Every employee has a unique Clickstop story.
We have people from all over eastern Iowa. We have Kerry who drives all the way from Guttenberg, to Lonnie who lives right down the street. No matter the background, no matter how long of a drive it takes to get here, everyone shows up to Clickstop with a great attitude and ready to achieve great things. Sharyl Voss is a prime example of someone who helps set the tone around Clickstop.
One thing everyone can say about Sharyl… She has a big smile on her face. Everyday. She is happy to be at work. She is excited to see her co-workers, her friends. If you ask Sharyl if she likes her job, she will look at you seriously and tell you “NO! I LOVE my job!”. Her attitude and friendliness is contagious.
As you have read in our previous posts, we have a lot of unique people working at Clickstop. Each employee hired was recognized for their ability to contribute not only to the company’s bottom line but also to the collaborative, outgoing and positive environment. Not every person who comes to Clickstop found us through a blog or job posting. We have quite a few people working at Clickstop who were referred by someone who was already paving their way through Clickstop. We take employee referrals very seriously because we know the teamwork that is involved with making this place great. And who would know better about hiring someone new than the people who are already here?
For this post in our Employee Referral Series, we are proud to feature Bill and Lacy.
If you have been keeping up on our last few posts, you know we are talking about Clickstop referrals. With our 150 or so employees, there are many unique stories about how people found Clickstop, how their lives have changed, and how their careers have excelled. Megan, Phil, & Brad were all looking for big opportunities and work life balance and found just what they wanted when they came to Clickstop. Ben, Tim, & Matt had different reasons for coming to Clickstop, but in the end they just wanted to be fulfilled in their lives and help build something great. They found that at Clickstop.
Now we have Erika, Josh, and Brenda. Erika actually referred both Josh and Brenda because she saw what they could bring to the company and how Clickstop could bring them balance within their lives. Why? Because it did for her. Josh said it perfectly when he told us that he can focus on his family because that is the type of culture that has been built here.
Check it out. Are you our next Clickstopper? Go to the careers page and apply now! We hope to see you soon.
Every person at Clickstop has a unique story to tell, and Ben, Tim, and Matt are no exceptions. Anyone who knows these three can tell you, they are characters. Each has a goofy and big personality so it comes as no surprise that they were referred to work at Clickstop by one another.
Ben started at Clickstop in 2004. Ben was the second person in the company, helping his best friend Tim Guenther, start US Cargo Control. If anyone in the company has seen change, it is Ben. Being with the company since the beginning gives him a unique perspective on the growth the company has experienced. He knows the hard work, the excitement, and the potential we have every day. It also means that if he is telling you to apply here, you should probably listen.
Enter Tim Sanders. Tim and Ben worked together in previous jobs and knew each other quite well. Tim was in a job that he enjoyed and expected to retire from, but like I said, if Ben is telling you to apply at Clickstop you better listen. Tim was hired in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since.
Ben and Tim are quite the pair. They know exactly how to have fun at work but still be very effective in their roles. If you look back at our Youtube page, you will find them in quite a few videos. So what happens when you add a third person into the mix? Well, it happened two years ago when Matt Bruckman was referred by Tim.
Tim knew Matt personally and could see he was unhappy in his career and told him about the great things happening at Clickstop. Matt did not require a lot of persuading. He came in for his job interview and was convinced that this was the place for him. This guy fits right in, especially if you put him next to Ben and Tim. (watch this video about Matt, you will understand)
So, who is going to be next? Check out their video, your guess is as good as ours.
Last month, Clickstop donated extra materials to a children’s library program in Banks County, Georgia. Leftover webbing, used to make ratchet straps, will be repurposed to create handles on library bags that will be given to children who receive a new library card or visit the library for the first time.
Clickstop owns and operates several brands that serve diverse markets. Banks County Public Library approached Clickstop’s flagship brand US Cargo Control about the possibility of donating extra webbing the brand uses to manufacture straps and other tie down equipment for the trucking and transportation industry. Company leaders felt it would be a missed opportunity not to help.
“The webbing we donated was leftover from the manufacturing process,” Clickstop Chief Culture Officer Jim Mayhew explained. “Why wouldn’t we donate it to a program that is helping children learn to read? Those materials could have easily been wasted.”
Employees in the company’s manufacturing department custom cut the webbing to the size needed for the bags. Clickstop then shipped enough vibrantly colored pieces to create handles for 50 bags.
