Culture is Not Just Free Coffee

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Company culture is not just Razor scooters and nice perks like Friday lunches, coffee, and fruit. Culture, the buzzword that has been floating around in the workplace, consists of many factors. Office space, values, behaviors, dress code (or lack thereof), and how management interacts with team members throughout the office all help make up a “company’s culture.” A company’s culture cannot be defined by one word. It is complex and is often a differentiator for candidates when choosing their next position. Research conducted by CultureIQ found that “73% of employers believe a great corporate culture gives their organizations a competitive edge.” One company that truly has a strong culture is Daxko.

Culture is something that is lived, not spoken about. Well, you can speak about it, but what makes a strong culture is how each team member lives out the values of their workplace. How can a company have a strong culture without transparency? For this reason, Daxko’s senior leaders sit in the middle of the office. No cubes. No corner offices. This allows for transparency and approachability.

Daxko has open Q&A sessions every Friday with the CEO, which is just one example of how our senior leaders are transparent and approachable. During the Q&A sessions, any team member can ask Dave company-related questions. Or you may get the occasional, “are we going to have another foster dog in the office?” This allows for transparency and helps every team member strive for the overall goal of the company: to provide technology and services that contribute significantly to the success of our customers and to provide Daxko team members with rewarding careers. Daxko’s culture consists of transparency, teamwork, ownership, service-mindedness, integrity, lenient dress code, and the list goes on and on. This all comes full circle in the Daxko workspace.

The open and collaborative workspace in our Birmingham office allows for team members to collaborate. The office is aesthetically pleasing and highly functional so that local team members can interact, as needed, with team members who are remote. Let’s look at the innovative workspace Daxko BHM calls home:

Low cubes allow for team collaboration.

Conference rooms have video conferencing equipment and have glass walls for brainstorming.

Restaurant booths are in the back of the office for a quiet place to knock out some work.

Our largest conference room, Downtown, is a great place to host customers and large team meetings.

Right Brain is a great meeting room to get the creativity flowing.

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The Daxko Café is our one stop shop for caffeine. Who doesn’t like free Starbucks coffee?

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House Divided allows for a comfortable place to kick back in a bean bag or sofa and knock out some work.

As you can see, our Birmingham office is a pretty cool place that I think truly reflects our culture. Transparency and collaboration are key, but our unofficial core value of ‘fun’ is also prevalent. It’s always exciting to come to work when your office looks like this.


John C. is a Project Manager who enjoys concerts, especially at Red Rocks, and a nice day on the golf course.

Best of Daxko Halloween 2016

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In case you didn’t know, Halloween is a big deal at Daxko. We go all out in decorating our offices with mummies, skeletons, and spiderwebs and dressing up for the annual costume contest. 2016 marks our Houston team’s first experience with Daxko Halloween craziness, and their Pac-Man costumes knocked it out of the park. Check out some of our great costumes from this year’s festivities.

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Butch, Joel, Becki, Dan Van, Jason, Chayse, and Nate as Stranger Things

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Paul as Sriracha

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Tai as Olaf

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Constance as Little Red Riding Hood (plus wolf!)

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Ann as a Jedi from a volcanic planet

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Dane as Jacket from Hotline Miami

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Dave as a YMCA Member from 1985, and Dan as Hollywood Hulk Hogan

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Delphine, Tara, and April as Ms. Pac-Man and Friends

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Joseph as Error Code

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Matt, Ellen, and Janna as Ghostbusters and Mr. Stay-Puft

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Team Houston as Daxko Pac-Man

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Shaun as Shaun of the Dead

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Robbie, Tyler, Kaitlin, Kelsi, Brianne, and Ben as Peanuts

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Tony, Hannah, Matt, and Kate as the Daxko Birmingham Office’s Demo Rooms

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Kelly, Meg, Dominic, Napo, Erika, Danielle, Heather, and Wally as The Addams Family

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Gabby and Mallory as Susie and Angelica from Rugrats

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Selina and Kirsten as Netflix and Chill

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Ryan as a rare Hawaiian Yeti

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Kim, Susan, Beth, and Dawn as Snapchat Filters

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Colby, Alex, McKee, Crystal, and Josh as the Scooby Doo Gang

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Marland as Candy Rapper

Daxko Turns 18 and Says Goodbye to an Old-Timer

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Today, Daxko hits a milestone. It’s our 18th birthday! So in a way, we are now “officially” an adult, even though we don’t always act like it.

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We mark our birthday by the start date of our first-ever team member, Wei Jiang on October 14, 1998. Wei remains a key member of our software development team, and he has played a critical role in our success and growth. 

wei-02Wei has seen and done a lot over the past 18 years. Not only was he the creator and keeper of many of our software products, but he’s also experienced the highs and lows of being a part of a growth and change-oriented company. 

One of the inventible changes is the coming and going of team members, and today marks the celebration of one of those departures — a “retirement” if you will.  

