600 companies nominated and over 45,000 employees surveyed
Seattle, WA (RestaurantNews.com) MOD Pizza, the pioneer of fast casual pizza, today announced it has ranked number seven on Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s annual ‘20 Best Workplaces in Retail’ list. Chosen after surveying more than 45,000 employees in the retail sector, the honor recognizes retail companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.
Since opening the first MOD in 2008, the company has developed a reputation as not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD hires for passion, not pizza making ability, and this drives its true mission – to become a force for positive change in the lives of its team members (the “MOD Squad”), the communities it serves and the broader food service industry. By the end of 2015, MOD will have 93 stores operating across 14 states, and over 2,500 employees. MOD’s explosive growth, nationally and internationally, will continue next year with the hiring of over 3,000 employees to support the opening of at least 100 new stores.
“Our ranking as a top workplace is particularly gratifying because we believe that a workplace is really nothing more than the people who occupy it,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “We have worked hard to create an environment where our people are motivated by a purpose beyond profit, and our collective aspiration is to prove that a business can succeed by putting its people first. Our product may be pizza, but our purpose is people.”
MOD’s people-first approach is focused on spreading the MOD culture into new communities by offering great jobs, excellent and unique benefits and career growth opportunities. From this inspired platform, the MOD Squad is encouraged to use the business to make a positive social impact. For every store opening, MOD donates 100% of all pizza sales to a local non-profit chosen by the store team. Additionally, to celebrate MOD’s birthday and Thanksgiving, the company donates $1 from every pizza sold to local charities. This month, the Spreading MODness campaign is donating approximately $125,000 to 88 charities cross the United States, and to date, MOD has donated over $350,000 to local causes close to each MOD Squad’s heart
To learn more about MOD Squad job opportunities and MOD Pizza’s mission of “Spreading MODness,” watch Spreading MODness 2015: https://vimeo.com/145686935 or visit http://modpizza.com/spreading-modness/
About Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s Best Workplaces List & Methodology
MOD Pizza and the 19 other winning companies were selected for Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s best retail workplaces list based on evaluations by over 45,000 employees within the retail sector. Employees ranked their companies using Great Place to Work’s Trust Index© employee survey. Employees answered questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, considering everything from the quality of the company’s pay and benefits, their opportunities for advancement, support for employees’ personal lives, and management ethics and day-to-day respect for staff. Survey results achieved a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5.7 percent or less. The total score for each company is based entirely upon employee feedback and the final ranking reflects the 20 companies with the highest total scores in their size categories.
“The companies on this list are leaders who offer retail employees well-rounded workplaces capable of attracting and developing top talent regardless of industry sector,” says Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work® United States. “Ranking on this list a great indicator that these companies’ efforts to create great workplaces are resonating throughout their teams.”
The 20 Best Workplaces in Retail ranking is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from published Great Place to Work® Reviews.
Seattle-based MOD Pizza is the pioneer of the fast casual made-to-order pizza segment, founded in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own salads and pizzas, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces for one price. Pizzas are hand-cooked in an 800 degree oven in less than three minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.
With 88 locations in 14 states, MOD is committed to creating not just a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. The company has been recognized as one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” by Inc. Magazine, in addition to being ranked a “Fastest Growing Private Company” and one of “Washington’s Best Work Places” by the Puget Sound Business Journal. MOD was also awarded the 2015 Community Impact Award by Seattle Business, the FEAT 2015 Outstanding Employer Award, and was nominated as the 2015 Large Private Employer of the Year Award by the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues. www.modpizza.com The MOD Difference Video
Kristina Jorge, ICR