Ultimate Software:What's it like to work here?
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Date: June 12, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
Ultimate Software, a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today that the company’s Board of Directors has promoted Adam Rogers to serve as co-CEO alongside Scott Scherr.
Rogers joined Ultimate in 1997 and has served as Chief Technology Officer since February 2007. Previously, he served in a variety of positions at Ultimate, including Senior Vice President of Development, Vice President of Engineering, Director of Technical Support, and Director of Web Development.
“Adam has been my trusted partner in leading Ultimate and developing our product and technology strategies for more than twenty years. I’m thrilled to welcome him as co-CEO,” said Scott Scherr, founder and co-CEO, Ultimate. “Adam brings extraordinary leadership experience and operational expertise to the next phase of our partnership journey together, and I am extremely happy with his well-deserved promotion.”
“Scott’s visionary focus on people first since Ultimate’s inception has created our unmatched culture of trust, and it has been the cornerstone of our success as a company,” said Adam Rogers, co-CEO, Ultimate. “His clarity on ethical values, inclusive collaboration, and uncompromising excellence in customer solutions has fueled innovation at Ultimate and inspired transformation in the HCM industry. I am honored to be our co-CEO and look forward to serving our colleagues and customers in this capacity.”
In their roles as co-CEOs, Scherr will lead Ultimate’s growth and culture strategies through sales, marketing, and human resources; Rogers will lead the company’s technology vision, product development, services, and operations, including finance and legal.
Julie Dodd has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Rogers, and is now responsible for all aspects of operations as well as services at Ultimate. Dodd joined Ultimate in 2007 and has served as Ultimate’s Chief Services Officer since 2013, with responsibility for support and implementation for Ultimate’s customers. Previously, she held executive positions in Ultimate’s Mid-Market Services, Operations, and Product Strategy areas.
“Julie’s leadership in operational excellence, authenticity as a communicator, and dedication to elevating customer experience through innovative approaches have inspired intense customer loyalty, giving Ultimate an industry-leading customer retention rate,” added Scherr. “Beyond that, her business acumen and record of consistent results make her uniquely qualified to lead strategic prioritization and first-rate execution in our operations.”
Ultimate is in an unprecedented period of growth, market recognition, and global expansion. The co-CEO model will strengthen this upward trajectory as the company drives toward Ultimate’s next milestone objectives of $2 billion in revenue in 2021 and $3 billion in 2024, as well as longer-term business goals.
About Ultimate Software
Ultimate Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based human capital management and employee experience solutions, with approximately 51 million people records in the cloud. Our award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management, as well as HR service delivery solutions. Founded in 1990, Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than 5,200 professionals. In 2019, Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work ranked Ultimate #1 on their Best Workplaces in Technology list, in the “Large Companies” category, Ultimate’s fourth consecutive year to top the list. Customer Sales and Service World Awards recognized Ultimate’s Services team as the #1 Customer Service Department of the Year in 2018 for companies with 2,500 employees or more across diverse industries. Ultimate has approximately 6,100 customers worldwide, including Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Feeding America, First Horizon National Corporation, Red Roof Inn, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.
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The above post is an excerpt from Cecile Alper-Leroux’s, VP of HCM Innovation at Ultimate Software, new book, From Dissonance to Resonance: Bringing Your People and Organization into Sync.
In comments, employees uniformly refer to “relaxed, unassuming, and warm” CEO Scott Scherr as “Scott” and emphasize a company culture in which top executives are visible and accessible, with “no executive floor or special key in the elevator.” Two great perks: Employees get $300 per year toward kids’ extracurricular activities, and veterans get an annual cash bonus.
Read Great Place to Work review here.
“Ultimate Software invests in its employees by providing all the training and tools necessary to be successful. We’re never micromanaged. I’m willing to work hard for Ultimate Software because they never doubt my ability to do so. Management believes in every employee from the start, which creates an engaging and positive atmosphere that in turn produces an efficient workforce.”
“The culture of Ultimate Software is all about acceptance—not just in regard to differences in race, gender, or orientation, but also our individual personalities. I’m free to be myself with my coworkers and my manager. I love all the little things Ultimate does for us, from catered lunches to birthday celebrations to frequent recognition for our work. Every employee gets shares of stock when they join, so we are all part-owners of the company. At Ultimate, the bottom line is about making sure the employees (and their families) are taken care of, which in turn gives us the confidence and freedom to take good care of our customers.”
1. Ultimate Software
U.S. headquarters: Weston, Fla.
Industry vertical: Online Internet services
Number of U.S. employees: 3,972
“This company has changed my life as I could never imagine. I have never worked in a company where CEO and CPO are like family. You can go up to them and give them a hug without even thinking. They make our Ultimate life so rewarding.”
“The executive leadership team has always been a consistent part of Ultimate and their focus has never wavered. Ultimate has been about Culture, Product and Service since the beginning and despite early financial struggles, the executive leadership team has always been about taking care of the employees, so they can build better products and serve customers in the best way possible. That consistent message and leadership has built a truly outstanding organization and one that I am proud to say I am involved with now and in the future. I truly can’t think of a place I would rather be than at Ultimate. I am proud to be an Ulti-Peep.”