Over her 16 years, 8 months and 13 days at Daxko, April Benetollo has led marketing, sales, product management, our People Team, career development, and more “assignments” I’m sure I’m forgetting.

dsc00013april_nationapril02We’ve experienced 14 straight years of double-digit growth, have a dominant position in our market and have built a very strong brand, and April has played an active, key role in all of it. We’re very thankful for her massive contributions and are excited for what lies ahead in her career.

April now joins an impressive alumni group, including Uncle Barry, Britney, JSides, Holly, Jeremy, Keefus, Toby, Susan, Austin, Tony, Anne and so many others. 

But we also have a great group of remaining old-timers such as Wei, Ming, Saranda, Rick, Patrick, Dan Van, Josh, Bryan, Todd, Heather and several Matts to name but a few, as well as newer team members like Moses, Kelly, Emily, Gabby, Colby, Napo, Alex and Mike that are ready and able to keep the momentum going strong and take us into the future. 

As we celebrate these milestones, it acts as a reminder of how the entire team — alumni, old-timers and relative newbies alike — are the reason behind our success. 

Thanks Team Daxko!

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7 of My Wildest Daxko Moments

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How did I already make it to my 7th year at Daxko? If you didn’t know, reaching the 7th year in Daxkoland is kind of a big deal because you get a one-month paid sabbatical. Looking back on my 7-year career, I’ve had so many “learning opportunities,” misadventures, and hilarious stories that need to be shared. That’s why I’m gifting you 7 of my wildest Daxko moments. I hope you enjoy reading about my failures and triumphs!

#7: The Time I Bought a Haunted Doll
When we moved to a new office and I was tasked with designing fun themes for our meeting rooms, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a haunted house-themed room we named “Spooky.” That’s when I found Annabelle – an antique, porcelain doll with alien-green eyes (that see straight through to your dark soul) and a chipped pinky finger. She sits in Spooky, haunting anyone who dares to enter. I often find her turned around, covered up, or banished from the room, because she’s a little unsettling for some; but I think it’s nice to have her looking out for me. Annabelle’s always got my back!

Just your average, everyday office decoration.

Just your average, everyday office decoration.


#6: The Time I Threw an Awkward Costume Party
One year, our CEO asked me to organize a fun, fall-themed event for our Team Members. I’m pretty sure he just wanted a tailgate party, but because I always learn the hard way, I thought I’d shake things up with an Oktoberfest party! In the month of November. At a seedy bar. During a football game. Needless to say, no one was jazzed about breaking out the lederhosen (Ompa!) or playing my reindeer games (German trivia, anyone?) at my “Novemberfest” party. Alanis is right – you live, you learn. Just give the people what they want – beer, football, and ‘merican clothes.

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Testing, testing… is this thing on?


#5: The Time I Hired a Magician… For Adults!
You know how to magically make all the enthusiasm in a room disappear? Hire a magician for your party of adults! This is an example of me “thinking outside the box” for events (you’re welcome, Daxko). The “magnificent” magician I hired donned a cape and did those pull-a-quarter-out-of-your-ear type “magic” tricks. The party flopped like rabbit ears out of a magic hat.

#4: The Time I Danced Like No One Was Watching (But They Totally Were)
As a kid, I really wished I was one of the Fly Girls on In Living Color. This is probably why I accepted (without hesitation) a teammate’s request to be a backup dancer in his Daxko talent show act. Two words: Gangnam Style. Two more words: We lost. On the plus side, I finally perfected my Gangnam Style pony prance.

Always willing to shake my groove thang for Daxko.

Always willing to shake my groove thang for Daxko.


#3: The Time I Became a Daxko Rap Star
Secret’s out – I’ve got some mad rhyming skills. I’m no Nicki Minaj, but I made Daxko pretty proud (or embarrassed) by writing a rap song called “It’s the DaxLife.” I also directed, produced, and stared in the music video. It’s off the chain. Or maybe just off. Check it out! It’s 3:20 minutes of your life you can never get back.

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Watch out, Internet – we’re going viral!


#2: The Time I Came Out
There’s nothing quite like waiting 5 years into your new job to come out. In case you’re not following, I mean out of the big ole gay closet. Lesbi-honest – it was one of the hardest and most awkward things I’ve ever had to do (outside of everything mentioned in this post). If you’re ever struggling for the right words, I recommend saying nothing. Just post your lesbian wedding photo Christmas card (“Merry and married!”) on the company bulletin board for all to behold. In all seriousness, I’m glad to work in a place where I can be myself.

#1: The Time I Partied Like a Daxko Celeb in Costa Rica
Achievers Club is the top award at Daxko. It’s awarded annually to the top 10% of the company – folks who were nominated by peers for their exemplary accomplishments during that year. I was shocked (and I’m betting you are, too!) to learn I won the award for my work in 2014. As a result, I got to enjoy a very adventurous, all-expenses-paid vacation to Costa Rica where I drank lots of delicious coffee and encountered many, many chill iguanas.

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