January 3, 2019 | Awards
Employees have often said so and now it’s official: OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, is a Great Place to Work®.
The Spartanburg SC-based hotel development and hospitality management company was certified as a high-trust, high-performance workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. OTO earned this credential based on an extensive culture audit and ratings provided by employees in anonymous surveys.
“Our core business is building great teams of talented people – and, as a result, we are able to deliver terrific hotels,” says CEO Corry Oakes, noting that OTO Development is also certified as a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. “OTO is committed to a company culture where our 2,300 team members can thrive, personally and professionally.”
OTO Development operates within a framework of Guiding Principles – integrity, partnership, humility, principled entrepreneurship, initiative and fulfillment – which inform how the company makes decisions and executes strategies. Acting in accordance with these Principles creates value for employees as well as OTO’s partners, customers and communities, which ultimately leads to a stronger company culture and better business performance.
“If it’s better for our people, it’s better for our business,” Oakes says, pointing to a full array of benefits such as health incentives, industry training, career development and tuition reimbursement. “The company’s continued progress is dependent on our most valuable asset – our people.”
What is Great Place to Work®? It's the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.