First Flight Solutions named one of Inc. magazine’s BEST WORKPLACES 2019
Emerald Isle, N.C. (May 20, 2019) — First Flight Solutions is honored to announce that for the third consecutive year the company has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces in the fast-growing private company sector.
Founded in 2008 by shipping industry veterans Keith Byrd and Travis Burt, FFS helps companies save money on small package and freight shipping costs and has developed a formidable reputation as a community steward and sought-after employer.
Tens of thousands of employees from more than 2,000 companies were surveyed to discover which private American companies have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.
Developed in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent. FFS was one of only twelve companies from the Logistics & Transportation sector to earn the honor.
“To be ranked for the third year in a row by Inc. on the Best Workplaces list is an absolute testament to the invaluable people that have a dedication and passion for working at FFS. We are humbled and thrilled to accept this honor. Every single person in our company exhibits our core values and deserves all the credit for our continued success,” said Berkley Stafford, Vice President of Sales at First Flight Solutions.
What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks — it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes them all work together.
“Being named an Inc. Best Workplace for the third year in a row is very humbling. All year we work hard and play hard — we volunteer countless hours for the local community, serve our clients with the best customer service, strive to develop the most effective technology, and so much more. Our people are the best in every way, and I am proud to be a member of the FFS family,” said Jillian Farrington, Marketing Coordinator at First Flight Solutions.
The 2019 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a 30-question survey. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent — that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.
From the survey responses, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:
- Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
- Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
- When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.
FFS is a 5-time Inc. 5000 honoree and has experienced nearly 117% growth in employee headcount over the last two years. The company prides itself on having happy, team-driven employees, largely due to perks like an aggressive 401(k) match, profit sharing, cash-balance plans, healthcare subsidy, flexible working hours (including paid summertime Friday afternoons off), paid paternity leave, car washes, bicycles for employee use, and even on-site massages and yoga.
Just over two years ago, the company launched its IMPACT1 initiative, which provides each employee with 20 hours of paid volunteer time and is part of an overall pledge to donate one percent of the company’s profits to charity, one percent of its employees’ time to community involvement, and one percent of its services in goodwill to charitable organizations that would benefit from First Flight Solutions’ services.
“Our company culture and core values aren’t just chapters in the employee handbook – they truly define who we are as a team,” said Danielle Crump, Partner Development Supervisor at First Flight Solutions.
“This award showcases how great our organization is because of the people who work here.”
About First Flight Solutions:
First Flight Solutionst, 3-time Inc. Best Workplace, leverages proprietary technology unique to the industry that ensures our customers pay the lowest possible small parcel and LTL rates. In our 10-year existence FFS has won numerous awards, including five consecutive placements on the Inc. 5000 (2013–18), three consecutive placements on the North Carolina Fast 40 and the Grant Thornton NC 100 (2016–18), Entrepreneur 360 Best Company 2018, CAI Ovation Award 2018, and Business NC Best Workplace 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit www.firstflightsolutions.com.
About Inc. Media:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of Advertising Age’s “The A-List” in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.
About Quantum Workplace:
Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit www.quantumworkplace.com.
First Flight Solutions
8921 Crew Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594