Rent College Pads
Rent College Pads (1101 N. Market St.) is revolutionizing the student housing market on a national level. Starting as just an idea from founder Dominic Anzalone while attending UW-Whitewater, the company has grown to over 20 employees — including a full-time office puppy, Salsa, whose job description includes full-time morale boosting, eating carrots as deemed necessary, and greeting the mailman.
“The culture of our business is based on a ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality. We believe that anything is possible and thrive on constant adjustments and creativity,” Anzalone said.
His employees agree. “We work in a huge communal space, filled with office games and other stress-relievers, and I think that fosters a lot of teamwork and collaboration. Not only that, our staff is tight-knit, and we’re encouraged to communicate and work closely with higher management — meaning I can get my ideas in front of the people who can make it happen,” said Operations Coordinator Callie Kollenbroich.
Employees enjoy an open vacation policy to manage their own schedules. “If you need a day off, take one,” Anzalone said. “Most times, employees come back hungrier and ready for action.”
RCP also offers extreme growth potential due to the internal success. “We prefer to promote from within the ranks, so we can move people up quickly,” Anzalone said. “Compensation can grow extremely quickly along with that.”
On top of the crazy cool work environment, RCP of course offers benefits.
GoGeddit was started in Milwaukee when founder Richie Burke graduated from Marquette University in 2011. After working out of apartments, The Hudson Business Lounge, and the first office space in Walker’s Point, they’ve now happily been located with their 7 employees in Bay View for over a year (2680 S. Kinnickinnic Ave).
“GoGeddit was started by going door-to-door to businesses to get our first customers and guerrilla marketing tactics to build our following,” Burke said. “Although the business model has evolved, it’s maintained elements of the young, scrappy, fun and ambitious culture the GoGedders began with.”
Baily Kalscheur works at GoGeddit as a Digital Strategist. “It’s a ‘twenty-something’ digital agency in the best sense of the term,” she said. “We thrive on creativity, innovation, collaboration, laughter and LOTS of caffeine, generating an environment we all thrive in.”
Burke says one of the most rewarding parts of working there is seeing team members who started as interns or in entry-level positions thriving leading projects and consulting for brands all over the country.
On top of loads of creativity and a killer office in Bay View, employees enjoy full benefits, free coffee, regular team happy hours and events and unlimited vacation.
Wantable is an online lifestyle service for busy people on the go, providing premium products tailored to your unique tastes, wants and needs. Located in Walkers Point (112 E. Mineral St.), the company has over 100 fashion-forward employees who feel very comfortable in the hard-working, exciting culture.
“We celebrate [our employees’]individual and collaborative successes,” said President Jalem Getz, who also founded Halloween Express.
E-commerce Manager Kayla Footit cites the companies great collaborative environment. “While we keep outgrowing our offices, working closely together has been invaluable for creating strong team bonds. Our Walker’s Point space is equipped with a coffee bar to fuel brainstorming sessions and a wine bar for folks who like to put in some extra time in the evenings,” she said. “Even our conference room is loaded with inspiration from the graffiti-style artwork and table made from reclaimed wood. There’s nowhere I’d rather put in my 9-5.”
Employees get 50 percent off (and early access to) merchandise, work in an open office environment with collaborative workspaces (including hanging swings!) and receive free parking, benefits and extensive maternity/paternity leave pay.
“I personally believe if you provide a valuable product and take care of your employees, the result is a growing and thriving company,” Jalem said.
With 29 wine-loving employees, Bright Cellars (333 N Plankinton Ave.) is a monthly wine subscription startup designed to help new wine drinkers discover and define their taste through a short quiz.
“We’ve created a tight-knit tribe of people; we emphasize feeling like a family here!” said Maria Santacaterina, Director of Member Experience.
Annie Johnson, Wine Concierge Team Lead, says she’s “so lucky to be surrounded by such thoughtful, intelligent, dedicated individuals. The relaxed environment, the unique flexibility, the strong friendships and, of course, the wine are all fantastic perks.”
Bright Cellars is a dog-friendly office with a fully stocked snack bar. The company offers employees wine and cheese classes led by the in-house sommelier, paid parking, unlimited access to the Ward 4 co-working space and benefits.
We’ll drink to that!
The mission of NEWaukee (161 W Wisconsin Ave.; within the the Shops of Grand Avenue) is to change the way people connect through workforce, community and economic engagement. Its 8 employees are responsible for lots of local networking events, such as monthly socials and the summertime Night Market.
NEWaukee creates a culture that focuses on “autonomy, empowerment and the freedom to pursue your passion,” said Chief Idea Officer Jeremy Fojut.
“No two days are ever the same, I’m able to explore Milwaukee and connect to new people and places that were maybe inaccessible to me before,” said Rita DeMerit, Social Architect.
Employees enjoy unlimited vacation, team happy hours, “call into work well days,” annual paid sabbaticals for professional and personal development, monthly off-site Friday excursions, an annual company trip to a different city each year and paid networking events of the employee’s choice.
SRH Marketing (1818 N. Hubbard St.; above Wolf Peach) is a marketing and video production agency with nine employees. President Matt Sabljak explains the environment as “focused, fun and punctuated by occasional outbursts.”
“We all love what we do, so we’re always working and playing simultaneously!” he said.
Betsy Rowbottom, Senior Account Manager, agrees: “Our first core value: ‘show moxie.’ I love that I’m challenged and encouraged to take risks. Risks only happen in work environments where there is trust. We don’t do trust falls, but we do have each other’s backs, and our strong creative work reflects the team’s ‘moxie’.”
Employees enjoy the ‘best view’ of downtown Milwaukee from their balcony in Brewer’s Hill and inclusive team events, including dinners, Boys and Girls Clubs “Prom” and Packers games. SRH also sponsors the Milwaukee Film Festival annually, specifically “Stop Making Sense,” the Talking Heads dance party, which is always a great time for the team. Employees have flexible (and work-from-home) hours, unexpected rewards for showing moxie, a stocked beverage fridge, good music around the clock, soup when you’re sick and solid benefits — including free parking.