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DISCO Cares - The Power of Giving

Posted by James Buck Bracey IV on Jan 5, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Four months ago DISCO launched our DISCO Cares initiative.  The outpouring of support from our co-workers passionately wanting to helpafter Hurricane Harvey was so impressive. Our passion to help is so strong that we decided to create a way for employees to do more on an ongoing basis.

At their core, people are meant to help others. Think about it – it's that simple. We hear or read quotes like, “together is better,” “living is giving,” and “pay it forward.”  Why?  We strive – actually yearn – to give.  I am beyond proud of the DISCO team because of their passion to help and to give.  At the end of the day, isn't that what is really important?

I would like to share a couple of recent giving events coordinated with DISCO Cares that literally bring my tears to my eyes.  The first I would like to describe myself, and the second I would like you to hear from the other DISCO employees as well.    

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Topics: Disco Philosophy, Company Culture, DISCO Cares

What Do Employees Want Most In a Job?

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Nov 10, 2017 10:05:00 AM

What do employees want most in a job and in a company? According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report, employees want a job that allows them to do what they do best, have greater work-life balance, as well as the opportunity to work for a company with a great brand reputation. However, the dream job for many is elusive, as the report found that only one-third of the American workforce of over 100 million full-time employees is what Gallup calls “engaged at work”. Furthermore, more than one in three employees (35%) have changed jobs within the past three years, and 91% of employees left their company to do so.

Conversely, DISCO has seen an increase in our workforce in 2017 by 78% with some of the best and brightest talent in the industry seeking us out to join the team. I had the privilege of sitting down with one of our newest team members, Kim Pruitt, to discuss her background and why she chose to work for DISCO.  

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Topics: Disco Philosophy, Company Culture

Why Entrepreneurs Are Joining DISCO: An Interview with Michael Garlie

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Oct 26, 2017 7:58:00 AM

At DISCO, creative thinking is not just a buzzword – it’s a principle foundation of the company’s culture to not follow the status quo, but to push the limits of technological boundaries. For example, cross-functional teams of talented engineers, project managers, professional services, and legal practitioners meet weekly to review and vet new features to make sure they work intuitively, as a legal professional would expect.

Disrupting the status quo not only applies to the marketplace, but to the workplace. As evidenced in recent news (here and here), “the most disruptive companies are often just as stuck in the thinking of the past when it comes to workplace innovation…" If you're moving and growing so quickly, individuals in the workplace are the “things” that you ignore the most. Uber was being pushed hard by shareholders to grow more in new markets and to add more customers, not thinking about the individual in the workplace.

DISCO has chosen to address workplace and company culture by developing grassroots employee initiatives like the DISCO Culture Committee, town hall events where employees share “a day in the life” on their team, and service-oriented groups such as DISCO Cares. These initiatives seem to be having an impact, as DISCO has grown its workforce by 78% in the past year and continues to draw some of the best and brightest talent.

I had the opportunity to sit down with new employee and entrepreneur – Michael Garlie – to understand what attracted him to DISCO and hear about his experience joining the team. Michael is the founder of DSU Discovery and has worked with Bay Area law firms for over 18 years. He brings a unique perspective to the industry, as a result of being both an entrepreneur and litigation support provider in the space, and can approach a data problem from all sides.

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Topics: Disco Philosophy, Company Culture