June 28, 2023

phData Named as a “2023 Best Places to Work” by The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

By Izzy OKonek

We are excited to announce that phData has once again been recognized as a “2023 Best Places to Work” by The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, marking it our seventh consecutive year of receiving this special honor.

This recognition holds significant meaning for us as it reflects our continuous growth since our establishment in 2014. It serves as a testament to the crucial role played by our exceptional team and the thriving culture we have at phData.

From our commitment to remote-first flexibility to our core values that guide us and our investment in the professional development and well-being of our employees, they are the driving force behind our ongoing success.

What is the BPTW Award?

Now in its 25th year, this list recognizes businesses that provide an exceptional work environment, as determined by their personnel through a comprehensive survey. 

Once a company applies for the award and meets the entry criteria, a survey is sent out on behalf of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal to employees.

The survey is meant to gauge employee feedback on their company based on culture, communication, efforts, leadership, benefits, and more. After the survey results are in, BPTW determines honorees and later announces winners.

What Our Employees Love About phData

Since 2014, the phData team has emphasized the employee experience. As we continue to grow our team globally, one facet withstands our ever-changing industry: the prioritization of our employees. 

As we face new challenges and opportunities, we continue to adapt to ensure the best environment to cultivate a community of learning, innovation, and development.

Our Values

What sets phData apart from the rest is the core values that navigate our decision-making, prioritization, and innovative practices. Our core values, Psychological Safety, Curiosity, Grit, and Community, are the wind behind our sails throughout every success and challenge.

Psychological Safety

Together, we create a climate where it’s safe to take risks and be vulnerable. This allows us to be creative, make mistakes, and speak up about ideas or ask questions without fear of being embarrassed or punished. Psychological safety leads to an environment that truly fosters learning, innovation, and teamwork.


There is a deep desire to understand our technology, each other, and our customers. We strive to learn technology at a deep, fundamental level. We are passionate about better understanding each other and our customers so that we can deliver the technical and business outcomes they need.


Grit is a mixture of intense passion and intense perseverance. We take creative approaches to design solutions and are dedicated to following through until the problem is solved. Grit allows us to solve our customers’ most complex problems and deliver superior results.


We are better as a whole than as individuals. We appreciate and bring together our different expertise, perspectives, and ideas to develop better, more well-rounded solutions. We support, challenge, and encourage each other along the journey.

“I enjoy working for phData for quite a few reasons if I’m being honest. One of my favorite things is the sense of community and level of collaboration between people who may not only be on different projects but even on different continents.

Another really important reason (to me) is work-life balance. Whether it’s an emergency snowstorm or a planned vacation, everyone is always extremely supportive of ensuring people take time off when they want or need to!”

– Ahmad Aburia, Solutions Architect

Remote-First Organization

Working remote first allows our employees to have the autonomy to work within their own defined working hours from anywhere in the United States.

While they have the option to work and visit our beautiful workspace in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, our team holds numerous team-building activities via Zoom, including weekly coffee chats, music trivia, holiday parties, lunch and learn presentations, and more.

These virtual events ensure our team can maintain relationships and team-building no matter where our team is in the world.

Fast Growing

With the acquisition of Tessellation in 2021 and growing opportunities with our partners and clients globally, our team has experienced a boom of growth, especially in recent years. In addition to our successful expansion to India in 2017, we are also thrilled about our recent expansion to LATAM (Latin America) in the year 2023.

While the start-up path may seem daunting for some, if you thrive in ambiguity, challenging projects, and innovation, phData may be the place for you.

The Main Benefits of Working at a Fast-Growing Company

Exploring Multiple Facets of a Career or Job Position

In any given role at phData, you have the flexibility and support to explore your passions. We encourage our employees to try new challenges and avenues to help shape their career experiences.

Opportunity to Grow With The Company

Working at a growing company opens doors for promotions, new positions, and even changing departments entirely within the company if you so desire.

Fast-Paced Environment

No two days are the same at phData. Technology moves fast,  we move faster to stay on top of projects and innovative solutions for our clients.

Hands-On Experience Early On in Your Career

Our entry-level employees don’t have to wait for years of experience before they are client-facing. While we invest in their training and development early on, we also believe that the best learning and growth manifests itself in working hands-on with projects internally and externally.

Exciting and Rewarding Projects

At phData, we have a stream of new, exciting projects ready for talented individuals to ideate innovative solutions. Every project offers unique opportunities to build skills and challenge the status quo.

Learning Environment

With psychological safety being at the core of our organization, the nurturing of our employees’ skills is paramount as they move through their careers. From our e-learning platform to certification bonuses, our employees are supported at every step of the way in the learning journey.

“I enjoy working at phData because everyone makes me feel so valued. People I interact with, across teams and levels of leadership, never hesitate to check in or give someone a shoutout for doing a great job. phData makes certain that you to have the opportunity and freedom to grow, both in your career and as an individual, with a fantastic network of support and many opportunities to develop.”


– Nate Beasley, IT Operations Administrator

What Sets phData Apart

  • Remote-first culture (flexible work environment)

  • Four paid weeks of PTO

  • Competitive compensation

  • Challenging and rewarding projects

  • 401(k) matching

  • Professional Development Allowance


Thank you to The Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal for this distinction.Reminders such as these serve as a source of pride for our team, reflecting on the remarkable achievements and progress we have made throughout our nine years of operation. These moments reinforce our dedication and drive to continue pushing boundaries and achieving even greater milestones in the future. 

Are you ready to make an impact in your career? We are hiring! phData looks forward to welcoming talented individuals to join our team of data experts.

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