The bags will be assembled by a group of seniors who belong to a church sewing club in the Banks County community. All materials for the bags are donated, mostly by generous community members. Though over time, program leaders began to worry they may not be able to keep creating the library bags because of the cost of materials, especially the webbing for the handles.
That’s when Banks County Public Library Manager Stacy Krumnow went online and began asking companies to donate scrap materials. Very few responded, but then she found Clickstop.
“We are so excited and thankful,” Krumnow said. “If it helps one child boosts his or her confidence to love to read then Clickstop has made a difference in the future of that child and our community.”
Just this summer alone the library has distributed 50 reading bags to kids. The library also provides tutoring and lunch programs for children in the community, and works closely with the school district that serves about 2,600 students in the area.
Clickstop takes pride in its philanthropic culture. For years the company has supported its own local, eastern Iowa community in the form of fundraisers, clean-up events and family sponsorship. That passion pushed the company to think big and develop its own non-profit organization, Clickstop Cares, which supports underprivileged children and families in the surrounding area.
“The desire to help others is a core value and essential part of our identity as a company,” Mayhew said. “At Clickstop, we expect greatness in ourselves and work to inspire it in others.”
Culture isn’t a buzzword at Clickstop. It’s the company’s competitive advantage.
Clickstop has been recognized several years in a row for its unique atmosphere and workplace values, including being named the overall Coolest Place to Work in the Corridor in 2014. The company’s culture isn’t a fad or phase, it’s a long-term investment.
“Culture is something you have to continuously consider and never allow to become complacent,” Clickstop Founder and CEO Tim Guenther said. “Continuous improvement of our culture is an essential part of our strategy and identity.”
Guenther started the company in 2005, selling ratchet straps and other cargo control equipment on the website, USCargoControl.com. Since then, the company has grown from a consumer website to an industry leader with a soaring business-to-business customer base.
In addition to US Cargo Control, Clickstop operates several other brands from its headquarters in Urbana. Products range from fasteners (FastenersPlus.com) to insulation (EcoFoil.com) and plastic storage containers (JustPlasticBoxes.com and SpaceSavers.com).
In the last decade, Clickstop has experienced rapid growth. It began with only one employee, and has since grown to more than 120. Guenther credits much of the company’s success to its talented team.
“Part of our strategy involves attracting high-performing people and placing them in a positive environment where they can accomplish their professional goals while still balancing their personal lives,” he said.
For many employees, that philosophy is what makes Clickstop extraordinary.
Employee Sarah Meinders appreciates that at Clickstop, it’s about the people. Each day, employees work to better the company while improving themselves at the same time. Meinders says she’s never worked anywhere where employees play such a vital role in shaping the company.
“Clickstop is more than just a job, it’s a place where people truly care about their own success and future and the success of those around them,” Meinders explained. “You are not a number at Clickstop, your ideas and opinions matter, and it is your responsibility to drive your own success here.”
Part of that success involves celebrating big wins as a team. A gong sounds off several times each day to mark a large sale. That loud vibration carries throughout the entire building, and is immediately followed by celebratory cheers, whistles and noise-makers from fellow team members. For employee Adam Shouse, that continual support is what he loves most about his job.
“Nobody is ever too busy to stop and help a peer who has a question or needs help,” Shouse explained. “We are all one big team working toward the same common goal and that makes working here special.”
On top of a positive setting and team approach, Clickstop also supports a strong work-life balance.
Employee Ashley Rambo says working for Clickstop has been life-changing. As a mother of three young boys, Rambo can balance being there for her children without having to sacrifice her own career ambitions.
“Having a balanced life doesn’t mean I can’t have a career,” Rambo said. “I don’t feel like I have to choose between my success and my family, and that is such a relief.”
Clickstop initiatives are also in place for those with a desire to better themselves on a more personal level. People can take advantage of nutritious meal options, free fruit and onsite workout facilities, as well as tuition assistance to further their education goals.
Employees are also encouraged to participate in a variety of company clubs and initiatives, ranging from an outdoor gardening group to volunteering for a favorite charity or even the company’s own nonprofit organization, Clickstop Cares.
“The people of Clickstop are who they are, and most of the time that means they are quirky, crazy, funny, wonderful human beings who would do anything for their fellow co-workers or members of their community,” employee Allen DeHeck said.
When it comes down to it, company leaders believe allowing people to become the best version of themselves will translate into success in all facets of their lives – including their work.
“At Clickstop, we want our employees to work-hard, but we also want them to feel fulfilled,” Guenther said. “Those values have driven our past success, and will guide us into the future.”