a
team because of our culture.
don't win a championship without first building a championship culture.
Boyer, Process Engineer:
Not to sound too sentimental or lame but I’d say you could sum up
our company culture in one word, Family.You might say, “Well duh, of course we’re a family” and you’d be right
but, I think it’s the nuances of the family dynamics that really shine here.What I mean by this is (and under my
definition of these characteristics) is that Families are full of characters,
people who aren’t afraid to be themselves.Silly uncles, talkative Aunts, Goth sisters and jock cousins but as part
of one’s family, are accepted for who they are.Which of course, allows for the inevitable ribbing of such
characteristics, but that’s family.Families also aren’t afraid to fight, anyone who has a brother or sister
knows exactly what I’m talking about.But I’m not talking about the kind of irrational fights you had as kids
but the disagreements you’ll have as adults.The kind in which fear of hurting their feelings takes a back seat to
the honesty the conversation needs.Because in the end, you truly care about them as a person but also how
that person effects the family.And
Finally, the bond a family shares would be similar to the success we all want
for this company.We all have different
roles and are off doing our own things but we all come together each night for
dinner at the table.To check in to see
how things are and make sure things are OK.Because if things aren’t OK, and come to find out that someone’s messed
with our family, we come together as a whole to set it right.Don’t fuck with Family.
Garner, Process Engineer:
GrinOn is.... eclectic and welcoming. Everyone is willing to
help and we’re all here to play on the team. This is an environment where you
are encouraged to be just a little bit better every day- and to use your voice.
You can speak up without fear of retribution. The guys here are true teachers.
From being one of the students, watching them take the time to each other and
transfer knowledge is a huge part of our growth, not only within the company
but personally, too. We’re here to learn, grow and change the world. Don’t get
us wrong, we love some good raunchy fun. Collectively we all see how our work
contributes to the overall goals of the company. Our communication is probably
one of my favorite qualities, it is so important, and we execute it tremendously
well. There is comfort in being trusted to do your job and not having to run
improvements up a chain for approval. Lastly, I love coming here every day. I
know I can learn and to teach others. I have a fricken’ blast when I’m here. So
much so, I have said to CC “I just want
to hang out with everyone from work” 1 or 4 too many times.
We love to bullshit with each other, but when it comes down
to it, we all share the same core values under this roof. I think we can all
agree, GrinOn is the shit!
Nyman, Process Engineer:
Industries is the most cultural driven company that I have ever worked
for. We all work as a team to serve the customer. We do not blame
any person for a defect but we look towards improving the process. Our
team allows us to rapidly identify issues and use corrective action to fix the
process/ problem. Our team is also a very close-knit group. No
single department is isolated from another. Not only are we all close at
work but we all enjoy hanging out with each other outside of work. Our
culture is a family.
Bae Reh, Process Engineer:
The first time I ever walked into GrinOn Industries I
noticed that people are super friendly and helpful. Everyone would just tell me
to keep asking questions in order to learn. When I do ask questions, they
answer my questions quickly and informally. The second thing I noticed is that
the shop and the office are very organized and everything has labels. It’s not
perfect but still very effective. People are very open-minded, productive, and
innovative. We always have something to do. The most outstanding part about
this company is the morning meeting. We gather to review our sales, improvements
and defects. We discuss fixing our mistakes, suggestions for change, and review
any problems. It is a really effective way to move forward. It makes us feel
like we are part of something bigger. The time here is very flexible. You are
trained in many fields/stations, not just the one you apply for. This is a huge
benefit for us because it allows us to fill their spot if another employee was
ever absent. I never hate to be here; I always look forward to work and
learning every day. Everyone at GrinOn is the reason why I love this job.
Williamson, Process Engineer:
Bottoms Up company culture is one where I can truly be myself. I
am allowed and encouraged every day to put my ideas on the table and make
changes to anything that I see needs attention.Never have I worked somewhere that a top priority is taking care of yourself
through self-improvement and education. I look forward every morning to coming
in and attempting to learn something new or make something, someone or myself
better than it was the day before. I believe that bottoms up beer is more than
a beer dispensing company. It is a place of growing people to go out and take
over the world in how they see fit. Bottoms Up culture is similar to that of a
cult but without the sex. We all love and want what is the best for each other,
and when someone asks about our company I sound as if I have been brainwashed
by the Lean culture and am willing to drink the kool-aid any second.