After four consecutive years of finishing in the top 3 of the BBJ's annual list of Best Places to Work in Birmingham, Airship finally takes home the gold!

The custom software development company finished first place in the small employer category (10-24 local employees).

In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Airship placed second at the Birmingham Business Journal's penultimate event.

The award recognizes workplaces where employers willingly go above and beyond for their employees. Creating employees who are engaged in their work, advocate for the organization, and intend to stay into the future. The 2021 rankings are based on employee survey results obtained through the Business Journal’s Best Places to Work partner Quantum Workplace.

Co-founded by Trent Kocurek, CEO, and Adam Aldrich, President, Airship is a remote-first company supported by 40 employees across the U.S. Local Airship crew members in the Birmingham area graded the organization’s level of engagement, professional development, satisfaction, and culture.

"Winning this award means so much to Airship," said Trent Kocurek. "2020 was a tough year for so many and as a leader it’s hard to know whether you’re creating an environment where people can thrive even in hard times."

For the Co-founders, the ability to attract top talent for the custom software design and development agency includes a focus on a remote-first culture, a healthy work-life balance, collaboration and a mission-driven purpose to create transformational change for clients and their users through remarkable experiences.

"Airship encourages creativity and curiosity. We continually seek feedback from the team on the benefits or perks that would make life better for them. Our crew is what makes our vision of transformational change possible," said CEO, Trent Kocurek. "And, living into our core values of being customer-obsessed, growth-minded, team-focused, and humbly confident are the foundations of the culture that allows that creativity and curiosity to flourish."

The award was open to companies with a workforce located in Birmingham, Alabama. To see a full list of the winners of the small category Airship won (10-24 local employees) and the other categories, click here.

Winning this award means so much to Airship. 2020 was a tough year for so many and as a leader it’s hard to know whether you’re creating an environment where people can thrive even in hard times. I’m happy to see our crew thrived and felt confident in voting Airship as the best place to work in Birmingham. It truly is due to the amazing crew members we have.

Trent Kocurek, Airship Co-founder and CEO

In addition to winning the overall small company category, Airship also won the 2021 Best Places to Work for Young Professionals Award. This special award recognizes companies with programs or policies aimed at accelerating the development and promotion of young professionals.

If you're interested in working at Airship, in our headquarter city of Birmingham or remotely from across the U.S., check out our Lever job board here. You can view all our current openings and apply there.


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